Breastfeeding this time around has been going much easier than it has with my older children. I am not worried about weight gain, or any of the other issues I had with them, including allergies. Heck I can even eat dairy… I know, most of the breastfeeding moms reading this are going to officially hate me after that statement!
But the first couple weeks haven’t been all puppies and kittens, we have hit a couple painful snags, and I have found myself reaching for a plethora of accessories to get me through this time.
All of those must haves for breastfeeding… at least the ones I find necessary!
I am sure there are going to be some listed that no one ever used, and others that most of the readers have sworn by… be sure to comment with your favorites if they aren’t listed!
1. Boob Cream – I don’t know how I would have made it through nipple soreness without what we have dubbed boob cream in my house. I have a lot of different kinds that I enjoy. My most recent love has been the Motherlove Herb Company Nipple cream. But I also have enjoyed the Lansinoh Lanolin cream with my older children. I also plan on checking out the Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple butter in the future since I have heard rave reviews about it.
2. A breastfeeding pillow - Whether it is a plain pillow, the boppy, or my brest friend… I highly suggest investing in one. For me as a mom who had a c-section, I found it really hard to get comfortable while nursing for the first week without using some kind of pillow to help hold my kids up while feeding. I am sure that moms just getting used to nursing find them incredibly helpful also.
3. A Breast Pump – While I know a ton of nursing mothers will never use one, for some it is a staple in maintaining a healthy breastfeeding relationship, as well as our sanity! I know for me I needed it to help relieve some really bad engorging in the first couple days that my milk came in. While it isn’t normally a good idea to pump a ton of the milk (because your body works on supply and demand with breast milk) if your engorging was as bad as mine… you will need the help!
Not all of us have the option to be home with our children 24/7 either, so a great pump is super helpful for returning to work, or building a great stash of breast milk when we need to be away from our little ones.
4. Pumping Bustier – If pumping is going to be something you need to do, a pumping bustier is a must have. Especially if you are going to be using a double pump. It helps you to pump hands free, so you don’t have to sit there and hold on to the pump with both hands. That is no fun! Simple Wishes makes a great one (the one I have been using) and it is amazingly easy to use, and has a zipper to zip right in and out of!
5. Storage Bags – I love my Lansinoh milk storage bags. It has helped me to utilize the small space I have available in my freezer for milk. They may not be re-usable, but if you need to worry about space like I do… they work awesome!
6. Nursing Bras – Of course we all know we need these. I can’t say I have ever tried to nurse without a nursing bra because I just assumed it would be a huge pain in the ass. I have used all kinds from the awesome Nizowear nursing bras, to your run of the mill $10 Target special. They all have their perks, but I really do like the one I have from Nizowear.
7. Nursing Tank Tops – Especially if you are going to be nursing in the summer months! I also really love these for the simple fact that you don’t need to use something to cover your stomach when you lift your shirt up to nurse in order to be modest. I love my Undercover Mama when I am just using a nursing bra and a t-shirt, but the nursing tanks are a must have!
8. Nursing Cover – If you are like me, you like to be somewhat modest, or at least have a group of people you do not wish to share your nursing experience with (my husband’s fire department) in this case, a nursing cover is a must have. I love the one I have from Maxwell Dean Designs… she has the cutest patterns ever! Heck, I love it so much I even gave one away on my personal blog. Of course, if you don’t want to use one… too each their own right?
9. Soothies! – Without these, I don’t think I would have survived my hospital stay. My nipples were incredibly sore, and they were the only thing that would provide any kind of relief… even if it was just for a couple minutes. I didn’t have any of my creams with me until I got home so I had to make due!
10. A Good Lactation Consultant! – They are really worth their weight in gold, and no, that isn’t a weight joke either! When you are in the hospital, be sure to ask for one, even if you don’t think you really need one. They have so much great information, and can be really helpful, especially for the new moms who haven’t breastfed before!
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