The first few days of breastfeeding is hard. I will be the first to admit it. In fact in the hospital I spent a lot of time in tears because Shelby was having latching problems, I couldn’t get comfortable and I was exhausted still from the whole week before hand.
Once we got home on the Monday following her birth things were a little easier. I was able to relax which also helped Shelby to relax. I was able to use our nursing pillow and be comfortable. Sure nursing takes up a good portion of your day but I love it. It makes me sit down, relax and enjoy some quiet time with the baby,
Below are some of my absolute favorite must have products for nursing. Of course every mom and baby is different, so while these products work for us, they may not work for everyone!
The first thing I absolutely love is our Boppy. We have a bare naked boppy and various covers for it. For newborns I love using the Newborn Booster. Below is Shelby laying in my lap with both the boppy and the newborn booster on top. I love that the Booster gives a slight incline for her, and it’s comfortable for me to have her laying in my lap.
When it came to nursing tops I thought any kind would work. But for me, the ones by boob Designs is my favorite. Quite pricey, but so worth it. I have three different short sleeve tops and two tank tops from boob designs. What I love about them is that there is a flap that sits right below the breast that you pull up to nurse. You don’t show any kind of skin what so ever!
A good nursing bra. I love my Bravado Bliss Nursing Bra and my Sport Wire free Nursing Bra by Leading Lady. Having a good nursing bra is probably one of the most important products. I got them both a size larger than I wore pre-pregnancy and they fit great. Gave just enough room for when my breasts are full. I love wearing the sport wire free to bed.
While out and public I always use my Nursing Cover from Bebe au Lait. I have no problem nursing in public, but I also like to stay covered as to not annoy other people. A nursing cover is much better than throwing a blanket over you and baby. with a nursing cover they are specially designed with a patented RigiFlex™ neckline that allows you to look down and see the baby.
A breast pump. Yes, we are exclusively breastfeeding but I also like to pump so I can start a freezer stash. These pumping’s can be used during long road trips and for any emergency situations. We have the Medela Pump In Style Advanced. This pump is great for moms who have gone back to work or are pumping a lot to bottle feed. I don’t think it’s a must have for moms who are exclusively breastfeeding but if you want to invest into a great pump then, Medela is the way to go. We are storing the breast milk in the Lansinoh Breast Milk Storage Bags. We haven’t actually used a bottle yet so I have no idea which would work the best for us.
Nursing pads. While I don’t use them every day I love having them on hand and in the diaper bag. If I go out in public and will be out for more than an hour I will use them. My absolute favorite are my Nuk Washable Nursing Pads. I love that they are washable and I can reuse them. They are also much cheaper than disposable nursing pads. I have about ten pairs of reusable nursing pads and I think it is a perfect amount.
another item we use a lot is burp cloths. I really didn’t think we would need them since we are breastfeeding, but Shelby definitely needs to be burped after each feeding and sometimes spits up when she over eats. I made my own burp cloths that I love! They didn’t cost a whole lot to make either. for half a yard I could make three burp cloths. I used Michael Miller fabric so for half a yard it was 4 dollars. The chenille was 12 dollars for a yard, and I was able to cut nine chenille pieces for burp cloths.
And a book that I love, and also reading for my Doula Training is The Nursing Mother’s Companion. I also like Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers.
Shelby is only a month old so I am sure there are tons of other must have nursing products but these are what we love and use.
*some products featured I received free of cost, but are my favorites and wanted to share them with my readers. No compensation was provided.