It’s World Breastfeeding Week and to celebrate I want to share the best things for breastfeeding moms! If you don’t already know, I’ve breastfed all my babes! Which is funny thinking about now, because I never wanted to breastfeed! And to go even crazier, I’ve nursed all of them to at least 2.5 years of age, one of them was a day shy of turning 3! I’ve literally been pregnant and/or nursing for the last 10 years, because I like to make myself a crazy person! I’m kidding! I do love breastfeeding, but it can also be overwhelming at times too! If you know, you know. So even if you’re not breastfeeding or don’t plan to, you can use this list to get ideas for a friend that’s planning to! These all make great baby shower gifts! Without further ado….
1. Nipple Cream
If you’ve ever nursed you know this is a need in those first few weeks postpartum! Even after multiple babies and nursing all of them, I still need all the nipple cream! Bonus, this stuff can be used basically as an all purpose cream! My absolute favorite is this Organic Nipple Butter! This stuff is amazing and has clean ingredients I don’t have to stress over. Also, you don’t have to wipe it off before nursing your baby! It doubles as a great lip balm!
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2. Nursing Bras
I had no idea how important a good nursing bra would be.
Here’s a story for ya. I was 23, had just had a csection 7 days prior and had stopped my pain meds, I left my newborn with my husband and pumped milk to go to the mall to get a nursing bra because guess who didn’t have one BEFORE the baby was born? Me. So there I was in the dressing room of JCPenney, in pain from not only my incision, but also engorgement from not nursing for a couple of hours, trying on nursing bras with my mom. Milk was literally squirting everywhere. I was crying from laughter but mostly pain. I finally made it back home with 2 of the worst nursing bras I’ve ever owned, in tears, engorged breasts, and a sleeping baby I didn’t want to wake up to nurse. Moral of the story, get the best nursing bras ever BEFORE you give birth mmmkay?
Bravado Designs have by far been the best bras I’ve ever owned and I’m going to tell you why!
It’s really important to avoid clogged ducts that lead to mastitis by using bras with no underwire. I do own 1 that has underwire, but I don’t wear it often.
Here’s what I personally own and love!
- Belle Underwire Nursing Bra
- Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra – This is the perfect everyday bra. Comes in different colors, no underwire to worry about, nursing snaps can be used with one hand, foam inserts can be removed, and comfortable.
- Original Nursing Bra – This is great for the first few days and weeks when your milk is coming in, the material is so soft and comfortable. It’s perfect for wearing to bed too!
3. Breastfeeding Pads
Now that you know all about the good bras, you need the breastfeeding pads to go in them! There’s nothing worse than your milk letting down and being soaked in public! But I skip the disposable ones and I bought some cloth ones. I just toss them in the wash with my regular laundry and they’ve worked great at catching the milk so I’m not walking with wet places on my shirt! I’ve honestly had mine for so long I can’t remember where I even got them from, but don’t worry I’m still linking these for you!
4. Nursing Cover
If you’re comfortable nursing without a cover you rock on mama! But when I was a new mama there was no way I was comfortable trying to nurse in public! I can still remember my first time nursing in public, even with a cover, it felt like a huge deal! I had taken my mom to an eye doctor appointment, the entire wait I was trying to keep my daughter happy to avoid nursing her in the waiting room. But the tests took awhile and I finally gave in. I busted out my Hooter Hiders Nursing Cover (Isn’t the name so on point? Ha!) and nursed her. I felt so proud I even texted a friend that I had totally nursed in public! This cover is so easy to use, has adjustments, and has a plastic piece in it to hold it out so you can look down to see baby!
5. Sunflower Lecithin
Attention, breastfeeding moms you can’t be without this! I’ve had the worst time in the past with clogged ducts which turned into mastitis, it’s the worst! So I keep this amazing sunflower lecithin from Legendairy Milk in my medicine cabinet at all time. As soon as I notice a clogged duct I reach for this stuff and it’s like instant relief!
Best Things for Breastfeeding Moms BONUS
The above list are my top 5 things I can’t do without when nursing especially right after baby is born, but here’s some bonus things:
- Water bottle
- Snacks. All.The.Snacks. Can I get an Amen?!
- Good book to read while you’re nursing
- Nursing pillow
- Soothing HydroGel Pads
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