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8 Essentials for Breastfeeding Moms: What do I really need?

First of all, let me say: Congratulations!!!  Congratulations on the baby and your decision to breastfeed. Breastfeeding moms rock! I have breastfed 4 babies, and I am currently breastfeeding one right now as I am writing this.

(You can read about my choice to continue breastfeeding past 1 year here.)

There are a ton of products out there for breastfeeding moms. When you are a new mom, you may think that you need them all, well… you don’t. Truth is, there are only a handful of things that I feel like are true necessities when you are breastfeeding.

8 Essentials for Breastfeeding Moms

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So, What do I really need while breastfeeding??

Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump

You need to buy a really good breast pump. Trust me on this one. I have tried to go the cheap route, and all I can say is that you get what you pay for! So to avoid all the frustration, buying a good brand is key!!

or Get A Free Breast Pump Here:

bamboobies Washable Reusable Nursing Pads

Every nursing mom needs some good nursing pads! These are washable so you don’t have to keep buying tons of disposable ones! One purchase and you are set!

Boppy Pillow

I love my boppy pillow (which my baby is currently laid across right now). It is so convenient. I have had one for each of my 4 babies. It is always my most used item. Plus, it is multi- purposed! It goes beyond just breastfeeding!

Lansinoh Hpa Lanolin

I can’t stress this one enough. Those first few weeks of breastfeeding… you will need this. It will become your best friend!!!

 Nursing Cover

Get a good nursing cover. This one is used as a scarf, carseat cover, highchair/cart cover, and nursing cover! Can’t beat that! ( and they have super cute prints.)

Breast Milk Bags

If you plan on pumping and storing breastmilk, you need something for storing the milk itself. These are great.

Nursing Bra

Get a comfy and cute nursing bra. You want something comfortable, but something that isn’t too frumpy. After you have a baby you will live in your PJs for a while. (at least I did) So having something cute to wear helps you feel a little better about yourself.

 Nursing Camisole

I bought my nursing tanks when I was pregnant. I wore them throughout my entire pregnancy and even after my babies stopped nursing. (shhhh… they are comfortable!) They are handy for nighttime nursing as well.

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