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??
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!!
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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!
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!
I can’t stress this one enough. Those first few weeks of breastfeeding… you will need this. It will become your best friend!!!
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.)
If you plan on pumping and storing breastmilk, you need something for storing the milk itself. These are great.
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.
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.