7 Essential products for breastfeeding Mom’s

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When you are expecting your mind is everywhere but yourself. In most cases you are making neat stacks of baby clothes, childproofing, cleaning, and decorating. You have probably decided how you will feed your baby upon arrival, and if you want to breastfeed and don’t know where to start, read on for my curated list of essential breastfeeding products!

As  first time mom, I had no idea what to expect from breastfeeding. Before I went into labor, my hairdresser told me “its really hard in the beginning but hang in there!”and I didn’t know what she meant until I began. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world.. how hard can it be right? I read my options for feeding in a book gifted to me, “What to Expect the First Year”. After reading for hours and ranking pros and cons for feeding methods, I decided breastfeeding would be right for my family and I. My plan was to pump when I went out or wanted a drink and I would not be afraid to supplement with formula for sanity or low supply.

Fast forward to June when I gave birth to my baby girl, our breastfeeding journey did not get off to a good start. She had jaundice and couldn’t latch and I was exhausted from a long labor and forceps delivery. We were discharged in the standard 48 hours with orders to come back the next morning for a bilirubin test and doctor visit. Sure enough, her levels had risen overnight so back to the hospital we went for another 24 hours.

I thought with breastfeeding all you needed was a pump, a pillow, and some boobs.. oh boy was I so wrong! In the midst of decorating the nursery and organizing baby clothes, I forgot what I might need as a breastfeeding mom.

So what do you need for breastfeeding?.. (besides sleep)

If you are planning to breastfeed, read on for my favorite must-have essentials!

Not breastfeeding or thinking about supplementing?

Check out my article on why I supplement

Learn about some really cool formula hacks I discovered along the way

1. Haaka/ Silicone hand Pump

The silicone pump can be really helpful for building a freezer stash of milk or relieving a clogged duct. You can use this little pump on the side you aren’t nursing on and it will catch all of your liquid gold.

Clogged Duct? Fill with espom salt and hot water, suction to your breast and BAM! Works with just water too.

I never enjoyed or had the time to pump so this is the only way I was able to save milk for my freezer. Below is an actual picture of what I was able to catch with my Haaka

A haaka a day keeps the formula away 😉

You can purchase and read reviews here!

2. Milkys Milk Savers

If your baby is older they can kick off the silicone pump. With these milk savers you can stick them in your bra while nursing and watch it fill! These can also be used for those who tend to leak a lot, instead of going into a nursing pad you can save those precious ounces of liquid gold.

Amazon $27.95

3. Bamboobies nursing pads

This is the pad I never knew I needed! I am still forever grateful for my cousin and sister for gifting me these pads. Not only are they great at absorbing leaks but in the early days of breastfeeding (or 6 months in), your nipples are sore, tender, cracked, and of course leaking. These pads create a barrier between your bra and breast stopping further irritation. The first time I put one on, I breathed a sigh of relief. With all that said, It is important to change them often and wash them after every use!

You can check out these amazing little padsfrom Amazon here

When I travel I use Medela or Lansinoh disposable nursing pads. I find they aren’t as comfortable but they do the job while on the go, traveling with a baby is no easy feat and the last thing you want is another thing to keep track of.

Medela Nursing Pads

Lansinoh Nursing Pads

4. Lanolin Cream

There are many lanolin creams out there that are safe for Mom and baby. I have only used and prefer Lansinoh for this purpose. Lanolin while breastfeeding can be a great relief for sore cracked nipples. Again 6 days or 6 months, you still need it!

To save your nipples check this out!

5. Manual Breast Pump

Most health insurance plans will cover a double electric breast pump, however, I always loved having a manual pump as a backup. I find it great for pumping on the go, pumping while home alone, and to quickly pump a bottle without pulling out all the parts. The downside is that it can take longer but sometimes mobility is a must!

My favorites are Medela Harmony and Lansinoh Manual

6. Boppy Pillow

The boppy pillow is great for positioning and getting a good latch in the early days. You can also use this pillow for sitting after delivery and for propping and tummy time as your baby grows.

This is truly a multipurpose pillow that will not dissapoint!

7. Milk Storage Bags

Chances are your breast pump will come with some free storage bags, but you will need somewhere to store all that milk! I have always used and trusted Medela storage bags. They seal tight, are easy to freeze flat, and I have never had a leak!

So breastfeeding requires so many parts…

But I hope this list helped you with either deciding breastfeeding isn’t for you (which is totally fine!) or you have found some really useful products you might use in your breastfeeding journey!

Remember what is best for you and your family, is best for you and your baby.

About the Author

My name is Chrissy and I am a Stay at Home Mom in New Hampshire to one year old Meadow, two rescue dogs, and a cat. When I’m not blogging or managing chaos you can find me on a hike with my family, cooking something good, or enjoying a craft beer!

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-Chrissy Falkenham

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