Top 8 Breastfeeding Essentials for Nursing Moms

It’s true that you really don’t need anything to breastfeed your baby. However, in my experience I have found some items quite helpful! From the first few days of nursing to extended nursing in the toddler stage, here are my top 8 breastfeeding must-haves…

  1. Breastfeeding pillow – This is extremely helpful in the beginning when both you and your baby are learning to figure things out.
  2. Nursing bra – I like the stretchy, cup-less wireless kind.
  3. Nursing tank – These are amazing and make breastfeeding in public a cinch.
  4. Breast pads – Some women leak only during the first few weeks of nursing, while others leak for months. Nursing pads are a must!
  5. Lanolin – This and other nipple creams keep your nipples soft and help with any pain you might experience.
  6. Water – I have found this to be the single most important substance for maintaining a healthy milk supply.
  7. Breastfeeding book – This was essential when I had my first baby. From learning positions and troubleshooting problems to asking questions and understanding the mindset of a nursing mother, this book was my bible!
  8. Your lactation consultant’s phone number – The biggest mistake I’ve ever made while breastfeeding was not getting help when I should have. LCs are amazing and can help you around any problem you may encounter.
Are you a nursing mom? What are your must-have breastfeeding items?
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