I’m sharing my favorite breastfeeding products that make nursing easier, especially in those first few months!
I did not really know the realities of nursing a baby full time while I was pregnant. I guess I thought of breastfeeding in a really idealistic way and just thought it would come naturally. I had no clue all of the accessories I would need to make my life easier, especially getting through those first few months. It’s not easy, y’all! Isaac would nurse constantly for the first month or so…I felt like I could never even leave the couch. I know the struggle! We are still going strong and I don’t think I could’ve made it through those tough first months without a few miracle products so I thought I would share those with you today!
I tried a few different nursing pillows and this is the only one that worked for me! I actually took the Boppy nursing pillow to the hospital with me and it was not supportive at all. I just couldn’t use it. I ended up using regular pillows instead. The Breast Friend pillow is much more structured and it has a strap you can use to secure it to your waist. Baby will not slip and slide around while laying on this one. It works great for pretty much all of the most used breastfeeding positions as well. The football hold is what I used with Isaac the most the whole time before he was three months old.
These iPhone chargers were great for when I was stuck on the couch! My phone would always die while I was nursing Isaac throughout the day and these cords let me charge it while still being able to use it on the other side of the room. I still use these today when I’m nursing. They’re amazing!
3. Nursing Bras and Tanks
I went through several brands of nursing bras (WHY is it so hard to find one that fits well?). My favorites actually are from Amazon! I like them because they aren’t unlined like a sports bra, they have padding and support so you can wear them out and about. They are comfortable enough to wear around the house, too. I really like the nursing tanks from Amazon and these from Target as well.
4. All Purpose Nipple Ointment – Prescription or DIY
All Purpose Nipple Ointment. Well there’s something you don’t hear about every day. Isaac actually had a tongue tie (we got it revised when he was about 3 weeks old) but before that revision, MAN. My nipples were shot. It was like a horror movie. I wish I was kidding. NONE of those over the counter nipple creams worked. I did some research and found All Purpose Nipple Ointment. The nipple ointment sent down from heaven. Only problem is – it’s available by prescription only. It can also be a little bit pricey. I found a DIY version, though! It’s pretty easy to make and it works!
I eventually got lactation consultant at my pediatrician’s office to get the pediatrician to write me a prescription for this amazing nipple-saving cream. It cost me about $15 with insurance. The DIY version works just as well in my opinion.
5. Haakaa Pump
These little things are amazing! Basically, you just suction this bad boy on the opposite side you’re nursing and it collects the letdown on that side. I put back a small freezer stash just by using this! Now, once Isaac got bigger I could no longer use it since he is now very active while nursing. Is my child the only one that kicks like a wild man while nursing? I digress.
These drinks are the best at helping give your milk supply a little boost. I think it’s the coconut water that gets your super hydrated and helps with production. They taste really good and they don’t have any weird ingredients like other sports drinks. I drank these religiously when I came home from the hospital and I’m convinced they help my supply!
These TheraPearl packs were so good to have a few days after my milk came in and I was ENGORGED. Like crazy engorged. I put these in the freezer and would stick them in my bra for relief. Ah! Amazing. You can also warm them in the microwave to help with plugged ducts and mastitis. The heat also encourages milk let-down during breastfeeding and/or pumping. I have not used them while pumping yet but I’m excited to try it. I’ll do anything for an extra ounce or two!
8. Nursing Pads
This is pretty basic but I couldn’t have survived (well my tops couldn’t have anyway) the early days of nursing without nursing pads, especially at night. My shirt would be soaked when I woke up if I didn’t sleep with nursing pads the first few weeks. I really like the Lansinoh disposable pads but these cloth ones from Amazon are also great.
I watched SO much Netflix while I was on maternity leave. It was the best thing to do to pass the time with a nursing/sleeping baby. Some of my favorites were The Office, Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, and Mad Men. GOSH, I miss maternity leave! Take me back. Newborn baby cuddles and Netflix were the life!
10. Ring Sling
I have a few different types of carriers but I found the ring sling works best for nursing on the go! Yes, you can nurse in a ring sling. I loved being able to walk around the house, make lunch, and do laundry all while Isaac nursed and/or slept in the sling. Such a lifesaver! There are several different brands but I love my Bundle sling, Poppy Laurel, and I recently found this cute Etsy shop that makes very affordable slings!
Those are a few of my favorite breastfeeding products and tips! What are some of your must-have items for nursing? Let me know in the comments or on social media! I love to hear about the latest and greatest products out there and share them with other mamas.
Have an amazing week and nurse on mamas!
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