When I was pregnant with my first child, Cash, I knew that I was going to breastfeed him. I didn’t even bother buying formula because I was set on exclusively breastfeeding. I did a ton of research, I got advice from a lot of moms, and I joined breastfeeding groups on Facebook. I thought I was prepared, and figured it’s natural, so it MUST come naturally. Right?
Boy, was I wrong! The first few days trying to nurse Cash were so discouraging. I wanted to give up. I did finally get the hang of it, and Cash ended up exclusively breastfeeding for 15 months! I am now nursing my daughter, Sawyer, and we are almost 11 months into our journey. I plan on nursing her for at least a few more months.
I’ve learned a lot in these last couple of years, and had some items that I found necessary for a successful & comfortable breastfeeding journey.
I wanted to share a five of my favorite breastfeeding must-haves with you guys today.
- A Nursing Cover
I am all for a woman nursing in public without a cover, if that’s what makes them comfortable. I, however, prefer to use a cover when I’m in public. Covers like this one have multiple uses. Besides covering your goods, it can also be used as a shopping cart cover, carseat cover, scarf, blanket, and spit up rag.
- A Nursing Pillow
A nursing pillow makes breastfeeding so much more comfortable for new moms. I remember being in the hospital, trying to nurse Cash, and really wishing I had one with me. As your baby gets a little older, this can also work as a good head rest for diaper changes, or as chest support for tummy time.
- Comfortable nursing bra + clothing
One really inconvenient thing about nursing is having to wear “nursing-friendly” attire. Most dresses won’t work, unless they’re really low-cut. (Think about it.) I’ve also had shirts that didn’t work because of belts/ties that went around the stomach area. Basically, stick to comfortable shirts that are easily lifted or lowered to nurse. I also recommend being prepared for the worst, such as leaking through your shirt! Make sure your bra is nursing-friendly as well! There’s a lot of good ones on Amazon to choose from.
- A good breast pump
Most insurance providers will actually help pay for a breast pump. I used the Madela Pump in Style Advance, and I have no complaints. I didn’t/don’t pump very often, but it’s definitely necessary for when you want to store some milk for your little, or if you feel like your need a little assistance in draining a full breast. (Oh, the joys of breastfeeding!)
Every nursing mama NEEDS support! There’s many times that you will feel discouraged, and having a support system is key to continuing your breastfeeding journey. I highly suggest joining some breastfeeding groups on Facebook. There’s also blogs and forums just for moms! I suggest checking out The Baby Cubby blog for, not only breastfeeding topics, but parenting topics in general.
Most of the items linked are to Baby Cubby. If you haven’t checked them out yet, you definitely should! The reason I love purchasing from them is because they always price match (even Amazon!), they only carry the BEST and safest gear, and you can get free shipping on all orders over $49. It doesn’t get much better than that!
There are a lot of other items that I could recommend, but these are just 5 of my personal necessities for breastfeeding. You’ll find what works (or what doesn’t work) best for you!
Enjoy the journey with your babe(s)!