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Breastfeeding Essentials

images Getting ready to have a baby? Hoping to be able to nurse? Just like bottle feeding it comes with some things that are pretty helpful and important! I have compiled a list of my favorite products, and what I use daily while nursing. Some moms might need more, some might need less, but I really hope this list helps you gather up some products, and be ready for that LO!

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Nursing Chair/ Comfy place to sit! – I have a pillow that follows me around the house if I’m not sitting in my glider.

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Water and healthy snacks readily available– You burn tons of calories nursing, and you have to stay nourished to be able to nourish your LO. ***This is an area where I have DH help. He usually runs and fills up my water and grabs me a little snack***

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Breastfeeding pillow– There are a few brands out there, but my favorite is the Comfort and Harmony Mombo Nursing pillow. It’s a 2 sided firm/soft pillow. One side is soft for the baby to lounge on, and the other side is firm providing great support for nursing. It’s also a pretty snug pillow, meaning it keeps its shape and stays snug around you. The Mombo is closed more than most pillows, so I have found that the baby sits in it nicer. I purchased the one with the vibrating insert to help keep little ones happy. The price on the Mombo is about the same as other pillows too (around $35). It’s all about preference and comfort so you can relax and feed baby.

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Nursing pads– See my review for more details, but Lansinoh pads are the best! When you breastfeed you tend to leak a little in between feedings, and when you let down while nursing. You have to have something in your bra to catch that milk or you will be drenched.

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Nursing bra– Nursing bra’s are made with a little clip on the top so you can pull down the front of the bra and feed. I have multiple, but my favorite is the sports bra style. I feel like they keep everything in place the best, and I never feel like I’m going to have a slip and leak. I get mine from Motherhood and they are usually around $30, but you can catch sales and coupons to get them a little cheaper.

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Feeding cover– Not all moms feel comfortable just feeding without something covering them a little. You can buy feeding covers from most stores that carry baby items, but I just made my own. I will blog a tutorial about that in the near future so you all have access to that easy little project! Look for nursing infinity scarf.

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Nipple cream– Lanolin is a MUST! Especially when just starting out. It’s safe for baby, and makes you feel so much better so quick! I usually purchase Lansinoh brand, because it goes on the nicest. Medela and Earth Mama Angel Baby make a nice one also.

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Cooling compress– when you are starting out your nipples get a little chapped and sore, these help with the tenderness and give you a little break from feeling so sore.

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Pump– If you are going back to work or just want to be able to pump once a day so that your DH or family can feed LO you have to have a pump. In most cases your insurance will cover it FULLY! So be sure to ask about getting it covered. They are pricey, but you get what you pay for! I have the Medela Pump In Style Advance and I don’t think I could go without it! ** If you are going to pump regularly I also recommend a pumping bra. It lets you go hands free, so you can work or do what you need to and pump at the same time.

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Milk storage bags – Milk is only good in the fridge for a week, so if you know you aren’t going to use it the best thing to do is freeze it. I buy Up and Up brand from Target.

There are tons of other little things to help with nursing, if you are having a hard time, but this is the main list of things you will need as soon as baby arrives.

Hope it helps ladies! Nurse on!

~Amanda