One thing I can say is that breastfeeding is not an easy task. It’s definitely a beautiful experience but for me, it was never an easy thing to do. With my first breastfeeding journey with my son, I went in not knowing really anything but tried to create a plan blindly and that didn’t go well with me. This time with my daughter, I did more research on breast pumps, products needed to make the experience easier for me and baby, support friends who’ve done this for a while for tips, and more.
Being able to have two different experiences helped me really realize what works and what advice I can give to anyone who asks. From low milk supply, clogged ducts, sore nipples, or engorged breasts, those are just a few of the things nursing moms experience while breastfeeding and things that can cause stress on the mom and baby if mom feels like she’s not able to give her all to the baby. So in today’s post, with hopes to help any new nursing moms, we’re going to talk all about breastfeeding must-haves.
5 Breastfeeding Must-Haves
Nursing baby on demand is definitely something recommended those first few weeks baby is home but definitely understand that not everyone’s milk supply comes in full blast. To help with speeding up the process, you want to put baby to breast every chance you can but having a good breast pump can really help to be able to pump when baby isn’t on the boob and also is a good trick when you’re trying to help speed up your milk production.
Nursing Bra/Nursing Tank
As I mentioned above about nursing babies on demand, good nursing bras or nursing tanks can help make it easier to get the baby to the breast whenever needed. Easy straps that can come down with no hassle are a win.
Nipple saver!! Seriously, breastfeeding can get pretty intense and you may be overworking your breast/nipples that they can crack or even bleed. Nipple pain is definitely a pain you don’t want to experience so having nipple cream on hand is definitely worth it. Also, make sure you check out the brands, ingredients, etc because they do have some that don’t affect the baby or your milk supply.
Liquid gold should not go to waste. Definitely invest in good storage bags so you’re able to store all of your hard work for the baby to have at a later date. When you’re able to store milk, you don’t have to feel like you’re always completely needed with the baby to eat and it can give your body a bit of a rest while you let someone else take a minute to feed the baby while you catch up on rest.
An absolute must-have to help the baby get completely comfortable. I love this nursing pillow because it provides the support needed while breastfeeding and you know that baby is being supported in a great feeding position. Nursing pillows should be on everyone’s list for babies. I actually took my pillow to the hospital. They suggest it as they can help you while you’re there on those first few days really get comfortable feeding baby and figuring out good positions.
So many good items that can be added to this list. But these five are for sure great starting points when building your breastfeeding supplies. I highly recommend all of these items and I hope this helps you with your breastfeeding journey. And helps make it a beautiful experience without adding too much pressure on yourself from day 1. Remember that it can definitely get overwhelming but don’t let it. Just remember that fed is best so if you have to take a minute to get yourself together for baby don’t feel bad about not being able to breastfeed at that very moment. Baby is best taken care of when mom also is doing well, physically and mentally.