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We are rounding up the top breastfeeding essentials, so you have everything you need to comfortably and easily breastfeed your baby.
Breastfeeding your baby is one of the most rewarding things you will do. Not only will you provide your baby with the best nutrition possible but the connection you develop with the baby is so precious. But breastfeeding can also be very hard emotionally and physically.
Moms who have breastfed before will tell you, as a breastfeeding mom, you'll have to deal with issues in additional to correct positioning and latching including engorged breasts, cysts, cracked nipples, back pain and endless hunger. Read this post where we share our top tips for breastfeeding moms.
There are some breastfeeding essentials that will help you comfortably breastfeed your baby and get through many of these issues. Just know that though breastfeeding may be hard initially, it will get easier over time and that the benefits far outweigh everything else you'll have to encounter.
Here are my top breastfeeding essentials to make breastfeeding as comfortable as possible for both mom and the baby.
ESSENTIALS FOR BREASTFEEDING
You'll want to buy a few nursing bras that offer support and comfort both during the day and night. We love these Bravado Seamless Nursing Bras for support, soft fabric and easy access to the breasts.
Invest in a really good nursery chair and ottoman because it will make all the difference between a good breastfeeding experience and one that's not. You will spend countless hours, day after day sitting on the chair, holding your baby and trying your best to stay awake as you breastfeed her.
A nursery chair like this Swivel Glider is comfortable, spacious and will allow you to position yourself in the best ergonomic position, to breastfeed your baby every two hours for the next few months or even more.
Pick an ottoman to pop your feet up on as you breastfeed your baby. It will help take the pressure off your lower back and allow you to breastfeed comfortably.
4. nursing WATER BOTTLE
When breastfeeding, you'll need to take in a lot of fluids. So keep a water bottle or glass of water close to the breastfeeding station. We love this water bottle with a tracker.
5.SOFT SHELLS FOR SORE NIPPLES
Whether you are suffering from nipple soreness, engorgement or an inverted nipple-these softshells will bring you much needed relief. They will protect and heal your nipples while making sure that the nipples do not come in contact with anything.
6.BREAST THERAPY GEL PACKS
Another must have breastfeeding essential, these breast therapy gel packs will provide relief for the most common breastfeeding challenges such as relieving engorgement, plugged ducts and mastitis while encouraging letdown.
When breastfeeding, there's leaky breasts to deal with and these extra absorbent breast pads are exactly what you'll need to prevent yourself from getting wet. It features multiple layers to absorb and trap moisture while remaining invisible under your clothes.
A pea sized amount of this awesome nipple cream applied to your nipples will help prevent them from getting cracked or dry when breastfeeding your little one.
Babies tend to take in air along with their milk as they feed and so you'll have to spend time burping the baby. You'll need some burp cloths to help you and the baby stay dry.
A good nursing pillow is a must have breastfeeding essential to help you position the baby in the best ergonomic position for latching and breastfeeding.
11.HAAKAA MANUAL BREAST PUMP
Every breastfeeding mom should have one of these manual breast pumps. The Haakaa Silicone Breastpump lets you express milk using the power of natural suction.
So whether you have engorged breasts, mastitis or needs to express milk, then this affordable pump will be so helpful. Read this post where you we talk about the Haakaa and why it's a game changer for new moms.
BREASTFEEDING ESSENTIALS KIT
With these breastfeeding essentials on hand, you will be well equipped to breastfeed your little munchkin!
Last Updated on April 19, 2020 by Tira Attygalla