Must-Have Breastfeeding Products!
- Milkies Milk Saver– Breastmilk is like liquid GOLD I tell you. I didn’t realize when I began my breastfeeding journey that every time you nurse, the other side (regardless of if baby is nursing on that side) WILL in fact letdown milk. Catch that milk and store it for later! I stay-at-home so I don’t necessarily need a huge stash. I have a decent-size stash just from using my Milkie’s Milk Saver and have enough for a few date nights! How awesome?! I didn’t have to pump, all I do is grab my milk saver and I am adding to my stash. It is so easy. You can store each amount in the fridge and then combine it so you have a good size amount to freeze.
- Lanisoh Storage Bags-These bags are perfect! They can hold up to 6 oz! They have a tab at the top for you to record the date, volume, time, and name so you know when it’s good until and you have info on there if your kid goes to child care somewhere. I haven’t had any problems with these. They don’t leak and keep the milk fresh for later use.
Tip: Lay them flat in the freezer so they don’t freeze bulky. Once they are frozen, you can stand them up and store them upright to save some space in your freezer
- Medela Breastmilk Storage Bottles: I use these every. single. day. Especially from the very beginning! Every time I get milk from my Milkie’s Milk Saver, the milk goes into the bottle and into the fridge. At the end of the day, I transfer all of the milk into a freezer bag. These are so easy to use. They can hold up to 5 oz (possibly 6 if you are a risk taker) and keep the milk nice and fresh for later use.
- Lanisoh Therapearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy Hot/Cold Packs- No one prepared me for the pain of breastfeeding. I thought “Our bodies are designed for this. It must be easy.” Prior to having our baby and beginning breastfeeding, my hubby said, “I have no idea why any moms wouldn’t breastfeed. It is SO good for your baby and you!” After experiencing the beginning pain of breastfeeding, I get it now. It can be excruciating but once you make it past those initial 6 weeks, I found it got so much better and was a great bonding experience.
DISCLAIMER: I totally understand that some people CAN’T breastfeed for one reason or another and completely support all moms in their decisions.
These hot/cold packs were a GAME CHANGER for me. I overproduced so the ice really helped my milk regulate and relieved so much pain from cracked and sore nipples. I recently had to use the hot packs due to a clogged duct (ouch!) and I was able to get rid of it in a day. I can’t tell you how many tears were shed prior to using these 3-in-1 packs. They truly saved my breastfeeding relationship with my daughter! I wish I had had them from the very beginning!
- Lansinoh Lanolin–I remember those first 6 weeks like they were yesterday. The toe curling the moment my baby latched on and when I letdown. My nipples were cracked, sore, burning, and bleeding. It was awful. I wish I had used Lanolin from the beginning. It may have prevented ALL of that. I quickly started using it when I couldn’t handle the pain and it really helped relieve the pain and let my nipples heal from the constant nursing. I strongly suggest stocking up on this and having it ready before baby comes.
The First Years Lanolin-Free Nipple Butter- Some people react differently to Lanolin. I would grab some of this just in case you can’t use Lanolin. I actually prefer this over Lanolin even though I am not allergic to Lanolin. It really goes on like melted butter! My nipples were in so much pain at the beginning it hurt to apply Lanolin (probably because I waited too long to protect my nipples and they were that bad) so I was thankful to find another alternative that didn’t hurt to apply. This stuff works great and I still use this religiously!
- Disposable Nursing Pads– I found that the cloth nursing pads weren’t for me. My baby is 6 months old and I still let down about 1 oz each feeding on the opposite side baby isn’t nursing on. I was soaking those pads like there was no tomorrow. It was also very painful to have my sore nipples touching wet fabric. It was chafing them even worse than they already were (OUCH!) My all-time favorite nursing pads are Target’s Up & Up Disposable Nursing Pads. I have found they last the longest, are the most comfortable, and are super budget-friendly. One box lasts me a little over a month. I suggest stocking up on disposable and reusable nursing pads and then decide what works best for you!
- Milkmaid Covers Nursing Cover–I strongly suggest Milkmaid Covers! They are adorable, budget-friendly, lightweight, and versatile! Your cover works for a cute poncho to wear out or a car seat cover as well. I loved having that during the newborn stage to protect my little one from germs. They are very lightweight which is perfect for those warm summer months and breastfeeding.
- Medela Breast Pump- Even if you aren’t pumping every single day, a pump is super handy! I use mine all of the time even as a stay-at-home mom. Some nights your little one sleeps extra long (SCORE!) but you are super engorged and need to relieve some milk. I refuse to wake a sleeping baby. I learned that lesson early on. A pump is perfect for that! It’s also perfect for creating a little stash so you can have some bottles ready or extra milk for making baby food. I love my Medela Pump in Style Advanced. It is a dual pump which saves you so much time! It’s super efficient with a 2 phase expression to signal a letdown and different speed/vacuum settings to choose what’s best for you. Tip: Check your insurance! Most insurance companies will give you a free pump.
- Boppy Nursing Pillow-These are awesome! I strongly suggest having one with you in your hospital bag. At the beginning you baby is so little and it requires you holding their tiny head to ensure a good latch. Let me tell you, your arm will be so tired and exhausted from holding your baby to nurse. The Boppy really helped me. My arm was getting exhausted and it truly felt like a workout to nurse! This pillow really helped me. I still use it and my little one is 6 months! It’s also versatile. You can use it for tummy time and for propping up baby when they reach that stage.
These are my must-have breastfeeding items! Best of Luck and Happy Nursing!!