I’ve had the privilege of breastfeeding both our children. I am still nursing our infant actually. Breastfeeding is a lot of work but, one of the best things that I have ever done.
Here is a must-have list of tools for breastfeeding moms. (The following contains affiliate links. Those links will never affect my opinion of a product. I just wanted to share these recommnedations with you).
Electric Breast Pump
I am not sure if anyone uses manual breast pumps these days but if you are breasfeeding for the long haul, an electric breast pump is the way to go. Love the dual pump by Medela . They even have a “Hands-free option” if you want to go the extra mile.
Your nipples will thank you…better get some lanolin early on. This ointment won’t even interfere with baby’s nursing. Especially early on as nursing is established, keeping the nipples moisturized is key.
Nursing covers not only help to keep mama discreet during breastfeeding but, these covers come in such fun prints and colors lately…so they can help mama keep fashionable too! Get at least 2-3 covers to keep on hand. Place one in baby’s diaper bag, one in the room where you typically nurse and one in the car, if you get three.
Tip: Try on the nursing cover if you can before purchasing. if not, keep the receipt and look for cover with wide widths.
A good nursing pillow will be your “Brest Friend” by lending support, increasing comfort and even make you feel like you have an extra set of hands.
Breastmilk storage bags
One of the backbones of breastfeeding is pumping and storing of breast milk. Intermittent pumping helps keep up milk supply, allow others to share in the joy of feeding the baby and makes it easier to breastfeed exclusively if desired. Once the milk is expressed, it’s easy to just pour the breast milk into a milk storage bag and freeze or store for later use. Some folks skip this step altogether and use ice trays and freezer bags instead.
While using ice trays is a great alternative, the Breast milk Storage Bags are more convenient and milk is easy to measure because of graduated markings on the bags.