Breastfeeding can be a daunting task for new mothers. There are so many pros to it and very few cons. It is a huge money saver with a newborn and is extremely good for infant nutrition. If you’d like to find out some tips on how to start breastfeeding off on the right foot, check out our post we have. It is written by a guest author and she was kind enough to share her tips and the things she learned from her breastfeeding journey and the mistakes she learned from along the way.
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But, before you can start learning the tips and tricks of the way of breastfeeding, you have to be properly prepared. That’s where today’s post comes into play- the ultimate breastfeeding checklist. I’m going to share what you some of the most helpful products to have on your breastfeeding journey. Every new mom should have these items stocked up on. I’m sharing easy Amazon links to use to restock up on them if necessary. I’ll also have links to other online stores as well! I hope they can help ease you into the fantastic rollercoaster of an adventure ride called mommyhood.
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Down to the breastfeeding necessities for every mama.
The Ultimate Nursing Checklist
There are so many options, you can get reusable ones or disposable ones. I know the disposable ones even come in different absorbency amounts. They have Day time and Night time- which is supposed to be extra absorbent and better coverage. If you’re getting the reusable ones, I have seen some awesome wash bags to toss them into with the washer. Check them out below
We talked about the necessity of Nursing Bras and the awesome ones you can find on Amazon before. If you haven’t seen that post, I LOVED the bras that were like sports bras. Personally, I couldn’t get the nursing bras with underwire to be comfortable and functional for me. But, if you’re looking to try them, I’ll include an option for those as well.
Keep in mind that every persons breastfeeding journey is going to be different from the next, but, these are the things that have worked for me personally or family/friends I know that have had a successful breastfeeding adventure.
There are so many variations of this. You really need this. TRUST ME! You want to keep your nipples hydrated and try your best to keep them from cracking. Apply this as often as you can. I’m sharing a few of our favorites. I have seen a post about other various uses for Nipple cream you can use it for once your breastfeeding journey is through.
Breastmilk Storage Bags
So many kinds of breastmilk storage bags are available. These are the ones we used and a few others out there to choose from. We just labeled them before I pumped and poured the milk into them to freeze them, so I would know how long they would be good for.
Portable Milk Storage
Some breast pumps come with a storage system. In this storage system, make sure you get an insulated bag, storage bottles and a reusable icepack.
Did you know MOST insurance companies cover the cost of breast pumps or have programs with breast pump companies that can get you extreme discounts?!? Make sure to call your insurance provider and ask what they offer. Some insurance companies send it to you before you give birth. Our personal insurance company, required us to pick out the system that we wanted ahead of time, but, we couldn’t get it until we gave birth to our daughter. Once we had her, my husband called the company that day, told them we had her and they overnighted it to us. It was home waiting for us when we got home from the hospital- I didn’t even have the need for it there actually!
Breastmilk Remover Soap
We use this with our formula bottles too. It is great at removing any residue that may be left on the bottles. It doesn’t leave a a harsh chemical smell either! This is our favorite brand. If you don’t bottle feed, you may still need this for your milk storage bottles.
Water and Snacks
You need to stay hydrated. If you are breastfeeding, you will be requiring more water in take and caloric intake to keep up your milk supply. Find a cute water bottle to sip from while nursing and use all day long.
This is optional but many mamas prefer to cover up while nursing. I’m not trying to start a debate saying that YOU MUST COVER. NO NOT AT ALL. You do what you are most comfortable with. YOUR DECISION! But, if you would like to have a cover, you can find a huge assortment to choose from. Personally, I loved the Nursing Scarf. It was a cute accessory. It was a quick cover up option while nursing and was very roomy. I never felt constricted while trying to feed my daughter in public. I also used our favorite Muslin Swaddle Blankets when I was at home for a simple cover.
I don’t know much about them personally, as I never had to use them with Caroline. But, I have heard they have worked wonders for many new moms. Quite a few mamas said the shields help save their nipples through all the cluster feedings. They swore by them. So, if you’re noticing some extra sensitivity, you may want to give this a try.
Nursing Consultant/Lactation Consultant/ Support Group
You never know when you’re going to need some breastfeeding advice. Having a support system, whether it be your family/friends or medical professionals— having someone available there to ask questions or go to for support is always essential. Talk to your Lactation Consultant when you deliver. They can usually give you plenty of resources in your area. Our hospital even offered free consults for a couple weeks postpartum and they organized a new mom support group for those wanting to breastfeed. Look into what your healthcare providers have to offer. If all else fails, google and you will find many sites who are willing to provide support.
What other things did you use or are you thinking about using to help have the best breastfeeding experience possible? Feel free to share them in the comments below. If you’re one of those mamas who are getting themselves educated about what’s to come and are in your second trimester, join our VIP email list to get your Second Trimester To Do list!!! Still in your first trimester – just curious as to what you’re getting into? Check out our first trimester to do list too!!!!