12 Items Every Breastfeeding and Pumping Mom Will Want to Have
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As you're making the list for your registry, it's easy to get caught up in choosing all the adorable little items for the baby and the nursery. Don't forget that while your baby will look adorable no matter what he is wearing, you're going to be spending an awful lot of time feeding him, especially in those first weeks.
We've got a list of some of the most useful items that will help breastfeeding and pumping moms both in those early days and throughout their breastfeeding relationship.
If you're going to be pumping, you need to decide how you're going to store and utilize the pumped milk. This system includes all you need to pump directly into storage bags that are also used for feeding, along with a warmer, nipples, and bottles. You don't need to transfer milk for feeds – simple use the pouches in the warmer and the bottle system. Genius!
When your baby arrives it's likely you'll have moments where you want to hold them and never set them down. But a few pounds gets really heavy after the fifth or sixth feeding of the day. This pillow helps to support that weight and your back during feedings or even just cuddle time.
Find it here: My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow
This multi-functional shawl serves as a stylist shawl, nursing cover, car seat cover, or stroller canopy.
Find it here: Infantino 3-in-1 Nursing Shawl and Cover
One of the side-effects of pregnancy and nursing is often a little – or not-so-little – bump in breast size. Finding a bra that offers comfort during whatever activities you're doing – including running – while keeping things in place is a tall order. This one is adjustable and designed to minimize movement.
Find it here: Moving Comfort Fiona Bra
This herbal treatment which is used to relieve stress can also be used to help relax you and encourage letdown.
Find it here: Rescue Remedy
Establishing a proper latch is one of the most essential steps of breastfeeding. For some women with flat or inverted nipples, or for babies who have a shallow latch, a nipple shield can be the key to nursing success. A lactation consultant can help you decide if a nipple shield can help you.
Find it here: Medela Nipple Shield
One of the challenges of pumping is feeling like you spend so much time having to do it. With a hands-free bra like this one, your arms are freed up to use the computer, hold your baby, or any of the dozen other things you want to be doing.
Find it here: Simple Wishes Hands-Free Pumping Bra
A comfortable and environmentally friendly way to stop leaks.
Find them here: Bamboo Eco Nursing Pads
Cleaning up pump parts is a necessary evil, but there is a shortcut if you're looking. If you've got access to a microwave and water you can sterilize your pump parts in just minutes. Winner!
Find them here: Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags
These pads can be heated to aid in pumping or to relieve discomfort due to mastitis or plugged ducts. They can also be cooled to relieve engorgement.
Find them here: Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy
A seamless nursing bra with removable foam cups, designed to be comfortable and supportive while allowing easy access for nursing or pumping.
Find it here: Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra
Lactation consultants and other breastfeeding specialists will tell you that breastfeeding or pumping shouldn't hurt. And it shouldn't. But in the process of getting everything figured out, and with the frequency of early feeds, there is a good chance that you'll have some nipple irritation or soreness. This cream is all organic and does not need to be removed prior to feeding.
Find it here: Motherlove Nipple Cream
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