Breastfeeding Accessories to Get You Started

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Breastfeeding may be natural but, for many new moms, it sure doesn't come naturally. Some babies easily latch on and start nursing away, but if not, it doesn't mean breastfeeding is a no-go. With a little help and support, every mom can be successful. Check out this list of genius breastfeeding accessories and products that can help nursing moms work through common challenges.

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Nursing Cover

Many new moms are a little nervous about nursing in public. The answer? A cute and lightweight nursing cover you can throw in your diaper bag.

Made from breathable and hypoallergenic Lyocell, a lightweight but strong fabric, The Allover Nursing Cover by Lassig can be worn many different ways, including as a neck scarf, stole, bolero, and cape. It is wrinkle resistant, even after being washed and dried, and available in nine different colors so you can be sure to find one that matches your style.

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Breast Pump Bag

Breast pumps may be covered by the Affordable Care Act, but only the basics. What's a mom to do when she needs to pump while on-the-go or at work? The jay elle Breast Pump Bag and Accessories is discreetly fashioned to look like a purse with an abundance of organization and encouragement. Just add your breast pump and personal essentials and you're ready to go.

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Save that Milk!

It's called liquid gold for a reason and no mom wants to waste to even a drop. Easy to use, simply slip the Milk-Saver into your bra-cup on the non-nursing side before you breastfeed. The Milk-Saver collects the milk that is leaked when your breast milk lets down. You can store this milk and save it for any time it's needed. Genius and such an easy way to build up your freezer stash.

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Nursing Wardrobe

Nursing clothes are far from frumpy. Check out this sophisticated Whimsical Wrap Nursing Dress for the breastfeeding mama who wants to dress up and nurse discreetly and pump with ease. The three-quarter sleeves make this dress a year-round choice. Whether you're in heels or flip flops, you'll always be nursing or pumping in style. The patent-pending inside flap, included in every Udderly Hot Mama nursing garment, provides extra privacy during a feeding. When your baby is weaned, you can easily remove it and add your top to your everyday wardrobe.

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Making Milk

A nursing mother's biggest worry is whether or not she will produce enough milk. Milkflow Fenugreek Blessed Thistle Powder Drink by UpSpring Baby is a convenient and easy way to help moms stimulate breast milk production. This all natural herbal supplement comes in a chocolate-flavored drink mix and is a great alternative to traditional fenugreek pills, teas, or elixirs. Just mix with 6 oz of hot or cold milk, or add to a smoothie twice per day for best results.

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Nightwear

New moms don't get the nights off from nursing. On top of that, sometimes you can't get your act together to get dressed before noon. That's why it's important to have adorable, nursing-friendly pajamas like these from Belabumbum. There are even options for super-comfy sleep bras to help nursing moms who find they need a little support even at night. Check out the cute matching Mom and Baby sets that make perfect baby shower gifts. Plus, all Belabumbum products are made sustainably in family-run facilities.

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Breastfeeding Accessories to Get You Started

Jamie is a Beltway Insider who loves channeling her pre-motherhood love of traveling into spending time exploring all D.C. has to offer with her brood of two girls and two boys ages 9, 7,5, and a baby. She is a reformed lawyer turned full-time kid wrangler who enjoys photographing her everyday chaos and anything salted caramel. Since life is never dull, she loves writing about the issues and events going on in her life at any given time, including caring for a daughter with special needs and th ... More

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