Breastfeeding doesn’t have to be so challenging. If you have a few things with you when you start nursing your little munchkin, it could be one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. Having the right products can make a world of difference when breastfeeding your little one. If you are planning to breastfeed, we have the ultimate checklist made exclusively for breastfeeding moms:
1. Good Quality Nursing Bras
Invest in a good quality nursing bra. Look for a bra that provides you the best support and fits you perfectly. You are going to nurse for a few months to a year, so, believe me, getting the right nursing bra would be worth it. Choose bras that give you the additional support, is breathable, give you one-hand access, and is convenient.
2. Nipple Cream
It’s likely that your nipples are going to be sore and cracked. You will need something to moisturize your nipples. Having a nipple cream can soothe and heal your nipples. There are many creams available in the market. You can also choose creams that contain natural ingredients like coconut oil, olive oil, organic shea butter or calendula for additional relief.
3. Breast Pads/Nursing Pads
Don’t wait until after you start breastfeeding to stock up on these. Your breasts are going to leak especially during the first few weeks. You don’t want your bras and T-shirt to get soaked during those days. That’s one hassle you can do without. And there’s also the occasional leakage that will happen if your baby refuses to nurse or if you weren’t able to pump. So, unless you want to be drenched in your own milk, go and grab those breast pads now!
4. Nursing Cover (If You Want One)
A nursing cover is not the most essential one on this checklist. It depends on each mom’s preference. A nursing cover can come in handy when you are breastfeeding in public. For those moms who struggle to breastfeed comfortably in a public place, the nursing cover comes to the rescue. It comes in different patterns and fabric for you to choose from.
5. Nursing Pillow
How can one forget about nursing pillows! If you think you don’t need one, it’s probably because you haven’t used it yet. They are your best feeding companion. It can give you and your baby all the support that you may need while breastfeeding.
6. Nursing Tops And Dresses
Buy some tops and dresses that will make breastfeeding easier for you. You can choose button-down shirts, wrap dresses, crossover tops, and peasant blouses. Wear clothes that won’t have you struggling when it’s time to breastfeed your baby.
7. Burp Cloths
Yes, you are going to need tons of these. Burp cloths will come in handy for both breastfeeding and formula feeding moms. Babies are going to spit up a lot, and the last thing you need is for it to be all over your dress. So, to avoid that mess, always keep a burp cloth with you when you are feeding your baby.
8. Breast Pumps- Electric Or Manual
You can go for either electric breast pumps or manual breast pumps- it’s up to you. You may not be able to always feed your baby. By using a breast pump, you can make sure that you always have milk ready for your baby.
9. Breast Milk Storage Bags
It’s a must-buy if you are going to pump milk. Where to keep all that liquid gold, after all? You can pump the breast milk and store in these bags. Keep it in the refrigerator and use it when you need to.
10. Nipple Shields
Nipple shields can help moms who have very sensitive skin and their nipples tend to dry and crack easily. Mothers who have a problem with getting their baby to latch on properly can also use nipple shields for successful breastfeeding. However, consult your doctor before you buy nipple shields.
If you use the right products, breastfeeding could be a much better experience. Also, taking breastfeeding classes will help you significantly when it’s time to nurse your baby. If you are a breastfeeding mom, which products did you find the most useful? Do let us know in the comment section below.