10 Breastfeeding Tools That Moms Need
Today, I want to share ” 10 Breastfeeding Items That Moms Need”. If you are or were a breastfeeding mama, then you know that breastfeeding can be time consuming and can require lots of comfort.
When I first started out breastfeeding I was lucky to have to many of these resources, but I eventually had to refill or buy some of them later on in my journey. Breastfeeding for me was very tough in the beginning. From the sore nipples to my baby wanting to feed consistently, and I sometimes not producing enough milk. Using these items below, helped me out tremendously and I seriously hope that they can come in handy on your breastfeeding journey.
(This post does contain affiliate links, which I will receive a small commission, if you do choose to purchase. However, do not let this discourage you from purchasing these items, as they are likely to help your breastfeeding journey run smoothly.)
Breast pump- A breast pump is something I highly recommend because you will need this to store extra milk. You also will have times when your breasts swell and may cause a bit of pain. Breast pumps are a lifesaver! Ig you’re in need of a good breast pump, check out this one by Lanisoh: https://shopstyle.it/l/bkJEm.
Breast milk storage bags– Following a good breast pump, you will need storage bags to store your milk. These are awesome because you are able to to store milk in the fridge for up to 4 days (depends on who you ask) and can last in the freezer for up to 12 months. However, the optimal time would be 6 months. Here’s a link to some reasonably priced storage bags: https://shopstyle.it/l/bkJCb.
Breast pads- You will definitely want to have some breast pads handy, especially on the go. After going so long without pumping or feeding, your breasts are very likely to leak. I used these Lanisoh pads and they worked wonderfully. https://shopstyle.it/l/bkJEh
Nipple balm- I experienced pain for about 4 months. Not only was I adjusting to being a breastfeeding mom, my baby was in the process of learning to latch properly as well. However, nipple balm made this process so much easier. I literally applied it before and after feedings. Depending on which brand you purchase, it is typically safe for you to feed with it applied to you nipples. I used Dr. Lipp nipple balm because not only is it a natural brand, but it really soothed the pain. https://shopstyle.it/l/bkJBT
Nursing pillow- While breastfeeding, sometimes I would get back pains when having to lean forward during feedings. A nursing pillow was definitely the answer! My daughter’s nursing pillow relieved the back pain immediately! https://shopstyle.it/l/bkJD4 (baby girl) https://shopstyle.it/l/bkJEa (baby boy)
Stretch mark cream- I didn’t listen in the very beginning when my friend told me to use my stretch mark cream daily. I am happy to say, I came out with very few stretch marks, but this is not always the case for everyone. Once I had my daughter, I decided to start using the stretch mark cream immediately to erase the visibility of any possible stretch marks. I highly recommend grabbing this stretch mark cream and to use it continuously throughout your pregnancy. https://shopstyle.it/l/bkJCf
Prenatal vitamins- These are such an important part of breastfeeding because they make sure that you baby is getting those essential nutrients that your baby needs, through your breast milk. This is also an essential item that I recommend using all throughout your pregnancy and while you intend on breastfeeding. https://shopstyle.it/l/bkJEu
Breast milk tea- If you are scared that you may not produce enough or you find that there are times that you aren’t producing enough. I highly, suggest getting this Earth Mama Tea. Not only does it help you at the end stages of your pregnancy, but this brand carries other tea that is tailored to help produce breast milk, and it definitely helps! https://shopstyle.it/l/bkJDs
Nursing bra hands free pump- This is the one item that I didn’t have throughout my pregnancy that I wish I did. I was constantly on my feet when my baby had first come home, so this would have been a gem for when I was doing house chores. Check out this low priced nursing bra that I found: https://shopstyle.it/l/bkJFw
Or regular nursing bra for comfort- These are also great because they provide comfort after pregnancy and they allow ease in discretion when pulling out your breast for feedings. Here’s a great option for comfortable nursing bras: https://shopstyle.it/l/bkJFy
Nursing scarf- Speaking of discretion, this nursing scarf is perfect for when feeding in public. Although breastfeeding is a beautiful and natural thing, people tend to sexualize breasts, even when they are used to feed a child (which is weird). So this is a way to be discreet and comfortable, when feeding in public. Check out these really cool nursing scarves that can be worn over any outfit: https://shopstyle.it/l/bkJEF.
I hope that you all found useful information from this post. As, I myself am a breastfeeding mama and I understand the challenges that it may bring. If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to leave your comments below and/or subscribe to my email list to stay updated on my latest posts.
During your new journey of motherhood, you will be very busy and may need some quick and easy meal ideas to refer to. Check out my post on some meals ideas for moms: http://highheelsandmotherhood.com/5-fast-frugal-meal-ideas-for-moms-to-save-time-money/.