When I first started breastfeeding I searched and searched for a good list of must have items, but never really found one. I also had no idea what I was going into, what I needed and to be totally honest–I was terrified. SO I’ve put together a list of the breastfeeding must haves. The accessories you’ll want and LOVE, the creams, the things not mentioned, everything! Best part, I’ve linked them all directly to Amazon checkout because well, if you’re like me and an obsessive Amazon Prime Member, that means throw it in the cart and check out. 😉
1. Nipple Cream
Nipple cream is game changing, especially those first few weeks when your nips will most likely be chapped and in pure pain. Bamboobies Boobease Organic Nipple Balm is great for several reasons, it doesn’t smell bad (like others I’ve tried), it’s literally soothing and it goes a LONG way.
2. Nursing Pads
Believe it or not a lot of people told me I wouldn’t need these, now having experienced it first hand I’m in awe that anyone ever told me that. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be a cow (in the milking way 😉 )..I had SO much milk the first month I couldn’t keep up with nursing pads, literally I went through them every few hours because I was leaking so much. You’re GOING to want these, they stop the leaking from going straight onto your shirt and people telling you your shirt is wet….I highly recommend the reusable washable ones otherwise you’re going to drop a lot of money on disposable ones. Plus, they’re way softer! I would start with at least 4 sets, maybe more depending on how often you want to do laundry. Grab some, here.
This one sounds a little comical, like when I first heard about these I laughed out loud, like pillows for my boobs? Really? But, I kid you not, you’re going to want these pillows for your boobs! I had mastitis THREE times, yes I said three (miserable) and these were the only things that helped me through it. I also used them the first couple of weeks when my milk was really coming in and regulating because it takes away the pain and full feeling. Buy them, here.
Again, this is something people told me I wouldn’t need and now in my own experience I am saying you DO need this! I mean, I guess you could get away with just pulling down your normal bra, but it’s going to wear that bra down and destroy it…ain’t nobody got time for that. SO I highly suggest buying a couple of nursing bras. I currently have two with the clasps and one super comfy sports bra type one.
For me personally, I like to use a cover when I nurse in public. However, it’s totally personal preference, but it’s what I feel comfortable with. My favorite cover to use was the Bamboobies Shawl because it has complete coverage all around and allows me to get situated and latched without flashing everyone around me.
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Read my whole breastfeeding story and experience, here.