Photo by: Sharon McCutcheon
You don’t really need anything other than your breast to breastfeed successfully. However, it’s common for new moms to find breastfeeding uncomfortable and painful. A painful or uncomfortable breastfeeding experience usually means something isn’t right. As you are probably learning, there are so many products out there to help you with your breastfeeding journey!
It can also be overwhelming to consider which product you will need. That’s why we’re here to help! With so many products on the market, how would you know which ones will be the best for you and your baby? To get you started, we recommend buying the basics like a breast pump(often covered by insurance), nipple cream, and nursing pillow.
Here is a list of the most useful items that you might consider on your breastfeeding journey. It is our hope that these recommendations lead to peace of mind, a successful start, and lead you down the path of a comfortable breastfeeding journey.
This may help reduce strain on your back, neck, shoulders, and arms so that you’ll feel comfortable nursing your baby. The right nursing pillow can also help you get a better latch and a more efficient nursing session.
It can be hard at first to know which one to choose as there are many varieties of nipple cream out there. You may need to try some creams to see what works for you. It can also be helpful to purchase one before giving birth. Since our skin is our largest organ, we assume that ingredients matter to you. Be sure to read labels to find the one that is right for you and your little one.
A nursing bra can give you easy access to your breasts when it’s time to nurse. A good nursing bra will help support your breasts and relieve strain on your shoulders and back. News flash- they can also be sexy and comfortable!
This helps to remove clogged breast milk from your breasts. They can also be used to relieve engorgement, manage your milk supply, increase your milk supply, or collect milk to feed your baby if they are in the NICU.
The most important thing is a supportive partner, family, and community! I will never forget my husband, Tim’s commitment to helping me learn how to breastfeed and his endless support and Papa bear tendencies when encountering anyone who dared pass judgement. Keep going, mamma. You’ve got this!