September 28, 2021
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world, and yet it’s also one of the most challenging. Breastfeeding shouldn’t be a daunting task, yet many moms struggle to find breastfeeding essentials that work for them and their babies. Whether you’re just starting or you’ve been breastfeeding for months, we have you covered with this list of must-have breastfeeding products. From nursing bras to nipple cream, these are the nine life-saving must-haves every mother needs to keep her nursing journey on track.
1. Breast Pump
Getting yourself and your baby to breastfeed in the first place is really hard. Once you do make it through the initial adjustment period, though, breastfeeding becomes an absolute breeze. Of course, once you’re in the groove, you can’t always rely on your baby to cooperate. A great breast pump is a lifesaver in situations like these. Not sure how to choose the perfect pump for your lifestyle? Read our guide on selecting a breast milk pump here.
We recommend the Willow® Pump
Willow is a hands-free breast pump that fits in your bra. It provides 7 levels of suction comparable with traditional electric, hospital-grade pumps, and offers a sensitivity setting for comfort to help you maximize your milk volume. With continuous suction technology for 360 degrees of freedom, it’s like having your own personal assistant that goes wherever you do! The best part? It connects to the Willow App for real-time data, pumping history, and personalized tips!
2. Breastmilk Storage
Breastmilk Storage Bags
Nanobebe breast milk storage bags and organizer offers an easy way to store and organize your breast milk. It includes 125 pre-sterilized breast milk storage bags and a convenient organizer with labels for easy tracking. The bags are designed to preserve the nutrients found in breast milk, as they cool and thaw two times faster than standard storage bags.
Breastmilk Storage Bottles
This Breastmilk Bottle Starter Set boasts nutrient-preserving Breastmilk Bottles are shaped like mom for instinctual connections with no nipple confusion. They warm safely and evenly 2x faster than standard bottles, helping to avoid hot spots, preserve vital breast milk nutrients, and prevent bacterial growth. They also stack to save space and are easy to clean! This baby bottle set is a great addition to your baby registry or as a gift any expecting parent will love.
3. Bras for Breastfeeding
The Momcozy Hands-Free Pumping Bra is the ultimate in mommy-friendly gear. The bra can be used for breastfeeding, pumping or both together. It gives breastfeeding mothers the freedom to go about their routine while pumping and provides a relief of hands-free pumping to mothers. There's built-in pockets for storage of your pump, nursing pads and anything else you might need right at your fingertips!
A new mom's best friend, this nursing bra provides the support and comfort you need after pregnancy and childbirth. This bra is great for nursing as it offers easy access for breastfeeding, with a clip that can be unclasped to provide breastfeeding access. The wide straps help to distribute the weight of your breasts for added comfort.
4. Nursing Bra Pads
With this reusable set of Organic Bamboo Nursing Pads, you'll have the softest, most absorbent pads for your breastfeeding experience. They're fantastic at preventing leakage and are made of organic bamboo for comfort throughout the day. This set includes a convenient waterproof carrying bag and 4 pairs of nursing bra pads featuring ultra-absorbent organic bamboo for a comfortable fit that lasts all day long.
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5. Breastfeeding Nipple Butter
If your nipples need some TLC, Organic Nipple Butter is the way to go. This nipple butter contains organic herbs traditionally used to soothe and moisturize nipples, and dry skin also does not need washing off before nursing. It’s chosen by hospitals and dermatologists alike and is still 100% USDA Certified Organic.
Nipple butter is an absolute lifesaver for breastfeeding moms. While you're here, check out this list of 21 Postpartum Kit Essentials + Printable Checklist and enjoy a speedy and comfortable recovery!
6. Breastfeeding Pillow
The Boppy Best Latch Breastfeeding Pillow is the only pillow you'll need for breastfeeding. The updated design now offers a wide, padded, adjustable belt, a large easy-close buckle, a flexible fit, and added height and depth to give you ergonomic support while nursing. This breastfeeding pillow has two sides: one contoured foam side that supports your baby and an un-contoured side for feeding or relaxing.
7. Nursing Cover
The Boppy Nursing Cover is a must-have for any mom who is breastfeeding or looking to breastfeed. This easy-to-use nursing cover is made of lightweight and soft fabric that maximizes airflow for both mom and baby. It provides 360° full coverage while nursing, so you can stay comfortable and discreet. It's the perfect breastfeeding accessory to wear at home or out in public. You'll be surprised how much you'll use it!
8. Breastmilk Carrying Tote Bag
|With The Bebe Backpack, high fashion and stellar storage team up for the ultimate travel companion fit for any adventure with baby. Built to Last: Durable, waterproof fabric with dual zippers designed to take you from baby to toddlerhood and beyond. - Effortless Organization: Multiple sections are designed to fit every parent's necessity from feeding essentials to baby clothes, while designated pockets for your phone and wallet maximize convenience. - Quick Snap Closures: Magnetic side pockets provide ultra-quick access to an insulated bottle pocket and additional storage. - Go Anywhere: Multiple strap options allow for easy carry or stroller attachment. - Changing Mat Included: Functional pockets built right into the changing mat to store diapers and wipes, for the ultimate convenience.|
9. Breastfeeding Clothing
Breastfeeding Tank Tops
This Beautiful Solid Round Neck Nursing Tank is perfect for nursing mothers. This comfortable breastfeeding top is super soft and stretchy, providing easy access by lifting the front layer for breastfeeding. They come in various cute colors to suit your style! You can wear these any time of year by layering them under your favorite cardigan sweater.
The Breastfeeding Essentials Every Mom Needs
My hope is that this list of products can inspire some new moms to start breastfeeding their babies. There are many beautiful moments in the breastfeeding journey. I am so happy I breastfed my son for 15 months. But you never know what curveballs are going to hit.
So, use these products, and when breastfeeding hits you in the face, remember, it can all be so easy! You just need to have the right tools to get through. And don’t worry about whether you are doing it right or not. I was able to learn a lot about breastfeeding, my baby, my body, and myself when I breastfed.
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your midwife, doula, or doctor! They are the ones who really know. And don't forget to take some time for yourself with these 5 Ways for Moms to Have a Break, as a couple, with girlfriends, or just doing some yoga solo.