Breastfeeding can be a a rocky road, but there are some breastfeeding products that can help you get off to a good start. I have lived and learned over the last eight years while extended breastfeeding three kiddies. I’ve managed to avoid a lot of breastfeeding challenges like mastitis and cracked and bleeding nipples. Here are some of my favorite products to support you and your breastfeeding journey!
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1. Nipple Creams
The best advice I can give moms who are just getting started with breastfeeding is to KEEP THOSE NIPPLES HYDRATED! I wish you could hear me screaming the top of my lungs. Seriously, dry cracked nipples are a sure way to lose motivation and make an even tougher go of it for new moms.
This is a lesson I learned within the first week of nursing my daughter and continued with my younger two boys, as well. Nipple cream is at the top of my list of absolutely essential breastfeeding products.
I applied nipple cream after every single feed (and pumping session). And I do mean every time our little one broke a latch, I immediately applied a nipple cream to seal in moisture. The times I forgot, my nipples surely didn’t. Lansinoh was by far my favorite brand for nipple creams.
Here are my favorite nipple creams:
Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream for Breastfeeding
Plain old coconut oil
We use coconut oil for everything! So, when I’m in a pinch, it is one of my go-to products to keep my breasts moisturized. We love the Kirkland Signature Organic Virgin Coconut Oil from Costco.
2. Burp Cloths
Before we had our kiddies, I knew burp cloths… help with burping messes, but they are actually so much more versatile.. My favorite way to use them (aside from the burping, of course) is to use as a quick nursing cover.
Our kids all hated full coverage nursing covers. They would get hot and frustrated. So, I learned quickly to find other ways to cover my breasts while I nursed in public, if I chose to. At home, all bets (and covers) are off Lol.
Here are some of my favorite burp cloths:
Burt’s Bees Baby – 5 Pack of Burp Cloths
5-Pack Organic Burp Cloth for Baby Boys and Girls
3. Nursing Bras/Tanks
So, I have larger breast and it can be a bit of a task finding nursing bras and tanks, since they tend to be lacking in the support area. I need MAXIMUM support, no matter what the mission is, nursing included. Good nursing tanks can also get pretty expensive. So, I try to find the best fitting tops for reasonable prices. I also lucked up and found some nursing tanks that helped me to be even more comfy when my giant bras where a bit overkill. These are breastfeeding products that you will use throughout your journey (and beyond, if you’re like me)!
Here are some of my favorite nursing tanks and bras:
Women’s Nursing Tank Tops Built in Bra for Breastfeeding Maternity Camisole Brassieres
Kindred Bravely Simply Sublime Seamless Nursing Bra for Breastfeeding
4. Nursing/Nipple Pads
Nipple pads are a MUST if you plan to ever leave the house, especially in the first few months when letdowns are like tsunamis. There aren’t many breastfeeding products that will save you from embarrassment like nursing pads. No mom wants to be reminded that it’s time to nurse or pump by the wetness on her shirt.
I started out using the Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads, which continued to be convenient if I needed something on the go, but I eventually invested in reusable nursing pads like the Bamboobies Women’s Nursing Pads to save money and the environment.
Here are some of my favorite nipple pads:
Lansinoh Stay Dry Disposable Nursing Pads for Breastfeeding
Bamboobies Women’s Nursing Pads
5. Breast Pumps!
When it comes to universal breastfeeding products, breast pumps take the cake! However, when I first started pumping, I was immediately discouraged by the pumps that I tried. I have larger breast and they are not shaped like perky little cones. They stare off in opposite directions and never fit comfortably in the flanges. With my first two kiddos, I ditched the pump altogether and resorted to hand expressing for over a year. While I’m glad to have learned the skill of “milking myself”, it was not an enjoyable experience.
Luckily, with our youngest, I discovered the Willow pump. It changed my life! I was able to pump while driving, exercising, cooking, playing and even sleeping! And because I could adjust the pumps in my bra, it was comfortable no mater which direction my nipples were facing.
6. Nursing Covers
Even though my children despised nursing covers, they absolutely came in handy when I really didn’t want to flash family visitors or the public when nursing my little ones. I’m pretty unbothered when it comes to letting it hang out to get the job done, but there are times when I prefer to have some privacy. I love the LK Baby Infinity Nursing Scarf Breastfeeding Cover since it double as a nice scarf during the colder months, and I do love a good accessory.
Here are my favorite nursing covers:
2pk LK Baby Infinity Nursing Scarf Breastfeeding Cover Ultra Soft (Grey/Navy)
7. Nursing Support
Finding a comfortable positions to nurse is essential to a successful breastfeeding journey. During those first few months, you may end up trying multiple positions and you will need good back and arm support.
Here are my favorite breastfeeding support products:
Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner
My Brest Friend Original Nursing Pillow for Breastfeeding
8. Breastmilk Storage Bags/Bottles
Storing breast milk becomes a full-time task, especially when you plan to be away from your little one on a consistent basis. You’ll want to make sure your milk stays fresh and won’t leak, because you will cry over spilt breastmilk!
When it comes to storing frozen breastmilk, the Lansinoh storage bags are hard to beat. They hold up to 6oz of milk (I’ve fit up to 8oz) and are easy to fill and pour from. The bags have a nice label for keeping track of dates. They are very durable and have a double zipper seal to keep your milk fresh. I used them to freeze laying flat and then stored them standing up in my freezer to save space.
Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags, 100 Count Milk Storage Bags
9. Supply Boosters
I can’t even begin to list the amount of supply boosting breastfeeding products that I’ve used over the years during growth spurts, sickness, and shifts in baby’s eating habits. I will share the ones that really made a difference and left mommy happy and baby satisfied. A lot of these products are used in my favorite lactation cookie recipe from How Sweet Eats, but I’ve also used them alone and in other combinations.
Here are my favorite supply boosting breastfeeding products:
Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother’s Milk Women’s Tea
Nature’s Way Fenugreek Seed
Nutiva Organic Cold-Pressed Raw Hemp Seed Protein Powder
Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats
NOW Supplements, Brewer’s Yeast Powder
Bob’s Red Mill Brown Flaxseed Meal
10. Sore Boob Relief
In the event you do have soreness, you may want something cooling and soothing to help you find relief. This is one of the breastfeeding products you hope you never need, but will wish you had. Having one of these in the first few months will hep you stay prepared.
Here are my favorite soothing nursing pads:
Lansinoh Soothies Breast Gel Pads for Breastfeeding and Nipple Relief
Lansinoh TheraPearl Breast Therapy Pack
I hope that this list will help you along your breastfeeding journey! Let us know which products you can’t live without in the comments below. Thanks for hanging out!