As two breastfeeding moms, we’ve tried a ton of stuff to try to make ourselves and baby more comfortable and these are the winners! Do you have any others you can’t live without? Let us know in the comments!
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Spectra S1 Breast Pump – $200
This is my #1 recommendation for you if you’re planning on pumping. I actually got the Medela Pump in Style Advanced through my insurance and was using it while on maternity leave. I hated it. I was sore after pumping and began dreading my pump time every day. I swapped my flanges for bigger ones which helped…but not much. I kept reading about this other pump that had a different suction style than the Medela so I bit the bullet and bought it out of pocket. Oh my god. It’s a game-changer! It’s WAY more gentle and feels more like the suction pattern when our baby is nursing. Plus you can change the suction intensity and frequency separately, so you may even get more milk since you can customize it more. Oh! And this one has a rechargeable battery so no need to plug it in all the time! I love it! (can you tell?)
Bravado Nursing Bra – $49
I have wasted a lot of $$$ on nursing bras. I found some great ones for lounging but I couldn’t find one that I loved for everyday use that was more supportive. This one is on the pricier side so I held off buying it for a long time, instead trying a lot of cheaper bras. Well, I finally pulled the trigger on it recently and I’m here to say it’s worth the money! It is so soft and comfy and has removable pads so you have leak protection and will be guaranteed smooth lines under clothes. It’s perfect!
Bun Maternity Nursing Hoodie – $77
I LIVED in this during my maternity leave, and it’s still my go-to on the weekends. This hoodie is so so soft and gives you easy access for nursing with a little snap-down section on the shoulder. The way it is structured also gives you a kind of built-in cover for the top of your breasts while feeding your little one, so I don’t really ever feel like I need a separate cover even when out and about. Yes, it’s expensive for a sweatshirt, but I swear you’ll wear it every day so it’s worth it! (This company also has great nursing tanks in the same snap-down style that are great)
Undercover Mama Nursing Tank – $19 (or less depending on color!)
Speaking of nursing tanks, these things are amazing. They don’t have straps, but instead clip right to your nursing bra. This means there aren’t any extra straps to deal with AND you can turn your favorite bra into a tank! They do tend to run a little tight in my opinion, so size up if you want it a little looser.
Earth Mama Nipple Butter – $13
As we talked about in our breastfeeding post, when learning how to breastfeed your nipples will probably kill you at one point or another. This was a great nipple balm I found that smelled good and helped a lot. You’re able to nurse without needing to wipe it off too (not all nipple creams are like that!) so it was really nice when inevitably you put on a coat and then your baby wakes up 30 seconds later.
Haakaa Manual Breast Pump/Milk Catcher – $16
This little thing is genius. It suctions on your other breast while your baby is nursing and catches your extra milk when you have a let-down! I still use it and get an extra ounce or two each feeding that I can save either to send to daycare the next day or freeze!
Bumkins Wet Bag – $11
As someone who pumps multiple times at work I wanted to have a place I can put my pump parts between pumping. I was using a gallon ziploc bag but this one is even better! It’s reusable and washable, so you cut down on waste and can just throw it in the laundry when you need to!
Gel Pads – $14.11
As I have previously mentioned, the little monster you just birthed is likely wreaking havoc on your nipples. The hospital gave me some of these gel pads that you can toss in the fridge. I bought extra on Amazon when I returned home from the hospital.
Nursing Cover – $14.49
Inevitably, there will come a time when you will want to have a nursing cover. This one is not only a fun pattern, it’s also stretchy, and versatile. I have used mine for a multitude of purposes, including for nursing, as a carseat cover, blanket, burp cloth, and skirt (just kidding, kind of).
Pump & Save Bags (100 count) – $14.99
I have a freezer FULL of milk. After having Ellie and knowing I would have to return to work in a few months, I was worried I would not have enough milk when she began daycare. I started freezing milk when Ellie was about a month old. Fast forward to when I returned to work, I was making enough milk each day to send to daycare the following day and would freeze some at the end of each week. If you’re someone who either likes having the option of your partner thawing milk for a bottle or wants to have the ability to discontinue breastfeeding before you initially planned, freezing your milk is not a bad idea (if your supply allows you to). The CDC states that you can safely store your milk in a freezer for up to a year, depending on the type of freezer you have.
Nipple Shields – $7.39
I heard about this AFTER I really needed it, of course. A nipple shield is super helpful if you are struggling with the latch, her nipples are super sore, or your have inverted nipples. This little guy would have made my initial days of breastfeeding much more manageable had I known they existed. Give it a shot if you’re struggling.
Boppy Nursing Pillow – $39.99
I would be remiss if I did not mention this lifesaver. Any nursing mom will tell you that breastfeeding reeks havoc on your back, arms, and neck. Who knew a sub-ten pound baby could mess with you so much? This pillow gives baby a little lift and allows you to rest your arms and lean back. It’s definitely worth it in those first few months.
~ Kristin & Karen