One of the most overwhelming parts about being a new mom is all of the baby gear. It's not easy to figure out what you truly need because everything seems helpful. If you are planning to breastfeed, there are a few products I think every nursing needs to help her out. After nursing two children well into toddlerhood, these are the items I found the most helpful.
5 Breastfeeding Products for Nursing Moms
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There are lots of different products that are handy and aim to make breastfeeding a little more comfortable and easier. Some are very helpful and some I can do without. The following five picks are not brand specific. These are simply the things I couldn't have done without in the beginning. My reliance on these lessened as I became more comfortable with nursing my babies, but if we were having a rough day… these are the things I turned to for support.
1 – A comfortable chair – It can be a glider, a rocker, or just a comfy chair. You want to be able to sit against the back for support, or be able to pad the back with a pillow. I don't suggest a deep seat – the kind where you can't bend your knee at the edge of the seat if you sit all the way back. I'm short, so this is often an issue I face. You'll likely be here a lot, so you want it to be comfortable and supportive of your posture.
2 – A footstool – I started using a footstool while in the hospital with my first baby (thanks to whoever donated all of them!). I found the footstool made a huge difference in my breastfeeding posture, which cured the mid-back pain and strain I started to encounter. It raises your knees above your waist, keeping you from slouching forward. I prefer one like this adjustable nursing footstool.
3 – A firm pillow – Any kind to cushion your arm and/or elevate little one to your chest. Everyone I knew recommended a Boppy, so I bought one while pregnant with my first baby. It was OK, but I found it hard to get situated one handed. It also created a gap between my belly and the pillow which my daughter would sink into. I ended up using a pillow off our bed and have tried several other nursing pillows. My favorite breastfeeding pillow to fit my plus size belly is the My Brest Friend Deluxe Pillow.
4 – A supportive nursing bra – To hold the girls up and in, yet provide easy access at mealtime. I found having a supportive nursing bra or nursing cami to be essential for my comfort while establishing my milk supply. I actually preferred camis during the first few weeks because my breast size fluctuated so much. Thankfully it wasn't as drastic with my second baby!
5 – A breast pump – Whether you need it to stock up, supplement, or just in case – it's good to have. A breast pump is a must if you will ever spend time away from your little one, which even I did on occasion. My pump was crucial to maintain my milk when my newborn forgot how to nurse temporarily. Check out our tips on how to pick a breast pump and storing breast milk in the freezer.
I hope these must-have breastfeeding products based on my nursing experiences help you with your breastfeeding journey. It's important for you and baby to be comfortable and have the support you need.
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- Tips For Handling Breastfeeding Pain
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