Are you a new breastfeeding mom? Congratulations! You should be proud of yourself. It’s a selfless thing to give your baby and while it’s not always easy, it will be so worth it. As a breastfeeding mom myself, I’m writing this blog for you to let you know what items will be super helpful when you’re in the early days of breastfeeding.
You’ve had your baby shower and your baby has been spoiled, but what about you mama? It’s important to take care of you, too! Check out these 9 items every breastfeeding mom needs to make life just a bit easier. Make sure you have these items handy before you have your baby!
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9 Things Every Breastfeeding Mom Needs
- Breast pads – You’ll need these once your milk comes in, about 3 days postpartum. Everyone is different, but you will most likely leak for a few weeks and you want to be comfortable and dry. Here are my favorite breast pads.
- Haakaa – You NEED a Haakaa! They are amazing milk catchers and are especially great in the first few weeks when you leak a lot. Actually, even if you’re someone who’s not super leaky, a Haakaa is great. When your baby is nursing, you put the Haakaa on the opposite breast and it catches/suctions your milk. I typically got 2-4 oz. at a time when I used mine. It also helped when I was engorged and baby was sleeping.
- Baby Blues Vitamins – These vitamins help fight postpartum hair loss! They are amazing, they taste great, and you can get them HERE. Use code BASICMAMA10 for 10% off your first bottle!
- Boppy Pillow – These are great to get comfortable in the early days of nursing. They help support and prop up your baby so you don’t have to. Then as your baby gets older, you can use it for the baby to lay on, to help them with tummy time, and to help support them when they are learning to sit. It’s something with multiple uses that you can use for a while. Get your Boppy Pillow HERE.
- Nursing Bras – A comfortable nursing bra is a must. Get a couple without underwires. I personally like the ones that just pull down, not the clip ones. But this is totally preference!
- Legendairy Milk Supplements – Legendairy Milk has many supplements that aid in breastmilk production and nutrition. I used these around 3 months postpartum when I felt my supply dipped a bit and they WORKED! I also love that they are fenugreek free and there’s no added sugar in their supplements. Buy your supplements HERE and use code ALESSANDRA15 for 15% off your order!
- Lanolin – This will be your best friend. While it’s not normal to have cracked, bleeding nipples (TIP: If they are seek out an IBCLC stat!) it is normal to have some soreness in the beginning of your breastfeeding journey. Lanolin helps soothe your nipples and it’s safe for baby, so you don’t have to worry about washing it off before each feed. Get some lanolin here.
- Comfortable Underwear/Sweatpants – Get those granny panties ready! 😉 You’ll want bigger underwear that’s comfortable and will hold a large pad. You’ll also want sweatpants that are a size bigger because you won’t be your pre-pregnancy size just yet, and you need sweatpants to fit over the large pad. Also, if you had a c-section, sweatpants will be much more comfortable on your belly.
- A Big Water Bottle – I don’t know what it is about breastfeeding, but the second that baby latches on you will suddenly feel like you haven’t drank water in weeks. So have a big water bottle, make sure it’s always full and keep it near by at all times!
Take care of yourself, mama!
Congrats on your new bundle of joy! Remember to take care of yourself and go easy on yourself. Being a mom is the greatest gift, but it’s not always easy. Get rest, drink lots of water, and ask for help! I hope these postpartum tips are helpful for you, make sure you share them with a friend. You’ve got this!
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