The 10 Breastfeeding Essentials You Will Actually Need

There are so many baby products out there, and most of them are really not necessary. When I was pregnant with my third child I decided that I was going to breastfeed for the first time. I had no clue where to start or what I needed, so I registered for just about everything that had to do with breastfeeding. My son is now 2 months old, and there are only 5 things that I actually use. After all, you have the most important part already, your boobs!

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I have been lucky, in that breastfeeding happened naturally and easily for us. We had no chapped nipples or trouble latching. There are some products that help with issues you may have, but I recommend getting them as needed.

What You Really Need

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1. Cover

You are definitely going to want to invest in a breastfeeding cover. I use my Milk Snob cover when guests come to visit or when we are out and about. I love it because it can also be used as a blanket, car seat cover, shopping cart cover, or high chair cover. Plus they are totally adorable. .

2. Bottles

When it comes to bottles, you can never have too many. I recommend having at least 10, in case you lose some and to help with your washing schedule. We have already left one at a restaurant and another at a friend’s house. The are great, because they are BPA free and are designed to retain breast milk’s beneficial properties.

3. Pump

Even if you don’t plan on going back to work, you will still need a pump. You will want to pump whenever you can to keep a supply in the freezer. There may be times when you are not around and someone will have to give the baby a bottle. Or you might want to take bottles with you when you are out in public. I love my , it is super light weight and compact for mobile pumping.

If you are going back to work and plan on continuing to breastfeed check out my post 5 Ways to Conquer The Struggle of Breastfeeding When Returning to Work

4. Nursing Pads

This is a must have. The last thing you want is two target marks on your shirt and people staring. I started off using disposable nursing pads, but they are expensive and tend to show through your shirt. I switched to washable nursing pads called ; they are comfortable and indiscrete.

5. Nursing Tanks

I live in these. They are comfortable, convenient, and versatile. You can wear them by themselves or layer them under your regular clothes. Now, when you are breastfeeding everything isn’t hanging out. Check these ‘s out

6. storage bags

These are an essential for storing pumped breast milk in the fridge or freezer. In almost 3 months I have only needed two boxes of them, because I breeze used empty bags and reuse them, as I need them. I like the , cause they are easy to pour out they measurements are clear and accurate and there is even a spot to write the date on the bag.

7. bottle warmer

I didn’t think that I would need one of these, so I didn’t have one at first. I soon found out that it was necessary. Putting the water under hot running water took too long and would not get the milk warm enough. Breast milk is warm when coming out of your breast, so the baby will like the bottles very warm as well. The does the trick!

8. bottle brush

This one is self explanatory. If you use bottles you are going to need to wash them well after each use. The comes in cute colors, has a suction cup on the bottom to help in stand, and a small nipple brush attached.

9. nursing bra

You need to find a comfortable for night time and a supportive one for day time. They provide quick access and you can find some really cute ones too.

10. support pillow

Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding support pillows are a must. They help support your arms to make feeding easier, plus they are great for sitting the baby in snuggled up next to you on the couch. My is my best friend.

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