In this article, I’ll be sharing the best breastfeeding essentials that you actually need from the very beginning of your breastfeeding journey.
I have to confess that I would have loved one of these lists when I was shopping for my own nursing supplies, so I hope you are going to find it helpful. These are my favourite products that I used and loved the whole time I was breastfeeding.
Towards the end of this article, you’ll also find some bottle feeding essentials, just in case you plan to pump and feed your baby breast milk from the bottle. I wanted to try it out, but my baby refused to be bottle fed.
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This is an absolute essential if you are planning to breastfeed. You need easy access to your boobs and these nursing bras from Bllatta are exactly what you need. I tried a few nursing bras, but nothing worked for me as I was nursing on demand.
Another thing you should look for when looking for a nursing bra is comfort! You definitely need a lot of that.
The most amazing part is that you can also sleep with it, which is always a bonus!
Make sure that you load up on breast pads, these are going to be your best friend for the next 3 months or so. Why so long? In this period your body will adjust the milk flow according to your baby’s needs. You’ll also notice that when your baby is crying, your boobs will immediately start leaking milk. I think is so fascinating how this works.
It’s up to you whether you decide to use disposable or reusable breast pads. I used the disposable ones, that I found at my local supermarket.
I was one of those lucky breastfeeding mommies who didn’t have severe nipple pains or other issues. I guess my baby was very gentle with my boobs. However, my nipples were a bit sore and sensitive a few times. That’s when I used the Lansinoh Nipple Cream and it instantly felt better. As little, as I used it, it was very good for me. and what I loved about it is that you don’t have to clean your nipple before a feed – which is always a plus.
The only downside to this nipple cream is that it stains your clothes and bras. So you have to use a breast pad or something in between your bra and nipple.
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I’ve bought these Multi-Mam Compresses just in case I need them, but luckily I never got the chance to test them out. But I wanted to add it to this list in case someone else needs it. Many breastfeeding mommies who have experienced pain while breastfeeding or just had really sore nipples have been recommending these.
So if you are a first-time mommy and don’t know how breastfeeding will affect your boobs, I would suggest buying a pack of these compresses and have them on hand. You never know when you might need to use intensive nipple treatment.
I had to mention these Swaddle Blankets from Aden + Anais, they are my favourites. I think every single person on the internet recommends these!
That’s because they are amazing quality and extremely versatile! You constantly need something like this.
They last for a long period of time and you can use them for literally anything such as a:
- cover – cot, buggy
- nursing cover
- scarf for yourself 🙂
Electric Breast Pump
This is the Medela Swing Electric breast pump. I love this pump so much! It has helped me so many times and I am forever grateful for whoever invented the electric breast pump. My husband bought it for me when I was still in the hospital and struggling with hand expressing and massages. Once I started using this bad boy, everything started flowing. It has also helped me get through the nursing strike when my 3-month-old baby has decided to suddenly stop nursing.
It’s portable and easy to use. I never ran out of batteries and it comes with a cable too, so you can plug it in whenever you need to.
You should also know that the pump already comes with a few breastmilk storage bags. You would definitely need to load up on these if you are planning to pump and bottle feed.
Before I end this article I wanted to add a few bottle-feeding supplies. I would highly recommend for you to wait until you’ve had your baby and see whether he will accept the bottle.
My baby accepted the bottle for a couple of weeks only and after that, he just refused it completely. So I ended up with all these products that I’m never going to use.
Bottle Feeding Starter Kit
If you haven’t bought anything bottle feeding related, consider purchasing a whole starter set, just like this one from Tomme Tippee. Because I wanted to both breastfeed and bottle feed I wanted something that wouldn’t create nipple confusion. So I found out that Closer to Nature from Tomme Tippee is a very good choice. Ensure that the bottle teats are slow flow.
If you were to purchase all these separately it would be a bit more expensive. I bought everything separately and ended up paying more.
Not sure if you would need a bottle warmer, but it’s good to have it for convenience. I didn’t have one and it was just fine.
I wanted to use glass bottles just because glass is healthier than plastic, especially when it comes to warm food. I went for NUK Glass Bottles with latex teats. I read those latex teats are similar to the nipple. Again, wasted money, because we didn’t use anything. So if you are on a tight budget, definitely wait a bit longer.
That list contains all your breastfeeding essentials and a few bottle feeding essentials, especially if you are a new mommy.
I really hope you’ve found this article helpful!
If you have anything else to add to this list, just leave it in the comments so that other mommies can see them!
Until next time take care & stay beautiful!
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