I remember seeing a .gif online about making it through the first three months of breastfeeding. The .gif implied that it starts getting easier after six weeks, and one you make it to three months, breastfeeding is smooth sailing.
It’s true that as much as you cherish the bond and connection with your newborn that breastfeeding brings, breastfeeding is hard in the beginning. It’s exhausting at times, frustrating at others, and even downright painful.
But, there are some amazing products that can help ease all of that….products I couldn’t have lived without!
1. The Luna Lullaby Bosom Baby Nursing Pillow –
I cannot say enough good things about this pillow! Due to an extremely powerful let down and overproduction, the football hold was our go-to when nursing. This pillow was perfect for that and every other hold we tried and used, unlike some of the other nursing pillows out there. It also had a removable, washable cover that was super soft and cuddly. We used this pillow for napping together and tummy time as well!
2. Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra –
I honestly don’t know what I would have done without this bra! Pumping was necessary and unavoidable, but this bra make it so much easier. Whether I was at home and needed to have my hands to tend to my son, or after I returned to work and needed to be grading or typing while I pumped, this bra gave me the freedom to have both of my hands free. It has removable straps, but I honestly never used them because you can adjust the tightness of the bra and I was able to keep it held up that way. It is also machine washable and held up to two years of washings! It’s also super soft!
3. Nursing tanks –
I don’t know what I would have done without these! My absolute favorites were from Target, but the simply sublime tank from Kindred Bravely is also super soft and functional. I love how they had ones that had built in bras that could be worn under other tops, but also had pretty ones that were also just tops you could wear on their own. I have to save that mine all held up for over three years of constant wear and washing and drying. Nursing tanks make nursing and pumping so much easier whether we were at home or out!
4. Nursing pads –
These were a must have, a cannot leave home without them in! I tended to spray or leak and these saved me so many times! I used a few different types of nursing pads; plain white cotton ones that could be washed and dried. But I also used Lansinoh and Target ones, and a few Bamboobies. I tended to lean towards the cotton ones the most, followed by the disposable ones. The cotton pads seemed to hold the most, and they also were the most comfortable to wear. But for being out and about, and not having the time or ability to change out the washable ones, the disposable pads were great too!
5. An Insulated Cup –
There are so many pretty cups out there or ones that will keep drinks cold for well over twenty-four hours, but my go-tos were the two I brought home from the hospital. They were insulated, had a handle and a straw. I found the handle and straw to be non-negotiable while pumping and nursing. They made taking a drink and holding the cup so much easier! Whether it was water, coconut water, NUUN, or anything in between, if I was pumping or nursing, I was hydrating as well!
While this list is definitely not all inclusive, these are some of the key items I found helpful in the beginning and throughout our journey.
I know there have been some amazing new products released recently too like the Freemie Pumping System and the Silicone Breastfeeding Milk Catcher, like the Haakaa that moms are raving about. It’s so amazing to see that moms are getting more of the support and help they need with innovations and products like these!
I have to admit we still have the Luna Lullaby pillow and we still use it even though we have finished our breastfeeding journey. Nothing like the nostalgia it stirs up when we are cuddling on it together…I might just need to hold onto it forever! 🙂