I’ve Breastfed Two Babies—Here are My Must-Have Products

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breastfeeding

I breastfed my first baby for 13 months and am currently at 10 months with my second. Fortunately, we’ve had a pretty smooth feeding journey and I attribute a big part of that success to all the stuff.  While in theory breastfeeding is simply putting your baby to your boob and hoping they latch and eat, ask any breastfeeding person and they’ll tell you it’s actually way more involved.

While you’re dealing with a tricky latch, positioning your baby, and worrying about your milk supply, there are also likely a million other things going on in your life. Whether that’s caring for other kids, working in or out of the home, or simply trying to feed yourself while also feeding your baby, it can be complicated and downright draining. And that’s where all the stuff comes in.

I don’t believe you need to spend a ton of money to make breastfeeding possible, but there are some products that simply make it easier and more comfortable, and therefore potentially more sustainable (if that’s your goal).

When I got home from the hospital with my first baby, I had no breastfeeding accessories. I had a cheap free breast pump through my insurance and that was about it. After gathering recommendations from friends and placing more Amazon orders than I care to count, I amassed a wide variety of nursing items to help me in my journey. After nearly two years of use, I can now share my favorites. They aren’t all necessary, but they sure can make the breastfeeding journey smoother.

 

breastfeeding accessories

 

Bodily

The Everything Bra

I don't think I can do it justice to explain how comfortable this bra is. It's so soft and the absolute best bra for the first few days and weeks postpartum, but also well beyond that. It's not super supportive, but it's great for lounging around your house or sleeping in.

Kindred Bravely

Hands-Free Pumping & Nursing Bra

For a more supportive bra, this one from Kindred Bravely is excellent. It functions as both a pumping and nursing bra, so you can easily do both. I recommend the three-pack.

Amazon

Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breast Pump Bra

OK so I actually hate this bra, but still recommend it to everyone. It isn't the type of bra you'd wear to do anything except pump, but if you're getting up to pump in the middle of the night or aren't wearing a bra and need to toss one on to pump, this needs to be your go-to. It's adjustable and tight, so it keeps the pump parts in place and it's easy to take on and off when you're done pumping. It's not going to win any fashion awards, but it's incredibly functional.

Storq

Soft-Touch Nursing Tank

For easy access with nursing, this soft and comfortable tank from Storq is a favorite.

Spectra

S1 Breast Pump

For the pumping mamas out there, I'm a fan of the Spectra S1. This may be covered by your insurance, so check before making the purchase. I recommend the S1 because you can plug it in or you can charge it so you can move about your house if needed.

Elvie

Hands-Free Pump

And if you're pumping a lot, you might want to consider a wearable option like the Elvie, which fits into your bra. It's a splurge, but for moms who are pumping while on the go, it's pretty incredible.

Amazon

Stasher Stand-Up Reusable Storage Bag

A little pumping trick is that you don't need to wash your pump parts after every use. You can instead put them in a bag in the fridge and wash them every 24 hours. If you're going for that approach (not everyone feels comfortable doing it, but I do), these giant reusable bags fit pump parts nicely. You can wash the bag and the pump parts every 24 hours.

Amazon

MAM Easy Start Baby Bottles

We're a fan of these bottles from MAM, so if you're pumping or using formula, check these out.

Target

Dr. Brown's Baby Bottle

And another bottle we loved, these Dr. Brown's bottles. They have a lot of parts to clean which is a little annoying, but both of my kids took to them easily.

Amazon

Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags

If you're freezing milk, these bags are my go-to.

Buy Buy Baby

Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump

This suctioning pump can be used while you're feeding baby on the other side. You simply put it on and it collects milk that might otherwise just drip onto your clothes and be wasted. Be warned though, once your baby gets a little bigger they can kick it off. Seeing all that milk go flying is a sad experience. Even if you just use this for the first few weeks, it's inexpensive and worth it.

Additionally, Haakaa recently launched a new ladybug design that fits inside your bra.

Target

Elvie Curve

Which brings me to my next product, the Curve. This is essentially a fancier (and therefore more expensive) version of the Haakaa. It actually fits inside of your bra so as your baby gets bigger and kicks, it will stay in place.

Bobbie

Organic Infant Formula

When I had my first baby I was advised not to keep any formula in the house because if breastfeeding got hard it would be easy to just throw in the towel and grab the formula. I don't agree with this advice. Why put so much pressure on yourself? I say have a can of formula in your house so if you do want to use it or you're struggling with breastfeeding, you will have it as a backup. Also it's very common to do combo feeding (breastfeeding and supplementing with formula), so having formula around is a good idea. This one from Bobbie is organic and is modeled after breastmilk.

LMNT

Recharge Drink Mix

Breastfeeding can make you incredibly thirsty and staying hydrated is important. While many drink powders brag about their low salt content, this one actually does the exact opposite and is a salt-fueled explosion. It might be an acquired taste but I'm obsessed with it. Even if you're not breastfeeding but you're feeling sluggish or dehydrated, take one sip of this and you are instantly energized.

Agni

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

I love having lactation supporting foods around. While it's nice to have friends and family whip up fresh cookies, that's not always possible. Agni is a delivery service that will supply you with healing and supportive postpartum food.

Use code EVERYMOM25 to get 25% off any item on Agni's site!

Boobie Super Foods

BOOBIE* Bar

And one more food item to recommend, BOOBIE Bars. These tasty bars are filling and easy to grab when you're breastfeeding and can't quite get a full meal in.

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