Nursing Essentials for Every Mother

nursing essentials

Well the second time around has been difficult for us over here. I thought for sure that with my one year experience of breast feeding, I would be a pro πŸ˜‰ However, every baby is different and when you are delirious and sleep deprived, you also have minimal brain power. I have been seeing a lactation consultant for Ellie and we are slowly nursing our way back to health over here. What a painful experience though, let me tell you! All you mamas know, I am sure!

I wanted to create a list of things that help me along my nursing journey and I hope that they will help you too!

1. Wireless bra with lace & Full coverage lace bra (I took out the wire because wires can cause mastitis!) –> these are my absolute FAVORITE nursing bras. I wear them on the daily and I even wore them after I was done breastfeeding. They are so comfortable!

2. Nursing Cami –> Stock up on these babies! They are so necessary and make nursing on the fly so much easier!

3. Lanolin Cream –> these will save your nipples, I promise you. Have this on hand and in your hospital bag.

4. Black & white plaid dress –> Finding cute clothing that you can also nurse in, is tough. I love the shirt dresses for fall and this one is ADORABLE.

5. Plaid Dress –> Another super cute shirt dress that makes nursing easy.

6. Wraparound cardigan –> I just love the way these loosely wrap around the front and they are great for breastfeeding

7. Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads –> I used these when everything was really raw and hurting like the dickens. I used them for 24 hours (after applying breastmilk every time I nursed). After 24 hours I just used breast milk and then lanolin.

8. Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Milkmaid Nursing Tea –> I love making myself a cup of tea every night and it definitely helps my milk supply as well.

9. Nursing Cover –> I love this nursing cover. It also works as a cover for car seats and shopping carts as well. Win – win!

You can also read the post that I put together on getting your milk supply back up over here! I wrote this post when I was 4 months postpartum with Liv and these all really helped me with my supply!

Other great resources for moms:

GENERAL // Things I Wish I Knew Before Our Baby Arrived (Written by over 50 other mothers!) //  What to Bring a Mom after she has a Baby // New Mama Must-Haves // How to Transition from a Bottle to a Sippy Cup // Why you Should Hire a Birth Photographer // What I’ve Learned as a Mom Thus Far

BREASTFEEDING // Best Foods to Eat while Breastfeeding // Nursing Essentials // 10 Tips for those that Plan to Breastfeed // Nursing Essentials II // How to Increase your Milk Supply including a recipe for Lactation Cookies!

BABY REGISTRY GUIDES // Baby Registry List AND Free Printable Checklist  // The Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist // 

FOR AFTER BABY // A Letter to My Postpartum Body // 10 of the Best Online Kids Shops // 30 Going on 13: A Tale of Postpartum Puberty //

& don’t forget to join in on the #latenightnursingfeed!

8 Comments

  1. October 19, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    I need that wraparound cardigan!

  2. October 19, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    These are awesome. I am about to start my 3rd nursing relationship but it has been so long since I had a baby I forgot some of these. Thanks for sharing. I need that cardigan for sure!

  3. October 19, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    This is a great list! My SIL just had a baby and I will pass this along to her.

  4. Carly
    October 19, 2015 / 11:32 pm

    Amen to shirt dresses! I wore them A TON!

  5. October 20, 2015 / 9:06 am

    I am absolutely LOVING those dresses!

  6. October 20, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    I have a bunch of preggo friends that I’ll pass this info onto πŸ™‚

  7. Portia
    January 10, 2018 / 12:10 pm

    I know this was published a few years ago but I found the article looking for nursing stuff and wanted to let you know that the links to the bra’s and Cami at target say they are no longer available. Maybe the links changed? Do you know if these products are still around?

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