Breast milk provides ideal nutrition for babies. It is food designed specifically for the baby–how amazing! Although it may be the most natural way to feed a baby, it doesn’t always come easily. Here are my nontoxic and sustainable breastfeeding must haves.
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Breastfeeding will likely be uncomfortable in the beginning. Good breast and nipple care will help ease the transition into nursing.
- Nipple Cream. Nipple creams with ingredients like shea butter and calendula are extra soothing and hydrating. I like this one by Motherlove or this one by Earth Mama.
- Cold Packs. Engorgement can happen, especially in the first few days as a mother’s milk comes in. Cold packs can help to soothe the pain and help with swelling. I like these because they are made from cotton and are more sustainable than others made of plastic and gel.
Breast and Baby Support
- Nursing Pillow. It can be difficult trying to juggle a baby and get a good latch. A nursing pillow can be a great help and be used for tummy time and sitting support as baby grows. I like the Brest Friend or the Boppy pillow.
- Baby Carrier. Wearing your baby is a great way to bond and support breastfeeding. Ring slings are so easy and compact! I also love this one from Lillebaby because it’s great for newborn through toddler years.
- Nursing Bras. A good nursing bra is key to breastfeeding on the go. Avoid underwire as those can lead to clogged ducts. This racerback bra and the Simply Sublime nursing bra from Kindred Bravely are so soft and comfortable.
- Haakaa. Leaks happen during breastfeeding. You will become very comfortable with being covered in breastmilk. This haakaa pump is a lifesaver! It’s a manual breast pump that you can attach to the side baby isn’t nursing from. This will help collect any expressed milk.
- Breast Pads. When leaks happen out and about, breast pads are a big help to keep your clothes dry. This sustainable pack from Kindred Bravely is made from organic bamboo and comes with its own carrying bag.
- Burp Cloths. Burp cloths are great for you and baby. They help dry up and spit up as well as any leaks. These are made from cotton and are super absorbent.
- Nursing Cover. A nursing cover can double as a burp cloth. Whether or not to cover up is totally up to you!
- Vitamins. It’s a good idea to continue taking your prenatal vitamins. They will help you and baby get proper nutrition. These from Garden of Life are a great raw food option.
- Water. Proper hydration is an obvious breastfeeding must have. Be sure to always have a reusable water bottle near you during nursing sessions.
- Books on Breastfeeding. Books covering the topic of breastfeeding can be super helpful. And a great read during your many many late night breastfeeding sessions. I recommend The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding and Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding.
- Support Groups. Finding a support group is a wonderful way to join a new community and become more comfortable with breastfeeding. You can also get help with any problems that arise. The La Leche League has been a great resource for me. Find a meeting near you here.
There you have it: my breastfeeding must haves. If you’re looking for more tips on thriving in new motherhood, check out this post: Nontoxic Postpartum Recovery Kit.
Best of luck on your breastfeeding journey! You got this, mama!