It’s hard to wrap your head around exactly what you’ll need for breastfeeding and pumping, and for those who plan to return to work outside the home and want to continue nursing, there’s a whole other set of complicating factors. Luckily, there are a ton of products, supplies and accessories available to help make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable!
For this post, we’ve partnered up with expert Molly Pross, founder of Bump Bestie, to put together a list of 10 must-haves for nursing moms. Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottlefeeding, these items will come in handy! Check out Molly’s top picks below:
Essentials For Breastfeeding & Bottle-Feeding Moms
Motherlove Nipple Cream - $10.40
What you may not know is that there is an adjustment period when you start to breastfeed where your nipples are likely to get dry, cracked, chapped or even bleed. It can be painful until your little one perfects his or her latch and you get the hang of proper positioning. Until that happens and your nipples toughen up, a soothing nipple balm is going to be your best friend to provide much needed relief in-between feedings.
Any product you put on your nipples should be safe for baby which is why I always suggest a cream or salve that contains organic and plant-based ingredients and free of lanolin.
The MoonWomb Pillow with cover - $130.00
I love finding versatile products that can be used for multiple purposes which is why I was thrilled to discover The MoonWomb pillow from The Sustainable Baby Co. The crescent shaped pillow is made from locally-sourced, all organic sustainable materials and even includes a small aromatherapy pocket with removable sachet of organic lavender and chamomile flowers – so sweet!
It can be used throughout your pregnancy to comfort your growing belly and when baby arrives, is a great support pillow for baby that can be used to help with positioning to get that perfect latch.
Cloth-eez Organic Muslin Diapers - $19.95
These should be called “Everything” cloths because they’re the best all-in-one cloth for burping, cleaning, diapering and feeding. I love these affordable and organic options that are made from organically grown unbleached cotton.
BREAST HEATING PADS
Milkease help increase milk flow, reduce discomfort and increase milk production. Made from 100% cotton and filled with golden flaxseed (produces moist heat) and dried lavender, these are great right before you nurse or pump to dilate milk ducts and allow your milk to flow more quickly. These are incredibly soothing and are much better than some of the plastic alternatives on the market plus when you’re done breastfeeding, you can repurpose them to help with cramps, stomach aches and other sore areas. Use code bumpbestie for $5 off your purchase!
I’m obsessed with this nursing bra. Don’t let the sports bra moniker fool you…this is a great option for an everyday nursing bra as well. This is a fun spin on the everyday bra that has a cute strappy design and features low-mid support so it’s great for low impact activities and everyday use. Finally, something to feel cute in while also being really functional! For moms who are looking for a sports bra option you’re in luck because they also offer an option featuring mid-high impact support ideal for active workouts!
Native Wilds Nest - $49.95
So this is a no-brainer – I truly love the Native Wilds Nest. If the idea of your house becoming inundated with a ton of baby stuff makes you cringe, then the Nest is for you. Part car sear cover, part nursing scarf and part grocery seat cover – this means less stuff to carry around! Each nest also comes with a built-in pocket so you can throw your essentials in without lugging a purse around AND it’s naturally sun protective, hypoallergenic and temp regulating keeping baby warm when it’s cool and cool when it’s warm!
Kindred Bravely Organic Nursing Pads - $12.50
Leaking is common especially in the first few months of breastfeeding when your milk supply is adjusting. Or if you have an overabundant milk supply, some women may leak for the duration of their breastfeeding experience. Nursing pads are great to protect your clothing and to prevent stains. These organic, reusable pads are super absorbent disc-like pads that are placed in your bra to soak up any milk that leaks. These are also great to slot in after applying your nipple cream to provide relief.
A COMFY CHAIR
Monte Design Como Glider - $1,195
Non-toxic gliders are worth the investment. Most couch and chair cushions are made with polyurethane foam which is a by-product of the same process used to make petroleum from crude oil. If it contains polyurethane foam, it cannot be “toxic-free” due to the chemical makeup of the foam itself regardless of whether or not it is free of flame retardants.
Avoid having a chair that off-gases toxic chemicals in the air of your nursery by choosing a chair that is Greenguard certified and made with safer materials. For this reason, I love the chairs from Monte Design Group from Canada. The company uses high-density foam that is free of chemical flame retardants (and CertiPUR-US certified), wood that is LEED certified and contains no formaldehyde, water-based paints and finishes that are lead-free and glues that are water-based and biodegradable. Additionally, their fabrics are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 compliant meaning no hazardous chemicals are used.
Medela SoftShells - $11.46
Every breastfeeding or pumping mom needs a set of these. These are designed for women who have inverted nipples, sore nipples or leaky breasts. If your nipples are sore and damaged, you can use these to protect them from being touched by your clothing. Exposing your nipples to the air will help them to stay dry and heal. They’re also a great way to collect milk while your milk supply adjusts.
You can treat and heal your nipples but if you’re experiencing pain, then something may not be right. Get help from a Lactation Consultant or La Leche League Leader who can help with latching difficulties, painful nursing and low milk production.
MAJKA LACTATION BITES
Lactation Bites (3pack) - $24
Ok so these are not your run of the mill lactation cookies! These are so much more. I consider the bites to be what we would call a ‘Ttwofer.’ Not only are they great for new mom’s who are trying to increase their milk supply, but also to fuel her in those early days and months when she is depleted – hormonally, nutritionally and emotionally. So for busy moms, both the Majka bites and the protein powder are great to stash in your fridge and pantry.
Additionally – and from my own experience – these are also great snacks for the kiddos! As a mother who has extended breastfeeding (breastfeeding beyond 12 month) and is super busy, I rely on easy, healthy snacks and my toddler loves them too!
About The Author
Molly Pross is the founder of Bump Bestie, a modern baby planning, gear consulting and maternity concierge service that eases the transition to parenthood. Reenvisioning baby prep for the modern parent, Molly provides personalized support and peace of mind to expecting families as they navigate an unfamiliar and exciting time in their lives. A sought-after non-toxic lifestyle expert, Molly also works with families to create a healthy home and educates families on how to reduce toxic exposure by empowering them with information and practical alternatives that optimize the health of their family and environment. Based in Los Angeles, Molly works with clients both locally and virtually, nationwide. Headshot image credit: Mamaniela Photography