The great thing about breastfeeding is that you don’t have to spend all that money on formula, but you do need to invest in is some great gear. Even though the “milk factory” (as my toddler calls it) is conveniently attached to your body, breastfeeding will be much easier if you get the right clothing, bras and accessories.
When you are feeding a brand new baby, you are getting up about every 2-3 hours. It’s nothing short of exhausting. The last thing you want to worry about is taking off some uncomfortable top. One of the best things you can get are nursing pajamas. Nursing pajama tops don’t require any unhooking; the criss-cross top simply pulls to the side, and you are good to go! My favorite brand is Majamas. They are super soft and comfortable.
There is nothing worse than an uncomfortable bra, especially when you have engorged boobs and sore nipples (yes, it happens). It is going to take some trial and error before you find the right one, and when you do, you will rejoice! I fell in love with this nursing bra by Gillian O’Malley at Target. It’s called a “sleep bra,” but I actually wear it during the day too. The fabric is soft, and I really love the feminine details. You will find that most nursing bras look like you could wear them into battle, they are so heavy duty. The other great thing about this bra is the price, only $16.99!
I didn’t know about LilyPadz my first time around. Now that I have them for baby #2, I wonder how I lived without them. They are genius! They are a silicone, re-usable nursing pad. You will find that you go through box after box of nursing pads, and most of them are very bulky and show through your tops (especially tanks and tees). These are easy to apply and clean, and they look great under clothes. They have been my saving grace this summer, especially at the pool. You can wear them under a swimsuit, and they don’t show through. They cost $19.99 for one set, but you can use them for 3-4 months. They are much more cost-effective.
When nursing in public, you definitely want something that gives you easy access. I like layering nursing tanks under cute cardigans or a blazer. This particular nursing tank, from Destination Maternity, is great because it has a little more style and interest to it. It just pulls to the side to allow you to nurse ($26.98).
And the one item that I couldn’t live without is Lanolin by Medela. This stuff is the best! It keeps your nipples intact, and you can reapply as often as needed ($10).
What are your must-have products for breastfeeding?