Melanie’s Nursing Must-haves

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?


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    This is so true. We get to save on milk, but we do need to invest on breastfeeding-friendly wardrobe!

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    @Jess: That was also a concern for me, more than my top. I know how a lot of people get easily offended when they see women breastfeeding in public. So I needed to make sure I got a good cover.

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    My number 1 nursing recommendation is the Aden & Anais muslin blanket. I didn’t like the idea of using a nursing cover when nursing in public because they limit air circulation for baby. The A&A blankets were so large and light- I would just wrap one end around my bra strap (the opposite side of baby’s head) and hold the blanket up a bit like a little screen. No need to cover baby’s head in the name of modesty.
    For nursing at home, I was not a fan of the ubiquitous Boppy for nursing. I found it awkward to wrap around my recently wide and pregnant body. For my next baby, I am going to invest in the “Bosom baby” nursing pillow. I used it at my LC’s office and it really was so much more comfortable to use.

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    Sigh. If only people just accept breastfeeding as the most natural thing in the world, then moms would have a lot less to worry about.

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    You are right, Frauline. breastfeeding is indeed the most natural thing any mother can ever do.

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    Nursing wasn’t a walk in the park for me, my child was not a good lacher and took a chunk off of me and I could feel the pain all the way to my back every time I nursed a nipple shield was my lifesaver.

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    I’m allergic to lanolin but a friend gave me Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple butter. It’s amazing! Also a good pump is a must. I actually love the Medela manual pump. Works just as good as the electric and way less expensive.

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    This is an awesome list! I cannot live without lanolin. Medela is my favorite one. They provided me with Lansinoh in the hospital with both babies, and, while nice, the Medela just feels better. I second the Aden and Anais blankets for covering. They are SUPER light. I am looking into the LilyPadz, thanks for the suggestion!
    I highly recommend a good nursing pillow and a good pump. I have the boppy and love it, and, I just got a Spectra S2 pump from my insurance. I like it about as much as you can like a breast pump. I had issues pumping with my first baby, and, this time around is much better. It’s very quiet and it’s hospital grade.

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    I bought the lilypadz thinking they would save me money since they are reusable instead of disposable; however, they rarely stay on and I take proper care of them with the wash and everything. Once I can get them to stay as soon as I leak even the slightest bit they come unstuck and I leak all over…. does anyone else have this problem??

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