This will aid with positioning and provide comfort for both you and your baby when feeding.
These bras provide easy access when it’s time to whip it out and feed your baby. One of my favorite brands is Bravado Designs which is extremely comfortable and supportive.
These are used to prevent breastmilk from leaking through your bra and shirt. I didn’t understand the importance of these until I had to walk around one day with wet spots on my boobies. They make both disposable and reusable pads. For disposable I like to use Lansinoh. They are soft and absorb the most for me.
Nursing Cami/ Tank Top
This is a must have to wear when needing to feed your baby in public. If you don't have specific nursing tops a regular cotton tank top/cami works just as good; the neckline can easily be moved to the side. I also wear them in the winter under my clothing. (Find nursing cami here).
Nursing Cover or Blanket
Since I'm not brave enough to openly breastfeed in public, I love to cover up with Aden + Anais muslin swaddled blankets. I've found these easier and more convenient then using a nursing cover. Also, I love the light weight material making it easier for air to flow through when nursing in the hot summer months.
This is essential in the beginning stages to help sooth sore and cracked nipples. And trust me when I say you WILL have sore or cracked nipples. It's bound to happen.
Manual or Electric? I say both. Mainly because, when I'm out and I can't find an outlet, my Medela Harmony manual brest pump comes in handy.
Hands Free Pumping Bra
Thanks to Medela's Easy Express Bustier I am able to sit here and pump while writing this post. This bra is key if your a mom that is constantly multitasking.
Milk Storage Bags
Lansinoh milk storage bags are definitely needed to store that pumped liquid gold.
Wide Neck Bottles
This type of bottle has a wider base for the nipple to help prevent nipple confusion when switching from bottle to breast.
Alcohol Test Strips
These are a definite must when you've had a glass of wine or drink and you want to make sure your breast milk is safe before giving it to your little one. This past summer my husband and I had several weddings or functions to attend, so I made sure I had a few boxes of these at home that way I could enjoy myself with no worries. Before you dump what you’ve pumped make sure you test it first.
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