Nasiba Adilova’s 9 breastfeeding essentials
You’ll be spending a lot of time doing it, so you need to invest in the best equipment!
I love breastfeeding. I really, really do. Before I had my kids, I knew that breastfeeding came with the territory (along with sleepless nights and endless onesies in the laundry), but I didn’t know that I would love it as much as I do. It’s been such a joy to look down at my babies’ faces as they nurse, knowing that I’m able to nourish them with everything they need in those early vital months.
We all know how amazing breastfeeding is – not only does breast milk contain the magic mix of fat, protein and carbs that your baby needs in those first few months of life, the act of breastfeeding can help you bond with your little one. While breastfeeding can sometimes be challenging, it’s also a real miracle of nature: your breasts are able to make exactly the amount of milk necessary for your baby, at the perfect temperature for them, with nothing more than what your body already has stored. How crazy is that?!
Because it’s National Breastfeeding Month, I wanted to share some of my favorite breastfeeding equipment with you. Because yes, you have everything you need to start nursing your little one, but there are some products that will make life easier – and I’m all about that!
My Breastfeeding Essentials:
A good nursing pillow is essential! You’re feeding almost constantly during those first few weeks, so you really need to support yourself. This pillow by Nook is my pick – it’s made of breathable, high-quality organic wool (no chemicals!) and is firm enough to support my back while still being soft enough to mold to the shape of my body.
The Blanqi Lift Up Access Nursing Support Tank is strategically designed to make breastfeeding easy, while giving your body much-needed support. The open-bust design makes for effortless breastfeeding with moisture-wicking fabric to keep you dry and comfortable. I just lived in this tank for several months!
With nursing comes leaky breasts – so glamorous, right? These reusable, environmentally-friendly pads are made of ultra-soft cotton flannel. I carry a set with me wherever I go – you never know when you might need them!
Before I had kids, I didn’t really understand the need to express milk – weren’t mothers doing enough already without pumping more milk? Now that I have my two boys, I understand it! Not only does pumping boost your supply (crucial in those first few weeks), it can also give you a much-needed break! My husband loves giving our little girl a bottle, and while he does it, I can have a rest. The Medela Freestyle Breast Pump set is like the Rolls Royce of breast pumps – easy to use, efficient and tidy when everything is packed away in the bag it comes in. I recommend this to all my new mama friends.
Never in a million years did I picture myself wearing something like this. But I did. And trust me when I say that this Medela Bustier was an absolute lifesaver as I was able to pump hands-free once I had my third baby. The Oeko-Tex-certified fabric is super comfortable and supportive and can be worn on its own, over a nursing bra or under a cami.
I adore this chair! Like pumping, I was a little skeptical of nursing chairs before I had kids… and now I totally understand why you need one! A good nursing chair will save your back, neck and shoulders a world of pain, and will allow you and your tot to find a comfortable feeding position every single time. When my kids are older, it will transition into a reading chair.
Got a tot who gives you back a little milk? These burp cloths will save your precious clothes – believe me, I’ve been there!
I’ve used a lot of breastmilk bags, and these are the best. They never leak, you can pump straight into them using the Medela pump, and they feature a protective double zipper and are self-standing for easy filling and handling.
I’ve talked about my love of this robe before, but let me say it again: I love this robe! I practically lived in it when my sons were first born: it’s gorgeous, comfortable and just perfect for those early weeks when all you seem to do is feed.