If you look in my search history on my computer or phone, 95% of the topics I have searched relate to breastfeeding. I have read up more on breastfeeding than anything else since Connor was born. And now that we are almost 3 months into EBFing I feel like I actually know what I am doing and have gotten into a good groove. I know what products I like and don't like and I know what I am doing. So, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite products and other musts when it comes to exclusively breastfeeding.
I tried 2 other brands before deciding these were my favorite, by far. The shape of the pads fit much better inside your bra cup and there are 2 sticky squares that stick to your bra so it will stay in place. I have gone through hundreds and hundreds of these pads and have a whole cabinet full of them in my bathroom!
This stuff is a life saver (nipple saver!) in those first few, hard weeks breastfeeding. It helps with pain, cracking and bleeding. For the first 3-4 weeks of BF I would apply this stuff after every feeding and it made a huge difference in the pain.
5. Heat Compresses for breasts
In those first few weeks when you are constantly engorged or God forbid you get Mastitis like I did, these will be a huge help. There are so many different kinds. I used some gel kind and another kind that were both given to me by friends who experienced Mastitis, so I don't know the brands. But, I highly recommend getting some have just in case. You just pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, put them inside your bra and you will automatically feel some relief.
6. Water Bottle
When you breastfeed not only will you need to drink a TON of water to help with your supply, but you will want to. It makes you so so so thirsty! I always have a full water bottle with me at all times. Before I sit down to breastfeed I make sure it is full because I will usually go thru a whole bottle in one feeding.
7. Nursing Cover
Not everyone is comfortable with NIP without a cover (me!) so I always have a nursing cover with me. I keep one in my diaper bag and one at home. Sometimes we have had a lot of family over to our house so instead of going into another room and sitting there alone, I will just get out the cover and use it there. Or when out in public, I personally am much more comfortable with a cover on....although I have only NIP 2 times so far....
There are SO many cute prints out there and tons of shops on Etsy where you can have one custom made for you!
8. A Breastfeeding "Station"
This isn't something you can purchase, just a recommendation that has worked really well for me. I have one spot in our house where I ALWAYS breastfeed so I have it all set up to make it easy and convenient. I sit on the left end of our couch right next to an end table. I always have my water bottle, my Nook, my phone, the TV controls, the boppy, a burp cloth and a blanket right there. BF requires lots of time just sitting in one place so you have to have things to keep you occupied! I read, browse FB/Instagram/Pinterest/GoodReads and catch up on shows. It is so nice and easy to have everything I need right there. Of course I also spend a lot of time just staring at my sweet baby but there comes a time when you just need something else to do ;)
I hope this list helps some of you soon to be moms or others who are BF!