Mama Monday: My Breastfeeding “Must have” Checklist

Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things in the world.  What do you need to make it happen? In most cases–just you and your baby. But there’s an awful lot of products out there that make nursing your baby a whole lot easier, and for me, those products made it to my breastfeeding “must have” checklist.

Number one on my checklist–a Bebe Au Lait nursing cover (of course!) This was important for me, not only because I didn’t feel 100% comfortable nursing in front of people, but also because as time went on and my daughter started watching the world around her, using the cover allowed her to focus 100% on me, wherever we were. I really feel that this helped foster the bond between us and made our nursing time special even when we were on the go. In fact, one of the reasons I was so excited to join Bebe au Lait was because of how much I loved my cover and how useful I found it while nursing.

Number two on my checklist–a nursing pillow. The difference between nursing with the pillow and nursing without the pillow, for me, was night and day.  My little one was a slow nurser.  Feedings could last up to an hour. Honestly some days it felt like we were nursing more than we weren’t–and the pillow allowed us both to stay comfy (not sweaty from constant skin to skin contact in a warm apartment), and it gave my tired arms a rest during those marathon feedings.

Number three–Lanolin ointment.  This one is a little controversial I think.  My lactation consultant at the hospital had told me not to use any ointment because it could clog the milk ducts.  After a week of slow learning on my little one’s part though, I just needed something to soothe the soreness.  And it worked. And it kept me nursing when I was about ready to give up.

Number four–a breast pump. I went back to work after 12 weeks, and continued breastfeeding until my daughter self-weened.  My breast pump made that possible, and therefore, was a must-have.

What about you? Were there/are there products that you can’t live without while nursing?

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