August is National Breastfeeding Month, and to help celebrate I’ve got a great list of products that make a nursing mom’s life a wee bit easier! Breastfeeding can have it’s challenges, and when you have a few great items that can help make it smoother, it can feel like a much less daunting task. With a pumping system like the Kiinde breastfeeding system or a really great nursing bra, check out these 10 breastfeeding favorites to help you and your little one along your breastfeeding journey.
Does anyone have a baby that likes to twirl their hair, stuff their little fingers in their mouths or just beat them up in general while they’re nursing? I do. A nursing necklace can help distract those tiny little hands that seem to find their way into your eyes or nose or tugging on your ears, and make nursing a more peaceful experience! This nursing necklace is handmade with wooden beads and linen yarn, and makes a beautiful and practical piece of jewelry to add to your collection!
Ok, how cute is this?! This doesn’t exactly make nursing easier per-se but it is absolutely adorable! My son definitely fits the description of this onesie.
During those early days when you and your little one are trying to figure out latches and the best feeding positions, you might feel a little bit sore or chaffed. Earth Mama Angel Baby has a great nipple butter that is made with all-natural ingredients like calendula, olive oil and cocoa butter that will soothe any soreness. It has zero toxins in it, so you know it is completely safe for both you and baby, plus it works amazingly!
I am a stickler for a good nursing bra. A good nursing bra needs to provide support, be comfortable, be easy to undo quickly for easy access, plus look nice. I know, I have a laundry list of musts for my nursing bras. Luckily Bravado makes such a bra! Bravado has a ton of different nursing bras to suit every new mother’s needs. I love how comfortable they are, as well as how cute! Even though I’m nursing, I don’t want to look or feel like I’m wearing my grandmother’s bra, and Bravado bras are both stylish and functional.
I feel that women should feel comfortable nursing their babies wherever, whenever, but the fact is is that some nursing moms just feel more comfortable using a nursing cover. And that is completely fine! The Bebe Au Lait nursing cover is a lightweight, pretty-patterned cover that allows for discreet nursing and proper air flow to baby, as well as a neckline that holds away from mom to make it easy to check baby’s latch. I love all of the beautiful different patterns to choose from as well!
A lot of things can effect milk supply, and sometimes breastfeeding mamas need a little extra boost. Eating a nutritionally balanced diet and drinking lots of water are the top two things that breastfeeding moms need to do to maintain their supply, as well as nursing on-demand, but if you find your supply needs some help, a great way to naturally do that is to drink special nursing teas. Yogi has a nursing support tea that contains fennel, fenugreek and anise, three herbs that can help promote lactation, as well as soothing lavender for relaxation (which is also key while nursing, stress can do a number on milk supply!), and chamomile to help ease minor upset stomachs that can happen while nursing. This tea is great to help boost supply but it’s also a great way to wind down at the end of a long day.
If the idea of a nursing cover isn’t your bag, but you still would like to have some privacy while you nurse your baby, the Itzy Ritzy nursing scarf is a great alternative! It looks like a stylish accessory, and multitasks as a lightweight nursing cover. Win win!
You might as well have a Milk Makers lactation cookie with your Yogi Nursing Support tea! Milk Makers lactation cookies are packed with oats, brewers yeast and flax seed that are said to help bring up milk supply, and not only that but they are tasty! Keep a bag of these handy for those nursing sessions and you’ll be a milk-making machine in no time!
During the first few weeks, even months of nursing, the Boppy was my best friend. I don’t know what I would have done if I didn’t have the ultra-supportive pillow to help me position my son just so while nursing. The pillow allows for ergonomic positioning, as well as doubling as a handy tummy-time pillow and great tool to help babies learn how to sit up!
Pumping can sometimes be an integral part of nursing for some moms and babies, and I am a HUGE fan of the Kiinde breastfeeding system. It made pumping and feeding milk SO easy — The milk storage bags have the ability to screw onto any type of pump with the correct adapters, and I didn’t have to do any pouring and risk spilling that precious liquid gold. My daughter never took a bottle, so I of course assumed we would be stuck in that same situation with our son, but he loved the Kiinde bottle. This is my top breastfeeding must-have!