I cannot believe that in a few short months I will be embarking on my second breastfeeding journey. I thought that I would really want some time in between nursing my babies but honestly I have missed it ever since weaning Grey. However, I have mixed feelings about those first few weeks postpartum. I struggled with Grey in the beginning but hopefully I will be able to set myself up better for success this time around. I have put together a list of my postpartum nursing essentials so I hope this can help some of you, too!
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- A nursing pillow. You will be nursing so much in those early days so a pillow is essential for comfort! I had the boppy but have also heard great things about the brest friend. I actually used the brest friend in my lactation consultants office and really liked it! These pillows are so great because you can rest your baby on them for support which is ideal for those cluster feeding days where baby just wants to nurse 24/7!
- A nursing bra. I wore a nursing bra every single day for the first two years of Grey’s life. They are just the most convenient option and usually they are pretty comfortable! Figure 8 Maternity just sent me their brand new nursing bra and I am already in love! It is so much more attractive than the ones I had with Grey and it’s so comfy. (Yes, I’ve already been wearing it!) It also has adjustable straps which is so nice because of the fluctuation in your breast size post baby!
- Disposable nursing pads. Now that you have your nursing bra, you’ll need some nursing pads to go in it! I hate using disposables because I feel like it’s so wasteful but honestly, the fabric ones I’ve tried are awful. Disposables kept me dry so I used those during the months that I needed them. Once your supply evens out you may not need them at all.
- Nipple cream. This is a must in those first few weeks! Your nipples will most likely be cracked and sore so having a cream to apply to them can really help to relieve some of the pain. Keep in mind though that extreme pain isn’t normal. If the pain is unbearable, you might want to make an appointment with a lactation consultant.
- Nursing tanks or shirts. Convenience is key when you have a hungry baby so I always like to have some nursing tops on hand! I never found any that I loved when I had Grey but Figure 8 also sent me this nursing top and it’s perfect. It is super soft and has double coverage so you barely have to expose any skin. Plus it comes in several different colors!
Those are my most important postpartum nursing essentials. Let me know your must haves in the comments below!