If you’re a first time mom, these breastfeeding tips are just what you need for an amazing nursing journey!
I think we can all agree that breastfeeding, even though it’s “natural” can be REALLY hard!
You have your baby, someone will likely help your baby latch, then you’re sent on your way a day or two later!
Now you have to attempt to provide all the food this little baby needs to grow… it can be intimidating!
Don’t worry though! I have nursed 3 babies, two of them being twins, and have the info you need to have a successful breastfeeding journey too!
I’m going to tell you about the breastfeeding things I loved, and the nursing items I REALLY wish I would have had!
I’ve breastfed my twin girls for over a year, the end is finally in sight!
While I am very thankful that I was able to nurse that long… holy cow is it exhausting!
I have been supplying with formula, about one can a week, but overall I am still able to nurse them throughout the night, as well as most of the day. I only end up needing the formula if it’s been a busy day and I haven’t properly hydrated, or we just missed some nursing sessions for one or two days in a row and my supply dropped.
Some things I learned by chance, some breastfeeding tips I heard through friends (and wish I would have done!) and others I learned the hard way (such as don’t buy cheap milk storage bags just to save a dollar.. they all burst when thawing out!)
If you want to know some other useful tidbits about babies, check out this list of over 19 tips to make those newborn days a LITTTLE easier!
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Are there any breastfeeding classes or books I should get?
I want to start by saying I did take a class, but it was at our local hospital and SUPER AWKWARD! If anything, it made me feel more stressed about breastfeeding my son than I felt before I went!
That’s why I love Milkology’s Ultimate Breastfeeding Class! I wish I had taken this when my kids were still breastfeeding, but I want to help fellow mamas out!
Learn EVERYTHING there is to know about breastfeeding in the comfort of your home, without some random person starting at your nipple while you breastfeed!
The class is all video, so you can have it on while you browse the internet or whatever else you want to do! There’s a ton of content, so skip scraping the internet (yes, I am still happy you’re here though!) trying to find answers from tons of different places, and invest in your breastfeeding journey!
I did list the best breastfeeding book a little lower down if you’re more of a girl who likes to turn pages!
For help with breast engorgement and clogged ducts
This is a really important topic when it comes to breastfeeding, because clogged ducts can turn into mastitis (which can be very dangerous for mom!) if not taken care of in a timely manner!
Heating and Cooling Pads
–These “Breast Therapy” heating and cooling pads! They can be cold to relieve the pain of engorgement, and be warmed for helping in relief of a clogged duct! They conform to the shape of your breast, and are reusable!
My ultimate secret weapon is this pill when it comes to keeping clogged ducts at bay! It’s great for maintenance, but also super great for tackling a clogged duct! Just take 1 a day, or if you have a clog, take 2 or 3! My OB recommended this and I love it!
Breast Milk Storage and Breast Pad Ideas
– I love these that are perfect for saving every little drop of milk letdown! If you are only nursing one baby, then when you let down, you may waste up to an ounce on the side baby is not nursing on! I SO wish I would have had this with my son – instead, all my extra milk ended up in a breast pad =(
Washable Breast Pads
– If you want washable, reusable breast pads then why not get one with cute designs? It’s pretty much the only way to make it feel less awkward… breast pads are a MUST in the beginning because you will be making a ton of milk and will likely, at some point, leak through your shirt and be looking for the nearest sweater to turn on! I love these reusable breast pads because they are a great price, made of organic material, and come with their own laundry and travel bag!
Disposable Breast Pads
– While reusable breast pads are great, I think that sometimes they are not as absorbent as needed in those first few weeks. That’s why it might be handy to have these super absorbent disposable breast pads on hand! Throw some in your purse for emergencies, or just use them for those
Milk Storage Bags
– For the love of all things good… please buy quality bags if you will be storing your milk! This has been my biggest regret now that I am using up all my freezer milk. I know that
Milk Storage Tray
– If you don’t pump much, but still want to have a way to freeze excess milk you get through manual pumping or such, this milk storage tray is perfect for you! It freezes the milk into convenient little 1 oz sizes that are so handy if your baby just needs a little bit more milk, but you don’t want to waste a whole bunch by thawing out a whole bag!
How to help sore nipples feel better!
Soothing Breast Gel Pads –
Some babies really struggle with latch, or just love to chomp down. Even without teeth, that can really hurt! These “
Soothing and Reparing Nipple Cream
– To help heal cracked nipples, you gotta have some amazing nipple cream on hand like this! What I love about this brand is that you DON’T have to wipe
Best Breastfeeding Books
While I did not buy a book, it probably would have been really helpful! I also did use a pillow in the begging, so you may like to do that too!
Work. Pump. Repeat. The New Moms Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work
I ABSOLUTELY love this book because it is very current, and reflects the situation most moms are in these days!
“Meet the frenemy of every working, breastfeeding mother: the breast pump. Many women are beyond “breast is best” and on to figuring out how to make milk while returning to demanding jobs. Work. Pump. Repeat. is the first book to give women what they need to know beyond the noise of the “Mommy Wars” and judgment on breastfeeding choices. “
Many moms have said that “Work. Pump. Repeat.” was really helpful for both support from society’s pressures when it comes to breastfeeding and pumping, as well as just practical tips to make it work!
The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk
Yes, you can find alot of info on the internet on theories and ideas on how to increase you milk (I have a couple on my site that have worked for me personally!)
But it’s nice to have all that information in one place that seperates fact from fiction, and is all supported by research!
Check this book out if you find yourself struggling to make enough milk, or just buy it ahead of time to be prepared!
The Nursing Mother’s Companion
This book includes lots of information as well – most notably, crash course “survival guides” for major nursing periods such as first week, first month etc.
This book is a little less “judgy” than the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, and many people said it was more helpful with more diagrams and actual advice (not just theory)
I also like that it’s a guide for the whole process – from birth to weaning!
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
It is VERY
I think this one is popular just due to the fact that it’s been around the longest!
Best Breastfeeding Pillow!
When it comes to boppies, you don’t need anything fancy!
You can try using pillows if you like, or no pillow at all, BUT if you have small breasts like me, it may be useful to lay your baby on the boppy so that they are able to reach your breast.
It’s also useful because it’s the perfect shape to cradle babies body while you nurse!
Nursing pillows are also awesome because they can contain your baby from rolling around in the early stages, as well as facilitating tummy time with your baby (which is REALLY important for development!)
This is the #1 Bestselling breastfeeding pillow on Amazon – it looks amazing!
If you’re returning to work and want to pump for your baby, check these products out!
If going to work at some point after having your baby, then it’s all about maximum pumping power, good storage and transport of the milk, and easy ways to keep everything clean!
I worked for a bit after my son was born, and really learned the ropes!
Hands Free, Discreet Breast Pump Cups
– While I didn’t have this while I was working, I did get it later on and SO wish I would have gotten it sooner! These cups can be used with any pump (just buy the modifier kit) and they make pumping hands free! Most of all, these breast pump cups can be tucked into your bra and you can DISCREETLY pump! That means no awkward convos on lunch break, with the person trying to avoid eye contact with your nipples being sucked back and forth by a machine (I hated that!) Just get a pair of these, tuck them in, and go! They can collect 8 ounces!
Pump Sterilizing Wipes
– If you’re always running late like me, then you’ll want a way to quickly clean your pump parts so you can get back to work. I really liked these sterilizing wipes because it didn’t require access to water or a microwave. I also loved them because they were super thick, unscented and bleach free!
Microwave Pump Part Sterilizer Bag –
If you are uncomfortable with just wiping your breast pump parts, or would like to have daily/weekly cleaning maintenance for all your bottle/pump parts, these microwave sterilizer bags are such an easy way to keep everything sterile! If you have access to a microwave and water, these might be just what you need!
Cute and Functional Breast Pump Bag–
Last but not least, EVERY working mom deserves to have one of these! It is so cute, stylish, and on top of carrying your pump and all the accessories, it also has an insulated section for transporting milk! I was bland and carried my pump in the bag it came in.. but then again, I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl!
Do you need some ideas to help boost your supply?
At some point, we all wonder if we are making enough, or maybe just want to make more to get a freezer stash.
Everyone is different, so any particular pill or cookie may or may not work for you but hey… it can’t hurt right!
I especially love lactation cookies! They are a yummy way to boost your supply, and there’s alot of healthy recipes out there that you don’t have to feel guilty about!
In fact, one of my most popular articles is my Peanut Butter Chocolate and Oatmeal No Bake Lactation Boosters! It’s been pinned thousands of time, and it’s definitely worth checking out! Even better, is that it’s gluten, processed sugar, dairy and egg free… and STILL taste amazing!
If you have a pump, you could also plan for some power pumping sessions to really boost your supply!
Power pumping, in short, is making your body think that your baby is going through a growth spurt. You do this by pump often over a short period of time, simulating “cluster feeding”.
– These Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle Pills really worked to boost my supply! I took them and I got up to 2 ounces more per pump session, which was amazing for me! They aren’t giant, and you only need to take 3 a day!
Goat’s Rue Pills
These pills are great for gassy babies or if your body has not been responding to fenugreek or other typical supply boosting herbs. It’s one of the most potent herbs known to boost lactation, and they even off your money back if you don’t see any significant results in the first 21 days!
Shake Mixes (This chocolate one is YUM!)
– If pills make you gag, then you might like this milk boosting chocolate drink mix! You can use it with milk, water, or heck, even your coffee! It has amazing reviews, and people reported getting up to 4 ounces more each session! This powder mix is easy to take to work, or just add it into a smoothie! YUM!
Mother’s Milk Tea
– Are you a tea person? Then you gotta try Mother’s Milk Tea! Other mamas (including myself) have had some amazing results drinking this tea, and it’s really easy to add into your day!
Make your own Lactation Cookies
Pre made Lactatoin Cookie Mix
– If you want cookies, but don’t want to get all the stuff together, these yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies come ready to bake! They are the #1 bestseller in cookie mixes, so I’m sure these won’t disappoint!
– Don’t even feel like baking (who has the time
Do you feel prepared to breastfeed now?
While this is all the information I could think of, there is so much more you’ll learn that no book or article could describe!
If you have issues breastfeeding, I definitely suggest contacting a lactation consultant. They can weigh your baby before and after each feed to make sure they are getting enough milk as well as watch you breastfeed to make sure things like baby’s latch are good.
Also… some women just can’t breastfeed!
Don’t refuse to give your baby formula because of some social pressure to exclusively breastfeed.
Remember, before formula, there were wet nurses and goat’s milk!
You will be a great mama no matter what you do, as long as you are doing what’s in the best interest for you and your baby!
If you travel, check out this guide on how to travel while pumping!
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And if you felt it was missing something, please let me know in the comments and I will do my best to help you and answer any questions!