When it comes to first-time motherhood, there’s a lot of learning involved! And us mamas need all the help we can get when we’re nursing. At least once a day I see a new product that I wish I had when I was nursing. So for all you new or soon-to-be mamas out there here’s a list of 10 things I wish I had when I was nursing!
1. Lactation Cookies
Cookies that can help boost your milk supply? Sign us up! Whether you bake em or buy em, they’re just what you need to help milk production.
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2. Feeding Pillows
Using a feeding or a nursing pillow can make breastfeeding more comfortable. The pillow supports the baby so you don’t have to.
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3. Breast Pad
Whether disposable or reusable, breast pads are a real lifesaver. Wearing breast pads will help absorb any accidental milk leakage.
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4. Nursing Cover
Gone are the days where you have to carry around a blanket to nurse. Now you have a variety of nursing covers to choose from that will stay put while breastfeeding.
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5. Storage Bags
Pumping in advance if you go out or are just producing a lot of milk can help you stay comfortable and make sure your baby has milk when they need it. Storage bags ensure your milk will stay fresh.
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6. Nursing Sports Bra
Any of you mamas out there remember trying to breastfeed with a normal sports bra? Yeah, that was a challenge! Now we have Nursing Sports Bras, like our Strappy Back and Athena, that unclip in a breeze, giving the baby full access to your breast, while still offering coverage.
7. Pregnancy and Nursing Workout Clothing
Maternity clothes used to mean dressing in over-sized outfits that, for the most part, weren’t even cute! Now can we not only get stylish maternity clothes, we can also get pregnancy and nursing workout clothes! Our Guardian Leggings are great for pregnancy and postpartum and the Cozy Up Nursing Hoodie keeps you warm while equipped with zippers for breastfeeding whenever it’s needed!
8. Pump Bag
Mamas need a lot of bags, but before a handy pump bag, we just had to pack it in with all of our other belongings. Adding a pump bag to your handbag wardrobe will make your life a bit easier.
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9. Nursing Stool
Just like a nursing pillow, a nursing stool can seem unnecessary, but it’s definitely a great item to have. The stool helps position you to ease the strain on your body. What seems like a luxury quickly becomes a necessity.
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10. Breast Shells
Breast shells are super helpful because at one point or another your nipples will be sore, engorged, flat, or inverted. This clever device will help make the nipple accessible to your baby and soothe them at the same time. A must have for sure!
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There are a ton of helpful items available now for new mamas out there that I wish I had when I was pregnant! Do your research and be sure to find the brand that’s right for you. These products will make your life easier - and us mamas need all the help they can get!