Hey new mamas, welcome to the world of breastfeeding. Need a little guidance when it comes to the accessories? Check out our top picks!
Need something comfy to wear that also allows you to breastfeed easily? Check out Milk Nursingwear. There’s maxi dresses, dresses for special occasions, long sleeve, short sleeve—you name it.
The dresses are super soft too and some even work for both pregnancy and nursing.
While you’re on the site, check out Milk’s sleepwear too.
Disposable Nursing Pads and Nipple Shields
Medela is the queen of all things nursing with everything from pumps and bottles to breast care and devices to warm or thaw your milk. You might want to check out the brand’s nursing pads and nipple shields as well.
The nursing pads are disposable and help mama stay dry all day. And they’re perfect for moms on the go, as the pads are individually wrapped—so you can pop them in your purse or diaper bag before heading out.
The nipple shields are useful for those mamas whose littles are having a hard time latching on specifically because of flat, inverted or sore nipples. The shields come in three sizes and are shaped in such a way to still have skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby.
Visit the Medela site to find a local contact or retailer.
Looking for a good nursing bra? Check out the Bravado Designs Body Silk Seamless nursing bra. The bra has no underwire so it’s great for all-day comfort. It’s useful during pregnancy and can even be converted to a regular bra post-nursing stage as well (just contact Bravado for a conversion kit). The bra also includes removable foam inserts. Not sure what size to buy? We all know the body changes a lot during this time, so take a look at Bravado’s size chart and instructions on how to measure yourself. The Body Silk bra comes in 12 colors.
Boppy has quite a few nursing pillow options to choose from, but you can’t go wrong with the Original. The pillow is great for propping baby up to help with nursing while they’re still really small; it can later transition to a perfect form of support during tummy time and then for sitting. The original comes in 10 different patterns.
Lactation consultant-approved and exactly what you need to soothe dry or cracked nipples as a result of nursing. It’s certified organic (so it’s plant based and lanolin free). The cream can also be used a pump lubricant or even a lip balm—who knew?
Motherlove Nipple Cream // $10.95
Baby Wrap Carrier
A baby wrap is great for many things, nursing included. Slip baby into the wrap and go about your day; then when baby gets hungry, they’re already in place. The wrap can act as a cover for when you breastfeed and can potentially help breast milk supply due to the increased skin-to-skin contact. It also comes in 12 colors. The wrap works for older children too; read the instructions on how to wrap for different ages.
KeaBabies Baby Wrap Carrier // $29.96
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