10 Must-Have Tools for Breastfeeding

When it comes to breastfeeding your child, there are some definite must-haves that you should invest in. This is especially true when planning on returning to work, or sharing the feeding schedule with another family member, since these must-have products are designed to make things easier for you.

Breast Milk Pump
If you are planning to return to work, yet still want to continue breastfeeding your infant, then a breast milk pump is an essential must-have. A hand pump is fine for the infrequent use in the comfort of your own home, but investing in a double electric pump for more frequent uses will make things easier for you. You should also get an extra set of pump parts, so you can have a clean set ready while you wash the other set.

Water Bottle
Having a bottle of water close at hand when breastfeeding is critical. Breastfeeding mothers should ensure that they stay hydrated. Choose a BPA-free option with an easy spout, so you can keep one hand on your water bottle, and the other on your baby.

Nursing Dresses
Want to look beautiful, yet still be comfortable and maintain easy access for nursing? Nursing dresses are the solution you are looking for! One of the best options is the Alana Summer Tier Nursing Dress (Sunset) from Annee Matthew. It’s striking, flattering, and incredibly practical. The empire line band sits just under your breasts, and allows easy breastfeeding access.

Breast Milk Storage
If you’re pumping to feed your baby later on, you will need a secure storage for it. Stacking up on breast milk storage bags is essential in this case. Alternatively, you can fill up extra baby bottles with pumped milk, since then you would not need to pour a bag into one later. Just label them with a time and date, and then store them in the refrigerator for up to eight days.

Bottles
it is suggested that you try a bottle at around 2 or 3 weeks to ensure this option will be available as your child grows. If it’s done too early, the child may not take to the breast and, conversely, the child may not take the bottle if it’s done too late.

Nursing Pillow
Most nursing mothers definitely consider this to be a breastfeeding must-have! Newborns can get heavy when you’re holding them for an entire feeding, so having a pillow on which to set your little sweetie as you nurse will help you immensely. It will lighten the weight, ease back pain, and make the entire experience more enjoyable for both of you.

Pads and Ointment
While breastfeeding does not normally hurt, the first couple weeks can leave you with raw, sore nipples. Having nipple pads and nipple ointment available is essential. The best option is to go with a set of cotton nursing pads that are reusable and washable.

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Nursing Bra
Sure, there are lots of nursing bras out there, but you deserve several pretty ones, too! You should have at least three, so they can be alternated and washed without leaving you in a lurch. It’s best to buy nursing bras in your eighth month of pregnancy, though that comes with a teensy warning. Right after delivery, your breasts may swell, making your bras seem to be too small. However, this engorged swelling goes down in three days to a week. One of the best options when it comes to a pretty nursing bra is the Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bra (Pink) from Annee Matthew. It’s incredibly comfortable, and has molded foam cups that are seamless, yet still give a lovely shape with excellent support. The cups are removable, too, so you can replace them with a thicker cup lining as needed.

Nursing Tops
Every nursing mother needs a shirt with easy access for when your child is hungry. One of the best nursing tops is the Georgia Tribal Nursing Top (Blue) by Annee Matthew. This cheerful, drawstring top comes in a super fashionable color. It has two cute button holes and a keyhole neck opening. The inner panel has center nursing access, and allows for discreet breastfeeding. Even better? This nursing top is great for the office.

Nursing Pants
Motherhood – especially in the infant stage – is exhausting. When it comes to dressing cute, comfort is key. That is why Denim Jeggings by Annee Matthew are one of the best ways to treat yourself. They are a great replacement for your usual jeans or even tights. Not only are they super comfortable, but they also have two real back pockets, and are made from soft and stretchy fabric that is the ultimate in terms of comfort. These pants are great for pregnancy and even after you’ve delivered.

Diaper Bag
A diaper bag is an obvious purchase when you have a newborn, but it’s also important to ensure that you can store two bottles in it, diapers, accessories for diaper-changing, and nursing accessories. Always have an extra set of all of the above on you, just in case you run into any accidents or emergencies.

This list of 10 must-have tools for breastfeeding is bound to make your life easier. So, get shopping!

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