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Top 10 Breastfeeding Products

If you’re new to the world of making breast milk, it can be pretty overwhelming! Some say it’s completely natural, but a walk down the nursing-accessory aisle at the baby store can certainly say otherwise. So which breastfeeding products do you really need?

Well, I’m gonna say none. I know, I know. Breastfeeding really is natural and usually doesn’t require anything other than breasts and a baby (or babies – I nursed triplets!). But sometimes it’s fun and even helpful to have some of these items on hand. Other times it becomes a necessity to have some of these (or similar products). And you know what? That’s okay! You may be a breastfeeding accessory junkie and your bff may have none of these items. What’s important is that you and Baby are able to have the breastfeeding relationship that you want. One or more of these breastfeeding products may help your nursing relationship be the best it can be!

Top 10 Breastfeeding Products

  1. Milkies Milk-Saver Breast Milk Collector – This item can be super helpful if you find that one breast begins leaking while baby nurses from the other! You can collect the leaking milk and store for a future bottle.
  2. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags – If you pump a lot or a little, these bags are definitely my favorites! They’re BPA-free, too!
  3. Breast Feeding Nursing Cover – If you think you may need a little privacy figuring out how to get baby to the breast, these covers can come in handy and Udder Covers are a great brand with lots of fun prints (great prices, too!).
  4. Organic Baby Teething Necklace – I’m looking forward to having one of these for this coming baby (a singleton!) for those toddler nursing days. I’ve heard it helps with the toddler gymnastics and doubles as a teether!
  5. Medela Pump in Style Breast Pump – I’m partial to Medela since I used both a hospital grade Medela pump and a consumer-grade Medela pump for the triplets before I breastfed them. You can see more breastfeeding pump options here and determine which pump may be right for you.
  6. Boppy Pillow with Slipcover – I loved my Boppy when nursing my kiddos one at a time! Some women find they can simply use a regular pillow. However, I loved the firmness and contoured shape of the Boppy that brought my baby up around my body. And this print is just too adorable – I saw it at my friend’s the other day and had cover envy. 🙂
  7. Organic Cotton Nursing Pads – Some type of nursing pads are usually in even the most minimalist breastfeeder’s bag! The cotton pads are so soft against sore nipples and have such a benefit over disposable pads. Plus, they don’t crinkle and crunch when you hug someone, either!).
  8. Nursing Bra – It took me a few tries to find a nursing bra I liked but once I did, that puppy got a workout! It supported me (pun intended) through my 31 months of breastfeeding! I would like to get one in black this time, too.
  9. Easy Snacks – I kinda think this one is in a minimalist’s bag, too. I was always hungry while breastfeeding and having easy, made-ahead snacks meant I can grab one and eat as I nurse! You can find lots more snack ideas for your nursing days here.
  10. Organic Nipple Butter – For the times when breast milk isn’t cutting it for soothing or healing really raw nipples, this cream is all natural and organic (no synthetic ingredients used like commercial products!).

These are some of my favorite breastfeeding products. They’ve helped make my nursing experience a little easier and more comfortable. I hope that you found something in this list that will be helpful to you, too!

What are some of your favorite breastfeeding products– those things you can’t live without?

Jennifer Fountain is the founder of Growing Up Triplets and is a contributor to other blogs, including Breastfeeding Place. She writes about raising their three-year-old-triplets, taking the family back to living simply, and endeavoring to honor God in the midst of it all. She has been married to her hubby, David, for nearly five years and is madly in love with him! You can follow Jennifer and the three peas on Google+FacebookTwitterPinterest and the blog.

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