My 5 Breastfeeding Essentials

With baby number 2 on it’s way in just a couple short months I have started to get things in order again.  I’m going to be completely honest.  The thing that was the worst and most shocking for me initially with baby number one was breastfeeding.  It was down right terrible at first.  In the end it all worked out and I’m glad it did.  This time I know what I’m getting myself into and feel much more prepared.  I have compiled my top 5 breastfeeding essentials that will hopefully mean an easier transition back into breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding Essentials - Pink Oatmeal

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5 Breastfeeding Essentials

1.  My Brest Friend (affiliate)

I started with the boppy pillow as everyone I knew had told me this was the way to go.  It was okay, but I never quite felt comfortable.  It was one friend who told me to try My BrestFriend.  It was amazing and made positioning the baby and myself so much easier for me.  I will forever be grateful to her for the advice.

2. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

Nobody told me how famished I would be after having the baby and in those first few weeks/months of breastfeeding.  I had always heard about pregnant women eating a lot, you know the eating for two thing people always talk about.  What I didn’t know was I would be starving after having the baby.  That is the time when I felt like I was truly eating for two.  Peanut butter oatmeal balls were my absolute savior during this time.  They provided the extra I needed when I felt like I could at everything in the cupboard.  Plus, I really liked how they had quality ingredients, many of which were good for milk production.

3. A Huge Glass/Mug For Water

Now onto the thirst.  Oh man, I could have drank an ocean.  Another thing that I had no idea about.  The big mugs you get from the hospital were most essential for me when I got home.  I would fill it up and set it next to my chair before every nursing session.

4. A Comfortable Chair

I never realized how much time I would be spending in a chair when it came to breastfeeding, especially at first.  I’m going to try out a new chair this time.  I’m going with a rocker recliner that we inherited from a relative.  I really missed the recliner factor with the chair that I had last time.  I had a rocker with the foot rest but there were many times when I wished i could have reclined!

5. A Breast Pump (affiliate)

I’ll be the first to admit I really didn’t like pumping if I could help it.  For me, it was more work.  However, I needed a pump for times when I needed to be away.  This probably sounds crazy, but I didn’t realize that you had to pump pretty close to every time you missed a feeding.  It was also essential for stocking up on a breast milk stash.  Even though I didn’t love it, I couldn’t have made it through without a pump.

Other things I truly appreciated: Lanolin, Nursing Covers, and Nursing Pads (affiliate links)

What are your breastfeeding essentials?  Share your tips in the comments for other moms!

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