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Onesies, hooded towels, adorable printed swaddles, oh my! I get it. It’s easy to get swept up in your baby registry. But have you thought about any breastfeeding registry items?
(Pssst, Amazon has an awesome registry platform that comes with a big bag of freebies, extended returns, and a list completion discount. Just sayin’. They were my registry of choice when I had my son.)
But here’s one thing I would recommend for any first-time mom, which I’m soooo glad someone suggested to me. Make sure your registry includes all your postpartum essentials too!
Well, that’s the thing actually. I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t going to register for some of the more personal must have postpartum products.
But at least adding some MUCH NEEDED breastfeeding supplies is a good way to make sure you’re stocked up with everything you need and set up for success from the beginning.
Because as most seasoned mamas will tell you, breastfeeding can be hard!
It’s just one of those things that often turns out to be much more confusing and complicated than you initially thought. I should know. I planned to do it for 6 months to a year and only made it 2.5 weeks.
What equipment do you need to breastfeed?
Hint: You’ve already got them.
Seriously though. You can get away without anything special if you reeeeallly need to.
But in my opinion, you’re going to want a few things to soothe any nipple tenderness, prevent mastitis, make it easier to feed and pump baby, and store your milk afterward.
There’s a lot going on in the postpartum period, so as much as you can POSSIBLY prepare ahead of time is going to be a huge weight off your chest later. Literally.
Ok enough already! Keep reading and I promise I’ll get to my must haves.
Here’s my breastfeeding registry list:
5. Check out the Haakaa breast pump: This manual pump is well loved by many women including a famous YouTube doula.
You can watch her video here all about why she loves it so much and how to use it.
The gist is, you can basically double your effort in half the time if baby is eating or you are pumping on one breast, the Haakaa catches milk from the other, so none goes to waste and you can find relief, too.
Oh and while I’m at it, don’t forget to get your free breast pump with insurance.
4. Breastfeeding in public can be super tricky and awkward. I never got up the courage to do it myself.
But there’s one thing I know, I definitely didn’t want to be flashing total strangers as I tried to feed my son. The zero privacy thing is just not my jam. So enter: the nursing cover.
Versatility is also going to be the name of the game for you from now on.
If you are buying a bunch of baby things that can only be used for one purpose and a limited time, you’re going to find yourself with a house full of junk pretty quick as soon as they enter the next phase.
That’s why, even though I had to quit breastfeeding early, I still continued to use this nursing cover on the regular. Heck, I still use it!
Why? Because it’s not just a nursing cover. No ma’am.
It’s also a car seat and stroller cover so you can keep baby a little protected when bringing them into Target or the grocery store. You can also cover them on a bright or windy day.
I’m tellin ya, you’re going to find all kinds of uses for this thing. And you’re going to want it in your diaper bag or in the bottom of the stroller for any outings so you can feed baby wherever, whenever without shame.
3. What I’m about to tell you is going to save you a lot of agony and wasted time. Are you ready?
I monkeyed around so much with breastfeeding and pumping, and pumps, and nursing bras, and pumping bras, I can’t tell you how exhausting it was.
Please do not follow in those footsteps. Whether you plan to nurse or pump or both, just get a pumping/nursing crossover bra (or three) and be done with it.
Once you have a comfy bra that gets the job done, you can wear it all day (and all night if it’s more comfortable. I def did this for a while).
Just make sure you change it out once a day mama. That’s why I mentioned having 3. So you could wash one, wear one, and have one on deck.
In terms of breastfeeding registry items, this is arguably the most important thing. But I also get not wanting a bra on your registry, so you could also just snag this yourself.
And if you do end up shopping yourself, I would highly recommend you check out one of the all-time most popular options of all.
Over 3,000 5 star reviews can’t be wrong can they?
2. These next few things I’m going to lump together because they all come in the Lansinoh Breastfeeding Essentials Kit.
Lansinoh is going to be your go-to brand for breastfeeding products!
They are the gold standard in the industry and everything they make is well regarded, highly rated, and approved by this mama and thousands of others.
Ok. I wish I knew earlier that this kit existed. Breastfeeding stuff can be pretty personal to your individual tastes. So it’s nice to get to try a few things without making a bigger financial commitment.
You know: instead of jumping into a box of 3,000 disposable breast pads only to decide you want to go with washable breast pads, you can start with a smaller number like this.
Even if you do prefer reusable pads (I will go that route next time), it’s nice to have a few disposables on hand that you can keep in your glove box, purse, or diaper bag in case you’re out and need a backup.
Kinda hard (not to mention gross) to put a soaking breast pad in your purse. You feel me?
The kit also includes Lanolin Nipple Cream to relieve sore and cracked nipples.
Plus, Breast Therapy hot and cold packs which are an absolute game changer for relieving engorgement, mastitis, plugged ducts, and encouraging let down.
PRO TIP: In terms of piddly little things to have on hand, don’t forget to grab a stash of some breastmilk storage bags, too. That is, if you plan to pump at any point.
For example, if you plan to go back to work and need to pump a stash of breastmilk to bring to daycare and so on.
1. Last but not least: set yourself up with a handful of breastfeeding accessible nursing tanks and tops.
Again, these are going to come in clutch if not flashing people is in any way important to you.
Also, I hiiiiiiighly recommend getting some that look cute and are comfy so you can feel like a human being.
I had some super thin spaghetti strap nursing tanks and that’s just not a style I would ever wear day-to-day because you can see your beige nursing bra underneath and for me, that just looked way too frumpy.
And frumpy is the last thing you want when you may already feel self conscious about your body image during the postpartum period. (I know I did.)
But the good news is, Amazon and a bunch of other retailers have some suuuuper cute options.
One of my favorites is this award-winning brand that has some really chic and comfy maternity and postpartum apparel and accessories!
That’s it for my breastfeeding registry items.
By the way, all of these products I recommended can be added to your Amazon baby registry for family and friends to buy.
Or you can just buy them yourself because you know, 2 day free shipping and all.
If you’re not a member of Prime yet, having a baby is all the excuse you need to have your life forever transformed.
Here’s a 30 day free trial if you want to check it out. But, *Cough* you do, trust me!
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Please let me know in the comments if you have any breastfeeding registry items you would add to this list, too!
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