There is nothing like bringing a child into this world. Nothing. It’s a rush it’s excruciating, it’s fast and slow it’s just…amazing. Many, many moms have high hopes of nursing their babies and some have great support and succeed and some don’t have great support and struggle. I struggled a lot when it came to my clothing choices and I wanted to share the things that really helped me succeed in breastfeeding. My Favorite bras, my favorite tops and my favorite nursing items take a look!
When I first came home I wore these leggings and this camisole. My son is nearly 11 months and I have worn these nearly everyday since the day he was born. I have four of these camisoles in white and one in black and they are wonderful. They are thick, well made and support a newly postpartum belly. If I am patient I can get these for about 10 bucks a piece! DO NOT PAY FULL PRICE FOR THESE! I wear them under my shirt and it allows me to nurse but still stay covered. If I don’t want it to be seen I tuck it into my pants and then wear my shirt over the top. These are seriously a life saver!!! I’d also like to mention that these look great paired with a cardigan and pair of jeans which is a perfect new momma outfit! So the leggings I love I wear them even to workout in and they’re great! I ordered my same post-partum size and YES they were snuck around my midsection but if I’m honest with you guys it felt good to have that counter pressure on my belly. I wore a wrap around my midsection and between that and my pants I felt very secure. (After you have a baby you’re insides and everything feel like really loose. ha!)
Nursing pads, so when your milk first comes in you leak some women leak a lot some don’t hardly leak at all. These are nice because they’re soft and they’re flexible so they fit to your breast. I bought two packs and they were great I never noticed they were there and it helped me not feel like I was wet all the time. I would highly recommend these ones! Plus odds are good you will be doing a lot of laundry anyway these are NOT a huge deal to wash like I originally thought they would be.
This is my favorite nursing bra. I struggled and tried probably 10 bras ( i was so sick of trying on bras and searching the internet let me tell you). Here’s why I love these 1.) They’re soft and comfortable. 2.) When you milk comes in you don’t need a molded cup you *ahem* fill bras out easily. 3.) They are adjustable with three hooks. 4) You can sleep in them 5.) you never have to worry about clogged ducts. 6. They’re affordable!!! They’re seriously quality made! I have three in white and two in nude. They are not a fashion statement but they work because here is the issue with molded cups (like what a lot of us are used to wearing) as you clip and unclip your bra that cup stretches out and gives you a very unflattering shape and the around the apex of the cup gets stretched out and it caves in. NOT GOOD!
Here are some of my favorite nursing shirts. Let me tell you, you do not have to buy “nursing shirts” you will cry when you see the selection of what they have to offer. They aren’t usually cute, and they’re expensive. So here is what I look for, in a shirt I can nurse in. 1.) Buttons, 2.) Zippers, 3.) Loose cotton shirts 4.) shirts that wrap are great too!
Lastly, if you plan on nursing in public place a nursing cover is great! Even if you’re not planing on wiping them out in public you may still want one. here’s the thing when you had a fresh little baby you attract e v e r y b o d y and they all want to come see you. Well your little one still needs to eat some people don’t get the hint to leave and BAM you need to feed. A nursing cover is great for nursing in your own home with people that want to see your babe. I loved mine because it allowed me to go out of the house for longer periods of time because he would wake up, we’d leave and about half way through our day I could nursing him in the car and continue on our day! I felt like I had a life again and it was really nice!
A few little extras that don’t hurt and can help the transition:
Soothies- these are like ice packs for your girls
Lanolin- Keeping that area dry is key to not having them crack (mine never did I would mix breast milk and lanolin on my breasts every time Daxton would nurse and wouldn’t cover them until they were totally dry. This saved me!!!
Things I didn’t like or use that everyone else suggested:
The Boppy nursing pillow. It was cumbersome, it didn’t really help me get him (Dax) to latch and it was NEVER in the right room where I was nursing so it sat in the closet taking up space.
A breast pump ( I hated this thing). If you are planning on pumping great. It didn’t work well for me I could never produce as much milk pumping as I could just sticking him on; truthfully too i would get so frustrated when he wouldn’t take the bottle and we’d have to toss the milk. That was a labor of love and it just was tossed in the trash. FRUSTRATING. If you are going pump get a pumping bra and extra baggies!
LAST AND FINAL NOTE:
Wether you decide to bottle feed or breastfeed it’s right for you child. You do the best you can the motto is “fed is best” if you do decide breastfeed do not be afraid to have a lactation consultant come in at the hospital and help you just to make sure everything looks okay and feels okay before going home. Ask questions and make sure you feel confident in feeding your baby BEFORE you leave the hospital. There is nothing worse than being at home alone and frustrated trying to feed your baby! If a lactation consultant is not available at your hospital you can always ask for resources. You can also find meeting groups for women in your area like the la leche league for more help.
**Every Mother is entitled to feed and/or care for her child the way she’s fit. Fed is best!** These opinions are strictly my own. I do not receive commission on sales of products suggested here.