Nursing my boys has been an incredible journey for me. So many ups and downs, but in the end, so very rewarding. No one tells you how hard it is before you begin! So new mamas, I’m here to tell ya, it isn’t always easy! I recommend doing your research, and talking to as many mamas as you can who have breastfed before. Me being one of them :) I would love to answer any questions you might have! I’m certainly no expert, but I do have years of experience and have figured out many things through trial and error! With this post, I thought I would share my favorite nursing essentials. These are the five things I couldn’t live without! And please share with me in the comments what your favorite products are!
Boppy Pillow and KB Cute Designs Boppy Cover
A nursing pillow is a must-have! It makes the process so much more comfortable for mama and baby. I used this pillow for breastfeeding both Luca and Enzo, so the old cover I had was pretty worn out. I was so excited when I found KB Cute Designs on Etsy! She made this amazing cover, which goes perfectly with Enzo and Sonny’s camping room. She also makes crib sheets, changing pad covers, swaddles, beanies, etc, in tons of different colors and designs. Go check them out!
Minted Lane Teething Necklace
I wear this necklace when I am nursing, so that Sonny has something to hold on to and play with. A much better alternative to my hair ;) And it doubles as a teething necklace when they start getting teeth! Minted Lane has the most gorgeous selection of necklaces. Mine is the Martine Silicone Necklace. You can find it here. They also make adorable pacifier clips! Go check them out on Etsy.
This nursing bracelet is honestly a lifesaver. Not only does it keep your shirt out of the way while you nurse, you can wear it as a bracelet to remind you which breast to use next. As I have serious “mom brain,” I definitely need help remembering! The NursElets come in a variety of designs and colors – all so pretty that you won’t mind wearing it all of the time. You can get your own NursElet here.
Tubby Todd Nursing Salve
I’m sure many of you have heard of Tubby Todd, but if you haven’t, they make awesome bath products with 100% natural ingredients. We have used their bath products for years, so I was excited to try their nursing salve. I had a very difficult time finding one that was both natural and effective, but I have been so pleased with this! I honestly haven’t had any issues with dryness or cracking since I started using it. And it’s completely safe for baby as well. I highly recommend! You can get yours here. And make sure you check out the rest of their Mama line which includes Belly Balm and Freshening Spray!
Milkmaid Goods Nursing Poncho
My last nursing essential is this Milkmaid Goods Nursing Poncho. A good cover up is a serious necessity in my book. I take this EVERYWHERE with me! And a bonus – it doubles as a car seat cover as well! I love the poncho style because it covers you all the way around, not just in the front. Milkmaid Goods not only makes ponchos, but swaddles, dresses, and robes as well. So many beautiful products for mama! My poncho is the River Trails design, and you can find it here.
Let me know what you think of my choices, and tell me what your favorite nursing essentials are!