Whether you plan to breastfeed your baby or not is solely up to you and what is best for your family and baby. Breastfeeding is a constant hot topic among expectant and new moms, and often comes with many questions.
The No. 1 resource every new mom should have on hand for breastfeeding is the number of an amazing lactation consultant (You want one certified with International Board of Lactation Consultation Examiners) who can come and help you in a moment’s notice when you get home from the hospital, or when you hit a bump in the road. (Bump Club and Beyond loves Lactation Partners!)
Aside from a great lactation consultant, some of our favorite products that can help make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable include:
Most insurance companies will cover your breast pump, but you have to navigate the process of having it sent to you. That’s where our friends at Ashland Health come in; they will take care of the entire process for you. For free. They are ACHC accredited and will work with your insurance company on your behalf to provide you with a breast pump from a top manufacturer.
Nipple soreness is inevitable, but this product provides relief that won’t break the bank and can be found at your local Target. A single-ingredient, 100 percent natural product, HPA Lanolin is safe for mom and baby. $7
Evenflo Advanced Nursing Pads
Without fail, you will have a leaky boob at some point, and having a great nursing pad on hand can help you stay dry. We love these because they stay secure and come individually wrapped for on-the-go ease. $12
Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra
If you’re going back to work (or even if you’re not, but plan on pumping) this is one of the best investments you will make. You can answer emails, watch TV or do whatever you need to do to pass the time while pumping. $39
Ergobaby Nursing Pillow
Every nursing mom should have a nursing pillow. Erobaby’s provides the support to nurse comfortably. $70
Medela Quick Clean Breastpump and Accessory Wipes
These wipes are a safe way to clean your pump and parts in between uses. $19.99
Molly Ades Nursing Poncho
One of the best nursing tops you will find. It also folds into its own pouch and can be taken anywhere. $80