The Top Nursing Essentials

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The Top Nursing Essentials

So you’re planning on breastfeeding your baby. Awesome! It may seem like all you need is your baby and your boobs (which is kinda true), but there are some things that you can get that can really help with you’re nursing journey. Here are my 12 nursing essentials:

1. Nipple Cream

You may think that you don’t need nipple cream because maybe you are going to use coconut oil or your own breast milk as your “ointment”, but using the right type of cream or ointment can actually prevent drying and cracking of your nipples and it can help the speed of healing. Also, something good to remember, anything you apply to the nipple area will be ingested by your baby while nursing so it’s important to only use products that are known to be safe. Some people swear by lanolin, yet there are a lot of products that now say they are “lanolin free.” So what’s that all about? If you didn’t know, lanolin is the discharge from a sheep’s sebaceous glands, and is used in lots of cosmetics, from lip balms to breastfeeding creams. Although it has been proven to be highly effective in soothing and healing chapped skin, lanolin contains a heavy load of pesticides (the wool is soaked in chemicals to remove parasites before the lanolin is scoured out of it), and at the moment there are no truly organic options out there.

These days, thankfully, lanolin-free nipple creams are easily found. Some of the nipple creams that I highly recommend are Motherlove, Earth Mama, and Bamboobies.

2. Breastfeeding Pillow

Breastfeeding pillows are a nursing mom’s best friend because they provide relief to your back, neck, spine and arms. The primary function of the pillow is to bring your baby close to your body and closer to your breasts. This is obviously important if you want your little one to get a good latch and keep you comfortable during the process. It also can be a great option if you are recovering from a C-section. It protects the incision site and keeps direct pressure off of it which helps your incision heal faster. My favorites are Boppy and My Brest Friend.

3. Nursing App

It’s important to know how often you are feeding your baby and for how long. Questions that your pediatrician will ask you is how often is your baby eating and how many wet and dirty diapers a day is your baby making. Since mom brain can sometimes happen, you may forget the details if your baby isn’t making enough wet and dirty diapers. You may forget when you started your baby’s last feeding and which breast you ended with. Being able to record these things in a notebook is always nice, but if you are out and about with your little one, having something on your phone is way more convenient. You may not even remember to bring your notebook or remember where you last put it. (I’ve had this happen to a few moms that I’ve worked with.) And if a family member gives your baby a bottle, some of the apps can give them access to the records so they can document their feeding they gave baby as well. Here are some apps that I recommend: Latch Me, Breastfeeding Central, Baby Connect, and Nursing Timer.

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4. Water Bottle

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Mothers that don’t stay hydrated have lower milk supplies so be sure to drink enough water throughout your day. You should be drinking the normal six to eight glasses of water a day, but don’t overdo it. Drinking more than six to eight glasses will not help you make more milk or provide you with any additional benefits. Drinking an excessive amount of water has actually been shown to drop a mother’s milk supply. A big reason for this is that excess water can fill you up. If you fill up on so much fluids that you’re not hungry, you may not eat enough food to get the calories and nutrients that you need to help with your milk supply build.

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5. Milk-Savers

As your baby is nursing on one side, it causes your other breast to leak as well. I’m all about saving every drop since I’ve worked with many mothers who have milk supply issues. This is why I love the Milk-Saver from Milkies since they do just that! Many mothers have cried over their spilt breast milk or because they are not producing enough breast milk. This product can help you collect as much of your milk as possible. Two thumbs up!

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6. Nursing Cover

I want all moms to feel comfortable nursing no matter where they are. If you feel more confident and comfortable nursing with a cover when you’re in public, get one! You shouldn’t have to rush home, hide in a room or bathroom, or feel like you have to pump every time you are going to be in public and your baby needs to eat. Some of the nursing covers that I recommend are Covered Goods, Dria, Bébé au Lait, and Itzy Ritzy.

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7. Nursing Tea

For mothers who see a drop in their milk supply, drinking certain types of teas can really help increase it. A drop in your supply can happen during illness, returning to work or school, surgery and many other reasons. There are teas out there on the market that are specifically made to help increase your quantity and quality of milk. Not every breastfeeding mom needs herbs to establish a good supply, but I love how this is an option for women looking for other alternatives. My absolute favorite brand that I highly recommend is Birds & Bees Teas. Their ‘Our Lady of La Leche‘ is wonderful!

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8. Breast Pump

It’s unrealistic to think that you are ALWAYS going to be able to nurse your child. You may need to give your nipples a break from nursing and pump, you may want to catch up on some sleep or run some errands and want your partner or a family member to help with a feeding, etc. Thank goodness we have breast pumps so women can still give their babies breast milk even when they aren’t able to nurse. The pumps that I love (for purchase) are the Medela Freestyle Breast pumpMedela Pump In Style Advanced Breast pumpSpectra S2 Breastpump, and the Willow Pump. Instead of owning your own, there are also hospital grade breast pumps that you can rent.

9. Breast Milk Storage Bags

After you pump, you need to be able to store your breast milk. Instead of keeping each amount you pumped in a breast milk collection bottle, I recommend that you purchase breast milk storage bags. This way you will be able to save much more for the future and for emergency situations. Also, you can donate extra breast milk if you have them frozen in your storage bags! Here are two brands of collection bags that you can purchase: Medela Pump & Save Bags and Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags.

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10. Nursing Bra & Tank

Every breastfeeding mom needs a good nursing bra and tank. Actually, she needs a few! When you have a hungry/screaming baby, you can’t get to the boob fast enough. I really like Bravado Designs nursing bras and tanks. Check ’em out!

11. TendHer Pillows

If you experience sore nipples, plugged ducts, mastitis, cracked nipples, engorgement, these Pariday TendHer pillows wills be your best friend. These gel pads can be heated or cooled to give you the perfect relief for your sore/tender breasts. You will be so grateful that you have them!

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12. Nursing Pads

Leakage happens. Instead of soaking your nursing bra and tank or top before or after a feeding, you will want to have some nursing pads to absorb any extra milk. The last thing you would want to happen is to be out somewhere and then all of a sudden your breasts let down and you start leaking through your shirt. That’s a little embarrassing. There are different nursing pad options available to help prevent this. There are also disposable or washable/reusable nursing pads that you can purchase. Go for Bamboobies’ Disposable Nursing Pads and get Bamboobies’ Washable Nursing Pads . They’re my fave!

These are also included in my ULTIMATE Hospital Bag Checklist. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my nursing essentials for 2015! What are some products for nursing that you couldn’t live without?

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About the Author /

Nina is The Baby Chick® & CEO of Baby Chick®. She is a baby planner, birth doula, postpartum doula, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, and a mother. With over eight years of experience, she has supported hundreds of families during their pregnancies, births, and postpartum journeys.

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Welcome to #parenthood! After what seems like forever, baby has finally arrived. 😍 This is one of the most exciting, nerve-wracking times a person can have in their life, and it can be very easy to get overwhelmed and lost in the moment. 🙈 But this first week as a new parent can be one of the hardest.⁠
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I thought reading a few books was all I really needed to prepare me for motherhood, but in the end, it was completely different from anything I ever imagined. The first week, especially, was much more overwhelming than I expected; you’re physically recovering from #childbirth, your hormones running haywire as they start to resettle back to some sort of normal, and you’re getting to know your baby, all while trying to get them to eat, sleep, and stay healthy and strong.⁠
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Looking back on that time, there are definitely more than a handful of things I wish I could have told my newbie-mom self to do, but here are my top five pieces of advice for the first week as a new parent. {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading!}⁠
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🍌 Baby-Led Weaning is Actually the Best Lazy Pa 🍌 Baby-Led Weaning is Actually the Best Lazy Parenting Hack 🥑⁠
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Baby-led Weaning has become a very popular feeding trend in the last decade or so. When I first started having kids, though, I'd never heard of it. After my daughter was born, I assumed I would eventually give her purees when it was time to start her on solid food. However, I knew I would never give her the awful canned baby food in the grocery store.⁠
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For one thing, I had terrible college experiences (hey, sorority games!) trying those purees and the thought of it made me gag. Secondly, I knew from research that most of these store-bought purees were not made with quality ingredients and often had sugar added. I preferred to feed my baby good food, so I decided I was going to make her purees. How hard could it be?⁠
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Long story short, I survived one week making homemade purees. ONE WEEK. I discovered the hard way that I did not have time, nor patience, nor energy, to make my kid food every several days. Admitting to myself that I was a lazy mom (i.e., tired mom), I was determined to find a better way. I started researching other methods of introducing solids and (praise the heavens!) I stumbled onto Baby-Led Weaning. 🙌 {Click 🔗 in bio to continue reading about Baby Led Weaning!}⁠
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Yes, pregnancy is a blessing. But no, you don’t Yes, pregnancy is a blessing. But no, you don’t have to love every minute of it to be a good mom. Just because you might not like moments (or days or weeks) of being pregnant, it doesn’t mean you don’t want your baby or don’t love your baby or that you’re ungrateful to be pregnant. Pregnancy is a lot of work and can be crazy uncomfortable and exhausting. But, of course, you love your baby. It’s okay to be tired and over it and ready to meet your baby. And yes, you are still a good mom. ❤️
📷: @mrs.caitlin_fought
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#pregnancy #pregnant #pregnancytip  #momtobe #pregnancylife #mamatobe #babybump #pregnancyjourney #bumpie #preggo #maternity #motherhood #momlife #expecting #mumlife #mommytobe #pregnantlife #babyontheway #inspirepregnancy #mommychick #babychick
YIKES! 😬 Hopefully there's a stellar recital at YIKES! 😬 Hopefully there's a stellar recital at the end of this. 😂⁠
📷: @humorandwine⁠
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Hope your Valentine's Day was filled with love, hu Hope your Valentine's Day was filled with love, hugs and kisses. 😍❤️⁠
📸: @julianaguilar⁠
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#kisses #valentinesday #love #happy #picoftheday #xoxo #lipstick #baby #newborn #cute #family #momlife #babyboy #motherhood #babylove #instagood #babiesofinstagram #babychick #mommychick #valentines #valentine #vday #happyvalentinesday #bemyvalentine #bemine
What would your candy heart say? 😜❤️⁠
📷: @punsandlittleones⁠
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Happy Valentine's Day! 💝 Just FYI before you ce Happy Valentine's Day! 💝 Just FYI before you celebrate . . . It's never just a "back rub" 🤦‍♀️🤣⁠
(quote via @littlewinkssleep)⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick #disney+ #disneyplus #netflixandchill
❤️ Low Cost Date Night Ideas for Couples on a ❤️ Low Cost Date Night Ideas for Couples on a Budget ❤️⁠
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Ah, #dating. Do you remember those days? After #marriage and a baby, dating your partner is probably the last thing on your mind. I get it. Dating is expensive. It takes time. It takes energy. These are things you may be lacking as a busy couple. But, there are low cost #datenight ideas you can incorporate into your busy schedule and I think you should. Why? Because dating your partner now is more important than ever.⁠
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Not only is dating after you are #married incredibly beneficial to your marriage, it's also really important to the rest of your #family dynamic. When mom and dad are happy and show #love toward one another, kids can feel that energy. The same is true when mom and dad aren't happy. For these reasons, date night should be one of the most important appointments on that very busy family calendar!⁠
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With a little planning, you can incorporate date night back into your schedule. Start with one night a month, for example. Then perhaps try to find time for one night a week. There are a lot of ways you and your partner can invest in one another without spending much (if anything!) and, perhaps, not even leaving the house! Here are some low cost date night ideas you can use to start making your dating life a priority again. {Click 🔗 in bio to check out our low cost date night ideas!}⁠
📸: @sivanayla⁠
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#pregnancy #pregnant #momtobe #pregnancylife #mamatobe #babybump #bumpie #preggo #maternity #motherhood #momlife #expecting #mumlife #mommytobe #pregnantlife #babyontheway #inspirepregnancy #mommychick #babychick #love #couple
If you're wondering what to gift her on Valentine' If you're wondering what to gift her on Valentine's Day that doesn't cost a lot?? These are guaranteed to make her feel loved. 💕⁠
📷: @majatomljanovic⁠
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#motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #mamalove #mommychick #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #selfcare #selflove #vday #valentinesday #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣
🤱 Don't Give Up: It May Not Be Low Milk Supply 🤱 Don't Give Up: It May Not Be Low Milk Supply 🤱⁠
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The early stages of #breastfeeding can be challenging. So many different new things happening all at once. Sometimes new mothers experience issues that they confuse with low #milksupply. Although it is possible, it is actually pretty rare. There are several other factors that can explain the challenges moms face during breastfeeding, all of which are normal. Before you give up on breastfeeding, make sure to educate yourself on these several fixable issues. {Click 🔗 in bio to read what you can do!}⁠
📸: @yoli_and_otis⁣⁠
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#breastfed #motherhood #momlife #postpartum #nursing #momtobe #normalizebreastfeeding #newmom #mumlife #newbaby #breastpump #breastfeedingfact #motherhoodthroughinstagram #mommylife #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #mommychick #babychick⁣ #lactationconsultant #breastmilk
So true ❤️⁠ 📷: @car_buettner⁠ .⁠ #mot So true ❤️⁠
📷: @car_buettner⁠
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And the quickest way, partners, to get murdered. 🔪🔪🔪😤⁠
(quote via @fruitsofmotherhood)⁠
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👶 Baby Names for 2020 👶⁠ .⁠ We're sharin 👶 Baby Names for 2020 👶⁠
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We're sharing the top baby names of 2019 and what baby names we think are going to climb the charts in 2020! {Click 🔗 in bio to find out more!}⁠
📷 : @paigemolinaphoto⁠
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#newborn #newbaby #newbornphotography #babynames  #namingbaby #babynameoftheday #namesforgirls #namesforboys #girlnames #boynames #namehelp #popularbabynames #babyname  #baby #newbornphotographer #babygirl #momlife #motherhood #babyphotographer #newbornphotos #newbornbaby #infant #babylove #newbornposing #babiesofinstagram #newbornsession #newmom #babyphotos #newbornpictures #mommychick
It looks like a murder scene up in here. 😦🍝👶🤦‍♀️⁠
📷: @alrightmom⁠
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#dinnertime #spaghettinight #motherhoodthroughinstagram #momlife #motherhood #momstruggles #momprobs #mumlife #mommylife #parenthood #motherhoodunplugged #realmoms #momstatus #thatmomlife #realmomlife #momsofinstagram #momhumor #motherhoodrising #ig_motherhood #uniteinmotherhood⁣ #babychick⁣ #mommychick
💜 How to Show Love to Your Partner in Labor 💜⁠
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Giving birth is a labor of love—with extra emphasis on the hard work behind the word "labor". It’s a time where anything goes, the best laid plans can be instantly reversed, and no one minds if a few swear words slip out now and then. The end result of a new baby in arms isn’t the only showcase of love, however. Oftentimes, the love shown between the partners is just as tear-jerking as the birth of the baby.⁠
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How can partners create a positive birth environment by bringing a little love into things? Here are some ways each partner can show love to the other during labor. {Click 🔗 in bio to read more!}⁠
📸: @taprootdoula⁠
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#birth #childbirth #laboroflove #pregnancy #motherhood #pregnant #babybump #birthwithoutfear #momlife #mumlife #empower #prenatal #naturalbirth #hospitalbirth #birthisbeautiful #homebirth #birthcenterbirth #birthphotographer #birthphotography #birthbecomesher #birthwithconfidence #laboranddelivery #motherhoodrising #positivebirth #birthmatters #love #mommychick #babychick
Sorry, kiddo. It looks like it’s gone. 🤷‍♀️😈⁠
📷: @stonecolddaddy⁠
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