Mommyhood: Nursing Mom Essentials
Without further ado, here are my must-haves for any nursing mom out there - and definitely some ideas for the baby registry.
From left to right:
- Cowl Neck Sweater Knit Nursing Cover. I found this one from Pea in the Pod and love it because it's lightweight and versatile. Most of the nursing covers on the market look like an apron, whereas this one provides the right amount of coverage while still looking fashionable and functional. I'll be able to wear this beyond my breastfeeding days.
- The Boppy. There's a reason why this nursing pillow is on every registry and must list. It can be difficult getting into a comfortable position for nursing in the beginning, but the Boppy gives a great amount of support so it doesn't feel like your arms are going to fall off. The Boppy also grows with your baby -- it can be used to help support your baby in a seated position when their head control gets better, during tummy time, and more. I have bought the Boppy for the last two friends who have had it on their registries, because it is one of the only baby items I use multiple times a day.
- Lansinoh Nursing Pads. This was one of those items I didn't realize I needed until a couple of weeks before Stella was born, but I'm glad they were recommended to me when I went to stock up at the store. These are nice and thin and aren't obvious underneath clothing. They especially helped in the beginning when I was getting used to nursing and had sensitivity. I've tried reusable fabric ones, but they didn't protect against leaks as well at all. New mom Kate Middleton stocked up on them during a recent outing after the birth of Prince George.
- The iPhone. Before having a baby, I already felt like I wouldn't know what to do without my iPhone. Now it has even more important uses as a new mom. While pregnant, I kept track of everything on my What to Expect pregnancy app. The app then had me graduate to the What to Expect baby app, where I can keep track of her eating, diapers, vaccines, and sleeping. There are also several message boards on the app that have helped me with questions or advice I might need at a given time. I also spent much of the first month of Stella's life re-watching Season 1 of "Glee" with the Netflix app on my iPhone. It was the only way I could get through being up at all hours of the night. And don't even get me started on Candy Crush. While there are many times that I like to enjoy the bonding moments of nursing my baby, the iPhone has helped me pass the time during marathon sessions in the middle of the night.
- Contigo Addison Water Bottle. I knew it was good to drink a lot of water while pregnant, but I didn't realize how important it was to drink plenty of water as a nursing mom. In the first week, I was so thirsty all of the time and kept filling up glasses of water. Finally, for one of my first outings alone with Stella, I went to Target and picked out this water bottle. I love it for its size, the fact that it has a straw (no tipping required), and doesn't require me to unscrew the top. I'd recommend a water bottle for any nursing moms to have with them at all times to stay hydrated and help with milk supply.
- Crossover Nursing Tee from GAP. At the same time I was out buying the Lansinoh nursing pads, I was scouring the internet and stores for comfortable nursing tops. I own this style in gray and purple, and have worn them countless times over the last six months. I like that these tops don't have the snap closures like nursing tanks do, making them feel a bit more like regular clothing. The crossover style in the front is flattering and makes it easier to stay relatively covered up even while nursing. These periodically go on sale and I'd recommend waiting until there's a promo code for additional money off, but for the amount of times I've worn them, I've already gotten my money's worth.