Monday, July 16, 2012

{Bringing Home Baby} Nursing Essentials

Yay!  I'm so excited for this series!  I planned this for the last 2-3 weeks before our Little Mister is due for a few reasons... #1) I'm likely still doing all of my final preparations to get ready for Baby Knox to washing clothes, gathering our baby stuff, etc.  #2) I've obviously been totally obsessed with baby lately  #3)  I still have blog posts that will be coming for a while, even when I'm not "working" on them!
I {love} nursing my babies.  It's a magical bond.  And so easy {no washing bottles, packing formula for outings, etc}.  Not to mention the financial benefits!

I nursed Layne for 8 months {stopped because of lack of supply because I wasn't pumping enough}. I nursed Gray for 13 months.  And now this little one!

A Facebook friend's posting the other day got me thinking...what are my nursing essentials?  I don't have many because...let's be honest, you don't NEED much besides what mother nature gave you!

#1 - Lanolin Cream

The first week or two of nursing is always tough {at least for me}.  And this is probably why so many moms give up so early!  I won't go into details, but this stuff is a necessity for me.  I just wish you could buy a tube half the size of the one they sell...after two weeks or so, I rarely used the stuff. 

#2 - A Good Pump

Most people don't understand, but nursing is all about supply and demand.  The more often a baby nurses, the more your body produces!  The less often your baby nurses {or if you supplement or bottle feed}, the less milk your body begins to produce.  For me, I used my pump for both!  Having had mastitis when Layne was a week old, my pump was used quite a bit right away for me to pump because it was so painful to nurse.  And with my first two, I went back to work at 6 months and my pump was used multiple times daily for the next 2-6 months.  I loved the Medela Pump in Style.  It has been through two babies with me and one baby with my sister and it's still going strong :)

#3 - Good Nursing Cover

I am all for nursing in public.  It bothered Matt a bit at first, but he got used to it :)  I rarely use a cover with friends and family, but when I nurse when we are out to dinner or at the mall, I do use one!

My favorite kind was just discovered, and I'm so excited to use this style this time.  Rachel @ Family Ever After shared her tutorial for a full coverage {front and back} with elastic and sewn in boning.  I loved the boning because I could see baby to get him situated, but I hated that my back was exposed at times depending on the top I had on.  Rachel also sells these in her Etsy shop for around $40 if you aren't a sew-er.

The ones with boning that I used before was from  They always have promo codes for a free cover {just google Uddercover coupon code} and you just pay $11.95ish for shipping.  **With that said, I've read some reviews recently on this site that were not so positive, but I had nothing but good experiences and I've ordered several for me and gifts.**

You can also make your own using these other tutorials!

#4 - The Nursing Mother's Companion

When I had Layne, the hospital gave me a small little book that had excerpts from The Nursing Mother's Companion.   We consulted this little book daily.  Being first time nursing parents, we had tons of questions!  Not to mention the fact that every. single. thing. that could complicate nursing happened to us. By day 5, Matt went out and bought this book.  And I've lent it or recommended it to sooo many nursing moms.

#5 - What can you do without?

Nursing bras!  I hated them.  I went to a specialty shop and was fitted for them.  I paid a pretty penny for my two bras that I bought.  I hated them.  They gave no support and I looked rather droopy.  I stuck to my regular bras and just lifted it up when I nursed.  No problemo for me :) 


  1. Sarah,
    This list was VERY helpful! I am due with my first baby in October and I'm having a tough time deciphering between what magazines and stores tell me I need and what I truly need. I am looking forward to the rest of this Weeks posts!!!

  2. Mine is a big bottle of water - because boy, I sure do get thirsty while feeding!!!

  3. The La Leche League book, "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" and use of a wonderful lactation consultant (an IBCLC) when things don't go as planned.


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