5 Essential Breastfeeding Companions

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5 Essential Breastfeeding Companions

Breastfeeding is supposed to come natural and easy, right?! Well what “they” don’t always tell you is that nursing can be challenging, uncomfortable, tedious and downright hard. Yes, it’s beautiful. Yes, it’s amazing bonding time with baby. And yes, one day you WILL miss those sleepless nights rocking back and forth with baby at your boob, but for now, to the moms in the midst of newborn-hood, we’re here to help.

Here are 5 breastfeeding companions that will make your nursing journey much more enjoyable. Promise!

  1. A nursing pillow

Whether it be a Boppy or Breastfriend, these tummy hugging pillows are perfect for propping baby to your boob. No matter the brand, such pillows are designed to lay baby strategically and comfortably at your breast, so your cradling arms won’t go numb. Make sure to stash an abundance of machine washable pillow covers in your drawer- such covers tend to get messy from drool and spit up.

  1. IsenseU Breastfeeding Meter

It’s really a crazy thought: your baby solely feeds on your milk for the first few months to a year of his life. Amazing what a mother can provide for her kin, right?! Well, worry is inevitable to most moms, especially the concern over whether baby is consuming enough milk. The truth is: how do you know how much your newborn drinks during any given feeding? Good news: there’s a solution.

The IsenseU Breastfeeding Meter is an innovative product providing moms with the invaluable reassurance they crave. The baby-safe earphones fit comfortably to your baby’s ear, hooking up to your smartphone on airplane mode. (No radiation!) The meter then measures and digitizes baby’s swallows, providing real time consumption information via the IsenseU app. This mommy must have really is a sign of a our tech-savvy times!


  1. A cozy surrounding

Please, put yourself first, mama! If you’re not comfortable, baby won’t be comfortable. Set yourself up with a rocker or glider paired with a foot rest or ottoman. Have a blanket handy in case you get cold. Place necessities on a side table, as nursing sessions could run you over an hour. Have the following readily available: a bottle of water, a book, burp cloth, and any other items you see fit. Keep the lights low for optimal relaxation. Close the door and savor the quiet time. Gift yourself some R&R during nursing sessions.

  1. Nipple cream

Don’t overdo it registering for millions of nursing pads- truth is, many moms forego the pad route and don’t always leak. However, we do believe in baby-safe nipple cream because chances are, your nipples will become cracked and sore from the regular suckling sessions. Lansinoh Lanolin Cream (yep, that purple tube) is very popular, as is Bamboobies, and safe should baby ingest it. And food for thought- it can also be used for lip balm!

  1. A good pump

You’ll like pumping least, we promise, but if you choose to breastfeed, a good pump will become your BFF. Do your due diligence, spend the money, and buy what works best for you. Keep all pump parts clean and make sure you have plenty of storage containers or bags. According to the CDC, you can properly refrigerate breast milk for three to five days and freeze it to keep it fresh even longer. Thawed breast milk will keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours (but don’t refreeze it). If you’re traveling, you can store breast milk in an insulated cooler with ice packs for up to 24 hours.



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