It is 2:00 a.m. and your baby is crying. You know they have to breastfeed, but you can not remember which side is up. You also understand that you are thirsty. Really thirsty. But your reliable glass of water is in your kitchen sink. In addition, it is 2:00 a.m. and you work with about 20 minutes of sleep.
Breastfeeding can be a love affair. When you are deprived of sleep and recover from tradition, it can be difficult to remember when your baby last ate and when the last wet diaper occurred. So we share ten essential breastfeeding accessories and tools to help you on your breastfeeding journey.
These 10 accessories that breastfeeding should have are designed to help you make your life easier and alleviate the stress that can result from breastfeeding.
A – Take it from me, a night lamp for nursing is a great idea. This provides a soft glow that will help you see but will not wake your baby. It is ideal for these late night meals and includes 8 fun colors so you can switch between them. NEW IMAGE
Two – A functional and comfortable grooming bra is essential! This choice of cotton jersey comes in two packages and each one is so incredibly soft, you will not mind if you sleep wearing one. NEW IMAGE
Three – This sentence may seem a bit random, but believe me, you will want good breast milk storage bags. These are some of the best in the business and are easy to spot, store and reheat.
Four – Hair ties, right? Yes! Hair ties played an integral role in my attempt to remember which side I would start breastfeeding from. We would change the wrists after each nursing period, so if I forgot, I could just mention my wrists and then start a feeding! NEW IMAGE
Five If you have ever been stuck in a business meeting or somewhere else where you could not breastfeed or pump, you will know how important mammals are. They are vital in preventing leakage and also help to give your girls some comfort between breastfeeding sessions. If I were breastfeeding and fell on a desert island, I would go. This type has glue that will stick to the bra or shirt so that they stay in place.
Six – Hydration is the key, and so it is a reliable cup! A cup with a lid and a straw, like the one you probably received at the hospital, is amazing. I recommend filling it before bed and putting it in your arms for evening feeding. This way, you stay hydrated and do not have to leave the comfort of your bed. And you fill it all day to make sure you get enough water while you are awake.
Seven – I guarantee that if you find a wonderful nursing pillow, your back will thank you. Not for everyone, but I like the functionality of this particular option. A mammal pillow is also great for belly time, so you can get a two for one offer. Win.
Eight If the hair tie trick is not your cup of tea, I recommend you download an app that will help you keep track of feeds, wet diapers, etc. Check out this link for a list of the best breastfeeding apps of 2020. These apps help track diapers, feeding, sleeping, bathing and other milestones.
Nine If covered nursing is your jam, this is a great choice. It provides great coverage and can be used in different ways depending on how you want to breastfeed. It is compact and can also be used as an infinity scarf or car seat cover. I have always been a fan of things that serve multiple purposes.
Ten Last but certainly not least, he is a good old nurse. Because cracked nipples are ugly – and they hurt!
What are your favorite breastfeeding accessories and tools?
– Contributed by Lauren Soderberg