12 Days of Baby Stuff: Breastfeeding Essentials

by tinysneakers

It’s The 12 Days of Baby Stuff extravaganza!


I’ve held off sharing my favorite baby gear because I didn’t think I had anything to say that wasn’t already out there. After posting my what not to buy list, you all asked me what I DO like. So here it is. 12 Days of STUFF. Stuff I like, a couple things I don’t like, and some things you’ve all told me you liked. Ready, set, go!

Breastfeeding Essentials


1. My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow Learning how to breastfeed is hard work! The Brest Friend pillow is SO helpful in positioning the baby right and keeping both of your hands free. I like this better than the Boppy because it straps around you, letting you adjust the height of the pillow.

2. Lansinoh Gel Soothies Nursing Pads In the grand scheme of things I didn’t experience too much pain when first nursing, but these gel pads were lifesavers for a couple days there in the beginning. They seem crazy expensive for what they are, but they are worth every single cent. The gel is cool and soft, providing MUCH needed relief. Plus, you can use them for a couple days before needing to toss them.

3. Disposable Nursing Pads Breastfeeding is messy. I smelled like old milk for weeks after K was born. These nursing pads helped keep my clothes at least a little fresher- and dry.

4. Boppy Nursing Pillow My runner up nursing pillow. Once I had the hang of things this was a nice option to have because I didn’t need to stop to strap it on. It was really better used as a comfy seat/prop for Kabes as opposed to breastfeeding. Some people swear by this one though.

5. Reusable Cold Cup Without fail, the second I sat down to nurse, I was struck with a crazy insane thirst. That’s saying a lot coming from someone who never drinks anything. I kept cold cups filled with water by the couch, my bed, and in the nursery so I’d always have something within reach. Having a sealed lid and straw helped me avoid constant spills.

6. Lanolin For when things get a little painful, just be sure to rub it between your fingers to soften it up first.

7. Ameda Truly Yours Breast Pump I didn’t need a hospital grade pump since I was with K most of the time, but having this double electric breast pump was such a convenience. The Ameda pump is much less expensive than many of the popular brands and works great- it’s one of 2 that was recommended by our lactation consultant since you can change the flange size if needed. I love the little cooler & ice packs it comes with for storing milk while you’re out and about.

8. Medela Hand Pump We got this for free at the hospital. It was nice to have in the first couple weeks when I needed to pump a little off in order to help K latch. I found it hard to use a hand pump for anything more than relief, hence the electric pump as well.

9. Playtex Drop-Ins Baby Bottles I was that mom that went to the store and bought one of every bottle on the shelf, filled them with water, and figured out which one dripped the slowest. This was by far the winner, even though I was opposed to the disposable liners at first. The slow flow and lack of extra air in the bottle were essential to helping with K’s reflux and colic symptoms.

10. Tommee Tippee Bottles These are the bottles we started with, before switching to the drop-ins. I love how tiny they are and how easy they are to hold. We switched back to these when K could handle a faster flow and took more milk at one feeding.

11. Lansinoh Milk Storage Bags If you’re going to pump, you have to have an easy way to store milk. These are marked with measurements, have a double seal, and lay or stand flat once frozen. {ETA: I had once bust on me for the first time this am…}

12. Lactation Consultant/Breastfeeding Group. SO SO so important to have someone to turn to with questions. You’ll have a ton of them. Getting a good breastfeeding rhythm going is the key to making it last. Plus, it’s crazy different from anything else you’ve ever done. Having someone to relate to or who understands what you’re experiencing is extremely comforting.

13. Snacks. HUNGERRAGE. Have snacks that you can eat with one hand, keep in arms reach, and won’t make a mess. I spend a lot {A LOT} of time sitting sequestered on the couch and I nearly always get hungry.

Nursing Wear


I have more issues find things to wear now that I’m breastfeeding than I did when I was pregnant. It has to be easy access, because when babies are hungry, they’re HUNGRY. It also has to keep me covered up. Here are my go to’s in my closet. You’ll notice a pattern pretty quickly. {AKA: Target. I pretty much have all of these in every color and rotate. It’s my mom uniform.}

1. Sleep Bras. Necessary in the beginning. Comfy, stretchy, not restricting, and easy to slide nursing pads into.

2. Nursing bra. I like the Gilligan O’Malley ones from Target. They’re like a normal bra but unclip at the straps to make things easy.

3. Built-in Bra Cami. Not technically nursing wear, but perfect for sleep once you don’t need nursing pads any more. Easily pulls down for middle of the night feedings.

4. Open wrap or sweater. Keeps you warm without adding a layer to get through.

5. V-neck t-shirts. Pulls down easily while keeping the rest of you covered. I like not having to lift my shirt.

6. Stretchy tank. I wear these pretty much under everything. They too pull down easily, keeping your stomach covered. They’re especially convenient when you wear a shirt on top this isn’t quite as nursing-friendly.

Reader Recommendations

7. Nursing Cover I never used a cover, I just used easy access clothing and a blanket if necessary, but most people will recommend a cover to make nursing easier when other people are around or you’re out and about.

8. Bravado! Nursing Bra. Popular brand, although I’ve never tried it. Worth a mention!

What would you add to the list?

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See all the lists here: Favorite Baby Essentials

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristy @ Breath of Sunshine December 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

The nursing tank tops from the Gap are my go-to layering piece. They crisscross over the chest making nursing easy and keep my belly covered. I sleep in them too!

My first 8 weeks of nursing were not pleasant with the 2nd baby – cracked nips! OUCH!!! My saving grace – going topless! I sat around without anything on for as long as possible to let the air help them heal.


Natalie @ will jog for food December 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Great list! I’m only 22 weeks along now, but I bought 2 Bravado Bras with a groupon I had to a local maternity store. She said it was the most popular one they had. It can increase up to 2 cup sizes 🙂


Tenecia December 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Sharing this with my sister who just had her first baby! 🙂



Katie Heddleston December 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm

The sleep bras you mentioned are the bras I like most for everyday wear. I haven’t worn underwire yet since I’m prone to clogged ducts so the sleep bras work great for me! And then I don’t wear anything at night (bc of the clogged duct issue as well!) I love the nursing tanks from target too — perfect for laying so you can lift your outer shirt up and cover up the beeb a little with the top shirt yet your tummy is covered! Win-win!!


tinysneakers December 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Oh the other ones don’t have underwire either, I forgot to mention that- the main reason I love them! Those other tanks sound great too.


Vicky (little baby, big city) December 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I was obsessed with my Boppy…. Milo is 10 months and I still use it to nurse, however I just got a nursing pillow from Blessed Nest and I am in love with it! It’s fully made in the USA and is Eco-friendly. I totally agree with your lists!


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