After breastfeeding my son for 14 months and my daughter for now 9 months, I have come up with a list of a few things that have really helped me be successful in nursing my children. Here they are:
1) Patterned shirts with v-necks. Pattered shirts disguise milk leaks better than solid shirts. V-neck shirts are easier to nurse in because you can just pull down the top of your shirt along with your Genie Bra to have really easy nursing. No lifting up shirts, fasteners, and having to “re-dress” once the baby is done eating.
2) Genie bras. These have become my favorite nursing bras. They look a bit better than a sports bra, but you can just pull down the top to nurse without those annoying fasteners on nursing bras. They aren’t the most attractive for dressing up and going out, but they are really great for everyday use and comfort. (Not pictured below
3) Nursing cover. This is essential for us nursing moms who like privacy while they feed their babies in public. It also minimizes distraction for an older baby that loves to see what else is going on instead of eating. I have two covers; one to leave at home, and one to leave in my purse.
4) Ergo baby carrier (see post in Products I Love). A breastfeeding baby loves to stay close to mom, which means they don’t always let you put them down for naps or sleep. The Ergo makes this so much less frustrating because you can still do chores around the house and have two hands free to take care of older children.
5) “One handed” water bottle. I love the Contigo water bottles from Costco. They come in a 3 pack for $15. It only takes one hand to get a drink of water. This is really important when you don’t always have two hands available.
6) Scarfs or a jacket. I always have one handy when I am out of the house in case of leaking, especially in the early days/months. It gives me peace of mind to know that I won’t be embarrassed with a wet shirt walking around the grocery store because I heard another baby cry.
7) Kirkland Signature camisoles. These are stretchy and forgiving for the early postpartum days where none of your old clothes fit. They wash really well and are super soft and comfortable. I like them so much better than nursing tank tops because they stretch and hold their shape. Just pull them down from the top to nurse. (The ones pictured below on the Polyvore picture are a different brand, but they look very similar to the Kirkland Signature camisoles.)
I hope this helps you make nursing a little bit easier. It is so hard to breastfeed, but it is worth it for the health of your baby! What are your favorite items to help with breastfeeding?