(Closed) Breast feeding gear

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My boss had this pillow that wrapped around her body so she could lay the baby on it. She seemed to like it but I’m not really sure of the details because 1) I didn’t ask and 2) I don’t have kids yet.

Here’s a link:  http://www.walmart.com/ip/My-Brest-Friend-Feeding-and-Nursing-Pillow-Sunburst/5459712?sourceid=1500000000000003260330&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=5459712


I guess I should add that this is more for at home while relaxing and watching tv or multitasking during breastfeeding– not really to take out and about.

Post # 4
6351 posts
Bee Keeper

Get a boppy!  

Post # 5
6351 posts
Bee Keeper

There are lots of nursing tops. I found button down pjs were the best for at home.

It depends what kind of pump you get for what kind of bottles you need. I highly recommend the ones that screw directly into the pump so you don’t have to transfer it. 

You definitely need the milk leakage pad things. I leaked like crazy at first. They also felt comforting. 

Oh and get some really mild soap like Ivory to wash yourself in.

Post # 6
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

My kids are grown, but I did breast feed each of them. All I needed were the breast pads (lots and lots of them), nursing bras (at least 7, just in case of leakage), and something to cover the baby feeding, if I wasn’t at home. For cover, I just used a small baby blanket.

Breat pumps weren’t an option for me. They were very uncomfortable and hurt when I tried to use them. Breat pads are essential because they will soak up any leakage; you will have to experiment to see how many you need to wear at one time. And the nursing bras were so much easier to use when feeding than a regular bra; all you have to do is unclip/unsnap them. The pillow idea seems like a nice idea, but as long as you have something to prop your arm up on, the baby can rest in your arm. I just looked at it, and it looks a little cumbersome to me.

Post # 7
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011


Is this your first time breastfeeding? I know, silly question. But I ahve breastfed two babies and worked out a LOT of issues and problems and the stuff I had on hand for second time was a bit different. We also never covered up. Who cares! Unless you are shy but I am very “do not try to get me to move or hide when bf’d!”

-Breastfeeding pillow (wrap around but more the square kind). I had two c-sections unfortunately and these were a must. 

-Some SOFT breastfeeding pads like “bamboo nursing pads”.  My breasts were so irritated with clothing etc and these were sooo nice to put on top (mostly around the house)

-Lansinoh cream

-A pump but what worked much better was an electric plug in one. I had no real good luck

from my hand one unless it was for relief, not for pump and store. 

-Good quality nursing bras. I got mine from Bella Materna. The material is wonderful and worth buying them

-Breastfeeding bags instead of storing milk in bottles .  They should say they are good for freezing

-Nursing camis if you like. I’m too big booped to wear I find.

-I found nursing at night to be a pain if I didn’t wear either my good nursing jammies (LOVE them!) or a tank top. Yeah, little nightgowns and such won’t work.

– If you wear a tank and a little sweater or something…you can nurse by just pulling up your top, but the sweater hides your sides etc. People won’t see any boob if you aren’t covered.

-I found the second time around I wanted a couple nursing shirts (convenience) and pj’s (yup, good investment).

-My advice is don’t intro a bottle too soon or else babe will change way he nurses (ie/clamp down etc) . It tried and it causes his nursing to change and be more uncomfortable! 

-Any questions, feel free to message me!

-Good luck. Google Jack Newman, Kellymom, Lalecheleague and read up A LOT beforehand. I wish I did the first child and I was surprised at how many things you need to learn (well, trial and error for us)…like tips for baby with a high arch, or tongue tie, or if you are on meds.


Post # 8
6351 posts
Bee Keeper

I second the wait on the bottle for as long as possible. We gave Annabelle a bottle at three weeks and she never nursed again.  I pumped for six months. I highly recommend the Medela electric pump (some insurance companies will cover it)

Post # 10
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Please see the breastfeeding is hard thread.  The essentials are breast pads, milk storage bags and a good pump.  We didn’t use a boppy or any kind of nursing pillow, but most people love them.

Nursing tanks rock because you don’t have to expose any belly to feed the baby just unsnap at the shoulder strap and baby covers the rest!

Post # 11
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Everyone has pretty much covered what I wanted to say.  I’ll add that I’m a fan of a nursing pillow.  I’m borrowing a Boppy and a Brest Friend from 2 different friends.  Both have been helpful (we keep one upstairs and one down).  And I thought I’d like the reusable pads better but I’ve found that they don’t alway absorb all that they should or shift around in my bra and leaks still occur.  To compromise, I use the disposables when I’m going to be in public and the reusables at home.  Another good tip that I heard and have used is to use cabbage leaves to sooth sore boobs.  They’re cold, conform to your boobs, are cheap, and can be mulched.  🙂

Post # 12
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@candicemcc: That’s what we did. Soft washable pads at home, and thin disposable ones that didn’t show under my shirt lol when we went out.

Post # 13
6351 posts
Bee Keeper

I used disposable ones. They were not rough or at least I didn’t notice if they were.

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