First-Time Breastfeeding Mom Wish List

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I have always known that when Mr. B and I had kids that I would do my best to breastfeed them. There are just so many benefits to breastfeeding! Some of the ones that really stuck out to me as a benefit are it helps with mine and the baby’s health, the skin-to-skin contact helps with bonding, and of course the savings with not having to buy formula.

Lately, I have been reading up a lot on breastfeeding and it got me to thinking of what types of things I would need to make this process as best as I can for our little family. As many first-time moms, I worry that the process won’t be something that comes naturally, how will Mr. B feel about not getting to hold her as much since she’ll be relying on me for feedings, and the whole breastfeeding in public issue that you hear about lately.

Reading the different books and articles on the Medela website have really helped with some of those fears and I’ve learned things I didn’t even think about.

I have learned more about pumping as well and plan on doing that when I have to leave Baby B for an extended period of time or to give Mr. B the chance to feed and bond with her. After browsing the Medela website, I came up with a list of things I believe would make the pumping experience a more easy one.

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The Medela Pump In Style® Advanced breast pump

I’m lucky enough that this pump is one the my health insurance will cover (check your insurance, yours may be covered as well) for us. I like this one because it comes with the nice tote bag if I need to take it along with me somewhere.

Easy Expression™ Bustier

Who doesn’t like the idea of hands-free pumping? If I can pump and read (or play on Pinterest) at the same time, I’m down with that.

Medela Accessory Starter Set

This set comes with a lot of the basics you need to get started. There are cleaning bags, Pump & Save™ bags, nursing pads, and even a magnet to help you with correct storage of the breast milk that you pump.

Breastmilk Storage Solution™

I pretend to live in a world where I’m super organized and when I have the right tools (and use them), I can be. I love this set appears to make it easy to be organized with bottles and the Pump & Save™ bags! There’s even a place to write when you pumped the milk into the bottle or bag.

Breastmilk Bottles

Well, these are sort of given since I’ll (and Mr. B) need a way to feed Baby B the milk I pump. 😉 These are also nice because you can pump right into them and store it for later. I like how it’s all universal with the Medela pump system.

Another tool that Medela offers that I’ll be using is their My Medela App. I recently downloaded it on my phone and know it will be handy for when Baby B makes her entrance into the world. On the app you can track when you last breastfed, pumped, and even the times you changed the baby’s diaper. All important things to know to help you breastfeed along the way. There are even some great articles to read, as well as a place to answer any troubleshooting problems you may be having.

I know this isn’t a total list of all the things I may need throughout our breastfeeding journey, but I feel it could be a great start!

If you have breastfed, what would you include on the list?

  • sylvia

    My kids are 22 and 20 so I am not so up on all the cool gadgets that are available. However, here are two things that I remember I was not aware of when I had my two:
    1. Really good nursing bras. And you will want more than 1. Spend the money and get really good ones that provide a lot of support.
    2. Nipple pads. I was completely unaware of how many things would trigger my breasts to leak. For the first couple of weeks, I used my dad’s old handkerchiefs because I was so sore and they were so soft from years of usage. (My lovely mother knew and saved them for me and my sister’s use.) After that, I used disposable ones. Trust me, you don’t want to leave home without them.

    All the best with the delivery and the new baby. I had no problems with nursing but many of my friends did. The ones that were successful eventually really used the lactation specialists that the hospital provided. They know all the ins and outs of all the problems that can happen.

  • Kathleen

    I know you’ll have these cool pumps and you’ll want to use them, my suggestion is to please, please don’t use them when your baby is very young. It can be really discouraging because you don’t get much at first. (And, you don’t need much — your baby’s stomach smaller than a walnut.) Plus, your supply can be *too* stimulated with early pump use.

  • Jesi Carter

    Hi there, came across your blog while looking up reviews on the 21 Day Fix. Breastfeeding is something I have successfully accomplished with 3 children- and I am still nursing my youngest who is almost 18 months old. For a first time nursing mother, you probably want some ice packs. Lansinoh makes a boob shaped pack that doubles as an ice pack and a heat pad. Ice after nursing and warmth just before to help with let down.

    Also, I would highly recommend a nipple cream. If you don’t have an allergy to lanonolin, Lansinoh also makes a really good cream that looks a little vasoliney, but with the warmth of your skin, kind of melts a little and it really moisturizes sore nipples. My youngest had a tongue tie that I had to power through until his frenulum was cut. Lanolin was instrumental with that.

    I definitely recommend a lactation consultant for times when you feel like you just can’t do it. I, unfortunately, did not have the benefit of one and learned everything the hard way. Remember, those first days are a learning experience for both of you. You will feel like she is not getting enough. You will wonder if you need to supplement because there is no way she could be getting enough from you if she wants it every two hours. This is normal. She is getting colostrum, and her tummy is so tiny that the amount you are giving her is the amount she needs. A lactation consultant will help alleviate your fears and concerns.

    The other something that was great for me was my Freemies. They worked with the pump I had while in nursing school and I could pump and chart at work at the same time. I wish I had had them during college, but as someone else mentioned, I wouldn’t try pumping at first. Those first days and weeks are about getting your milk supply in and enjoying your baby. I personally only pumped at work. My baby are straight from the source whenever possible.

    As far as anything else you might need, support. This is the best advice I can give to a new mother about breastfeeding. You are doing what you think is right, and that shows you love your baby. If you don’t succeed and you end up going to formula, guess what? That still holds true. You are doing what you think is right, and that shows you love your baby.

    Congratulations on your little one, and if you need any help on the breastfeeding front, I have my personal experience as well as my knowledge as a nurse. If I don’t know, I have a friend at the hospital I work at who is a lactation consultant. I can always ask her.

  • Tishana

    Your in the home stretch! One great breastfeeding thing I have found is the Kiinde Twist system,AMAZING! You can pump directly into the bags and then the lids twists on instead of praying you sealed the Ziploc seal right and then it turning over in the fridge and losing all your hard earned milk:( then you just push the bottle nipple onto the bag instead of pouring from bag to bottle truly awesome! Also breastfeeding cover with the plastic ridge so you can see baby! Also be very patient with breastfeeding it definitely doesn’t come easy and babies usually do not nurse very much or often in first 24 hours so don’t get stressed if your little one just wants to sleep that first 24 hours, just work with her when she is awake 🙂 God bless you and your little I one!

  • My kids (both breastfed) are 22 and 26 now, so I’m not up on the latest gadgets. 🙂 But a good pillow to put under the baby was what I used most — it took a while to find one that would lift baby up just the right amount so I didn’t always have to hold my arm up. (I did a lot of nursing sitting cross-legged on the couch.)

    The best advice I got was to give it at LEAST two weeks. I wanted to give up, especially with baby #1, because it didn’t come as easily as I thought it would. By two weeks, though, everything fell into place. I was so glad I persevered!

    I wish you all the best — I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years now and I’m so happy for you and your husband. 🙂