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10 Essentials for the Breastfeeding Mama

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When I found out we were pregnant with our daughter after YEARS of infertility, there were several things that I knew I wanted to do for my baby – natural birth, only organic foods, no toys made of plastic or that needed batteries. We took all the classes, even breastfeeding basics, but I wasn’t prepared.


I had no idea how hard breastfeeding could be. I thought it came naturally for both mama and baby. I thought as soon as the baby was born, they would latch on and everything would be good to go. But that didn’t happen. Not for us. Maybe it was because I needed a blood transfusion. Maybe it was the NICU stay. Maybe breastfeeding isn’t as easy as everyone seems to think.

Whatever it was, I had to fight to breastfeed our oldest. Every feeding started and ended in tears – both for me and her. I almost gave up so many times because it was so hard. But we persevered. We saw a lactation consultant that was a lifesaver for us.

The lactation consultant gave me something called a nipple shield that made all the difference. Eventually, we had to wean off of it, but it helped me gain my sanity back. I knew that it was possible for her to nurse, we just had to find our new normal. That and she had to stop being a lazy nurser. Ha!

We were so successful, we even tandem nursed for several months after her brother was born. I never thought that would happen.

What were the keys to our success?

A supportive husband and a caring lactation consultant.

If you are struggling with breastfeeding, I highly suggest visiting with a certified lactation consultant. If you meet with one and it doesn’t “click”, find another one. They are that important.

Not sure what you need? I have gathered together some of my breastfeeding favorites below {using affiliate links}!

10 Essentials for the Breastfeeding Mama

Milkies Milk-Saver Breast Milk Collector Storage BPA Free

Glamourmom® Nursing Bra Long Tank

Milkies Milk Trays

My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow, Light Green

Hold Me Close Nursing Scarf

Softies Reusable Nursing Pads: 3 Pairs (6 pads)

aden + anais 2 Count 100% Cotton Muslin Swaddle Blanket, For The Birds

More Milk Special Blend “Motherlove” , 120 Vegetarian Capsules

Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump

Milkmakers Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

What are your breastfeeding must-haves? Share below! We are all in this together.

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Tuesday 9th of February 2016

I love this, I used ALL of these things during my breastfeeding experiences, I LOVE my nursing pillow! Thank you for sharing your experience. Thanks for letting me post your link to my site to share your experience with others!