Breastfeeding Essentials

breast feeding essentials

After sharing my breastfeeding story I realized how popular this topic is in the blogging world & how so many mom’s go through the same struggles. I decided it would be a good idea to share the top 4 things I use that make breastfeeding a lot easier. In my opinion it makes sense to spend a little extra money on anything that makes breastfeeding easier. It’s a lot cheaper than a year’s worth of formula, right?

1. My Brest Friend Pillow – This helped me so much in the beginning. The boppy wasn’t stiff enough to hold Noah up to me and I wasn’t coordinated enough to work it out.  It also clips around your waist which really helps it stay in place.

2. Lansinoh Lanolin – You have to have this in the beginning. Your nipples are not used to breastfeeding and trust me they are going to be sore. Noah had latching issues at first and I had no idea how to get him to latch correctly for the longest time. This stuff saved me! I would apply it every time after I nursed.

3. Target Nursing Tanks  – There’s nothing worse than having to strip down completely when you have a hungry and fussy baby. You want to be able to whip that baby out in a matter of seconds. There’s nothing that makes this easier than a nursing tank. Target has the best selection and they are actually super cute. I have 4 of them and I literally live in them.

4. Hands Free Breast Pump Bra – I put this on every single time I pump. I don’t pump often, but when I do this thing is a lifesaver. Being able to use your computer, check emails on your phone, or scroll through Instagram while pumping makes it so much better.

What are your breastfeeding essentials? Leave them in the comments!


  1. Margarita on May 24, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    When I was breastfeeding I also used nursing pads, little pads to help catch leakage! Also, wear a tank top under a loose top and you don’t need any special nursing tops!

    • on May 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Great tips! I actually haven’t needed the pads yet. I think it’s different for everyone though!

  2. Julia on May 25, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    I’m 5 weeks into breastfeeding and agree on all of the above! It’s so worth it to have these things–I only wish I’d gotten the nipple cream in advance instead of ordering it on Amazon Prime at 3am one night when I was already in pain! I also used the Lansinoh soothie gel pads which felt amazing after cluster feeding days! Also, that’s such a cute picture of you two! xo

    • on May 26, 2015 at 11:47 am

      LOL thank God for Amazon Prime! Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

  3. Shonda on May 25, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Kudos to you for breastfeeding. It has been a few years for me, but it was the best choice I made for my kids.

    • on May 26, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Thanks Shonda!

  4. Rachel on May 25, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    You are spot on with these essentials! The only thing I would change is to use Natural Nipple Butter by Earth Mama Angel Baby (I got it on Amazon) instead of the Lansinoh. It is SO much creamier and just easier to apply. The Lansinoh is almost kinda sticky I feel like. PLUS the Natural Nipple butter can also be used on your abd babies lips!

    • on May 26, 2015 at 11:47 am

      I’ve heard that it’s amazing as well!

  5. carly on May 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Great picks and tips! Oddly enough I didn’t need anything for breast feeding. Just me and the baby, which was blessing so I didn’t have to tote things around.
    Dresses & Denim

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  7. Jenn on August 7, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Breastfeeding was so tough for me at first! The first three of these items were all helpful (although I used a Boppy instead of My Breast Friend). And I do wish I’d gotten a hands-free pump bra! Some things that were helpful for me were the Boon Grass drying rack (for all those pumping materials we had to wash and re-wash), a Camelbak water bottle (I liked having a straw – less energy exerted!), and Bravado bras.

    • on August 7, 2015 at 10:45 am

      I ended up switching to the boppy, but needed the brestfriend at first! Yes- those drying racks look like lifesavers!

  8. Meagan on August 7, 2015 at 11:39 am

    This is awesome! I’m hoping to have kids soon so I’ll save this for later so I can use some of these products when I have a baby. I’m really excited for the adventure and need all the help I can get!

    • on August 7, 2015 at 11:51 am

      🙂 Aww! Thanks for stopping by. Hope it helps you in the future!

  9. Tamara on August 8, 2015 at 1:19 am

    A hands free pumping bra is on my must get list for this time round. I better get on it baby #2 is due in October.

  10. Claire on August 9, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Great picks! I loved my Boppy though it worked great for us, and it was a hand me down which is the best! I always needed a good nursing cover for when guests were over or we were out and about. I also loved the Milkies Milk-Saver which was a MUST have those first 6 weeks when I wasn’t supposed to pump but wanted some milk saved up so I could go out and run errands, get nails done, etc!

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