Ask any new mom and they’ll tell you breastfeeding is no easy task. I remember wanting to quit three days after the little Man was born. Even if everything goes smoothly, your nipples will feel as though they’ve been put through the ringer. That’s why my go to gift for nursing moms and new moms especially, is a nursing basket. Full of all the breastfeeding essentials any nursing mom will need.
No 1. Let her eat her way to an increased milk supply with Milkmaker’s lactation cookies.
No. 2 Help sooth sore breasts and cracked nipples with these instant cooling hydrogel pads. Alternating between this and No. 4 are highly recommended.
No. 3. Any mom who has pumped can tell you there aren’t always facilities to wash and clean pump accessories. These quick clean wipes are convenient and hygienic. If you are looking for other great pumping accessories, check out this working mom’s breastfeeding tips & tricks post.
No. 4. Probably the most important element for any nursing basket, the nipple cream. To help relieve the discomfort of sore and cracked nipples. Most products are safe for babies, but keep in mind they can also stain clothing. My nipple cream of choice was Mother Love’s Nipple Ointment , and our editor Lindsey is using Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter.
No. 5. Nursing pads, because you never know when one might spring a leak, and it’s generally best to not be caught off guard. Disposable and discrete, nursing pads provide her with the protection she’ll need while keeping her dry.
No. 6. For that occasional glass of wine, breast milk alcohol test strips. Giving her peace of mind with one easy to read, two-minute test.
No. 7. It is never too early to start stockpiling her breast milk, aka liquid gold. These storage bags are leak proof and allow for accurate measurement.
No. 8. Whether it’s cooling relief or soothing heat, the NuzzleHug, provides her with both options. Designed to relieve the soreness and engorgement associated with breastfeeding, and an added bonus it’s hands free. Don’t take our word for it, our editor Hannah tried one out for herself, you can read her review here.
What are your go to breastfeeding products? Are there other breastfeeding essentials you’d gift to a friend?