Whether you're anticipating your breastfeeding debut or new to the trenches, you'll need to make sure to stock up on the essentials for feeding your babe. Here are some of our picks for the best gear for nursing.
First and foremost, you'll need some good bras with easy access to your little one's lunch. One great place to find a multitude of styles is Leading Lady—they have everything from sleep leisure bras and camis to chic lace underwire bras and everything in between. Besides having a great selection, their prices are affordable and they offer organic options, too. Definitely worth checking out.
For modest feeding sessions on the go, stash a nursing cover like these beautifully printed options from Bebe au Lait in your diaper bag.
Many women find that they need extra support underneath their cradling arm, as well as a boost for their babe to reach optimum positioning in nursing. My Brest Friend nursing pillows attach around mom's back and also come with a handy pocket for toys or a water bottle.
And speaking of water bottles, don't forget that hydration is an essential need for a nursing mom. Keep a bottle close by at all times and make sure to keep your water intake at or above daily recommended levels for your size. One easy way to make sure you beat the parch is to grab a bottle that can stow away in a small space in your diaper bag for refilling while you're out and about. The foldable, reusable Sip N' Go bottle is a perfect go-to for fill ups after nursing.
And while these supplies (plus the main attraction—your breasts) will do you well during baby's breastfeeding bouts, you'll definitely want to have some burp cloths on hand afterwards. Unfortunately, in baby's world, sometimes what goes down must come up.