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By Grow Healthy. Grow Happy. The Whole Baby Guide

Nursing requires less equipment and less money than bottle-feeding, but a few items can be helpful for nursing mothers. If you plan to go back to work or to spend a few hours away from your baby on a regular basis, you will need a breast pump to release and store your breast milk.

Motorized Breast Pump 

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

breast pump machineMotorized breast pumps relieve pressure between feedings, stimulate lactation if you have a low milk supply, and store milk if you are away from your baby and cannot feed. A motorized pump is also helpful if you need to take medication that could be harmful for your baby and need to “pump and dump.” Most motorized breast pumps are designed to fully disassemble for complete cleaning after each pumping session.

 

Function: Expresses breast milk efficiently

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Includes milk storage bottles, extra flanges, sealing discs, cleaning brush, cleaning solution
  • Bottle compatibility
  • Travel carrying case included
  • Battery operated or plugs into standard outlet
  • Quiet operation
Manual Breast Pump

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

manual breast pumpWith a hand-operated pump you can express breast milk without electricity. You can use it to relieve pressure between feedings or to build up a milk supply for future use. Manual pumps are lightweight and convenient for travel. Most pumps fully disassemble for complete cleaning after each pumping session.

 

Function: Expresses breast milk manually

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Includes: milk storage bottles, extra flanges, sealing discs, cleaning brush, and cleaning solution
  • Bottle compatibility
  • Quiet operation
  • No batteries or electricity required
  • One-handed use
  • Lightweight design travels well
Breast Milk Storage Bags

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

breast milk storage bagsBreast milk storage bags are convenient for storing and freezing breast milk. They are pre-sterilized and resealable with a pour spout for spill-proof transfer into a bottle. You can store bags in the freezer, and they are easily thawed. Most bags provide a place to write dates and other information.

 

 

Function: Space-saving breast milk storage for future use. Bags can be frozen or placed in the refrigerator

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Pour spout
  • Double-zip closure and tamper-evident safety seal
  • Nursing
Breast Pads

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

breast padsBreast pads go inside a bra to prevent leakage. A contoured shape allows the breast pad to stay in place and helps keep nipples dry. Disposable options may have an adhesive strip to help them stay in place.

 

 

 

Function: Helps mom stay dry and comfortable in the case of breast milk leakagenursing pads

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Contoured
  • Organic cotton
  • Size and fit
  • Waterproof
  • Reusable—machine washable
  • Disposable—cotton or paper material
Nursing Bra

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

nursing braA nursing bra looks like a standard bra, but offers the extra support and functionality you need during breast-feeding. Bras that are 100% cotton, a blend of cotton and Lycra, or other stretchy fabrics provide flexibility and extra room for when your milk comes in.

Most women need a larger cup size during pregnancy and throughout breast-feeding. A tight bra can place pressure on your milk ducts, causing them to become clogged and possibly cause mastitis to set in.

Many nursing bras have added features such as cups that open or lower when you pull them aside or closures that unsnap, unzip, or unhook. Other convenient options allow you to open the cup for nursing easily with one hand.

Function: Provides support and allows easy access for nursing

Special Features and Considerations:

  • 4-hook fastenings vs. standard two or three in the back provide added comfort
  • Wide, nonslip shoulder straps provide extra support
  • Cups that unclasp easily
Nipple Cream

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

nipple creamNipple cream soothes and protects sore and cracked nipples. Many nipple creams contain lanolin. Lanolin is a greasy substance from sheep fur that is treated with pesticides and chemicals during processing. It is not recommended for babies to ingest lanolin. Lanolin-free and organic options are available for preventing and healing sore nipples.

 

Function: Soothe and protect nipples while breast-feeding

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Lanolin-free
  • Organic
  • No taste, color, or perfume added
  • No preservatives, chemicals, or other additives
  • Hypoallergenic
Nursing Cover

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

nursing coverA nursing cover provides full-coverage for discreet breast-feeding and cuts out surrounding distractions so your baby can feed quietly. They are also useful for bottle-fed babies. Nursing covers are lightweight and usually have a slightly raised edge, so you can watch your baby while nursing. They can also be used during breast-pumping sessions rather than going to a separate room.

 

Function: Provides full coverage for the nursing mom. Calms baby while nursing or bottle-feeding

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Neck strap with adjustable height
  • Folds easily and is lightweight
  • Can be used as a shield from the sun in a stroller, front carrier, sling, or car seat
  • Machine-washable options for easy cleaning
Nursing Pillow

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

nursing pillowNursing pillows are crescent shaped to rest around your waist during nursing. This unique shape positions your baby for optimal feeding and provides added support to relieve back, neck, and shoulder stress during feeding. Nursing pillows are versatile and work with various nursing holds such as football, cradle, and cross-over. As your baby grows, nursing pillows can also be used for tummy time and provide additional support as he learns to sit.

 

Function: Positions your baby properly for optimal feeding. Helps relieve back, neck, and shoulder stress

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Pillow is soft, comfortable, and firm enough to support your baby while nursing
  • Machine-washable slip cover for easy cleaning
  • Available in stylish prints
  • Can also be used for tummy time, sitting support
Nursing Stool

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

nursing stoolNursing stools provide leg support and alleviate stress on your back during breast-feeding. Although intended to be used during breastfeeding, they can also be used during pregnancy to prop your feet and avoid the onset of edema. Depending on height, stools can also be used as your baby grows, helping him reach the sink or the potty.

 

Function: Helps you comfortably position your baby for breast-feeding and alleviates stress on your back

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Easy-to-use design
  • Anti-slip base
  • Use during pregnancy as a foot stool
  • As your baby grows, it can be used as a step stool

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