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Breastfeeding Essentials for the New Mama

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Breastfeeding maybe natural, but natural doesn’t necessarily mean easy! As an international board certified lactation consultant, I tell this to many of the moms I take care during a breastfeeding consultation. Getting off on the right foot can make all the difference! Many new mamas want to know what are the essential items they need to help with this. First and foremost, we always need a willing mama and a hungry baby. Breastfeeding is 50/50…half mama and half baby. There are 2 new parties trying to figure out the beautiful dance in learning how to breastfeed.


So what things might help this dance go a little bit easier?


  1. A Nursing Pillow. A good nursing pillow is super helpful to support the baby and get the baby up near the breast. A favorite of many new moms is the My Breastfriend Nursing Pillow. Click Here


  1. Nipple Cream. Moms love Motherlove Nipple Cream Organic Lanolin free Herbal Salve to soothe and moisturize tender nipples. Click Here


  1. Nursing Pads. During those early days moms may tend to leak so breast pads are a must! Click Here


  1. Lansinoh Therapearl Breast Therapy. This product is great for those early days of engorgement. The best thing about this product is that it can be used for hot or cold. Click Here


  1. Haakaa Basic Breast Collector Pump. This new product gets raving reviews as a great little gadget to collect milk. Check out my You Tube video to learn more about it. Click Here


  1. Breastmilk Storage Bags. Moms love this brand of breastmilk storage bags for the durability and lack a leakage. Hint! Hint! Don’t overfill the bags and always freeze flat after marking the date and time you have pumped with a ball point pen or sharpie. Click Here


  1. Nursing Cami. Moms love nursing camis while nursing their little one. It keeps their postpartum tummy covered up while giving easy access to the breasts. Click Here


  1. Nursing Bra. You won’t be sorry for spending some extra money on a good nursing bra. No underwires ladies! Moms love this Bravado nursing bra. Click Here


  1. Pumping Bra. Want to be handsfree while pumping? Then check out this great pumping bra. Click Here


  1. If you are looking for a good breastfeeding book to reference, this is one of the most loved and easy to read that moms love.  Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher. Click Here


And most importantly, be sure to sign up for my FREE Virtual A, B, C’s of Breastfeeding & Pumping Class. Click this link Click Here to get signed up. I will be looking forward to meeting you! 




CONGRATULATIONS on the start of a wondrous journey with your little one! I would be honored to help guide you and walk with you! Don’t hesitate to reach out for help!


With much love,

Stacy Notestine RN, IBCLC

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