Preparing to Breastfeed: Breastfeeding Essentials for Moms

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and if you're choosing to breastfeed your baby when they're born, you may want to stock up on a few essential to help make those first days as easy as possible. 

Breast Pump Diaper Bag

Moms who are breastfeeding, but also heading back to work may want to upgrade their breast pump bag to something a little more stylish to carry! Breastfeeding bags that also double as diaper bags are a great solution—they include all the bells and whistles moms need to pump on-the-go, but with all the storage features of a diaper bag.

Pictured: jujube Be Supplied Breast Pump Bag

Nipple Balm

Quite possibly the first recommendation any mom who has breastfed is to find a nipple balm or nipple cream you love. Pick up more than one kind before you give birth so you can try different formulas and application styles. (Psst! Nipple balms are also great for your lips!)

Pictured: Hatch Mama Nipple + Lip Rescue Balm

Everyday Nursing Wear

While some of your maternity clothes may also double as nursing clothes, adding to your selection of clothes that are easy to nurse with will help you have success as you learn to breastfeed. 

Pictured: Belabumbum Layered Maternity + Nursing Tank

Positioning Pillow

It may take you trying more than one breastfeeding positioning pillow before you find one that works best for you and your baby. Before purchasing one yourself, see if you have friends you can borrow from for a test run when your little one is born!

Pictured: Bebe au Lait Haven Nursing Pillow

Privacy Cover

A nursing privacy cover can come in handy in so many ways when you're breastfeeding. Whether you prefer to keep covered when nursing in public or you have a baby who needs to be distraction-free during feeding sessions, look for a cover that is soft, breathable and that fits your personal style.

Pictured: Milk Snob Nursing Cover

Water Bottle

Drinking water will help with your milk supply while breastfeeding... sounds like a great excuse to get a cute new water bottle, right? Grab one where you can see the measurements easily in case you need to track your daily water intake.

Pictured: Pregnancy + Breastfeeding Water Bottle

Nursing Chair

You may have a nursing nook in your nursery or your own bedroom, or maybe you'll planning on setting up camp in your living room or another quiet space in your home. But, no matter where you spend your time feeding your baby, you'll want to have a comfortable chair to do it in. Buying a specific nursing chair or glider certainly isn't necessary, but there are chairs with features designed just for parents, like this one with a built-in USB plug so you can charge your phone during those late-night feeds.

Pictured: Babyletto Kiwi Recliner + Swivel Glider

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