All you need are breasts. Breasts are all you need. La la la la. Sing it with me! (To the tune of “All You Need Is Love.” And please don’t tell me that you don’t know that song by the Beatles. And don’t even think of saying me that you don’t know who the Beatles are because that would make me faint. Seriously. I would swoon right here on my keyboard.

Breastfeeding doesn’t require a lot of accessories. You need breasts. For most moms, that’s all they really need.

That said, some things are nice to have.

This article is about the “gee, that would be nice to have,” but not essential items.

Your next thought should be, “I wonder if I can get someone else to buy it for me?

If someone is asking you what you’d like to get for a shower or baby gift, and you already have more cute little outfits,  dresses with ruffles, or coveralls with cute little bowties, than your sweet little baby will be able to wear in a month of Sundays, think breastfeeding gifts.

Full disclosure, you know that I don’t believe that you need a lot of extras to breastfeed if you read my article https://breastfeedingconfidential.com/breastfeeding-essentials-dont-need If it’s not essential, that means you don’t have to spend your money on it. In that case, first put it on your gift list.

In all honesty, there are some things that are nice to have.

Top Ten Breastfeeding Gifts

These are my favorites, my top ten.

When asking for a breastfeeding gift, be specific with color and size. Who wants a breastfeeding pillow that they can’t stand the color?

  1. A breastfeeding stool.
    • I think this is almost essential.
    • It can make the difference between, “I feel okay,” and “I feel comfortable.”
      • Having your legs up just a little can make a huge difference in your comfort because it encourages you to lean back just enough.
    • I like the My Brest Friend Adjustable Nursing Stool, Wood, and it’s a very reasonable price point
  2. A  bag to carry your breast pump.

You can also use a regular ole all-purpose tote bag.

 

    • The bag doesn’t need to hold everything if you are just carrying it to work and back.
      • It should hold everything you need for pumping.
        • The ability to hold your laptop or tablet is a plus.
        • It doesn’t need to replace your purse because you probably don’t want to take something that large when you go out for lunch or need to run an errand.
    • Things to put in the bag.
      • Ice packs if the bag has an insulated pocket. Just a basic reusable ice pack works.
      • An insulated bag to put milk in if it is an all-purpose bag, like Breast Milk Baby Bottle Cooler Bag For Insulated Breastmilk Storage w/ Air Tight Design to Lock in the Cold & Preserve Important Nutrients for Your Baby
      • An Extra pump kit
        • This will be for those times that you took your pump kit out to wash it and forgot to put it back in the bag, or forgot to take it out and clean it in the first place. It takes up some space, but will be a lifesaver when you need it,
      • Always, always, always the essential pump piece – you know the little insignificant looking one that can make all the difference between having suction and not having suction.
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Wet bag
      • If you are reading this trying to get ideas for a gift for a breastfeeding mom, a box of her favorite healthy snack bars. If you, mom, are reading this, one or two bars will do.
      • A clean place to put your pump parts.
        • A hand towel works.
      • A nice insulated water bottle, because you really can’t have too many of these
    • Clothes or a gift certificate for nursing clothes.
      • You can easily make regular clothes breastfeeding friendly, but a few nursing clothing pieces are helpful for those days when you just didn’t get enough sleep to remember which ones they are.
    • Hands-free pumping bra.
      • This will allow you to eat your lunch, or type on your computer or tablet, while you pump. Some moms act like they can’t pump without one. Moms pumped for decades before someone came up with this idea, so if this doesn’t make it into your bag, do not panic.
    • A breastfeeding pillow

    • A good breastfeeding book.

The Nursing Mother’s Companion, 7th Edition, with New Illustrations: The Breastfeeding Book Mothers Trust, from Pregnancy Through Weaning has always been a favorite of mine.

  • A nursing tank.
    • I think nursing tanks are great.
      • You can wear them right after you have the baby.
      • They usually won’t require any special fitting, like a bra does.
        • Tanks are stretchy and comfortable.
      • You can wear them under a top to cover your tummy when you pull the top up to breastfeed.
  • A gift certificate for a store that sells nice nursing bras and has a reputation for proper fitting.
    • Contrary to popular belief, underwires are okay, as long as they fit correctly.
    • Any bra that doesn’t fit properly can cause plugged ducts.
  • Breastmilk storage cube tray such as

    • No mom wants her breastmilk poured down the drain!
    • I prefer tube cubes as a way to freeze breastmilk because it allows for more flexibility.
    • You can decide how many cubes to thaw.
    • Fill one and see how much it holds.
    • Most will hold 1 ounce.
    • You can fill some halfway to get a ½ oz for even more flexibility.
    • Once the milk is frozen, you can put the cubes in a plastic container or plastic bag to conserve space and reuse the tray for more cubes.
  • Nursing pads (this is a free Bonus recommendation because top eleven just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

 

One Last Thought

Breastfeeding is very economical, but there are a few goodies that can make it even more incredibly easy than it is by itself. What product did you find particularly useful? Tell me in the comments section. 

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