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WHY YOU NEED THESE 15 ESSENTIALS IN YOUR BREASTFEEDING BASKET
Breastfeeding takes a lot of time. I am not going to do the math. Trust me, it takes a lot of time. A breastfeeding basket can help you save time and make life easier.
I am all about making life easier for the breastfeeding mama. As you sit there, looking down lovingly at your sweet baby, you may get hungry or thirsty. You may just want some distraction.
That is why you need a breastfeeding basket.
You actually need more than one. You’ll want to keep your breastfeeding essentials in all of the different places where you will be nursing your baby on a regular basis.
People recommend having a breastfeeding station. That makes me think of one place to breastfeed. You want to be able to comfortably feed your baby in more than one location.
You could prepare a portable breastfeeding station, but your hands will probably be full of baby.
A breastfeeding basket is the perfect solution.
Locations for Your Breastfeeding Basket
- Your bedroom
- Your baby’s bedroom. (It is recommended that your baby sleep near you for the first six months as part of reducing the risk of SIDS).
- Your living room or family room, or wherever you might be hanging out
- Your kitchen or dining table (trust me, you will breastfeed while you eat)
- Your car
- A portable breastfeeding basket (aka your diaper bag)
It doesn’t have to be a basket. It can be a tote or carryall.
WHAT SHOULD I PUT IN A NURSING BASKET?
So what should your breastfeeding kit contain? I’m glad you asked! These are the breastfeeding accessories that every mom will use again and again.
A Water Bottle
Moms get very thirsty when they breastfeed. It’s also important to stay hydrated for good milk production.
A breastfeeding mom should always have a water bottle within arms reach. My favorite water bottle is the Bubba Envy. I fill it with ice and it keeps my water cold all day long.
Bonus Tip: Fill several water bottles at the beginning of the day and distribute them around the house. You will always have one nearby. If you like your water cold, get insulated bottles.
- Some moms prefer disposable because that means less things to wash. You will be amazed at how much laundry your tiny human creates!
Check out The Best Free Stuff For Breastfeeding Moms for some free cloth nursing pads.
You’ll want some lanolin in your breastfeeding basket if your nipples are sore.
- You should only need this in the early weeks. If you have leftover Lanolin it is a great moisturizer for lips and hands.
Get a variety because a person can only eat so many granola bars.
9 Non-perishable Snack Ideas for your breastfeeding snack basket:
They are good for wet burps. They are also good for catching breast milk leaks.
Get cute burp cloths because everyone needs cute things in their lives. They are more fun to look at.
Breastfed babies are known for their diaper blowouts.
To help clean up those blowouts. Look for baby wipes that are alcohol and fragrance free.
Hand sanitizer is another nursing basket essential for after you’ve cleaned up that diaper blowout.
I really like the hand sanitizer sprays. I keep this one in my purse.
You’ll want a nice soft blanket to keep your baby warm after they have blown out that really cute outfit you dressed her in.
The Little Giraffe Luxe Baby Blanket is just about the softest thing I have ever felt.
A trash bag
For the used diaper and wipes.
New Mom Care Package
You will want to include a few things for your comfort in your breastfeeding kit.
I am absolutely obsessed with Fresh Sugar Lip Balm. It keeps my lips moisturized better than anything else I have ever used.
My favorite is EOS Hand Cream. I am a nurse who washes her hands many, many times a day. Trust me on this one.
The little travel packs take up less room.
Something For Distraction
NURSING BASKET IDEAS AND ALTERNATIVES
If you’re like me you probably already have baskets you can use. I love baskets. I have them all over my house. I put them to good use too. Can you think of a better place for all your remotes? I even collect used batteries in a super cute Longaberger basket.
Your nursing basket doesn’t have to be a basket though. You can use a tote bag too.
I also love giving gift baskets full of useful things. A breastfeeding gift basket makes the perfect new mommy care package.
Bonus Tip: Stock your baskets at the beginning of the day. If you really want to make things easy, fill a bag with all the things you need at the beginning of the week. Just grab your bag and go around and stock your baskets everyday with everything that is needed.
Anything that makes a new mom’s life easier is a good thing. Breastfeeding baskets filled with nursing must haves will make your life easier.
15 Essentials Every Mom Needs in a Breastfeeding Basket
Andrea Tran RN, MA, IBCLC
Andrea has been working with new families as an RN for over 35 years and a Lactation Consultant for over 25 years.
She has her MA in Health and Wellness with a focus in Lactation.