In honor of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1 - 7, 2010) I thought I would share some of my breastfeeding must haves.
These are not in any particular order.
Dr. Sears Breastfeeding Book - I loved this book! I found it to be the most informative breastfeeding book on the market, and I read just about all of them. I read it cover to cover before Benjamin was born and reread certain chapters over and over while breastfeeding.
Target nursing tank top - A nursing tank top is very handy. I could layer it under non-nursing tops so that my post-pregnancy stomach wasn't exposed while nursing. There was just enough fabric to be supportive but not in the way. Other, more expensive, brands did not fit as well.
Sling - I nursed Benjamin many many times while out in public and no one was the wiser. He was tucked in his sling so most people just assumed he was sleeping. I even nursed him in the sling at home when he was going through growth spurts and wanted to be attatched to me nonstop.
Mother's Milk tea - This tea is full of baby-safe herbs that help stimulate milk production. I sipped this during growth spurts to help me keep up with demand.
There are also a few things I personally wouldn't buy again.
1) Nursing pillow - Honestly any pillow will help support the baby. It was a hassle to move the boppy around so I just used whatever pillow was nearby.
2) Breast pump - In theory this was a great idea. For the first 4 months it was helpful. I could pump and leave Ben a bottle while getting out for awhile. After three months though, Ben wouldn't take a bottle. Without the bottle the pump was pretty worthless. This could be helpful if you don't have a stubborn baby.)
3) Nursing cover - Nursing covers just seem to draw attention to a nursing baby. The few times I used a blanket to cover up were the times I received rude comments. I never had any second glances when I just discreetly positioned my shirt or used the sling.
What did you find helpful (or totally worthless) when nursing?
** These are my own opinions. I was not compensated in any way for these reviews.