Teeny tiny baby Phayre, about 15 minutes old.
I have been exclusively breastfeeding Phayre for 6.5 months and I'm incredibly proud of that. After many struggles, I was unable to breastfeed Sloan. She is a perfectly happy and healthy little girl and was formula fed most of her first year. I am a firm believer in "Fed is Best", as long as you're doing what is right for you and your baby you're doing the right thing! I did want to share a few of my breastfeeding essentials with you mamas though, I hope this list is helpful!
In the beginning breast feeding is so hard and it hurts! After trying several different creams, I found that this one worked best for me. I also used these gel pads when I became engorged and they were so helpful!
When I'm home, I find it most comfortable to nurse Phayre when she's laying on her boppy. I love all of the boppy covers from Ivie Baby and currently use this one.
When I'm out, I use this nursing cover and I absolutely love it! It can also be used as carseat cover, shopping cart cover, and highchair cover. It's so soft and big that you can use it as a blanket if you forget your babies blanket... not that I've ever done that ;).
I couldn't live without my two favorite nursing bras (first one, second one). I also love this nursing nightgown (I love it so much I bought two). Nursing tanks are super convenient, I love this one (it helps pull your postpartum tummy in) and this one.
I actually don't have a ton of nursing clothes, but I'm always on the hunt! I did wear this wrap dress to a wedding recently and it was super easy to nurse in (plus it's on sale for $6.99 right now?!)
Throughout the last six months, I have had some issues with milk supply pop up. My best advice for keeping your supply up is DRINK A TON OF WATER and make sure you are eating and sleeping enough. I also love these Oat Mama bars, they are delicious and super convenient when I'm out and about.
I spoke with Michelle from Oil Magic By Michelle and she recommends fennel and basil oils to help with milk production. She is SO knowledgeable and can help with so many different things!
I hope this list has been helpful! Please let me know if you have any breastfeeding items that you can't live without!