In my previous post I gave tips on breastfeeding for working moms, stay at home moms, and work at home moms. I have recently nursed two babies in all 3 situations and have a lot of opinions about what works and what doesn’t.
You might think it’s strange that a woman needs gear to breastfeed. Duh, don’t I have all the gear I need? Short answer is no, especially if I’m a working pumping mom, which takes me to my first item:
- Medela Pump in Style was my pump, still is, although I hardly use it anymore (I work at home now). Now it’s not a hospital grade pump, but I still managed to feed two babies and work using this. It comes with a black tote bag that has plenty of room for bottles, bottle wipes, and a nursing cover. It has out pocket for your cell and keys. It’s awesome for discreetly pumping at work. It’s also affordable- I found one on Amazon for only $204.
- Medela Quick Clean Pump Wipes were awesome for quickly cleaning up my pump parts at work. When I got home I would hand wash or dishwasher clean (top rack only) my bottles, but at work I wiped down everything with these. On Amazon you can order different quantities, I used to buy a 6 pack and it would last me 2 months.
- Milkmaid Goods Ponchos are my go to nursing covers. They’re stylish enough to wear out and about, but stretchy and light enough to wear over my baby in the Las Vegas summer while nursing out and about. I really love their products. I cannot say enough. Milkmaid Goods has their own site, but if you’re an Etsy addict they also have a shop on Etsy.
- Dr. Brown’s Bottles are the only bottles I used. Yes, bottles for breastfeeding my pumped milk in. They have these ventilator straws that keep extra air from entering your baby as he or she suckles. This way they get far less gas. I used to buy mine at Babies R’Us, but you can also pick them up at Wamart and Target.
- Jessica Simpson Clip Down Shelf Bra Nursing Camis are the best nursing cami. Very well made and attractive. They give great support and are convenient for a nursing mom to wear to bed, with sweats, under a cardigan, or a wrap dress. I still wear them all the time. Definitely worth the extra couple bucks. I purchased mine at Motherhood Maternity.
If you’re a new mom an unsure what to buy for nursing or pumping these items will definitely assist you. I’ll be writing more about my experiences as a working mom, stay at home mom, and work at home mom in the future. I realize my experience is unique as I have been all three and I would like to pass on any wisdom I have on the topic to my readers and moms.