Dear Crissy

6 Breastfeeding must-haves

I am blogging on behalf of, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Walmart’s. Shop online and save money to live better at

6 Breastfeeding must-haves

When I think about the first month of my daughter’s life, I think of feeding her, feeding her, and feeding her some more. For me, getting the knack of breastfeeding took patience, practice, and a few great products that helped make the process easier.

And let’s face it, anything that can make the process of feeding a beautiful, but voracious, little human around the clock is more than welcome, and the six products below that I purchased at played a big role in my breastfeeding success.

6 Breastfeeding must-haves

1. Philips AVENT Thermal Gel Pads — Breastfeeding is a wonderful, natural, and gratifying experience, but it can also be brutal—physically. I love these gel pads from Philips AVENT that provide both warming and cooling therapy. The warming therapy can be used to stimulate milk production and the cooling gel pads can be used to soothe sore breasts. Trust me, these are wonderful.

2. Medela Washable Bra Pads — After trying disposable bra pads for some time, I found that these washable pads from Medela are a better option. They are soft, highly absorbent, and provide a more flattering silhouette under clothing.

3. Medela Swing Breast Pump — Whether you go to work or are a stay-at-home mom, a quality breast pump is nice to have on hand. The Medela Swing Breast Pump is powerful and easy to use. I really can’t recommend this particular breast pump highly enough.

4. Medela Nipple Shield — The Medela Nipple Shield is a big help for babies with latch-on difficulties. It provides a larger, firmer target for latching. It’s also great in aiding breasts with flat, inverted, or sore nipples, as well as breasts with overactive let-downs during breastfeeding.

5. Lansinoh Lanolin Cream — A tube of Lansinoh Lanolin Cream is an absolute staple for any breastfeeding mom, particularly those who are breastfeeding for the first time. This cream protects and promotes healing.

Boppy Nursing Pillow

6. Boppy Nursing Pillow — I have sang the praises of the Boppy Nursing Pillow on this blog many times. The Boppy is simply an essential when it comes to infant feeding, and you’ll continue to use this wonderful product as your baby grows and matures. The Boppy is my go-to baby shower gift for friends and family and I love that I can find so many colors and styles on


I have such fond memories of breastfeeding my daughter. In fact, I feel a little nostalgic just thinking back on those precious months!

I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything, and I’m so glad that made shopping for the most helpful breastfeeding products so easy.

Which product would top your list of breastfeeding must-haves?

    7 Comments on “6 Breastfeeding must-haves”

  1. You have pretty much covered everything. Ice for sure, and creme. My 1st experience with breastfeeding just about killed me. I have so much respect for those who can breastfeed the entire time.

  2. #2-#5 were my must haves. The shield and cream more so in the beginning but all three are currently in my house. I have two nursing pillows and didn’t use either of them. One was too soft and the other too hard and uncomfortable.

  3. I used a Medela pump, disposable breast pads, lanolin cream, a boppy pillow, and one thing you forgot…a breastfeeding bra!!

  4. I have a Boppy which is nice to have your hands free during feeding to use your phone, laptop, crochet, read, fold clothes, etc. I also have a pump which is essential if you ever want/need to be away from baby and still give them the best option for feeding. Also handy to stock pile extra milk incase you become ill, have to take a medication not recommended with breastfeeding. I got food poisoning and while I remained well enough to sit up and feed my man, my milk supply was gone – a couple bottles in the fridge saved us there. And some type of pads for the bra are definitely essential. I’m always forgetting and zipping up my coat or walking around with my arms crossed. Never used any lanolin or gel pads. Definitely dealt with some sore breasts when baby started sleeping through the night. But a little pumping and a hot shower did the trick.

  5. My son is two months and I’ve exclusively pumped since he was three weeks old. He nurses beautifully, had an immediate latch a few minutes after being born, but he falls asleep quickly and didn’t get full. After a couple of weeks of nursing for hours and him still being fussy, we discovered he was still hungry. As soon as I started pumping and we were using bottles, we knew exactly how much he was eating and the child turned a complete 180 degrees. What a difference this adjustment made for all of us! My “must haves” include washable breast pads (they’re cotton-y, super soft, and very absorbent), Medela breast pump, Target brand (Up and Up) milk storage bags, and a hands-free bra. Instead of buying a hands-free bra, I took an old one I had in the closet and cut a hole for each nipple and pump attachment. Now I can pump while feeding Kamden or read a book or write blog posts or fold laundry!

  6. I loved my breastfeeding pillow with both kids. Because it was not just a breastfeeding pillow, it was a place to do tummy time, a napping shelf, etc. I also definitely recommend a great pump like medela! Great list.

  7. I used Lansinoh with both babies and it was a godsend! I never could get a pump to work though.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *