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36 Breastfeeding Tips And Products That Moms Actually Swear By

Tips, tricks, and products to help make breastfeeding a little easier.

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the products, tips, and tricks they'd recommend to breastfeeding moms. Here are their useful suggestions:

1. Try a Boppy pillow for a secure place to hold your baby while you feed them.

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"Not only did it help with breastfeeding, but it also made it easier to hold my son after my emergency c-section." —noodle192000

Get it from Amazon for $24+. (Available in a variety of colors and prints.)

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2. Wear clothes that'll give you easy access, so you aren't struggling come feeding time.

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"Plan your postpartum wardrobe with breastfeeding in mind. You can't wear certain dresses unless you plan on lifting the whole thing up, or it stretches at the top." —joscelynb

Get this blouse from Amazon for $29. (Available in a variety of colors and sizes.)

3. On that note, try a nursing cami under your clothes to give you an extra layer -- but still make it easy to pop out your boob.

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"While on maternity leave, I wore nothing but Gillian O'Malley nursing camis 24/7. Unlike other styles, you can easily hook/unhook with one hand, and you will only ever have one hand." —ktsummer

Get them from Target for $20. (Available in a variety of colors and in sizes S-3XL.)

4. Use nipple guards to help with sensitivity and a baby who can't latch.

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"My daughter had a lip-tie and tongue-tie that made it difficult for her to latch. The nipple shield gave her something to latch onto, and eased the pain for me." —katherineh409dca050

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.

5. Try to push through the exhaustion and struggle. It'll be hard, but it'll get easier.

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"The best advice I can give is to push through those first couple weeks. They're so tough. You're exhausted, your body is a mess, and if it's your first, it's a huge learning curve for both you and baby. Good luck, mamas!" —Christina K

6. Get reusable nursing pads for all the leakage that's bound to happen.

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"Wear nursing pads! Have them ready at all times, especially when you are hopping out of the shower, or you'll be covered in milk before you've had time to dry off." —a43b0a1143

Get a 17-pack from Amazon for $14.

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7. Help heal and prevent cracked and bleeding nipples with a lanolin cream.

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"Breastfeeding really sucks at first. The first couple of days I had cracked nipples that bled. I used lanolin cream to help with that and it's safe for the baby, so you don't need to wipe it off before feedings." —jennyc4befd6f32

Get it from Amazon for $6.

8. You'll always be hungry because breast feeding burns a ton of calories, so have snacks on hand 24/7.

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"Nursing makes you hungry all the time. Your hunger will strike and you will want to eat your weight in any food." —KM86

9. Stay hydrated by keeping a filled water bottle on hand at all times.

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"Drink ALL the water! Seriously, it helps." —brieanneg

Get this water bottle from Amazon for $12+. (Available in a variety of colors.)

11. Or bake some lactation cookies -- they're OK for the whole family to eat, but filled with the ingredients that may help promote milk production.

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"Get a recipe and follow it as closely as you can. The combination of ingredients are absolutely delicious." —Joy Perkins, Facebook

Get a recipe for oatmeal lactation cookies from Food.com here.

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12. And don't forget vitamins as an option! There are supplements designed to help moms with lactation (just be sure to talk to your doctor).

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"I took The Honest Company Lactation Supplements because there were two less pills to take, compared to some other supplements that were four times a day." —FluffofStuff

Get them from Amazon for $20.

13. And consider taking a daily vitamin with Fenugreek to help you produce more milk (again, check with your doctor).

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"Fenugreek is great to boost your supply. You have to take quite a bit though. Like 4 capsules, 3 times a day. It makes you, your milk, and your baby smell like maple syrup!" —NinaVollmer

Get it from Amazon for $9.

14. Get a Tula to help you carry your breastfeeding baby while you get everything else you need to do, done.

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"It helped me nurse while chasing after my older kids. They even have a Free To Grow carrier, which fits from newborn to toddler." —KM86

Get it from Amazon for $149+. (Available in a variety of colors and sizes.)

15. If you're struggling to find a comfortable position for you and your baby, try a Brest Friend pillow. It'll provide you with a soft cushion to cradle your baby in as they feed.

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"The Brest Friend Deluxe pillow was a lifesaver for me in the beginning when I was struggling with positioning." —kellym47eef9b4b

Get it from Amazon for $35. (Available in a variety of colors and prints.)

16. Research, research, research! Nothing is going to make breastfeeding easier than going in with a ton of knowledge.

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"Take a class. And take notes, because you won't remember anything they say. There were two crisis points with my firstborn when I wanted to give up, but then I remembered something the lactation consultant said in class that calmed me down. And that first kid nursed until she was two years old and I forced her to quit." —mbts

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17. Get some tips and a general idea of what to expect from The Nursing Mother's Companion.

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"I read the Nursing Mother's Companion by Kathleen Huggins before my daughter was born. Having a bit of knowledge was really helpful when problems and difficulties arose. When my daughter was two-weeks-old she cluster fed. If I hadn't read Kathleen Huggins' section on cluster feeding would have thought something was wrong with me or my supply." —l448d18492

Get it from Amazon for $10+. (Available in Kindle, paperback, or audiobook.)

18. And have The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding to reference when ever you aren't sure.

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"The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (read the whole thing before you give birth, then go back it when you need to), and a breastfeeding course before I gave birth (I learned a lot of practical stuff, like the football hold, cross cradle, how much does the baby actually eat/poop and so on)." —yaelhacohen

Get it from Amazon for $12+. (Available in Kindle, paperback, and audiobook.)

19. Talk to your doctor about renting a medical-grade nursing pump. It's a simple way of getting the best pump out there without actually having to shell out all that cash.

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"Renting a medical grade pump for my first baby, who refused to latch on. Also knowing that breastfeeding was not the be all, end all. ." —tziviw

20. Track your nursing schedule and what your baby is consuming with the Baby Nursing app.

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"The Baby Nursing app, so you can track how much you pump! (Also great for tracking other baby stats.) I exclusively pumped for over 13 months, which turned out to be over 72 GALLONS of milk." —valerieho32

Get it from the iTunes store for free.

21. Know that there is no "normal" position when it comes to feeding your baby.

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"Most images and attempts to breastfeed are in the popular 'cradle' position. Make sure to try as many positions as you need to to find the best one for both of you. My son did best once I learned the 'laid-back' position, and I wish I would have learned this little-known position earlier." —mafvdox

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22. If you're pumping, get a hands-free bra. It'll let you multi-task.

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"I was an exclusive pumper so a hands-free pumping bra was a lifesaver! That and coconut oil." —sspeir14

Get it from Amazon for $30. (Available in a variety of colors and sizes.)

23. On that note, invest in some bras that transition from breastfeeding to pumping.

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"Rumina bras were perfect for nursing, hands-free pumping, comfortable support, and ACTUALLY looked good under clothes. It's the only brand that did all of it, and I tried A LOT of brands!" —dgalante2411

Get it from Amazon for $28. (Available in a variety of colors and sizes.)

24. Get support, advice, and encouragement from the people you know. Your support system will make breastfeeding easier.

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"Support, support support!! After going back to work and pumping for a few weeks, formula was sounding pretty good. But the ladies I work with kept telling me I am doing great and to keep it up! They never made me feel pressured or rushed, which helped me relax and do what I needed to do." —kimblizzard13

25. Buy Target brand or Walmart brand storage bags. They're much more affordable and work just as well as the brand-name bags.

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"They're cheaper, and you'll go through them quickly!!" —Bobbie Janssen, Facebook

Get a box of 100 Target brand storage bags for $10 and a box of 50 Walmart brand storage bags for $7.

26. Make middle-of-the-night feedings a little easier with a side sleeper so baby can *safely* sleep with you.

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"If you can, co-sleep. It makes frequent nighttime nursings easier, and more-frequent nursing builds supply. If you're concerned about doing it safely, look into a side-car sleeper. They are the best for people who want baby close but not IN bed." —Amy Overmier Holt, Facebook

Get this side sleeper from Amazon for $32.

27. Sit back and relax, kinda. Try watching a TV show or movie while you breastfeed to make it go by quicker and semi-distract you.

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"Watching a movie or a favorite TV show and shutting out the voices telling me I was a bad mum if I didn't get it right the first time. As I was doing this, I was watching Love Actually, and there's this scene where Keira Knightley is looking for decent shots of her wedding video. At the moment she said 'bingo!' my baby latched and it was a glorious moment. I had 'bingo' running through my head every time a feeding was a success." —Maria Kanno, Facebook

28. And make sure your phone is charged since you'll be sitting there for a while.

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"Always keep your phone charged and on you. Sitting there for half an hour while your baby sucks the life out of you can get boring." —Janinne Barris, Facebook

Get this portable charger from Amazon for $15+. (Available in a variety of colors.)

29. Get a comfortable chair with a sturdy back that'll give plenty of support for breastfeeding sessions.

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"A chair with a sturdy back to sit in while nursing. I had no back or core strength after delivering, and couldn't hold myself and my baby up very well. Also, relax your shoulders and lean back, bring the baby to you. I was getting terrible tension headaches until I figured this out." —courtneym43f3b39dd

Get this chair and foot stool set from Amazon for $120+. (Available in a variety of colors.)

30. Wear sports bras with zippers in the front for much easier access when your baby needs to feed.

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"I got several sports bras that zipped up the front and wore those all the time. That way you can lift up your shirt and unzip without taking off any clothes. Great for times when you don't want to be exposed in front of people, or it's cold out." —angies43991b35a

Get it from Amazon for $18+. (Available in a variety of colors and sizes.)

31. Invest in a Medela pump so you have everything you need to make breastfeeding on the go a total breeze

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"Get a hands-free pumping bra, battery pack, and car power cord for on the go pumping." —maryams4f1319cbd

Get the full set from Amazon for $255.

32. Know that there is nothing wrong with recognizing your body's capabilities. If you have to stop breastfeeding, then stop. Do what's best for you and baby!

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"I was only able to breastfeed for four months, and even then I had to supplement with formula. My baby was 11 pounds and I just didn't make enough for her. For me, nothing worked to increase my milk production. What would have helped, however, was for someone to tell me this was normal, and that it wasn't my fault." —lisamariegc

33. On that note, remember there are lots of formulas moms swear by that'll help supplement or replace your breastmilk.

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"Honestly though, the best advice I could give (and got) was to know that it is okay if breastfeeding doesn't work out. You are not a failure, and the important thing is that you love your baby and they get fed, whether from your breast or formula. Nursing doesn't work for everyone and that is okay. Good luck, love your babies, and believe that you will one day miss those 3 a.m. feedings when the house is quiet, and it's just the two of you." —Meg Griffin, Facebook

Get this infant formula from Amazon for $36.

34. Talk to your doctor about prescription-grade creams to help soothe some of the pain because your nipples will hurt.

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"Get a prescription nipple cream before you have your baby. My nipples cracked in the beginning with both of my kiddos and it healed them up quickly." —ml5483

Ask your doctor what's right for you.

35. A good V-neck T-shirt is a comfy way to easily access to your boobs for feeding time.

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"I bought V-neck T-shirts so I could pop my breast right out the top." —Susan Kanner, Facebook

Get them on Amazon for $5+. (Available in a variety of colors and sizes.)

36. And always remember YOU ARE FEEDING A HUMAN LIFE. Don't let anyone shame you for it! (Including yourself.)

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"The art of not giving a f*ck. When my brothers came to visit for Thanksgiving, I didn't want to make them uncomfortable, or have to leave every time I had to nurse, so I used a cover. My son hated the cover and so did I. I got full-on red, streaky, crazy-fever, mastitis because I never got a good latch, and never drained the girls. Lesson learned — do your thing and don't care if people don't like it." —sarahn4f2a5d703

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