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.
2. Wear clothes that'll give you easy access, so you aren't struggling come feeding time.
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.
4. Use nipple guards to help with sensitivity and a baby who can't latch.
5. Try to push through the exhaustion and struggle. It'll be hard, but it'll get easier.
6. Get reusable nursing pads for all the leakage that's bound to happen.
7. Help heal and prevent cracked and bleeding nipples with a lanolin cream.
8. You'll always be hungry because breast feeding burns a ton of calories, so have snacks on hand 24/7.
9. Stay hydrated by keeping a filled water bottle on hand at all times.
10. If you're having trouble producing milk, try a caffeine-free herbal tea designed to possibly promote healthy lactation.
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.
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).
13. And consider taking a daily vitamin with Fenugreek to help you produce more milk (again, check with your doctor).
14. Get a Tula to help you carry your breastfeeding baby while you get everything else you need to do, done.
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.
16. Research, research, research! Nothing is going to make breastfeeding easier than going in with a ton of knowledge.
17. Get some tips and a general idea of what to expect from The Nursing Mother's Companion.
18. And have The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding to reference when ever you aren't sure.
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.
20. Track your nursing schedule and what your baby is consuming with the Baby Nursing app.
21. Know that there is no "normal" position when it comes to feeding your baby.
22. If you're pumping, get a hands-free bra. It'll let you multi-task.
23. On that note, invest in some bras that transition from breastfeeding to pumping.
24. Get support, advice, and encouragement from the people you know. Your support system will make breastfeeding easier.
25. Buy Target brand or Walmart brand storage bags. They're much more affordable and work just as well as the brand-name bags.
26. Make middle-of-the-night feedings a little easier with a side sleeper so baby can *safely* sleep with you.
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.
28. And make sure your phone is charged since you'll be sitting there for a while.
29. Get a comfortable chair with a sturdy back that'll give plenty of support for breastfeeding sessions.
30. Wear sports bras with zippers in the front for much easier access when your baby needs to feed.
31. Invest in a Medela pump so you have everything you need to make breastfeeding on the go a total breeze
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!
33. On that note, remember there are lots of formulas moms swear by that'll help supplement or replace your breastmilk.
34. Talk to your doctor about prescription-grade creams to help soothe some of the pain because your nipples will hurt.
35. A good V-neck T-shirt is a comfy way to easily access to your boobs for feeding time.
36. And always remember YOU ARE FEEDING A HUMAN LIFE. Don't let anyone shame you for it! (Including yourself.)
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