Okay, in all honesty, all you really need to breastfeed are breasts and your baby. (This is the oversimplified version, of course. Does not include pumping, donor milk, etc., etc., etc.) That being said, it’s nice to have “gear”, especially when you are first starting out. To make life easier for you, I’ve narrowed down my list to 10 Must Have Items for Breastfeeding.

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Having breastfed for a little over two years (14 of those months tandem and counting!), I have filed away little pearls of wisdom from my journey. (For tips, read how I tandem nurse like a boss!) Without further ado, I give you my…

10 Must Have Items for Breastfeeding

1. A solid nursing bra

This is important! Make sure your bra fits properly (not too tight, as this may affect your supply and possibly give you clogged ducts). Avoid bras with underwires (nursing bras shouldn’t have them anyways but just be aware). Personally, I prefer to go braless when I’m at home! Makes breastfeeding a lot easier.

When I have to wear one though, these are my go to’s:

Bravado! Designs® Women’s Original Full Cup Nursing Bra









Super soft, great coverage, perfect for well-endowed mamas! Straps can be clipped with one hand (super helpful, especially when you have a hungry babe).

Bravado! Designs® Women’s Ballet Nursing Sleep Bra








Very comfortable! Perfect for hanging out at home or lounging (as if nursing moms lounge. Ha!). Does not have any clips/snaps. Simply pull breast out for nursing. 

mom snuggling with baby

2. A few nursing tops

Maternity Long Sleeve Cross-Panel Nursing Top – Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel™










Maternity Cross-Panel Nursing Slub Tank – Isabel Maternity by Ingrid & Isabel™










When I find a brand or style I like, I tend to buy several colors and/or counterparts. Both tops are super soft and comfy…choose from long sleeve to sleeveless. Easy access and can be dressed up or down.

I’m also a fan of the padded nursing tank. Eliminates the need to wear a nursing bra and the pads are removable!

Medela® Women’s Slimming Nursing Cami with Removable Pads







3. Nursing pads

I am super lazy about wearing these but honestly…they’re great. Especially if you’re in public and start leaking. You won’t even notice!

Medela Safe & Dry Thin Disposable Nursing Pads






4. A manual pump

Even if you rarely pump (like me), there may come a time when you desperately need to. This is my trusty little friend! Works well in a pinch, lightweight, easy to disassemble and clean.

Medela Harmony Manual Breast Pump

5. A milk catcher

Unless you are tandem nursing (and even then), you will probably drip on the side that isn’t currently being accessed. Late in the game, I discovered the wondrous Haakaa. This one even comes with a cute stopper!

HaaKaa Breast Pump With Suction Bottom and Orange Stopper 5oz






6. Milk storage

Once you’ve pumped or caught your precious liquid gold, you’re going to want to store it properly! These are my favorite bags because they are sturdy, can stand up once filled, and are easy to pour out of once milk has been thawed.

Lansinoh Milk Storage Bag – 100ct

7. Nipple butter

Two years in and my nipples are like toughened warriors…but in the beginning…they needed a lot of TLC! This balm works great for soothing chapped or sore nipples.

Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter – 60ml (2 fl oz)

8. Hot/cold pack

These go hand in hand with the nipple butter. Bonus that it can be frozen or heated!

Lansinoh Therapearl 3-IN-1 Breast Therapy

9. Boppy pillow

I love the boppy because it’s so versatile. In the beginning, you can use it to support babe in your lap while nursing. Friends and family who were tentative about holding a brand new baby also used our boppy to hold the girls. Down the road, the boppy can be used for tummy time and sitting up. I’ve even caught Hubs and Sox using it for naps! 

Boppy® Bare Naked Nursing Pillow and Positioner – White








Boppy Boutique Slipcover – Navy/Gray

10. Nursing cover

Nine times out of ten, I will nurse without a cover now. For one, neither of my girls appreciate it. They will literally rip it off! Two, it’s one extra {sometimes cumbersome} step for me. When baby wants to eat, baby wants to eat NOW.  Three, I am 100% for the normalization of breastfeeding. If it makes you uncomfortable, please don’t look!

When I first had Nugget, it was all so new and overwhelming to me. It was nice having a little “security blanket” when we were in public. These are my two favorite covers:

Milk Snob Multifunctional Cover- Black & White Signature Stripe








This one is super cute, can be worn as a poncho type thing AND doubles as an infant seat cover. Brilliant!









This one is like an apron for your upper body…with a bit of extra breathing room for babe.

Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover – Descanso Gray









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10 Must Have Items for Breastfeeding