Next up in our Baby Registry Essentials Guide series, we’re excited to share 7 of our own must-haves for breastfeeding moms. And hey, just in time for National Breastfeeding Month — although of course, these are all fantastically useful gifts any month at all.
We’re so happy to be able to bring you all this monthly series of essentials for new parents, thanks to our partner Gugu Guru, the brilliant online baby registry. If you’re expecting, or know someone who is, you’ll appreciate their personalized, unbiased product recos that they make based on your own lifestyle preferences and tastes, plus the expert guidance they offer along the way.
Best of all, while they do seek out the very best stuff for the website, you can add any products at all from anywhere on the web to your Gugu Guru registry!
Wow, if only all retailers let you do that.
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This month’s guide is brought to you in part by one of our own longtime favorite brands, Lansinoh, and their amazing new Lansinoh Smart Pump. We totally adored Lansinoh’s products while we were breastfeeding our own babies — and we bet you BTDT moms know just what we’re talking about. Now, if only we had that breast pump too back then. Well, and a smartphone so we could use their connected, technologically advanced pump.
Here, 7 must-haves for breastfeeding moms, all of which you can find right on the Gugu Guru site and easily add to your baby registry.
1. Bravado Nursing Bra
We all lived in Bravado bras throughout our pregnancies and breastfeeding days. It’s been a while though, and since then, this mom-favorite brand has added so many fabulous new styles and sizes to accommodate even you extra voluptuous breastfeeding mamas. (Liz knows a little something about that, ahem.) Their nursing bras are simple, supportive, and comfortable enough to wear 24-7, which make them a nursing mom essential in our book.
2. Mama Mio Keep Calm Nipple Balm
We are all big fans of the skincare brand Mama Mio, which creates products with natural ingredients that moms can feel good about putting on our bodies — or in this case, on the very spot where your baby’s mouth will be. Plus, hey, who couldn’t use a subtle reminder to “keep calm” when you’ve got a new baby around? (Too bad new babies can’t read too, huh.)
3. Glamourmom Nursing Tank
Kristen swears by the Glamourmom nursing tanks, which provide a mercifully extra-long length to help cover up both the postpartum belly, and the telltale stretchy waistbands of your maternity jeans. The tanks can be worn alone or under a top, making breastfeeding on-the-go so much easier. Especially during those early months, when you’re still getting the hang of things.
4. Lansinoh Nursing Pads
We tried a lot of nursing pads, but the ones from Lansinoh have always remained our favorites. They’ve evolved a bit for the better over the years, too; there’s now a quilted lining that helps protect against leaks, but it doesn’t add any bulk when you slip them in your bra or tank.
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If only we had Gugu Guru when we were all new moms! This online registry gives you personalized product recommendations based on your own taste, your style, your habits.
To get started, take the fun quiz, then click the help button for guidance from real experts. You’ll get tons of unbiased recommendations for baby essentials that you’ll love, from the tried-and-true must-haves to those new and emerging brands we always love discovering.
And if you don’t see exactly what you want, you can always add any product from any website to your Gugu Guru registry. Pretty great, right?
5. Lansinoh Smartpump Double Electric Breast Pump
A pump is obviously going to make our list of must-haves for nursing moms, and wow, are we smitten with this first ever Bluetooth-enabled pump from Lansinoh. It allows you to track pumping sessions, your baby’s activities and more, right on your smartphone thanks to the free Lansinoh Baby app. The Smartpump is small and sleek enough for easy transporting — making it especially perfect for moms returning to work while nursing — and with three customizable pumping styles, you can find the setting that most mimics your own baby. It’s currently available at Babies R Us, Target, and directly through some insurance providers.
6. Shuga Bebe Couture Nursing Pillow
As big and unwieldy as some breastfeeding pillows can be, they really can be lifesavers for nursing moms. We couldn’t have gotten through our own breastfeeding days and months without one. So we’re really happy to discover the Shuga Bebe Couture Nursing Pillow, which so many nursing mothers swear by. While it definitely runs on the large size and has a funky shape that doesn’t look like conventional nursing pillows, it is thoughtfully designed to keep both you and your baby comfortable, which can be a really important benefit for those moms trying nursing for the first time and determined to stick with it.
7. skip*hop Nursing Cover
From the makers of everyone’s favorite, affordable diaper bags, this smart new nursing cover actually doubles as an infinity scarf. (Or, maybe it’s the other way around?) It’s such a brilliant accessory that can help mothers breastfeed in public more comfortably and less self-consciously. And because it can be worn as a scarf, you can even wear it around without having to squeeze yet another thing in your diaper bag. Also, the mesh window for breathability and a direct eyeline to your baby is just fantastic.
Head over to our sponsor Gugu Guru to find all of these essentials for breastfeeding mothers.
EXTRA COOL: WIN IT! We’re so excited that Gugu Guru is hosting a huge giveaway of all 7 of the awesome items we’ve chosen here! (That’s over a $400 value, whoa!) Just head over to their site to enter and see everything you could win. It’s easy to enter, promise.
And thanks so much to our partners Gugu Guru and Lansinoh for helping making it whole lot easier for new mothers to get the breastfeeding essentials they’ll really want in their lives.