11 Must Have Breastfeeding Products

Products, Accessories, and Gifts To Make Nursing Easier and More Comfortable

Breastfeeding Products, Supplies, Accessories, And Gift Ideas

To breastfeed successfully, you really don't need anything more than your breasts and your baby.  However, there are plenty of breastfeeding products, supplies and accessories available to help make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable. Here's a list of some useful items designed for nursing mothers. 


Breastfeeding Products and Gifts, A Nursing Pillow
A Nursing Pillow. Oleksiy Maksymenko/Getty Images

A comfortable, supportive nursing pillow can encourage a good latch. It will help to support your baby and lift the baby up to the level of your breast. A nursing pillow can also help reduce strain on your back, neck, shoulders and arms so that nursing is more comfortable for you.



Nursing Bra, Breastfeeding Products and Accessories
A Nursing Bra. Gerard Fritz/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images

A good nursing bra can provide you with support, comfort, and convenience. Your nursing breasts will feel full and heavy, especially in the first few weeks after you have your baby when your milk comes in.  A nursing bra will help to support your breasts and relieve strain on your shoulders and back.  Additionally, nursing bras have cups that can be unhooked and pulled down so that it's easier to access your breasts when it's time to nurse. 



Helpful Breastfeeding Products: A Nursing Stool
KidKraft Adjustable Nursing Stool. KidKraft

A nursing footstool can be used to elevate your lap and bring your baby closer to your breast. This will decrease the strain on your legs, back, neck, shoulders and arms. Ottomans or other furniture foot rests are often too high to use as a nursing stool, but a stack of books or kitchen step stool may work.  If you prefer to buy a footstool, the ones designed for breastfeeding are angled, sometimes adjustable, and come in different colors to match your home or nursery decor.



Nursing pads, also called breast pads, are absorbent disc-like pads that can be placed inside of your bra to soak up any milk that may leak from your breasts.  Leaking is common especially in the first few months of breastfeeding when your milk supply is adjusting.  Most women will leak less or stop leaking altogether after a few months. However, some women with an overabundant milk supply may leak for the duration of their breastfeeding experience.  Nursing pads can protect your clothing and prevent embarrassing stains.  



Breastfeeding Supplies and Gifts: A Nursing Cover Up
A Nursing Cover. Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images

Whether you are out in public or at home visiting with family and friends, if you're feeling a little uncomfortable about breastfeeding around other people, a nursing cover up can provide privacy while you nurse your baby. You can use a simple baby blanket, or you may opt for a more fashionable look with a scarf or shawl. There are plenty of options to fit your style and your needs.   



Breastfeeding Supplies: Nursing clothes
Clothes That Make Breastfeeding Easier. Science Photo Library/Getty Images

Tops, blouses, and dresses designed for breastfeeding women have flaps or slits in the front so that you can breastfeed without having to pull up or remove your clothing. Nursing clothes are available in a variety of styles from casual tank tops to professional or formal wear. 



Breastfeeding Products, Supplies, Gifts: A Breast Pump
A Breast Pump. Jamie Grill/Getty Images

Breast pumps remove breast milk from your breasts.  They can be used to collect and store breast milk, relieve engorgement, manage an overabundant milk supply, or stimulate an increase in the amount of breast milk that you make. Pumping also allows you to provide breast milk to your baby if he or she is in the hospital, or if you need to return to work.  There are different types of breast pumps available depending on how often you need, or want, to pump.  



Breastfeeding Supplies: Breast Milk Storage Bags, Bottles, and Containers
Breast Milk Storage Bag. Mehmet Hilmi Barcin/Getty Images

Breast milk storage bags and containers are specially made for the collection and storage of breast milk. They can protect your breast milk since they are designed to withstand freezing and thawing. Depending on your storage needs, you may choose to use breast milk storage bags, plastic breast milk storage bottles, food-safe glass containers and/or breast milk trays



Breastfeeding Products and Supplies: Nipple Creams, Ointments, And Lotions.
Nipple Creams and Moisturizers. Nicola Evans/Getty Images

Nipple creams and ointments such as purified medical grade lanolin, Dr. Jack's All Purpose Nipple Ointment, or an all-natural organic herbal product that is safe for nursing mothers, may be useful to moisturize, soothe, and heal your dry, cracked, sore nipples




Breast shells can be used to help draw out and correct flat or inverted nipples. If you are leaking breast milk, they can be used to prevent embarrassing stains by collecting the breast milk as it leaks. Breast shells can also provide a barrier to protect sore nipples from rubbing against your clothes.



Breastfeeding Products and Supplies: Nipple Shields
A Nipple Shield. Harmid/Wikimedia

Under the direct supervision of a doctor or lactation specialist, a nipple shield can make all the difference if you are breastfeeding a preemie, breastfeeding with large nipples, or nursing a baby who has difficulty latching on to your breast. Nipple shields can also be used if you have very sore nipples.