Technically, all it takes are boobs and a baby to breastfeed. But, there are other essentials that make nursing easier, comfier, and actually relaxing. Better yet, all of these goods fit neatly in a little basket you can tote around and use anywhere you set up shop for a feeding.
What you need for a breastfeeding station:
Basket, bin, or caddy with a handle—this container should fit everything you’ll want to reach for during a nursing session. (We got this one at Pottery Barn Kids.)
Remembering to drink water (and finding the time to pee!) isn’t always easy when you’re busy with a new baby. But breastfeeding can make you damn thirsty, so having a water bottle is especially handy. Fill it with anything, I won’t judge. (Hey, it’s happy hour somewhere, right?)
You know what really complements the ginormous pads you’ve had to wear since giving birth? Leaky boobs. (Bet you’ve never felt this good about yourself.) Keep some disposable or washable breast pads in your basket so you can pop ‘em in your bra right after a feeding. This not only protects your favorite oversized t-shirt, but it greatly reduces your chances of having an awkward conversation with the UPS guy.
From spit-up to milk dribbles, there’s always something that needs to be wiped when you’re hanging out with your baby. Honestly, you’re better off just keeping a burp cloth draped over your shoulder at all times. The ones we’ve used are from Copper Pearl.
Dry, cracked, sore nipples are no joke. When you’re getting the hang of breastfeeding, all of these things can occur at once (as if your body hasn’t been through enough…you need to be dealing with this freakin’ trifecta?!). Nipple cream will be your best friend. Smear it on all day if you’d like. It helps.
And speaking of things that are dry and cracked… your lips could probably use some love, too. This one can double as a face balm for your baby too. #bonus!
If your baby is all about her binky, this extra one is a lifesaver when your little buddy needs it ASAP. The one in the image above is from Wubbanub.
When you spend this much time glued to a chair, your phone often feels like your lifeline to the world. Have a charger handy so you’re always juiced up and able to text your friends, peruse some Insta stories, or Google things that start with, “Is it normal….”
From sneezes to ugly cries brought on by a laundry detergent commercial or a YouTube video about baby goats… really anything can happen these days, so be prepared.
A new mom should never be hangry, especially when you’re breastfeeding (remember: your body is working overtime!). As much as you’d like a 12-inch sub delivered to your glider immediately… you may have better luck just grabbing a bag of trail mix or a protein bar when you need to refuel. We’ve included some goodies from Milkmakers.
Did I miss anything? What else would you add to your portable breastfeeding basket?
Need more portable stations in your life? Check out our postpartum recover station!