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Thrifty Family Finds’ Breastfeeding Essentials List + Freebies!

Breastfeeding Essentials List + Freebies
****This is the the Thrifty Family Finds’ Breastfeeding Essentials List + Freebies post!  It is in conjunction with my previous post, Mommy Tips: What I Wish I’d Known About Breastfeeding Before I Started.
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Good-Fitting Nursing Bras

You might get one beforehand and get the rest after, since your breasts will change when your milk comes in.  Motherhood Maternity

Nordstrom can turn your regular bras into nursing bras.  Prices vary between stores, so just call your local store to see what they charge.  Don’t forget to get sleep bras, too, as you will need some support while sleeping, and also something to keep the nursing pads in place.

It is really important for your bras to fit well and not dig in, especially under your arms.  Ill-fitting bras can lead to plugged ducts and can become really painful!

Can’t find one you like?  Consider a DIY nursing bra.  I will be trying out this tutorial I found after baby #2 arrives, and I’ll let you know how it turns out!

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Breastfeeding Essentials

I like washable cotton nursing pads, but disposable works fine, too.

Right now you can get 10 pairs of cotton reusable nursing pads for FREE + $12.95 S&H from by using code TTF14 at checkout!  This code can be used as many times as you like, and can also be applied to a nursing cover, which I’ll talk about next.

*This code can also be used for 2 FREE Belly Button Bands and 5 FREE pairs of Baby Leggings, as well as being applied to those upgrade packages, too!*



Nursing Pillow

Nursing pillows are nice because it’s hard on your back to hold your baby up constantly while trying to nurse, and you shouldn’t be hunched over, either.  I have a Boppy Pillow and a My Brest Friend Pillow

Get a nursing pillow FREE + $11.90 S&H from by using code Thrifty13 at checkout! (can also be applied to upgrade package, making the minky pillow $5 + S&H!)

*This code can also be used for a Free Carseat Cover and a Free Sling, as well as being applied to those upgrade packages, too!*



Coconut Oil

Lots of people like lanolin and other nipple creams, but I love just using coconut oil.  It’s natural, inexpensive and can be used in so many different ways (cooking, diaper rash cream, lotion, moisturizer, nipple cream, and as an ingredient in many homemade beauty products).  It’s also completely safe for the baby to eat.

Natural Nipple Butter

Medela Pump In Style Breast Pump

Breast Pump

I love the Medela Pump in Style Breast Pump

Stork Craft Glider Chair

Nursing Stool

Glider & Ottoman

nursing stool

Basket For Your Supplies

Now, the last step in putting your Breastfeeding Essentials together is having a container or basket to keep things in at your designated nursing station.  Here is a picture of mine:

Breastfeeding Essentials Basket

Contents from left to right, clockwise: Water bottle, wipes, receiving blanket, burp cloths, nursing pads, Fenugreek, small container of coconut oil, extra diaper, blanket. My nursing pillow isn’t pictured, but sits next to the basket.

You could also put in things like books or a Kindle to keep you occupied while nursing.

I hope this helps you prepare for a successful breastfeeding experience!  I would love to hear your favorite nursing essentials in the comments section!

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