Breastfeeding a newborn is a full-time job! You will nurse your infant at least ten to twelve times per day, throughout those first few months. While breastfeeding, It is really helpful to have everything you may need for yourself and baby within arm’s reach. Here are several essential items to help you create the ultimate breastfeeding basket.
Look for a medium to large sized, market-style basket able to fit all of your essential items. It should feature a sturdy handle; this makes it easier to grab quickly and tote to another room. This adorable vintage basket, from a Cincinnati-based Etsy store, features an earth-tone color palette and reinforced leather handle. We also love this zesty yellow bolga basket from the fair-trade shop, The Little Market.
You will most assuredly feel extra thirsty while breastfeeding. An easy way to stay hydrated is to keep a water bottle in your basket, and drink while baby nurses. I was gifted this awesome non-toxic and insulated bottle from S’well when my first daughter was born; I still use it every day. This stainless steel bottle from The Cleveland Museum of Art shop features a contemporary geometric design and a very useful carabiner clip.
While exclusively breastfeeding, you need an extra 400-500 calories per day for energy. To obtain your extra calories, try adding some ‘one-handed’ snacks to your basket, like: whole-fat cheese, yogurt, grapes, and chopped veggies. We also love these lactation oat bars from Milkful. They are loaded with milk-supply boosting ingredients including: oats, flax, sesame seeds, and almonds.
Both lightweight and versatile, it can be used as a burp-cloth, changing pad, nursing cover, play mat, and towel. These soft, bamboo swaddle blankets are available at Stroller Mama, in Pepper Pike.
Don’t cry over spilled milk! These silk and cotton nursing pads from the Swedish brand Boob are the best. Ethically made with all organic materials, they are also ultra-thin, breathable, and moisture wicking.
Moisturizer Due to fluctuating hormones, you may find that your skin and lips are extra-dry. Mama’s Healing Salve, infused with your own hormones, is the ideal way to nourish your postpartum skin. We also enjoy using Badger Baby Balm, made with calming olive and calendula oils, for both mom and baby’s sensitive skin. Get it online, here, or in-person at the Chagrin Whole Foods Market in Woodmere.
Diapers & Wipes Try and have extra diapers and wipes stashed around the house. Newborn babies often poop while nursing, so keep diapering supplies in your basket for quick changes. The Honest Co. offers eco-friendly diapers in an array of adorable designs. You can order a bundle from them, containing a month’s supply of non-toxic, biodegradable wipes and sustainable diapers. Save 35% off your first bundle with coupon code ‘SAVE35’.
Breastfeeding Support Resources Your healthy newborn was born to breastfeed, but it takes practice and patience to master this skill together. We are happy to assist you with practical tips and comfort measures for added nursing success. We can also help you find a Breastfeeding Counselor or an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). It is a smart idea to keep a list of the following breastfeeding resources in your basket: La Leche League of Ohio has several leaders and regular meet-ups in the Cleveland area. Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio, in South Euclid, has a staff of medical doctors, nurses, and IBCLCs to help with any breastfeeding challenges. The Breastfeeding Center is a great peer resource for families living in the Akron/Canton area. They also have an active ‘Mama’s Chat’ Facebook group.
Would you like help creating a personalized breastfeeding basket? We are honored to help with this during your joyous transition to motherhood. We offer postpartum doula care services designed to meet your family’s specific needs.