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Nursing a baby is a huge commitment – I just ran the numbers… if you breastfeed a baby for a year, you’re spending – wait for it – almost 800 hours nursing the baby. That’s 33 days spent doing nothing other than feeding the baby. I’m all about multitasking, but, let’s be honest, you can’t get a ton done with a baby attached to you. One thing that’s made it easier and more comfortable for me to nurse all 3 of my kids for almost a year each has been having the right tools & goodies on-hand to make breastfeeding as convenient as possible. Enter: the nursing basket. Here’s breastfeeding basket 101: what it is & why you need one:
A breastfeeding basket is just a collection of breastfeeding essentials gathered together so that you can always access anything you’ll need during a nursing session. I keep my breastfeeding basket right next to the glider in the nursery. Here’s what you’ll want to fill your breastfeeding basket with:
I have a box of Kleenex in every room of the house but they’re especially necessary to have on-hand when you’re nursing. They’re totally gentle on baby’s skin (the Lotion variety is my favorite) and super soft for wiping up snotty noses, small spit ups, and both mom’s and baby’s skin. Plus, Kleenex kills 99.9% of cold and flu viruses in the tissue which is amazing when you’re spending so much time around a baby with an immature immune system.
I grabbed my Kleenex @ Walmart – it’s really easy for me to take all 3 kids because they have the big carts made for multiple kids – #love! Walmart also has 2 day shipping which is perfect for busy moms (especially moms stuck sitting on the couch nursing!).
These aren’t just for burping baby! You can use them to catch milk during let-down or to wipe up any bigger spit ups. I keep 2 nearby just in case 😉
The nursing thirst is REAL! I like a water bottle that doesn’t require 2 hands, so I use one that just requires a button press to open. No matter your bottle preference, make sure it’s leak-proof.
If you have your nursing basket in a room with a TV, a remote is nice to have nearby. The remote in my basket is actually for the ceiling fan and light and controls the fan speed and light dimmer, which is SO nice in the middle of the night feedings.
There’s nothing like a mom’s appetite when she’s breastfeeding! I try to keep healthy, high protein snacks around at all times so I’m not tempted to eat junk or starving and hangry. I have raw almonds in this breastfeeding basket but here’s a list of more great foods to eat while breastfeeding.
These are great for the early days of nursing when you may need a little heat or cooling to stay comfortable.
I honestly keep these in a couple rooms of the house but they’re a must next to wherever you’re nursing to stay in your bra to catch any leaking milk.
Do you have a breastfeeding basket? Anything else you’d include?
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