5 Things All Breastfeeding Moms Should Have in Her Bag

5 Things All Breastfeeding Moms Should Have in Her BagThere are many AMAZING things about breastfeeding and one of them is that you don’t need a lot of “stuff.” You and your baby, that’s all you really need to breastfeed. Chances are you’re together quite often anyways so this works out great for breastfeeding moms!

By not needing a lot of “stuff” you can eliminate an entire category of things to pack in your ever-growing mommy bag. Because, of course, you DO need 7 packages of wipes, 4 extra adorable baby outfits with matching booties, and 12 stimulating baby toys (we’re exaggerating…a little), but you DON’T need bottles, formula and special water to mix the formula.

With that said, there are a few things all breastfeeding moms should have in her bag for those all-too-often “just in case” moments. Here’s what you should tuck away in your mommy bag to always be on the safe side.

Nursing Cover: Nursing covers are great for those who prefer modesty, but they are also very useful for other reasons as well. Even if you have no qualms about breastfeeding in public, a nursing cover may be a lifesaver if your baby is easily distracted. Or if you’re outside and need to protect your baby from the sun, insects or whatever other elements are in your vicinity.

Our lightweight, breathable nursing cover is fantastic for keeping your baby on task while ensuring she gets enough air. The sheer design even allows you to maintain eye contact. Plus it doubles as a fashion scarf!

A Snack: Breastfeeding moms know that extreme hunger that suddenly consumes you when you’re nursing. Regardless of the tremendous amount of pancakes and power-packed smoothie you had for breakfast, breastfeeding can make you famished. Always have a little snack – such as nuts, dried fruit, a protein bar or crackers – in your bag.

Water: Snacking and breastfeeding can make you thirsty…very thirsty. Staying hydrated is essential to your milk supply and your own wellbeing too. Keep a refillable water bottle in your bag so you can grab some water wherever you are.

Nursing Pads: Embarrassing leaks happen at the most inopportune times, like job interviews, PTA meetings and shopping trips. Be prepared with an extra set of washable nursing pads in your bag. If you leak, simply replace your nursing pads and go on with your day. Don’t forget to take the soaked pair out and wash them when you get home.

A Change for Mom: While it’s true that breastfed babies have less digestive issues and their poop is not as stinky, spit-up and diaper leaks still happen. When you’re holding your baby in a close breastfeeding embrace, some form of bodily fluid is bound to get you from time-to-time. Be prepared with an extra outfit for yourself so you don’t have to spend the rest of your day turning heads for all the wrong reasons.