I have gone through and listed out some of my favorite products from the last 8 months, check them out below.
Spectra S1 Breast Pump – Since August decided he didn’t want to breastfeed, we made the decision to pump. I love my Spectra! The biggest plus is that it is rechargeable and can be taken on the go and moved around. That way for the 6+ pumping sessions I had a day, I am not tied to a power source. My insurance did cover the majority of the purchase price, but there was an upcharge that we did have to pay for it.
Breast Pump Bag – I was very particular about what I needed for a breast pump bag. I didn’t want another tote bag but I wanted to ensure everything could be housed in one bag (pump, parts, cooler, etc). After hours of research and asking some friends I found this bag on Amazon. I love that the pump has a separate compartment from the cooler sections. And since the Spectra S1 is rechargeable, taking my pump on road trips over the holidays was very convenient.
32oz BlenderBottle Shaker Bottle – After every pumping session I pour my milk into this shaker cup. This is the easiest way for my to keep all my pumped milk until I am ready to portion out and freeze at the end of the day.
Avent 9oz bottles – I ended up stopping using the bottles my pump came with because I would pump more milk than what the bottle could hold. The Avent bottles screw directly into the Spectra flanges, but if your child doesn’t use Avent bottles, you can buy tread converts to use your brand of bottle
BodyArmor – These drinks are SUPER hydrating, so I like to drink one at least once a day to make sure to help increase my production. They say that BodyArmor is chalked full of ingredients that “could” ncrease your milk supply like coconut water, magnesium, and electrolytes. I have had nothing but positive effects using this drink and I normally opt for the sugar-free option, but all the flavors are super tasty!
Milk Storage Bag – I would strongly suggest every new mom just have a box of storage bags on hand, who knows when your pumping journey will begin.
Avent Bottle Warmer – We waited SO long to buy a bottle warmer and for why who knows. This little warmer can heat your milk in 2 mins or help dethaw frozen breast milk, well worth the investment in the time it saves.
Reusable Nipple Pads – I never was a big leaker, but after a pumping session these reusable nipple pads are nice to slip into your bra to ensure you are keeping your pumping process as cleanly as possible and won’t stain your bra.
Sunflower Lecithin – I went through one too many painful clogged ducts, and wish I would have known about the superpower of Sunflower Lecithin. It works like a charm every time I need my lines cleared.
Snacks: RX Bars or Good and Gather Bars – These bars have so many healthy fats and proteins, with little sugar. The perfect one-handed snack to fill you up as well as fuel you up. I love to keep these bars with me in my pumping back and diaper bag.
Sublime Hands-Free Pumping & Nursing Bra – With our pumping journey starting earlier than expected, I was caught off guard with only one pumping bra and a few nursing friendly sports bras. I didn’t really know what I needed or what I was looking for. Well, I soon learned convertibility was key to this type of undergarment. I stumbled across the Kindred Bravely sublime bra via an Instagram targeted ad. The bra seemed too good to be true and I hadn’t found anything else on the market. Both a nursing and pumping bra, I bought instantly and have since purchased enough for a weekly rotation. I can’t speak highly enough about this bra, plus it is very comfortable and supportive with my extra-extra-large titties.