Congratulations on your pregnancy—or new baby! If you’re here, then you’re either a first time mom seeking tips on breastfeeding necessities or a second time mom needing a refresher course. In any event, welcome! Breastfeeding aids are constantly evolving, and luckily, more are becoming eco-friendly—resulting in safer, non-toxic products for both you, baby and the environment.
With my first born, I 100% didn’t know what I was doing and I wasn’t prepared for all the painful aftermath associated with breastfeeding. In fact, it wasn’t until a few days after we brought our son home that I sent my husband out to get breastfeeding supplies such as a pump, nipple cream and many more gadgets that I didn’t think I would need, but DID in fact need. And that’s ok, because breastfeeding takes practice and you won’t know what you need until you and baby begin the journey.
Eco-Conscious Mission In Mind
Being eco-conscious is a beautiful and admirable attribute—and I applaud you for choosing organic & eco-friendly products for you and baby. The Earth thanks you as well!
Below, you’ll find the ultimate list of environmentally friendly nursing essentials.
Nursing Pillows (Organic)
Unless you have arms of steel, holding a baby in a fixed position for 15-20 minutes is not a lot of fun! Breastfeeding support pillows helped me tremendously by allowing me to sit in a comfortable position and let my baby do their business.
Holy Lamb Organics Organic Cotton & Wool U-Shaped Nursing Pillow
The Holy Lamb organic cotton and nursing pillow is a great non-toxic alternative to the Boppy pillow. The downside is that covers are sold separately, but they’re also organic.
The Nesting Pillow- Organic Nursing Pillow with Washable Slipcover
The Nesting Pillow is 100% organic and non-allergenic. It’s a little less expensive than the Holy Lamb, and comes with a slip cover. The internal filling is comprised of organic buckwheat hulls, which shift around much like a beanbag.
Breast Pumps (Non-Toxic)
A large majority of moms use high quality electric breast pumps—even those who breastfeed exclusively. It’s a great way to relieve engorged breasts and create an extra supply of milk if you’re away from baby and someone else must feed them via bottle.
I used Medela with both of my babies. Medela parts are non-toxic and BPA and DEH-P free.
Great quality electric breast pumps will cost you around $150-$200, but that’s also the amount that formula feeding moms spend in a month—so it’s quite an excellent investment. And you’ll also be happy to hear that most health insurance companies cover most or all of the breastpump cost.
Sterilizing Steam Bags for Bottles & BreastPump Parts (Silicone)
Should you decide to purchase a breastpump, you’ll want to sanitize the parts on a regular basis. Now a days, you can purchase convenient eco-friendly, silicone steam bags that sanitize everything in minutes, like the Evenflo Steam Sanitizing Bag. You can also throw in a bottle or pacifier and simultaneously remove up to 99.9% of germs!
Evenflo Silicone Steam Sanitizing Bag
The Evenflo Feeding Silicone Steam Sanitizing Bag is designed to help eliminate harmful germs and bacteria from most pump parts, bottles, pacifiers, and more. Made from 100% FDA food-grade silicone, this eco-friendly bag is more durable than plastic alternatives and can be used over and over again, creating less waste for the environment.
Baby Bottles (Glass)
You’ve spent so much time pumping and when the time comes, you, dad or another family member will be able to feed baby via bottle. And don’t worry, there are such things as breastfeeding baby bottles, which are specially designed to help baby transition between breast and bottle—and it won’t effect breastfeeding. Dr. Brown’s wide-Neck glass bottles are one such variety with a very good reputation. I have used these with my babies and it did not discourage them from going back and forth. Plus, they’re glass and can be recycled!
Dr. Brown’s Options+ Wide-Neck Glass Baby Bottles
Breast Milk Storage Bags (Silicone)
After pumping your liquid gold, you’ll want to store it short-term in the refrigerator or long term in the freezer. And the best way to store your milk and save the environment is by ditching the reusable bags. Go with silicone and save your breast milk over and over and over again in the same container without adding to the plastic waste crisis. Junobie reusable storage bags are a great buy, and come in packs of 2.
Pink Reusable Breastmilk Storage Bag by JUNOBIE
Junobie silicone storage bags are a great plastic alternative and pays for itself. You can store your milk in both fridge and freezer, and they are dishwasher safe and can be washed on the top rack.
Nursing Bras (Organic)
Nursing bras are essential for easy access. And it’s best to go with non-toxic fabric such as organic cotton or bamboo. Wearing organic fibers benefits both you, baby and the environment. Organic cotton is free of pesticides, insecticides, and other harmful chemicals. It also requires less water to produce. Kindred Bravely manufactures ultra soft organic cotton nursing bras with wireless support.
Extra Soft Organic Cotton Wireless Nursing & Maternity Sleep Bra by Kindred Bravely
Nursing Pads (Reusable)
These are not only a necessity—they’re a must-have. Your nipples will leak a lot, especially during a feed (when one isn’t in use) and will leave embarrassing and uncomfortable splatter marks that crust over when dried. Plus, what no one will tell you, is that leaked milk that’s absorbed into your bra or shirt stinks. You’re going to smell like old, sour milk. And you will need to buy a few pairs because you will have to change them out throughout the day. GO with organic bamboo, as it’s reusable, eco-friendly, and highly absorbent.
Washable Reusable Bamboo Nursing Pads by EcoNursingPads
These nursing pads are made from organic bamboo, which is known to be softer and more absorbent than cotton or disposable pads.
Nursing Covers (Organic)
Whether you choose to use a nursing cover or brave enough to go ‘au naturale’, you should know that nursing covers now-a-days are multi-purpose. In fact, some are so versatile, that when you buy a “nursing cover”, you’re also buying: a car seat canopy, a shopping cart cover, a blanket, a scarf, a newborn swaddle—you name. Talk about a great investment. And you can find beautiful nursing covers made of organic cotton and bamboo that’s safe and gentle for both mom and baby like this nursing cover by Twyla, made from organic bamboo.
White Floral 100% Organic Bamboo Nursing Cover by Twyla
Nipple Shields (Silicone & Non-Toxic)
I have never had to use a nipple shield, but I know women who have. Nipple shields are primarily used to help with latching. There are situations where a woman might have very flat nipples, inverted nipples or an improper latch has led to painful blisters and mom needs to heal—a nipple shield can help with such dilemmas.
The Yiyee Nipple Shield has a HUGE amount of great reviews on Amazon compared to other brands. It’s 100% thin silicone, BPA free and non-toxic. Moms seem to love how easy it is for their baby to latch and suck from a comfortable distance without putting painful pressure on the sore nipple.
Nipple Cooling Gel Pads (Vegan & Non-Toxic)
Nipple cooling pads—I literally love this invention. These were lifesavers for me when I breastfed. My nipples were so sore that slapping some cooling gel pads on them after a painful feed was the best feeling in the world. Imagine having a sunburn and then relieving it with some nice cool aloe Vera gel—that’s the effect that gel pads have. Choose gel pads that are vegan and made from glycerin, which is non-toxic to human health and the environment—such as the Lansinoh Soothies Breast Gel Pads.
Lansinoh Soothies Breast Gel Pads for Breastfeeding and Nipple Relief
The gel pads are safe, absorbent and are made from glycerin. Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads are vegan.
Nipple Balms & Creams
All that breastfeeding causes your nipples to become dry and cracked—much like chapped lips. And what do you do about chapped lips? You rub some lip balm on them to provide soothing relief and healing. The same goes with nipples. An investment in really good nipple balm or cream will make all the difference.
And because you’re basically sharing your nipples with another human being, you want to make sure that the product is baby friendly: organic and nontoxic, like Boob Ease Organic Nipple Balm and Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter.
Boob Ease Organic Nipple Balm
Organic Nipple Butter Cream by Earth Mama
Breast Milk Supplements & Teas
I personally needed supplements to help with my milk production. In the first month, I wasn’t producing a sufficient amount of milk, and my baby wasn’t gaining weight. It wasn’t until after I began taking supplements that my milk supply began to increase. The only drawback was that I smelled like pancake syrup—which is something that all moms who take supplements with milk thistle and fenugreek experience (the two herbs responsible for the magic).
But, I won’t lie, some of them (the best ones that actually work) are a little expensive—but they do their job. I took MotherLove More Milk Plus. They are liquid capsules and have a really good reputation. And if you don’t like taking pills, lactation support supplements come in many other forms such as: cookies, teas (Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother’s Milk Tea), chews, drink mixes and gummies. It really just comes down to personal preference.
MotherLove More Milk Plus
Traditional Medicinals Organic Mother’s Milk Women’s Tea Bags
Breast Feeding Tracker Phone Apps
There are many wonderful and convenient phone apps for tracking your breastfeeding, and a large majority are free. They are a useful tool because you can record and track the duration of your baby’s feed and which breast they used last—because trust me, when you’re nursing a newborn, you’re EXHAUSTED and lack of sleep messes with your memory. Thanks to the app, you’ll know which breast has more milk supply and begin with that one! The MyMedela Breastfeesing companion app is a great place to start with tracking your feeds.
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