Environmentally Friendly And Non-Toxic Breastfeeding Essentials For New Moms
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Breastfeeding aids are constantly evolving, and luckily, more breastfeeding accessories 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. It was quite a shock how much work was involved. And it is especially hard if your baby doesn’t latch correctly.
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 which would help me breastfeed more comfortably. Things that I initially didn’t think I would need, but ended up needing.
And that’s ok, because breastfeeding takes practice and you won’t know what you need until you and baby begin the journey. But, whatever you choose, strive for organic, non-toxic, and eco-friendly breastfeeding products. Not only are green nursing products healthier—they’re also kind on the environment.
Below, you’ll find my personal hand-picked list of environmentally friendly nursing essentials that you can add to your Amazon Baby Registry!
Rechargeable Milk Duct Massager
One major issue with breastfeeding that many new moms experience, especially in the first couple of weeks, is clogged milk ducts. That’s where a massager comes in handy. This milk duct massager by LaVie is made of hospital grade silicone, is USB rechargeable, waterproof, and is more effective than hand massage. It’s definitely a must-have item for breastfeeding moms.
Reusable Non-Toxic Gel Compress Pads
Every new mom needs a hot/cold compress—especially if they’re breastfeeding. Breasts become sore and painful, and in some instances milk ducts become clogged. Applying a compress can relieve pain and get milk flowing. These luxury reusable breastfeeding gel pads by Magic Gel can be used both ways: cold and warm. They’re non toxic and can be microwaved up to 300 times. Perfect for sore nipples, engorged breasts, mastitis, swelling and inflammation.
Non-Toxic Breast Pump
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 breast pump cost.
Eco-Friendly Baby Bottles
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!
You can also opt for stainless steel baby bottles, like this one by ThinkBaby, which parents are loving, not only for feedings, but for scalding frozen breast milk!
One Amazon reviewer wrote:
“Bought this to use in our bottle warmer to scald breast milk due to high lipase. It works perfectly for that – the stainless steel heats up quickly and evenly and seems much more sanitary/safe than plastic.”
Silicone Breastmilk Storage Bags
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. Zip Top reusable storage bags are a great buy, and come in packs of two or more!
Silicone Sterilizer Steam Bags
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!
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.
Organic Nursing Pillow
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 while my baby chowed down. Currently, the Nesting Pillow is a great buy if you want to go the organic route. It’s made of organic cotton and comes with a washable slip cover.
Organic Nursing Bras
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.
Reusable Nursing Pads
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, like Eco Nursing Pads, as they are reusable, eco-friendly, and highly absorbent.
Organic Nursing Cover
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 one by Cheeky Cherubz.
Non-Toxic Silicone Nipple Shields
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.
Vegan And Non-Toxic Nipple Cooling Gel Pads
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.
Organic Nipple Balms And 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.
Organic Breastmilk Supplements And 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.
Breastfeeding 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 Breastfeeding Companion app is a great place to start with tracking your feeds.