Must Have Items for a Breastfeeding Mom

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“What Do I Need If I Plan To Breastfeed?!”

Since this can be a sometimes overwhelming process, first or fourth time, we reached out to our friend at Innate Health Lactation: Brittany Chowdhary.

She’s going to give us some of her personal recommendations on what to have ready and on hand for when baby arrives.

Check out more on Brittany, what she offers as a Lactation Consultant, and all her personal recommendations by reading on!

Meet Brittany, RN, CLC, IBCLC

We know breastfeeding can be one of the greatest sources of pride for a new mother but it can also be one of the greatest sources of stress. But why does it come so easy with some babies and yet can be so challenging with others? No matter where you are at in your journey or what your goals are for feeding your baby, we are here to support and empower you!

Brittany Chowdhary, is a Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) along with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) which is the gold stand when it comes to lactation services. Brittany is also a RN with 17 years of clinical experience, with over half of those years being concentrated in mother-baby postpartum care, NICU and pediatric ICU care.

Brittany has extensive knowledge & personal experience in breastfeeding after reduction or breast surgery, low supply challenges, feeding aversions, getting baby back to breast after being bottle fed, exclusively pumping, tongue and lip tie revisions, as well as working with the special needs community.

Between her professional and personal experience, you can rest assured that you will be in the best hands!

What Sets Innate Health Chiropractic’s Lactation Services Apart?

Our primarily hands off approach empowers mothers in their ability to breastfeed while giving you the confidence to successfully implement the techniques and strategies from the consultation. You won’t leave with maybes or doubts, you will leave with I am capable and I can!

What Brittany helps with at Innate Health:

  • Prenatal education and counseling
  • Latch assessment
  • Painful nursing
  • Milk transfer assessment (how much is my baby really getting at the breast?)
  • Nipple pain and damage
  • Feeding evaluation
  • Supplementation
  • Insufficient milk supply
  • Insufficient glandular tissue
  • Oversupply management
  • Engorgement, clogged ducts and mastitis
  • Support for challenges related to tongue, lip and buccal ties
  • Reflux
  • Re-lactation
  • Induced lactation
  • Latching difficulties
  • Shallow latch and asymmetric latch assistance
  • Breast pump optimization
  • Back-to-work support
  • Introducing solids
  • Support to stop lactating/weaning

The List

NURSING PILLOW (Shop #1 Nursing Pillows loved by millions of moms ( This pillow offers a flat cushioned surface ensuring infant’s position and alignment at breast is maintained along with added back support and a velcro adjustable strap…making it comfortable and accommodating for all shapes, sizes, and circumstances.

HANDS FREE PUMPING BRA  (Adjustable Size Hands Free Pumping Bra – Simple Wishes) This pumping bra offers a velcro adjustable back panel which ensures a proper fit throughout postpartum body changes along with a front zip closure making it an easy on and off and the ability to place it over top of your current nursing bra when needed. The cross hatching featured on this pumping bra helps to maintain a flush fit with flanges & offers the extra needed support for when bottles begin to fill making it truly hands free.
NURSING TANK TOP (Seamless Nursing Tanks | Bamboobies) breathable and seamless bamboo nursing tank top which offers great support, comfort, and adjustable straps. This particular brand can often be found at Target!
NURSING BRA (Maternity Lingerie | Pregnancy & Nursing Lingerie | Hotmilk Lingerie) Hotmilk is one of my favorite nursing bras! They offer a big selection of wirefree nursing bras without compromising support (Nursing bras with an underwire may cause clogged ducts for some nursing moms as they can oftentimes hinder milk flow…this awesome brand offers the support of an underwire without the pesky wire). This brand also features a wide array of band and cup sizes making it an option for all shapes and sizes. And my favorite part about these nursing bras…..they’re cute! Say goodbye to the usual plain cotton tarp like nursing bra and hello to fun & function.
NURSING PADS (Organic Bamboo Reusable Nursing Pads – Kindred Bravely) Organic bamboo, reusable, & contoured these nursing pads are an excellent cost effective option. They’re thin enough to not show under clothing & the contoured shape can be extra helpful during the early weeks when you may experience initial soreness.
PASSIVE COLLECTION CONTAINERS (Haakaa Silicone Pump & Milk Collector Set Combo | Haakaa USA) These containers can be incredibly helpful in the early months! Wearing passive collection containers are a great way to collect drips & drops which quickly add up and can help to build a freezer stash…especially when using a passive collection container on the opposite side while feeding! This combo pack offers a Haakaa silicone pump as well and this can be a lifesaver when it comes to relieving engorgement.
BREAST MILK STORAGE BAGS (Breast Milk Storage Bags with Organizer | Nanobébé – Nanobébé US (, Free from all of the yucky stuff, extra thick to prevent leaks, and organized for peace of mind.
TRAVEL ESSENTIALS (Travel Baby Bottle and Food Warmer | Tommee Tippee US) This travel thermos is the GOAT when it comes to thawing stored breast milk on the go. Simply fill the thermos with hot water prior to leaving, tuck it in the diaper bag, pour your water into the lid when needed and drop the frozen or refrigerated milk into the container to warm it! This provides the traditional gradual warming method without compromising the nutrients of the stored milk by heating too quickly or too aggressively. This thermos keeps water at the stored temperature FOREVER! Honestly I had forgotten about it once and the next day after sitting in the car overnight the water in it was STILL warm!
NIPPLE CREAM (Breast Balm Herbal Salve – To Soothe Sore Nipples | Earthley Wellness) & (Organic Nipple Butter Breastfeeding Cream | Earth Mama ( Both of these nipple creams are lanolin free with baby safe ingredients…no need to wipe off prior to feeding! Cold pressed organic coconut oil is also an excellent nipple cream and has antifungal properties as well.
VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTATION (Vitamin D Cream – For Natural Vitamin D | Earthley Wellness) Vitamin D supplementation may be recommended for a breastfed infant. This cream offers the extra vitamin D a breastfed infant needs without all of the harmful additives.
GAS DROPS (Infant Tummy Relief – For Gas, Bloating, and Upset Tummies | Earthley Wellness) Eat something that doesn’t agree with your infant’s tummy? Earthley’s Tummy Relief is a must have! Safe for all ages without binders, fillers, or colors. I’ve utilized these drops for myself when an upset stomach has hit & can vouch….they work wonders!
SILVER NIPPLE SHIELDS ( : Cradle & Grace Pure 999 Silver Nursing Cups & Carrying Case | Silver Nipple Covers Breastfeeding Kit for All-Natural Healing | Silver Nipple Shields for Nursing Moms | Sore Nipple Relief Breastfeeding : Baby) These incredible shields help to soothe and heal sore cracked nipples. Made of .999 silver they are nickel free, lead free, and BPA free. This particular brand offers 2 sizes ensuring the perfect fit.
BOTTLES ( : Lansinoh Momma Breastmilk Feeding Bottle with NaturalWave Slow Flow Nipple, 5 Ounces : Baby), (Evenflo 🍼 Balance + Bottles for Breastfed Babies – Evenflo Feeding), (Pigeon Glass Nursing Bottle Wide Neck, Streamlined Body, Natural Feel) All 3 of these bottles feature a nipple with a natural mountain like slope which promotes a wide latch & proper tongue position which is a priority to maintain when it comes to utilizing a bottle for a breastfed baby transitioning between bottle and breast. While many bottle companies claim to be “most like breast” this claim is merely a marketing ploy and many of the companies who use this line, offer bottles which are not in fact….best for breast.
PACIFIER (Ninni Co. | Pacifier like breast | Bringing Moms Relief), These pacifiers  promote a wide latch and proper tongue positioning during sucking which is essential for a breastfed infant who transitions between breast, bottle, and pacifier.
LACTATION SUPPORT– Don’t be shy about asking for contributions to be used towards lactation support following delivery!
Innate Health offers a Lactation Bundle in addition to individual appointments. This bundle consists of 3 appointments & offers breastfeeding Mom’s the ongoing support they need & the freedom to choose when to utilize those appointments throughout their breastfeeding journey!
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