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25 breastfeeding essentials new moms should have on hand

Avital Norman Nathman is a freelance writer whose work places a feminist lens on a variety of topics, including motherhood, maternal health, gender, and reproductive rights. Her work has been featured in Bitch magazine, Cosmopolitan.com,...

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What a mother needs

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What a mother needs

Breastfeeding is a pretty simple and straightforward method of feeding your newborn. You pretty much just need a baby and a milk-filled breast. However, there are actually many awesome products out there that can help make the breastfeeding experience go smoother, both for you and your baby.

Check out these 25 breastfeeding essentials — add them to your registry or treat yourself! 

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Lactation tea

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Lactation tea

Two important aspects of successful breastfeeding are staying hydrated and ensuring you're producing enough milk. Lactation teas, like Mother's Milk, can help take care of both those things. Enjoy this tea either hot or cold! (Biovea, $9)

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Manual breast pump

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Manual breast pump

A manual breast pump is a great choice for those who need to stimulate production between feedings or to fill an occasional bottle or two. (Medela, $42)

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Electric breast pump

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Electric breast pump

For mothers who need to pump and store a large quantity of milk, an electric pump is the way to go. This advanced Pump in Style set from Medela is a crowd favorite of pumping moms. (Medela, $270)

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Bottle dryer rack

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Bottle dryer rack

For those parents who will use bottles along with breastfeeding, this "grassy" drying rack is not only super functional, it's also super cute. (Amazon, $14)

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Nursing stool

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Nursing stool

A nursing stool is an excellent addition for any baby registry. Look for one that is adjustable, like this one from My Brest Friend, so it can best help you find a comfortable nursing position. (Diapers.com, $28)

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Breastfeeding support pillow

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Breastfeeding support pillow

A breastfeeding support pillow, like this adorable jungle-print Boppy, can be incredibly helpful, especially in the beginning when you're just figuring it all out. (Boppy, $40)

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Ring sling

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Ring sling

Babywearing and breastfeeding seem to go hand-in-hand. Carrying your baby in a sling can allow you to nurse virtually hands-free! We love this cashmere ring sling from Sakura Bloom. (Sakura Bloom, $460)

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Pro-breastfeeding T-shirt

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Pro-breastfeeding T-shirt

Show your support for breastfeeding (and stop all the "haters" in their tracks) with this fabulous T-shirt. (Lucky Elephant 9, $16)

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Infinity scarf nursing cover

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Infinity scarf nursing cover

While not everyone likes to use a nursing cover, for those who do, this DIY nursing scarf combines fashion and ease of use into one product. (DIY, free!)

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Reusable breast pads

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Reusable breast pads

Reusable breastpads aren't just great for the environment; they're also more gentle for sore nipples. These days, you can get breastpads in a variety of materials, sizes and styles. (Breastpads.com, $7)

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Nursing necklace

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Nursing necklace

Nursing necklaces are both fashionable and functional these days. These innovative pieces of jewelry can help your baby focus on the task at hand, while adding another piece to your collection. Win-win! (designML, $16)

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A quality nursing bra

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A quality nursing bra

A good nursing bra is worth its weight in gold. You want to feel supported but comfortable, and it should open and close easily. (Bravado, $35)

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Breastfeeding reminder tag

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Breastfeeding reminder tag

These breastfeeding reminder clips are a great way to help you remember which side you nursed on last. And, they come in a variety of super-cute styles! (SweetLittleReminders, $5)

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Nursing pajamas

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Nursing pajamas

A cute nightie that also allows you to nurse? Yes, please. Belabumbum nighties are the perfect mix of comfortable, breastfeeding-friendly and chic. (Belabumbum, $59)

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Nursing-friendly sweatshirt

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Nursing-friendly sweatshirt

Stay warm while still being able to breastfeed. This nursing-friendly sweatshirt allows you to stay comfy and cozy while still having easy access to your breasts for when it's time to nurse. (AliExpress, $25)

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Cute kids' T-shirts

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Cute kids' T-shirts

Who doesn't love a baby in a cute T-shirt? Even better when it has an adorable pro-breastfeeding message. Show your support for breastfeeding with this adorable shirt. (Sweet Little Kids, $15) 

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Boobie beanie hat

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Boobie beanie hat

These hilarious (and adorable) beanie hats let others know what you think of their "issues" with your breastfeeding in public — without even saying a word. (Peaces by Cortney, $26) 

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Adorable onesie

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Adorable onesie

Show off your strength with this perfect onesie. (Little Bundle Co, $16). 

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Reusable water bottle

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Reusable water bottle

Staying hydrated is one of the most important things when it comes to breastfeeding. It helps promote milk production and can make you feel better too. Fill up a few bottles in the fridge so there's always one to grab. (Amazon, $20)

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Burp cloths

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Burp cloths

It's no secret that babies need burp cloths, so why not get one that gives you a chuckle? (Patina Market, $12)

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Baby swaddle blanket

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Baby swaddle blanket

Baby swaddle blankets can make newborn nursing much easier. Plus, they can be used as burp cloths when your baby grows out of the swaddling stage! (Sassybeah, $18)

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Breastfeeding awareness keychain

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Breastfeeding awareness keychain

A subtle way to promote breastfeeding awareness, this adorable keychain lets folks know you're all about breastfeeding. (Wood and Thyme, $12)

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Breastfeeding decal

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Breastfeeding decal

Show your support for breastfeeding with this adorable (and funny!) decal that you can put on your car window, fridge or anywhere else you can think of. (Southern Miss Vinyl, $3)

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Breastfeeding pins

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Breastfeeding pins

Buttons are a fun way to show your support. These pro-breastfeeding buttons can be easily slipped onto a purse, diaper bag or shirt to show you are a fan of nursing. (Misplaced Talents, $5)

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