Setting up a breastfeeding station might seem silly, but I would encourage every expecting mom to do it. You may not use it every time you feed your baby, but it is so nice to have a quiet little spot set up in case you need to retreat. It doesn’t have to be a quiet spot. If you prefer to set it up in the main living area or wherever you spend the majority of your time, that works too.
The main purpose of having a breastfeeding station is to have all of your breastfeeding essentials within arm’s reach. Two important things you’ll want to start with are a comfortable seat and a side table to hold your supplies. Of course, the supplies should be based on your needs, which will change over time. So, the following are just suggestions, which might be particularly helpful for first timers.
Breastfeeding Station Supplies
- Burp cloths
- Nipple cream
- Lactation-friendly snacks
- Nursing pillow
- Breast pads
- Lotion for baby
- Nasal aspirator
- Breast pump & supplies
- Sound Machine
- Baby book/journal and pen
- Phone charger (I use an app on my phone to track nursing sessions)
- Basket or tote
Remember, make your breastfeeding station meet your needs.
If you have an older toddler, allow me to suggest adding a small chair, baby doll, and/or a book for them to look at. My 17 month old loves to burp a stuffed animal and look at books while I take care of his baby brother.
Last but not least, consider making your breastfeeding station portable. I personally use this tote and take it with me as I move from room to room throughout the day. It can hold a wipes container, lotion, my phone, nipple cream, nasal aspirator, extra breast pads, 10+ diapers, burp cloth, small swaddling blanket, pacifier, extra outfit for baby, t.v. remote, a couple of snacks, and tube of diaper rash cream. I’ve even shoved a large reusable water bottle in there a few times when my hands were full. It’s important to stay hydrated!
Having a breastfeeding station set up and ready to go is a great way to simplify and de-stress the early weeks of your breastfeeding experience. Believe me, there is nothing more aggravating than finally getting a newborn latched on to your sore nipple, just getting comfortable, and realizing you need something from another room. Do yourself a favor and set up a breastfeeding station!