Are you planning on breastfeeding your little one? Congratulations and welcome to the wonderful world of breastfeeding! In the early days, you’ll spend a lot of time breastfeeding (hello cluster feeding!). Thus, you’ll want a spot in your house to dedicate to breastfeeding that is comfortable and inviting. Enter the breastfeeding station!
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What is a Breastfeeding Station?
A breastfeeding station is a dedicated spot in your home that is just for breastfeeding! It’s a stress-free environment that has all the essentials nearby. Thus, you can focus on relaxing and bonding with your baby.
Once you create a breastfeeding haven, you’ll look forward to spending your time there. And trust me, you’ll be spending lots of time. And because you are comfortable, you can concentrate on making your breastfeeding journey a successful one. Especially at the beginning, you will be working on getting the correct latch and the best nursing position.
Even with extended breastfeeding, our breastfeeding station was a comfortable place for both me and my little ones as they grew older.
Where Should You Set Up a Breastfeeding Station?
You can set up your breastfeeding station anywhere! Ideas include the nursery, your bedroom, or even the living room. Or even better, have many stations. Choose a spot where you are the most comfortable. But also think about the late-night feedings and where is most convenient to travel to in a sleep-deprived state.
Avoid choosing a spot that is directly below an air vent or fan. But, if it cannot be avoided, you can always buy a vent redirector, if necessary. We have these in all our rooms to prevent direct airflow.
Also, choose a spot that is near an outlet. This is for many reasons. You can use the outlet to charge your phone because you’ll be spending a good amount of time there. An outlet is also great for placing a night light. This is for when you need to change a diaper in the middle of the night or working on latching at 2 am. Finally, if you also use your breastfeeding station to pump, you may need an outlet for your breast pump.
Breastfeeding Station Essentials
Now that you have chosen the perfect location for your breastfeeding station, let’s make it functional with a few essentials.
Glider or Rocker
A comfortable chair is the most important item in your breastfeeding station. After all, you’ll be spending hundreds of hours in this chair. Thus, spend some time (and money) on making sure it is the most comfortable chair your butt has ever touched.
Test drive each glider or rocker before buying it or adding it to your baby registry. Look for one that has a wide seat (to fit a nursing pillow), a high back, and armrests. You may also prefer a glider that reclines, rocks, or swivels – or all three! And while not necessary, an ottoman is a great feature for you to rest your feet on.
A nursing pillow is also an essential item in a breastfeeding station. Even if your butt is sitting in the comfiest glider in the world, holding a small baby for hours on end can become a literal pain. A nursing pillow can relieve some of the strain on your arms, back, and shoulders. Popular nursing pillow brands include the Boppy Pillow or My Breast Friend.
It will also let you achieve the best nursing position with baby elevated to the right height. This way, you will have comfortable nursing sessions for both you and the little one.
Once you outfit a breastfeeding station with the perfect glider and nursing pillow, all other items are nice to have but are not necessities. These items include a phone charger, a night light, a small trash can, and a breastfeeding caddy.
What is a Breastfeeding Caddy?
You’re probably wondering, what in the world is a breastfeeding caddy? This is a portable caddy that can transport to wherever you are nursing. You will soon realize that once baby gets hungry, it’s time to eat. No ifs, ands, or butts. Thus, you may find yourself nursing in your living room on the couch instead of your dedicated breastfeeding spot. And that’s okay!
A breastfeeding caddy will make sure you still have the nursing essentials that you or a loved one can grab no matter where you are in the house.
What to Include in Your Breastfeeding Caddy
Here is a list of items to think about when creating your breastfeeding caddy. Add in all, some, or things that are not even listed. You make your breastfeeding caddy any way you want it. You may find that you’ll change things as you go through your breastfeeding journey. Your needs can also change as your little one gets older.
- Water – consider a straw for easy drinking
- Snacks – healthy, non-perishable snacks, easy to open with one hand (these lactation brownie boobie bites are a perfect size!)
- Silicone breast pump – to capture milk that leaks from the opposite side
- Blanket – in case you or your little one gets cold
- Burp cloths – great to have on hand for spit ups or spills
- Extra diaper and wipes – babies somehow always poop while eating
- Pacifier – helps soothe baby back to sleep
- Nipple cream – a lifesaver in the early days of cracked and painful nipples
- Nursing pads – to prevent leaking all over your nursing tank
- Hair tie or hair clip – to hold back your hair while you gaze lovingly at your baby
- Chapstick – to prevent chapped lips when you’re nursing
- Nursing cover – just in case you have guests over
- LED press light – for those middle of the night nursing sessions
Breastfeeding Station Tips and Tricks
Now you know how to create the perfect breastfeeding station. Plus you have an idea of what to include in your breastfeeding caddy. Here are some tips and tricks on how to keep up with your station during your entire breastfeeding journey.
There’s nothing worse than trying to change a baby’s diaper after a 2 am feeding session and you realize there are no diapers in your caddy! Stock your breastfeeding station and caddy regularly. Once you’re about to run out of an item, add it to your shopping list.
Don’t be surprised if you may have some feedings at a different location. This is why the breastfeeding caddy is so essential! It can travel to wherever you are.
Also, as time goes on, you may find that your breastfeeding needs will change. You will have to change up your breastfeeding station based on those needs. For example, as your baby grows bigger, a nursing pillow is no longer essential as you can nurse just fine without it!
Make it Comfortable for Dad
While you’re creating the most awesome breastfeeding station, don’t forget about dad! Or other caregivers for that matter. Once you introduce a bottle, it’s so nice to have others feed the baby while you nap or shower, or both (lucky mommy!)! Thus, include dad when deciding on a glider. Ask what his favorite snacks are to add to the breastfeeding caddy.
Final Thoughts on Your Breastfeeding Station
Breastfeeding can be stressful. Especially in the beginning as you’re working on latch issues, supply, and positioning. Take some of this stress out by creating a dedicated breastfeeding station. This is a spot where you can get away, relax, and bond with your baby.
Our breastfeeding spot was the one place in the house where we could go and just focus on our nursing journey. My babies probably felt my anxiety and heart rate go down as we both settled into that oversized rocker and cuddled.
Did you have a breastfeeding station? If you’re pregnant, will you create one in your home? What items did you or will you include? Comment below! I would love to hear what made your breastfeeding station so comfortable and unique!