Build your ideal nursing station

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When you have a newborn, approximately 90% of your time is spent breastfeeding. (I’m sure there’s a study somewhere that verifies this. Hold on while I find it…) It’s no wonder you need your nursing station to be on point just to feel remotely comfortable.

In the first few weeks when Kiwi was perennially attached to my boob, I was lucky enough to have lots of family around. “Can you bring me my water?” I’d ask the second she latched because of course I never remembered to bring my trusty water jug with me.

Water isn’t the only thing you’ll want on hand while nursing your newborn. After all, you’ll want to be fed, hydrated and comfy during those many, many hours you spend nourishing that tiny baby.

Here, then, is what you’ll need to set up the perfect nursing station.

If you're breastfeeding your newborn, you'll want to set up the perfect nursing station to keep you comfortable during all those hours of feeding your baby. Here's what you'll need. Ten Thousand Hour Mama
Portland newborn photos by Capturing Grace Photography

Build your perfect nursing station

Water. Stash a few bottles of H2O where you typically breastfeed. Having spares will prevent that “oh no!” desperation when you realize you left your glass on the other side of the room.

Food. I swear breastfeeding burns as many calories as training for an Iron Man. Keep snacks that are easy to eat one-handed, like bananas, granola bars and cherries, nearby.

Your phone. Once a mom recommended that I never look at my phone while breastfeeding, but you can stare adoringly at your breastfeeding child only so many hours a day. For the other times, you’ll want to scroll through Facebook. Just don’t google the weird ridges on your newborn’s fingernails (or any other strange thing you notice). You don’t need the internet to convince you your kid has some life-threatening condition.

And whether or not you ever share them, you’ll probably want to take a bunch of breastfeeding selfies. Trust me—you’ll get all emo when you look back on them once you’ve weaned. (Plus, brelfies are good for you and society, says the UN! And look, Kiwi and I are famous!)

A stool. Nursing is much more comfortable if you prop your feet up on something. Warning: If you have an older child, too, she will use it to play on and cry when you actually need it for nursing.

Nursing pads. Something no one ever told me: Your boobs leak. I hate walking around with the telltale wet spot on my shirt and milk stains all over my clothes, so I keep a stack of nursing pads nearby and tuck one into my top whenever I feed Kiwi.

Burp cloths. You’ll want a few of these to put over your shoulder if your kiddo’s a spitter. You can also put one under her head while she nurses to sop up the dribbles.

Nursing pillow. In the first few weeks especially, you’ll want the support of a Boppy, Breast Friend (my personal favorite) or other nursing pillow. As you grow more comfortable (and your baby gains head control), you may stop using it, but it really helps at the beginning.

Did I miss anything that should be in the perfect nursing station?

0 thoughts on “Build your ideal nursing station

  • October 14, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I don’t think I could have made it through nursing my daughter without my nursing pillow. I seriously had one for upstairs, one for downstairs, one for the car when were were out and about and she wasn’t willing to nurse on the fly…

    Then my son came along and he was having none of that. I don’t think I ever used a nursing pillow with him…go figure!

    • October 14, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      I was super attached to my nursing pillow with Baby #1, too, but barely used it with #2. I got so fed up with snapping it around me!

  • October 14, 2015 at 11:29 am

    This is a good list. I would sometimes have a New Yorker but almost never read it. I would also use my phone for audio books.

    • October 14, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      New Yorkers are great, too, because they fold so easily down the middle, and the pages don’t flip back over.

  • October 14, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    With my first baby I camped out on the couch all day. A Netflix subscription was invaluable. Not sure what it will be like this time, since I will have a small toddler to care for!

  • October 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I also liked to keep a thin swaddle blanket nearby in case unannounced visitors popped by during a feeding in those early days! That way I had something to toss over my bare chest. I remember one time my brother-in-law barged in our front door before I had time to say hold on!

    • October 15, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Good call Jill! There are visitors aplenty in those first weeks especially.

  • October 15, 2015 at 4:28 am

    That is a fantastic list. I especially agree with food and water being at the top!! I also loved having nipple butter close by, especially at first. It might be TMI, but it’s true!


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