How to Build a Nursing Nest

If you've taken my YourBest Childbirth Education class, you know about nursing nests.  But, for the rest of you, here's the lowdown..

A nursing nest is, quite simply, an area that is set up to make nursing easier and more comfortable for you. 

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First, you'll want to pick a nice, comfy spot you don't mind spending some time in.  I loved our old broken-in recliner for nursing my daughter.  I could nurse her, rock her and then recline and catch some zzzs of my own!

Next, you'll want to gather all the essentials.  Here are my top picks:

  • Nursing Pillow- I LOVED the My Brest Friend pillow but, once I figured out natural breastfeeding (something we cover in YourBest Childbirth Ed), I didn't even need a pillow!
  • Nipple cream- My favorite is the Earth Mama Nipple Butter, which you can pick up locally at Babies R Us or Buy, Buy Baby.
  • Burp rag or receiving blanket for cleaning up messes (spit up, leaking milk, diaper explosions)
  • Nursing pads- I love these reusable nursing pads from Bamboobies.  They are much more comfortable than the plastic disposable ones.
  • Snacks for you- bonus points if they are easy to eat one-handed!
  • Water bottle- you've gotta stay hydrated too, mama.
  • The television remote- because there's no better time for binge-watching Netflix!
  • A nearby outlet for keeping your cell phone/tablet/kindle charged.

There you have it!  Find yourself a comfy chair or spot on the couch, pile all these goodies next to you and settle in to love on that sweet new babe.