Do you know a breastfeeding mom? As a nursing mom myself, I’ve compiled some of my favorite gift ideas that a breastfeeding mom will truly appreciate. Because life with little ones is tough enough, providing useful and seriously helpful gifts can make all the difference during the holidays.
Typically when we make our shopping lists, we focus on general gifts — gifts for moms, dads and kids — they can be good, but not the best gifts. It’s when you get specific and find those unique gift ideas that really cater to the specific season in life our friends are going through, do we land on some perfect ideas that really help solve a problem.
Specific guides like these can really cater to a moms need: gift ideas for babies 1 and under, board games for toddlers, gifts for pregnant moms and gifts for the stressed out moms. I figured a gift guide for nursing moms should be next on the list, as that is a real need for moms with little ones.
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Gift Ideas for the Breastfeeding Mom
One of the most useful gift ideas for nursing moms is practical clothes mom can feed baby in. Most moms can of course make their everyday clothing work — but shirts, sweaters and tops tend to take some beating as the material stretches to accommodate baby. That’s why a nursing shirt (knit sweater or even hoodie if it’s winter) makes a perfect gift idea. I personally love this shawl because it doubles as a warm blanket during the cold. V-necks and stretchy, comfy tops are details to keep in mind when shopping.
You can even find pajamas that are easy to breastfeed in like this one.
For something extra special, check out this pretty floral nursing-friendly maxi dress that got great reviews!
Another really useful breastfeeding gift, is a nursing cover or blanket mom can use for a little privacy when nursing. I used the BeBe Au Lait brand – made of breathable cotton. The pretty design, recommendations and flexible neckline that made it easy to keep an eye on baby’s breathing and latch sold me! However, there are SO many options these days for nursing covers — even a breathable muslin blanket makes a good choice.
I also found these trendy infinity scarves double as a cute fashion scarf and nursing cover when you’re in a jiffy.
Breastfeeding Door Sign
Along with a little privacy that a nursing cover provides during breastfeeding, another useful gift idea for the nursing mom is a door sign she can use when using a shared space. This is especially useful when she is pumping at work in a mother’s lounge or simply feeding baby in a room accessed by others — perhaps at a friend’s house or family gathering where she just wants to feed behind closed door.
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When you’re a nursing mom, getting the proper support is key to a successful experience. You want your family to be there for encouragement and ongoing support. Because the truth is breastfeeding is a full-time, demanding job. You are sacrificing so much of yourself to do what you feel is best for baby. That’s why I absolutely LOVE this printable that you can set up as a dry-erase board to not only keep track of feedings but also get the support you need from your spouse and family. A MUST for breastfeeding moms!
If you’re feeling really generous and know your breastfeeding friends needs one, a breastfeeding pump makes an incredible helpful gift idea. It not only ensures mom can pump quicker than with a hand-pump, but also helps her do so a little less painfully especially if she is a mom going back to work or trying to build an extra milk stash for when she needs help bottle feeding.
The Medela model is a top-rated brand and one I used while breastfeeding all three of my kids. It’s not cheap, but sure helps make things a little less stressful.
Anything that helps make breastfeeding easier like breastfeeding pillows that add support to the body are great gifts for a new nursing mom. I received the My Brest Friend nursing pillow as a baby shower gift and really loved the back support and positioning it provided. You can read my full review from a few years ago HERE.
Another super popular breastfeeding pillow is the Boppy — I never owned this one, but wish I had. After I tried it during my hospital visit with a lactation consultant I understood why it was the go-to pillow for many moms. It was super comfy, big enough to support a growing baby and versatile so moms could use it to help prop up baby during playtime.
Most people might give you a strange look when you say “breastfeeding jewelry” but the truth is most nursing mothers will understand what this truly means. If you’ve ever dealt with a grabby baby or scratching and pinching fingers during nursing you’ll understand how painful that experience can be. Breastfeeding jewelry like teething necklaces act as a great distraction and “toy” babies can reach for (instead of the breast) while feeding. This cute and colorful necklace made from silicone has a variety of fun shapes to keep those wondering fingers busy. I found a teething bracelet to work better – it was smaller and more convenient to pop on vs the necklace which at times can get tangled in hair.
Breastfeeding Goodie Basket
If you’re still undecided as to what your breastfeeding pal would like best, simply go with a breastfeeding basket where you can include a few different “goodies” or breastfeeding essentials. This will make life easier as she goes from room to room and needs a quick little basket to keep all her things…it’s also another way to stay prepared as she nurses at night!
Below are some great ideas to include in the basket:
- Organic breastfeeding creams and deodorants for nursing moms
- Nursing pads to help prevent leaky messes
- Milk savers can replace the nursing pad to catch every drop from the opposite breast – because breast milk is liquid gold!
- Breastfeeding journal so she can record milestones and track baby’s progress
- Lactation cookies or drink mix to help increase her milk supply
- BPA-free water bottle for replenishing