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20 Postpartum Essentials for an Easier & Faster Recovery

Everyone seems to prepare for a new baby by gathering up things for a hospital bag, and collecting baby toys and clothes.Rarely do we stop to think about the post-baby and after birth must haves for those first few months after giving birth.

I was extremely unprepared to take care of myself and allow myself to heal when my daughter was born at 32 weeks. In my defense I thought I had 8 more weeks, but even before my emergency c-section it was just not something I really thought of in the scramble to prepare myself for being a mother. The first few months of motherhood can feel chaotic while adjusting to your new role as mom.

A detailed list of must-haves for the postpartum period is important for your own self-care, healing and recovery. Having the right postpartum essentials can also aid in quicker healing & make the transition from expecting mom to new mom much easier.

From nursing bras and nipple cream to peri bottles and cold packs. Gathering Postpartum Essentials can get a bit overwhelming – especially for the first time mom. Today I'm sharing only the items I couldn't have gotten through the fourth trimester without

 

{The First Time Mom's Guide} 20 Postpartum Essentials for Quicker Healing and Recovery.

1. Postpartum Underwear

Postpartum underwear may look absolutely ridiculous and resemble what your grandma has in her undies drawer but comfort is key here not style!  This Multi-Pack is extremely comfortable (especially if you've had a c-section).  You can also buy a pack of cheap high waist cotten underwear like These just make sure its breathable material and able to go over a possible csection incision. 

2. NURSING SCARF

This 5-IN-1 Scarf was a lifesaver any time we traveled anywhere.  a cute nursing scarf made me feel pulled together and made any top an instant nursing friendly outfit.  This cover also acts as a car seat cover to shield baby from any outside germs!

3. NIPPle cream

You have to protect yourself from getting chapped or cracked nipples and two of my favorite nipple balms are Lanolish and Earth Mama. These are a must!

4. nursing pillow

Breastfeeding can be uncomfortable.  A nursing pillow can help get you and baby comfortable with the routine.  Our favorite is The Breastfriend Pillow .  A boppy pillow like this one not only provides support for you and your baby while nursing.  It also doubles as a pillow baby can use for tummy time and extra support when learning to sit up.

5. Nipple pads

A life saver when your milk is coming in and in the weeks to follow (especially at night or if you have an overflow).  In all the chaos I preferred These Disposable ones. If you are better than me at keeping track of things lots of moms swear by These re-usable bamboo nursing pads.  

Nipple shield

Breastfeeding can be a challenge in the beginning. Some mothers have inverted or flat nipples which can be a challenge for babies to get a strong latch. Some babies born prematurely have yet to develop the ability to properly suck and swallow which also causes latch problems. There are so many things that can happen and make breastfeeding a bit frustrating for both you and baby.  NICU Nurses and Lactation Consultants both recommended a Nipple Shield to help baby learn how to latch properly. It can also give your nipples a break from getting dry and cracked. It’s not something that you need forever, but it’s something nice to have on hand if you need some assistance. This 3-Pack with Carrier guarantees you'll never be in a panic trying to find where you left your nipple shield

Belly Wrap | Abdominal Binder

 

NURSING & PUMPING BRAS

You’ll want to be sure to stock up on 5-7 nursing bras once you have your baby. You will be very leaky so it’s nice to be able to have those extra back ups. Some of my favorite nursing bras are our in-house Momiform Nursing Bras, this Bra Multi-Pack, and this hands free pumping bra. These are supportive and very comfortable to sleep in!

Fridababy Momwasher

A peri bottle is crucial for staying fresh and clean in the days that follow giving birth.  We won't get into the dirty details.  The peri bottles from Fridababy speeds up the post-partum healing process and trust us when we say is way better than the hospital squirt bottle.  The Fridaybaby Fidet MomWasher is also amazing if you have any tears, even miniscule fissures, it is going to sting when you pee. Having this will soothe the pain and uncomfortable feelings so much

Mothers Milk Tea & Supplements

If you suffer from low milk production (like me) and you want an easy way to help increase your supply Mothers Milk products are a great place to start.  Mothers Milk Tea also works great if you have established a healthy milk supply and want to work on your freezer stash or are returning to work and worry about your supply taking a dip.  Similar to Mothers Milk, lactation supplements claim they aid in increasing and building your supply.  From trial and error I found these helped in increasing my supply the most and it was easier remembering to take the supplements than the Milk Tea Products.

Comfy Pajamas & Clothing

Comfort is key in the first few months. A good button front pajama set like These were literally all I wore for the first month baby was home.  These Postpartum Pajamas are all nursing friendly and make night feeds and pumping super convenient.  You’ll also need some soft, comfy clothing that can adapt to your changing body & aren't pajamas. I was able to wear THIS DRESS throughout my entire pregnancy (even after gaining 85lbs) & its so comfortable.  Also think about easy access tops if you plan on breastfeeding.  Nursing tanks or stretchy tops made life so much easier.

overnight | Heavy Sanitary Pads

The postpartum bleeding can be very heavy and can go on for awhile. Make sure to have a bunch of the giant pads from the hospital and have Always Overnight pads for when the hospital ones run out. 

Stool softener

 

Cold & Heat ( Feminine Cold Packs & a Heating Pad)

These products are postpartum mamas’ favorites!  For new mothers, This Multi-Pack by VagiKool (name says it all) are soothing gel pads that can be warmed or cooled to help with healing and soothing aches and pains.

manual breast pump

You may ask why do I need a Manual Breast Pump if I have an electric pump already.  2 weeks into pumping my electric breast pump broke.  My little one was in the NICU and to keep pumping consistent having a manual pump like this one as a reliable back up was a lifesaver!

Dermoplast spray

I learned about this spray a month into my postpartum recovery and wish I knew about it sooner!  If you’re needing some major relief down there,  Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray is all you need. It’s slightly numbing, easy to use and offers instant relief. What postpartum mom doesn’t want that?

Multi-Pot Slow Cooker

if there's one thing moms never have enough of is time.  A slow cooker may seem like an odd must have item but healthy, well balanced meals are a huge part of postpartum recovery.  If you already have a slow cooker you can find a boatload of healthy postpartum recipes HERE.  I strongly recommend This 3 Pot Slow Cooker unlike most crock pots this one is pretty to have sitting on the counter all day. A multi-pot slow cooker gives you the ability to make the perfect balanced meal with almost 0 effort.  I also have an  instant pot  which is a lifesaver when cooking dinner's completely slipped my mind (darn mom brain!)

A large reusable water bottle

A good water bottle MUST have the following: 1) At least 32 oz. 2) A straw. 3) Doesn’t leave a weird plasticy or metallic taste.  If you plan on breastfeeding, you’re going to be really, really thirsty, so find a great water bottle like this one and fill it up frequently. 

Compression Tights & Socks

A good water bottle MUST have the following: 1) At least 32 oz. 2) A straw. 3) Doesn’t leave a weird plasticy or metallic taste.  If you plan on breastfeeding, you’re going to be really, really thirsty, so find a great water bottle like this one and fill it up frequently. 

Hospital freebies

From personal experience and stories from fellow moms most hospitals will load you down with goodies like those gigantic sanitary pads and mesh underwear. Don't be afraid to ask!  Most hospitals will even give you baby blankets, diapers, wipes and all kinds of stuff.