Best Breastfeeding Gifts for New Mums

Best Breastfeeding Gifts for New Mums 

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Breastfeeding gifts to put in a basket

Do you have a friend who has just given birth and is breastfeeding her baby? Perhaps you want to support her decision to breastfeed, but you’re searching for the perfect breastfeeding gifts? I’ve compiled a list of items that you can easily purchase today, either online or at your local chemist, for a breastfeeding mum. 

Why not get a nice basket, and pick 3-5 of the following items for her. A new mum can keep the basket nearby when she’s breastfeeding her baby. This thoughtful breastfeeding basket will make the whole experience a lot easier for her, as she’ll have lots of practical supplies to hand.

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Breast pads

Disposable breast pads 

Most new mums leak a bit of breast milk in the postnatal period, and breast or nursing pads are very useful! There are a wide range of breast pads available. You can buy disposable breast pads at most chemists. You may even be able to get a box for under £2 if you buy a chemists “own brand”. These work just as well as the more expensive branded ones. 

Re-usable breast pads 

Alternatively, you may wish to purchase re-usable breast pads. These are a little bit more expensive, probably costing around £10 for 4-6 pads. The advantage to these is that they are better for the environment as they reduce waste. However, they are more expensive and one pack will probably not be enough. At least it will give a breastfeeding mama an idea of what they are like, in case she wants to buy her own. These breast pads seem to be popular, although they are becoming more mainstream, so can be purchased at your local baby shop or larger chemist. 

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Muslin cloths 

While muslin cloths are great burp cloths for all babies, muslin cloths have a few additional uses for breastfeeding mums. 

They can also be used to help make breastfeeding more comfortable!

I often suggest that breastfeeding mums make a little roll out of a muslin cloth to tuck under a breast. This can help to lift a breast and make latching the baby more easy. 

Breastfeeding cover

You can also use one as a breastfeeding cover (if you feel the need to cover up). The easiest way to use them as a cover is to latch baby on and then tuck a corner of the muslin cloth under a bra strap. 

At bedtime 

Nursing mums can also express a couple of drops of breast milk onto a muslin cloth and tuck it securely over a cot mattress at night. The scent of the milk can help newborn babies settle better on their own. 

Multi-purpose!

Muslin cloths will last forever and once they are no longer needed for a baby, they make GREAT cleaning cloths. I still have several left over from my baby days, that I use for mopping up spills in the kitchen. At around £10 for a pack of muslin cloths, they really are a bargain. They are the breastfeeding gifts that live on for ever. 

Insulated travel mug

We all joke that breastfeeding mothers survive on cold tea or coffee. But honestly, an insulated mug is a lifesaver. A baby can feed to sleep, and then you can sit and enjoy a (still hot) cuppa while baby sleeps. There is an added advantage that if should you accidentally tip the cup over, it’s unlikely to spill onto your baby, or if it does, it will only be a few drops, rather than the full contents of a hot cup! 

There is a wide price range here, but you could get a relatively cheap one online for under £10. If you want to, you could add in a tin of luxury coffee or some fancy tea bags. Both caffeinated tea and coffee are fine when you’re breastfeeding. There is no need for “lactation teas” and other products aimed at boosting your milk supply.   

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Water bottle

Breastfeeding mothers often find that they are really thirsty in the first few weeks. Having a water bottle to hand will often remind them to get adequate hydration throughout the day. Again, there is a wide price range here, but you can get a decent water bottle for around £15. 

I used an insulated water bottle with my second and it was amazing! If I added ice at the start of the day, there was still ice in it at the end of the day. Breastfeeding in the early days makes you constantly thirsty, so ice cold water is so refreshing.  

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Snacks, snacks and more snacks

A breastfeeding mother need roughly 300-500 cals extra a day. However, they often forget to eat, or skip meals, because they are so busy. Sadly, this was not the case for me, and I ate so many Maltesers while breastfeeding, I’m surprised I didn’t make chocolate milk! 

However, cereal bars, protein balls, dried fruit, nuts, individually wrapped cheese portions – these are all fantastic sources of nutrient dense calories. Plus, these snacks are easy to eat one handed, which is useful when you’re breastfeeding. There is no need for expensive lactation cookies, but a fancy box of chocolates or a bag or three of Maltesers will probably be very much appreciated.

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Non-scented, hypoallergenic hand cream

When you’ve just had a baby, your skin can get really dry from all the hand washing! Pop a little tube of hand cream into that basket you’ve made up for her, and hopefully, the breastfeeding mum will remember to do a little bit of self-care too. 

Babies have sensitive noses and use their sense of smell to help them latch on, so it’s best to use an unscented hand cream. As the cream may potentially come in contact with the baby’s skin, it’s sensible to make sure that it is hypoallergenic to avoid any rashes and irritation.  

Other ideas for breastfeeding gifts

Meat stew in a bowl. used as an example to show a good breastfeeding gift for a new mum

Meals 

Many new mums really appreciate a meal or two in the postnatal period. Babies often cluster feed in the evening, making it hard to prep and cook a meal. What about some nutritious soup the breastfeeding mum can heat up for lunch, or a hearty stew for a family dinner. 

If you don’t feel confident about cooking food, you could pick something up from the supermarket for them. Perhaps a lasagna that they can finish off in the oven, or a rotisserie chicken, with a big bag of salad. I remember a friend bringing me a “roast in the bag chicken”, some prepped potatoes and a salad as a gift! All I had to do was turn the oven on, set a timer for the chicken and the potatoes, and we had a delicous meal, with minimal effort. Perfect for this breastfeeding mum! 

Gift voucher for a massage 

Sometimes new mums find that their neck and shoulders get really sore with breastfeeding. Often a few position tweaks can make a difference and make breastfeeding more comfortable, like I explain in this article. However, sometimes a lovely massage can be soothing and relaxing. Plus, breastfeeding mums deserve to be pampered and looked after too, especially in those early postnatal days! 

 Gift voucher for an IBCLC consult

Many lactation consultants (myself included) will offer gift vouchers, or are happy to arrange a pre-paid consultation. I know that new mums often appreciate the gesture, and it can be a practical gift, especially when money is tight. 

 Gift voucher for baby items

There are many other items that new mums may find helpful, such as a breast pump, or a baby carrier, or nursing bras. These are difficult to buy for someone else as they are quite personal items, and the best brand may depend on the breastfeeding mum’s circumstances. 

What about free breastfeeding gifts?

All new mums need some help and support! You could offer to do her dishes, fold laundry or hold the baby while she showers. And make sure that you send her the link to my FREE Breastfeeding Troubleshooting Guide. This guide covers several common issues that breastfeeding mums face in the early days and what to do about them. 

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