by Nikki Pennington | staff writer for The Snap Mom
Sometimes it’s hard to know or even remember what to get a mom-to-be for a baby shower. What about items for the nursing mom when you have never nursed yourself? Or for those of us that only nursed for a short while, not long term? Or then those of us that have simply forgotten what to get for a nursing mom to be because it’s been so long since we’ve had a little one of our own. If you are like me, I enjoy getting unique gifts for the mom-to-be. Even though I didn’t nurse my little ones for that long at all, I find that putting together gift baskets for friends that are nursing is so much fun! There is so much to buy and so many ways to get creative!
Here are some of my go-to items for such baskets:
This is great for the nursing mom; helps with her milk supply and is nice to enjoy after a long day and sleepless nights with baby.
The nursing mom will need to drink plenty of water. Since she will be needing water by her side constantly, give her something nice to look at instead of a plain water bottle.
This is another great supply booster AND they are really yummy! Purchase the ingredients and put them in a cute mason jar with the recipe and directions for her to make later.
This is something that might not be needed by the nursing mom, but just in case she has a major decrease in her supply later on, you don’t want her to have to worry about running to the store last minute.
The last thing you want the new mom to be doing is becoming frantic realizing she is about to use her last storage bag and can’t make it to the store to get more until later.
These are great for quickly cleaning and sterilizing parts of the breast pump. It will save her time and energy for other things instead of cleaning these by hand.
Lots of good healthy snacks to eat while nursing will not only help with her supply, but it will also help satisfy her cravings. Nursing will cause this mama to become very thirsty and want to snack all the time.
The nursing mom will want to keep up on her vitamins to make sure she and baby are getting everything they need.
Nursing pads are so expensive and the nursing mom can go through several of these daily. Save her some money with washable ones!
10. Nipple Cream
This is a must for nursing moms. The potential for cracking, bleeding and dryness from nursing a little one often, makes this a lifesaver for the new mom.
Maybe she is a first time mom, maybe she tried nursing before but felt as though she couldn’t figure it out and did not have anyone to ask. Buying her a book to help answer questions she might have, will be great for her and she can read before baby arrives or even while nursing.
Put together a list of phone numbers for her to call in case she has questions about breastfeeding. I recall being a first time mom and nursing; my husband was in class and I began to bleed after breastfeeding. Immediate panic set in – I didn’t know if this was normal; could he still nurse, was it okay to have blood in my breastmilk and him still drink it?? It took me an hour to locate a number to the lactation specialist at the hospital I delivered. How handy it would have been to already have this number printed out for me just in case. Put a local lactation specialist on the list, the number of the hospital or birthing center she delivered at and the La Leche League group for her area to call for support.
About the author:
Nikki is a stay at home mom to three high spirited boys. Three years ago she became a motherless daughter after losing her own mom to terminal brain cancer. When she is not playing the role of referee for the boys, she spends her days trying to encourage and inspire others that are on the grief journey.