Healing during the postpartum period is no joke, which is why I have compiled all of the postpartum care must-have items to buy. Prepare yourself in advance to make the healing process easier. You will already have a lot on your plate, why add to it with last-minute purchases and research!
This list is created with vaginal deliveries in mind. I gave birth to my son vaginally, with 2nd-degree tears and stitches. These are all of the must-have items that I used for postpartum care, including items for breastfeeding.
Pro-Tip: While you should be stocking up on these items in advance because you will go through quite a bit, take as many of these items home from the hospital with you as you can! This will help save you a little extra money.
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Postpartum Care Must-Have Items:
- Tucks Pads
Witch Hazel (an ingredient in Tucks Pads) can reduce swelling associated with vaginal delivery. It can also help to relieve pain and inflammation.
A spray that helps to relieve pain and itching.
- Maternity Robe
Comfortable, cute, and easy access for breastfeeding!
- Postpartum Bellyband
Use a postpartum bellyband to support your abdomen while your body is healing.
- Adult Diapers
As embarrassing as these can feel, at least they have some cuter options available for new moms!
- Postpartum Care Pads
These pads are infused with lavender, rose, mint, and aloe and are designed specifically for your postpartum healing! Not only will you feel good about purchasing these plant-based pads, but you also support a female and black-owned business with this purchase!
You may have seen this on my Baby Registry Must-Haves list as a part of a mother and baby health and grooming kit. You can also purchase this separately if you do not have that kit.
- Quality Prenatal Vitamin
This is one of my top postpartum care must-have items to buy, especially if you are going to try to breastfeed or pump. Continuing a quality prenatal vitamin, approved by your physician, will help you meet those increased nutrition needs while lactating.
- Perineal Cold Packs
Fold and shake these pads up for an instant cold pack for pain relief. These were offered at my hospital and were one of the items that I kept asking for more of!
- Mesh Underwear
Wearing these will help save your regular underwear from stains! These also allow extra space for pads, cooling pads, and all of the other care items you may need to wear.
- Body Wipes
Because taking a full shower immediately after birth is not always easy. Use body wipes for a quick refresh!
Breastfeeding Must-Have Items:
- A Combo Heat/Ice Pack
Use a pack for heat a few minutes before each feeding. Keep an extra set in the freezer to use in between feedings to help relieve pain.
- Manual Silicone Breast Pump
I used this product for a couple of minutes before latching to prevent latching issues due to engorgement. Even if you do not have an oversupply issue, you can use it to catch milk leakage on the opposite side while feeding to increase your freezer stash!
- Nipple butter
Use after airdrying with breastmilk to prevent cracking and bleeding nipples.
- Nursing Bras
Find a comfortable nursing bra. I live and sleep in this one. You don’t want anything too tight or uncomfortable when you are sore!
- Cooling pads
These gel pads help to soothe your nipples in between feedings.
- Nipple pads. These are designed to help prevent leakage onto your clothes. Find some thick ones to wear in the beginning while you are sore, they will help to prevent anything from rubbing up against nipples and causing more discomfort.
Don’t forget to care for yourself during this period. There is a lot of focus on healing the body, which is important! But, make sure to focus on healing your heart, mind, and soul. You can care for yourself with these Postpartum Self-Care tips because you deserve a little extra love! Take time to do yoga, write, or whatever else brings you joy! Purchase some face masks or nail stickers and keep them on hand for quick breaks on rough days. Do whatever gives you a moment of peace or a boost of confidence. These quick pick-me-up moments can make a huge difference in helping to reduce your stress levels!
Take good care of yourself.