Reach your Breastfeeding Goals: Set Up an Awesome Breastfeeding Station!

One thing I did not think about until after my first baby was home was that you spend A LOT of time in your nursing chair, especially in the first few weeks. Make sure you buy a good chair and not just sit on the couch without a set up breastfeeding station.

Don’t get me wrong the couch is wonderful but so is a full breastfeeding station stocked just for you!

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Different types of Nursing Chairs

My mother used a hard rocking chair with my brother that would squeak when she rocked. However, she does not want to get rid of it because that is what she rocked her babies in night after night.

There are truly 3 different kinds of good nursing chairs:

  • Swivel Gliding Recliner
  • Glider & Ottoman Set (My favorite)
  • Recliner (no rocking)

Swivel Gliding Recliner

Glider & Ottoman Set (My favorite)

Recliner (no rocking)

When doing your research ask a few different questions:

  • Does it make any noise to recline or get out of?
  • How easy can you get out of it?
  • What kind of support does it provide to your back, neck and head?
  • Does it fit nicely in the space and can be moved easily to the living room?
  • Can you clean it easily when your baby vomits on it?

What should be on your chair?

On the back of your chair you should always have a blanket. I made the mistake multiple times of only having a small baby blanket which does not reach to my feet. When you are up in the middle of the night breastfeeding a winter baby, you get cold.

Over the arm of your chair always have a burp cloth, I went through many due to my baby spit up a lot. I would always keep my nursing pillow next to the chair or place it back in the chair. Let me tell you it is a game changer for your back.

What should be next to the chair for Mom?

Never get stuck in your nursing chair without going to the bathroom first and making sure you have a few things at hand.

  •  Water
  • Snacks
  • Ear pods
  • Slippers
  • Blanket to cover all of you, not just the baby
  • Book to read (try to avoid a screen that will distract baby)
  • Journal to write down your memories of the day
  • Charger for phone &/or tablet
  • Hair ties/hair clips
  • Nipple Shield (they are clear and hard to find)
  • Chapstick &/or lotion

What should be next to the chair for Baby?

I had a small shower caddy left over from college. You can easily pick one up at the dollar store.  However, you could also use an end table, nightstand or a rolling cart next to your chair.

  • Nursing Pillow
  • Burp cloths
  • Bibs
  • Wipes
  • Nipple Cream
  • Nursing pads
  • Journal for feeding & diaper changes
  • Haakaa
  • Pacifiers

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Breastfeeding Station Basket/Caddy

One of the best shower gifts from a friend was a shower caddy. The caddy followed me all over our house which was wonderful with a basement. I knew I had everything I would need in this little basket to take my breastfeeding station anywhere.

This is especially important with baby number 2 or 3. Let me tell you, you are not always in the baby’s room with all the essentials.

  • Nursing pads
  • Nipple cream
  • Snacks
  • Burp cloth
  • Tissues
  • Haakaa pump
  • Hair ties
  • Nursing cover (when company shows up unexpected)

I would have a basket also on different levels of your house if you have them. One of my good friends had one on the first floor and in the basement. The baby’s room was on the second floor.

What should the environment be?

Your first baby will always have it the best compared to all the next children. You should be free from distractions.

During the middle of the night, especially 2 am, have a soft light with a dimmer or dim night light. I could turn the light off from my phone when I left.

Have a sound machine going softly so you can slide out quietly. I actually love a white noise machine in my room as well now.

Final Thoughts!

If you plan to exclusively breastfeed for one year. You will be nursing 1,800ish hours in that year. That is equivalent to five to eight hours per day aka having a full time job.

Make sure your “work” station is set up for comfort and you have everything you need just like being at your old corporate job. Instead of pens and pencils make sure you have burp cloths and nipple cream.


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