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My newborn, infant, and toddler feeding journeys for my son and daughter covered it all – breastfeeding, pumping, formula, and bottle feeding. Breastfeeding is a special, intimate bonding time, and a natural way to build a healthy baby gut and immune systems. Pumping allowed me to continue to feed my babies breastmilk, after maternity leave, and maximize their gut health and immunity support. Formula helped keep my daughter fed and growing when I was so sick with Mastitis, and allowed my husband to bond earlier with my daughter as he played a bigger feeding role during the newborn phase than he did with our son.
As I’m approaching the sunset of my feeding journey with my daughter (she’s 21 months, and I plan to stop breastfeeding and formula at 2 years, like I did with my son), I’m grateful to capture my feeding stories over the years, and am so happy to share some of my favorite breastfeeding essentials (available at Walmart) today. From the best glass bottles to working mama approved breast pumps, eco friendly essentials, and everything in between, I hope these support you throughout your feeding journey, too.
The Best Breastfeeding Essentials
Travel friendly and battery powered are two critical requirements for my ideal breast pumps. One of the most important breastfeeding essentials if you aren’t always able to breastfeed. Medela Sonata and Medela Freestyle Breast Pumps are the two I have used over the last 6 years, and they were easy to use, effective, and perfect for my working mom, travel loving lifestyle.
99 bottles? I feel like I tried about that amount of baby bottles through the years. Each baby prefers her own kind of bottle, and with my commitment to limiting plastic products in our home, I tested and used an extensive assortment of baby bottles. Baby Brezza’s Glass Baby Bottles and Comotomo Silicone Baby Bottles are two of our all time favorites.
Baby Formula Feeding
I’m thankful for the great advancement in baby formula over the past 6 years. When T was a baby an organic, milk based baby formula was hard to find in the U.S. (but readily available in Europe, and had to order and ship from there for months!). Now organic, milk based baby formula can be found in almost every grocery aisle, and Earth’s Best is our favorite.
Baby Feeding Essentials Shop
I’ve rounded up all my tried and true breastfeeding essentials (plus some extra baby products I love) all available at Walmart in the Shop below. Add them to your baby registries and baby feeding essentials today.
Now it’s your turn! Share your tried and true baby feeding products that helped you throughout your motherhood journey. What do you recommend to your mama to be friends?