10 Essentials That Make Breastfeeding a Breeze for New Mamas

Breastfeeding can be anincredible experience for new mothers, providing not only nourishment for theirlittle ones but also a special bonding time between mother and baby. However,it can also come with its own set of challenges. From finding the right positionto ensuring a proper latch, there are a number of factors that can impactbreastfeeding success. That's why having the right essentials can make all thedifference. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the must-have items forbreastfeeding moms, from the basics like nursing pillows and bras tolesser-known tools like heat and cool packs. Whether you're a first-time mom ora seasoned pro, these essentials can help make your breastfeeding journeysmoother and more enjoyable.

What do you need for breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding only requiresa baby and a breast, but there are additional items that can simplify theprocess and integrate it smoothly into your daily routine. In this blog post,we'll explore some essential items that can make breastfeeding more comfortableand convenient for both you and your baby.


The most important essential for the new breastfeeding mama is a healthy and positive mindset. Make sure you’re eating right and taking time for yourself, as you know what they say – you cannot pour from an empty cup, or an empty boob for that matter.


A water bottle is essential since we need water to make milk. Not drinking enough water will result in inadequate milk supply. Make sure to drink enough water throughout the day and while breastfeeding

Our fave is
as it has a special filter in it that alkalises the water.


If you want to nurse hands-free or just want the convenience of having your baby at the perfect height, a nursing pillow is the way to go.

We love the Super Deluxe Nursing Pillow from My Brest Friend due to the additional lumbar support for moms as well as the soft plush fabric for baby. Secretly our best part must be the little pouch to hold your bits and pieces.


If you're a new mom seeking comfort, convenience, and style while nursing, a great nursing bra is a must-have item in your wardrobe. A good nursing bra not only allows easy access for nursing but also provides support and comfort to make your day-to-day life more comfortable.

One of the most popular nursing bras from Cake Maternity is the Tutti Frutti, which is known for its ability to fit multiple sizes while still providing ample support and comfort. This bra is made from an absorbent and durable bamboo micro rib fabric, and it features a delicate lace on the top cup edge. The plunging cup design creates a great profile under t-shirts, and the racerback design ensures that the straps stay in place, making it suitable for 24-hour wear.


If you’re exclusively breastfeeding, you might think you won’t need a pump. In an ideal world, your body makes the perfect amount of milk for your baby’s needs, but a pump is great for several different reasons. 

Some of these include:

 - Increasing your milk supply.

 - Maintaining your supply if your baby isn’t feeding due to illness.

 - If you’d like to save up some milk for a rainy day.

 - If you’re planning on being away from your baby for more than 3 hours.

We love the slim line, compact and discrete design of the Avent Electric Breast Pump by Philips. It fits in your pocket and is rechargeable for when you’re not next to a power outlet.


These are great not only for if you have a blocked duct, but if you think you’re about to get one. Your boobs get fairly hot when you’re breastfeeding, so the cooling pack is great if you’re feeling full and engorged. Hot and cold therapy is also a great way to get your milk flowing and to help your cells recover.

We love these Warm and Cool Packs by Bare Mum as they’re specifically designed for your breast and are easy to insert into your bra without adding too much bulk.


These are a must to soak up any leaks and spills. They also double as a burp cloth if you don’t have one on hand.

Cake Maternity’s Night & Day Nursing Pads come with three sets, two for daytime and one double layered set for nighttime. They are super absorbent and come in a discreet canvas pouch. They pair perfectly with their sleep bra, which has special moisture-wicking pockets which keep your nursing pads in place all night long.


While it’s common for women to experience cracked nipples during breastfeeding, it can be incredibly painful! We love this All-Natural Nipple Cream which is safe for both mama and bub.


If you're in search of a nursing tank that doesn't resemble a typical nursing tank, then the Marshmallow Tank is the perfect choice. With its smart snap closures at the front, it's perfect for nursing while out and about. The inside of the tank features a supportive bra, allowing you to go braless. With a stretchy rib and the ability to fit multiple cup sizes up to an H, it provides ample support for fluctuating busts.


Looking for a discreet way to breastfeed in public or need a versatile accessory to use as a car seat cover, skirt, or scarf? Cake Maternity has got you covered with the Hokey Pokey Nursing Poncho. Not only does it provide excellent coverage while nursing, but it can also be used for a variety of other purposes. And in case of any accidental spills, this poncho has got you covered – quite literally.

While all you need for breastfeeding is yourself and your baby, there are plenty of women out there who have gone through the struggles and found ways to make their journey smoother. The essentials listed above can help make your experience more comfortable and convenient. Remember to take a deep breath, trust yourself, and know that you've got this.

Katie is the proud mum of two beautiful girls and has been responsible for all the designs, style and fit at Cake Maternity for over a decade now.

Katie is a nursing bra specialist and a fit, pattern and grading technician. She is passionate about breastfeeding and the many benefits it offers to both mum, bub and the environment. She is determined to make the breastfeeding journey a comfortable, supportive and beautiful one for all mums, understanding that it doesn’t always come easy to everyone. That’s why she has made it her mission to empower women as they mindfully navigate the world of motherhood and help make breastfeeding easier, through experience-driven innovation.