The Nursing Station

March 19, 2019

How to Create the Ultimate
Nursing Station

There are many new things to get used to when you bring your new baby home, and you are probably going to feel a little overwhelmed with it all at first. That's totally okay and normal!

Here at Momology Co our goal is to make the transition into new motherhood as easy and stress-free as possible. And a big part of that is making sure that you, as a new mother, are as well taken care of as your baby is.

One thing that can make a world of difference, and help you find a few moments of repose among the sometimes hectic days, is having a well-stocked nursing station.

Whether you are pumping or breastfeeding, having these nursing station essentials in a calm, relaxed area of your home is helpful for milk production. The less stressed you feel, the better the results.

Our tips to create the ultimate nursing station at home:

  1. Try to find a quiet and peaceful location in the home, preferably an area that doesn't get a lot of traffic.
  2. A super comfy chair is a must! We chose a Lazy Boy recliner, and it was the most comfortable chair. It could also be converted to a "bed" on those nights when the kids were sick and needed to be rocked to sleep. We rocked ourselves to sleep too...
  3. Whatever chair you choose, make sure you have a pillow for back support so you can sit upright easily.
  4. The BEST nursing aid is the Breastfriend pillow. It's a pillow that straps around your waist, placing the baby in the ideal position to nurse.
  5. If you have flat or inverted nipples, make sure you have nipple shields. These aid in providing a larger surface area for the baby to latch on.
  6. Speaking of nipples, they can get easily irritated while you and baby figure out how to do this nursing thing. Motherlove nipple balm is our favorite brand. It's made of all natural, organic ingredients and is safe for you and the baby.
  7. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! The suggested drinking amount for a person who is pregnant or nursing is 32 oz above the normal suggested about 64 oz. That means you need 96 oz per day! Be sure to have a large water bottle within easy reach so that you get in that recommended amount. Plan to have water bottles easily accessible not only at your nursing station, but also the couch and anywhere else in the home you will be spending significant lengths of time.
  8. Have a few snacks on hand to promote milk production. Good ideas include: lactation cookies and bars (made from whole grains), seeds, nuts, apricots, dates, dried papaya.
  9. Invest in a loopy phone case for your cell. This contraption will keep your phone from slipping out of your hand and smacking the baby in the face during nursing sessions. It will also come in handy for carrying your phone when you have your literal and metaphorical hands full.
  10. Speaking of entertainment during those long nursing sessions -- make sure that the TV remote is within easy reach. Trust us, you will be watching a lot of TV during those first 3 months. May we recommend The Office or Scandal? Anything that has over 18 episodes in each season should do the trick!
  11. If television is not your thing, keep it simple with a great book. Catch up on your reading list, since babies can nurse for up to 45 minutes at a time.
  12. If you are pumping, then make sure those pumping supplies are easily accessible.
  13. Leave some room for 1,000 (rough estimate) burp cloths - for spills, spit up, throw up… you get the picture!
  14. Even though this is a nursing station, and not a changing station, 10 out of 10 times you will be changing baby during or after feedings. Might as well save yourself the walk to the changing table and keep diapers and wipes handy. Wipes can also substitute for burp cloths in an emergency.
  15. And lastly, make sure you install an app for breastfeeding, or have a pen/pad to document your feeding sessions. Keep track of which breast you started on, and for how long baby fed. Keeping this information logged is important in the first few weeks, especially if the baby has difficulties with nursing or you are monitoring their weight.

So there you have it -- stick with this list and you will have the ultimate nursing station, stocked with all the essentials you'll need to not only survive, but thrive, in the first few weeks of your new life with baby.

Which items did you find absolutely essential for your nursing station? Let us know -- it just might help another mom create her own oasis of relaxation and baby snuggles!

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