A reader asks: I am attending a baby shower for a friend. I'd like to get her something that will help make her breastfeeding experience more comfortable. What should I buy?
Whether you want to spend $0, $20, or $100, here are some ideas to get you started no matter what your gift-giving budget1:
- Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding (Ina May Gaskin)
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League, International)
- So That's What They're For (Janet Tamaro)
- The Breastfeeding Book (Martha and William Sears)
- The Nursing Mother's Companion (Kathleen Huggins)
- Nursing Mother, Working Mother (Gale Pryor)
- Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws For Breastfeeding Mothers (Nancy Mohrbacher)
- The Food of Love: The Easier Way to Breastfeed Your Baby (Kate Evans)
- Nursing tank tops (Target and Walmart have affordable options; Motherhood Maternity's tanks are a little pricier)
- Nursingwear (we got recommendations for Motherwear, Milkface, Precious Image Creations, Expressiva, and Japanese Weekend Maternity)
- ErgoBaby Carrier
- Mei Tai
- Ring Sling
- Nursing necklace (you can find beautiful nursing jewelry on Etsy)
- Nursing reminder bracelet (many readers use Milkbands)
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- Frozen meals
- Fresh veggies, fruits, and other snacks (cut and ready to eat)
- Lactation cookies (recipe on Epicurious)
- Offer to babysit, answer breastfeeding questions, etc.
- Accompany her to a La Leche League or other breastfeeding readiness meeting (before and/or after baby arrives); you might also consider buying her a LLL membership if she enjoys it.
- Gift certificate for a housekeeper (or an offer to come clean for her)
- Phone numbers for local LLL leaders
- Gift certificate for post-partum doula
- Gift certificate for a foot massage
- Gift certificate for a photographer session, or an offer to take photos yourself
- Gift certificate for a session with a Lactation Consultant
What have you given as a breastfeeding-themed gift in the past?