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10 Postpartum Essentials No New Mom Should Be Without

Apr 24, 2024

Welcoming a new baby is one of life's greatest joys, but the postpartum period that follows can be overwhelming for many new moms. From physical recovery to adjusting to your new role, the weeks after childbirth are a whirlwind. Having the right postpartum essentials on hand can provide much-needed comfort, healing, and peace of mind during this tender time. To help you prepare, we've rounded up 10 must-have items that experienced moms swear by.

  1. Postpartum Pads or Adult Diapers


    After delivering your baby, you'll experience lochia – a heavy flow of blood and discharge that can last up to six weeks. Investing in high-quality postpartum pads or adult diapers is a game-changer for managing this flow and preventing leaks. Look for ultra-absorbent options with a breathable top layer to keep you feeling fresh and comfortable.
  2. Peri Bottle

    A peri bottle is a small, plastic bottle designed for postpartum hygiene. Filled with warm water, it can provide soothing relief when using the restroom after delivery. The gentle stream cleanses the perineal area, minimizing stinging and promoting healing for any stitches or tears. Many hospitals provide these during your stay, but having one at home ensures you can continue this self-care routine.
  3. Sitz Bath


    Sitz baths are shallow baths that allow you to soak and promote healing for perineal tears, episiotomies, or general discomfort in the genital area. Look for a portable sitz bath that fits over your toilet for easy use, or invest in a larger basin to soak in the tub. Add healing herbs like witch hazel or Epsom salts to the warm water for an extra soothing experience.
  4. Nursing Pads


    As your milk comes in, leaking breasts are common – even if you're not breastfeeding. Disposable or reusable nursing pads can protect your clothing and provide absorbency for unexpected leaks. Opt for breathable, contoured pads for maximum comfort.
  5. Nipple Cream


    For breastfeeding moms, nipple soreness is often an unfortunate reality, especially in those early days of establishing your nursing routine. Investing in a quality nipple cream or ointment can soothe and protect tender areas, preventing cracking and promoting healing.
  6. Postpartum Compression Garments

    Your body has been through a major transformation, and postpartum compression garments can provide much-needed support as you recover. Belly bands, high-waisted underwear, and supportive tanks can gently compress your abdomen, aiding in healing and helping your body heal & feel more comfortable. Look for breathable fabrics and adjustable designs for maximum comfort.
  7. Comfortable Nursing Bras

    Whether you're breastfeeding or not, your breasts will go through changes after childbirth. Investing in a few well-fitting nursing bras can provide the support and easy access you need as your milk supply regulates. Look for wireless options with stretchy, breathable fabrics and adjustable clasps to accommodate your fluctuating size. Here are my go-to nursing bras & clothes.
  8. Reusable Water Bottle

    Staying hydrated is crucial for postpartum recovery, healing, and milk production. Keep a large, reusable water bottle within reach to encourage frequent sipping throughout the day. Opt for a spill-proof, easy-to-clean design, and consider insulated bottles to keep your water cool and refreshing.
  9. Nutrient-Dense Snacks

    In those early days of postpartum life, snacking can be a lifeline – but not all snacks are created equal. Your body needs proper nourishment to heal, produce breastmilk, and keep your energy levels up. Stock your pantry with protein-rich options like energy balls, nut mixes, or whole-grain crackers and nut butter for a quick boost between meals. Having these nutritious bites on hand can help you refuel without reaching for less-than-healthy choices.
  10. Prenatal Vitamins

New moms are encouraged to continue taking their prenatal vitamins after delivery to support healing and overall health. The nutrients in prenatal vitamins, like iron, calcium, and vitamin D, can aid in replenishing depleted stores and producing nutrient-rich breast milk. Look for a postnatal formula tailored for the postpartum period. My favorite vitamins and supplements are here.

Preparing for the postpartum period with these 11 essentials can make a world of difference in your comfort, healing, and overall transition into motherhood. Remember, every birth and recovery is unique, so don't hesitate to ask your healthcare provider for personalized recommendations. With the right supplies and support, you'll be well-equipped to navigate this special time with your newborn.

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Hey mama,

I'm Brooke Miller,

Before becoming a mom, I chronically dieted & thought "eat less, move more" was the healthiest option. I dealt with exhaustion, mood swings, hormone imbalances (not getting a regular cycle), high cholesterol and weight cycling. I felt like something was wrong with me.

Before I got pregnant with my first son, I discovered the balanced nutrition approach I teach inside The Postpartum Shift. Once I implemented the framework, I was energized, gained strength, got my period back, lowered my cholesterol & maintained my healthiest weight. I continued this during my pregnancies & postpartum periods and recovered quickly after birth, made more than enough milk for my babies, had energy (even with the sleep deprivation) & stable mood. Postpartum was really enjoyable.

With a decade of experience as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor, I created The Postpartum Shift to help moms boost energy, mood, metabolism & milk supply to have a stress-free & enjoyable postpartum experience.

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