Baby Registry: Feeding

1. Medela Freestyle Breast Pump– I know there are some lucky mamas that have their breast pumps covered by their insurance, but since I have Tricare (military insurance) breast pumps are only covered for mamas with babies in the NICU or who otherwise can’t breastfeed directly because of medical reasons. Because I’m anticipating (and hoping) that won’t apply to me, I’ll likely be purchasing the Medela Freestyle. Yes, it’s expensive (even for a breast pump), but I really like its cordless and hands-free options, and honestly I’d probably buy it even if a more traditional pump was offered to me for free. I don’t have the attention span to sit in one place and pump multiple times a day. I plan on directly breastfeeding my baby during his mealtimes and pumping right after or in between meals so that I can try to develop a little freezer stash. (Any tips/good resources on effective ways to do this would be appreciated… I’m clueless!)

2. Boppy– The boppy was something Eva and I used heavily, and it’s one of those things I would definitely recommend to new mamas whether they are breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Luckily I still have Eva’s old boppy so all I need to buy this time around is a new slipcover. I’m going with this cute black triangles one from IvieBaby.

3. Philips AVENT Natural Glass Bottles– I used AVENT bottles with Eva and we really liked them. This time, however, I really want to try using the glass bottles instead of the plastic ones. It has always been my instinct to use glass bottles, but I got so many plastic ones at Eva’s baby shower that I just gave up on that instinct and used them. A lot. Even though the plastic ones are BPA-free, I still never felt all that comfortable with them. I’m not anti-plastic or anything, but if I can find an affordable and convenient alternative to something that is plastic I kind of feel like I should go with it.

4. Burp Cloths– This is another thing you can never have too many of, especially if you end up with a reflux baby like Eva was.

5. phil&teds Poppy Highchair– I’ll be using Eva’s high chair for Damian, but if I were to buy a new high chair it would definitely be this one. It’s super cute, affordable, and modern looking, and after it has served its purpose as a high chair it can be used as a regular kid’s chair. Awesome.

6. Baby Brezza One Step Baby Food Maker– Even though I introduced whole foods to Eva at the same time as purees (breaking everybody’s rules), I enjoyed making Eva purees and she enjoyed eating them (but only the ones I made… never, ever the ones that could be bought in a jar or pouch at the store). I bought the Baby Bullet for Eva, but if I had known about the Baby Breeza beforehand I definitely would have gone with it (and probably will be buying one for Damian). The reason I like the Baby Breeza is because that in addition to pureeing the food, it steams it for you beforehand as well. This reduces the amount of time you have to spend on making baby food and eliminates a grip of dirty dishes. And it’s only $10 more than the Baby Bullet, so I’m not really sure how the Baby Bullet gets away with it.

7. Wean Green Glass Food Containers– To keep pre-prepared baby food in the freezer.

8. Bandana Bibs from KaPow Kids– Because they’re cute?

9. Boon Suction Cup Plates– I don’t know if angel babies exist that don’t try to play with the plate of food in front of them (or throw it on the floor), but I’m assuming they do since there are so many baby plates that don’t have suctions on the bottom of them. Eva wasn’t (and still isn’t) one of these angel babies. If the plate doesn’t stick to the table it’s not staying on the table. Period. Thank god for these suction plates.

10. Fork and Spoon Set– For obvious reasons.

Other things I’ll be stocking up on (but aren’t pictured in the board above):

1. Breast Milk Storage Bags
2. Reusable Nursing Pads
3. Nipple Cream
4. A Nursing Cover– As much as I support breastfeeding in public, I’m not all about showing everyone my nips. I can’t seem to find a cute nursing cover online, though. I’m not a big fan of any of the patterns I’ve seen so far, so I think I’m going to either find some fabric I like and make one myself or buy a chic black shawl type of cover like this one.

What are/were your baby feeding essentials? 


  1. I had that pump and wasn’t able to use it (planned on exclusively breastfeeding, had to be on anti-seizure drugs for post-partum pre-eclampsia and wasn’t able to breastfeed at all — that was a mindf*@k!) so I gave it to a friend of mine who had insurance that didn’t cover any pump and wasn’t able to feed her baby directly. She LOVED it! She had only wonderful things to say about it and is now gearing up to use it for her 2nd baby, so that made me feel happy and like something good came out of something bad! It’s supposed to be a really good pump!

    Have you heard of the new Joovy Boob bottles? They’re made out of a material I can’t remember the name of, but it’s more like glass than plastic but yet still isn’t glass. I saw a demonstration on them at a blog event last year and they’re so cool. We did plastic (Dr. Brown’s, which I hated) and glass (Green Sprouts) for Ethan, and the glass would ALWAYS break. Even with those shatterproof coozy things around them. I think this baby, we’ll definitely be trying those Joovy Boob ones.

    LOVE the Wean Green containers! They’re awesome.

    We have the Tripp Trapp chair for Ethan instead of a conventional high chair and it’s been awesome. Now he sits at it like a regular chair, and it’s adjustable so one day it can just be a desk chair for him. It’s pretty cool! Except at this point, he’ll probably be at the regular table and we’ll put the baby set back on for the new baby.

  2. Awesome list you have going. So, I recently saw someone I follow on Instagram using this for their baby and I was BLOWWWNNN away. It’s called the Podee Hands-Free Baby Bottle. Have you heard of it? You have to check it out….I will most likely get this for our next baby 🙂

  3. Medela makes microwavable sterilizing bags. They were LIFESAVERS when hubby or I would forget to wash my pump parts after a midnight (and 4am and 6am) feed and pump session.

    I used both a My Breast Friend and a Boppy. The MBF was best for those first 3 or so months, but we actually still use the Boppy, 14 months later!

  4. I have the Medela Freestyle in Advanced and LOVE it! I sometimes feel it’s more effective than my own baby at getting milk (but so not true). I was entirely new to breastfeeding too, I wasn’t breastfed and I was never around anyone that had breastfed. Pinterest was a HUGE help, the moms on their put so much information on their blogs! I also really recommend the Dr. Brown’s glass bottles (it’s what my husband and our sitter use). We tried an avent and found she spat up more and was more gassy, the flow of those bottles was also no where near my flow either. I also didn’t invest in a nursing cover (too cheap, maybe haha), I use aden+anais muslin swaddles and draped them over my shoulder to where it covers her or I tie two corners together and wear it like a sideways cape. The first few days and even weeks were super hard for me and I wanted to give up countless times, but it’s so worth it! Let me know if you have any questions via Facebook!

    Here’s my pinterest board with everything breastfeeding I have found helpful:

  5. I work full time as an RN and am currently nursing baby #3: pumping is not that bad once you get into a good routine! I wrote a post here:
    You chose the best pump there is, it gets the job done and gets it done fast. My little ones never liked a nursing cover, my 5 month old pulls it off immediately. I keep an Aden and Anais muslin blanket handy and drape it over us and that works great. Sometimes I just wear a pretty scarf and hide the baby with it. Good luck!!

  6. Hold off on pumping until breast feeding is well established(4-6 weeks). If you need to try hand expressing before then. It’s really effective and great for your supply. Pumping too soon can cause oversupply, which although sounds awesome, trust me, is not. Since you’re coming back to the states find yourself a la leche league and start going to meetings now(you can totally take Eva). I’m not sure where in VA you are but this group is based in Hampton and is AMAZING. They have a closed facebook group that is so amazingly helpful, the admins are super well informed and up to date on all current research:

    This website has great videos on bf:

    Most importantly, trust your body!! It was made to breast feed, your milk is perfect for your baby! Love this list!

  7. Gah, I could go on for days about pumping. My little guy was born at 31+ weeks and spent 6 weeks in the hospital, and I was not able to breastfeed him until about 5 weeks in. So I pumped, and pumped, and pumped… And stored up (what I though was) a lot of milk! I’ll try to keep it short, though!
    I’d suggest the hands free pumping bra, too! I love it.
    I second the suggestion in comments above about the Medela sanitizing bags for microwave. They are great for pump parts and bottles, and only take 90 seconds to sanitize!
    I went to a breastfeeding support group for a while (before I had to go back to work) and the lactation consultant suggested pumping BEFORE feeding, if possible. I know it’s not always easy to plan for it to go that way but you will get more milk, because babies are much more efficient at extracting milk than a pump. Plus there will always be milk left over for the baby. (According to her, and it seemed to work out that way for me!)
    I am 8 months in, back at work, and I pump 3 times a day. So far I am able to keep up with demand. 🙂
    OK, I will wrap it up now. Good luck!

  8. First of all, I must say breastfeeding was the most difficult thing I’ve ever did specially the first 2 months. I don’t know why, but I always thought it would be a piece of cake since my mom, grandma did it. It never looked painful or hard to do. I was so wrong!
    Anyways, I think the above comments mentioned most important advice on breastfeeding – but yeah you DON’T want to cause oversupply. I did and It was one of the biggest mistakes I made. My boy would choke on my let downs. I would spray him like a shower and it will get him so gassy and he HATED it! Try to pump no more than 5 minutes (2-3 oz the most) at the beginning just to relieve the pressure not too often but maybe every 3-4 hours. For milk storage I used the target brand UP. They are affordable and they work the same. For bottles I use Dr brown because they’re not only good for gasses but they fit in the pump. I would pump straight in the bottle and saved all the washing on extra bottles. Is this the first time you’re pumping? If so don’t give up!

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