I'm just going to admit it, breastfeeding is hard | Breastfeeding Must Haves

This post is sponsored by Walmart, however, all the opinions expressed below are my own honest opinions. 

In honor of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, I wanted to share my experiences with breastfeeding plus a list of things from Walmart I really could not have made it through my breastfeeding journey with Bella without.

When I was pregnant with Mila I had my heart set on having her naturally and breastfeeding her. I remember everyone telling me that it was going to be so easy because people have been breastfeeding since the dawn of time. No one had prepared me for how much it was going to hurt, how long it was going to take to get a hang of it, and how frustrating it would be. I ended up having a C-Section with Mila, and she ended up in the NICU for a week. The first 2 days of her life I had only seen her for the 2 minutes after they pulled her out. I was still managing to get my fever under control, in pain, and trying to pump. I cried so much those two days because I wasn't expecting it to be so painful. I ended up giving up since in the NICU they started giving her a bottle anyways. 

With Bella, I was a little more prepared for it, and we breastfed for 4 months. You don't understand how proud I was that we lasted that long. For me, my breastfeeding journey was all about patience, and being kind to my body. I also had to learn not to compare myself with others. When I would compare my milk supply to other moms I would get so discouraged, and want to give up because I felt like Bella wasn't eating enough. 

I would not have made it the 4 months without this pump. I never really got comfortable with breastfeeding in public so I would use my pumped milk. When I was on the go the pump wipes were the best thing to use when I couldn't get to wash it. 

The boppy pillow was essential for me because I needed something to go in between my C-Section cut and Bella. 

This little thing suctions onto your breast and catches the milk that comes out of the breast that you're not feeding on. I hated wasting milk because it was so precious to me. 

I loved this system because I could pump directly into the storage bag making it easy to store in the fridge & then pop on the nipple to feed. 

5. Breast Care Items

I strongly recommend getting a good nipple cream. You want to avoid your nipples getting dry & cracked! It can get really painful. I also got some breast pads that had the little pearls inside them that I could heat up and freeze to soothe the swelling and the pain for some extra relief. 

When I first started I thought 2 would be enough, they were not! I ended up rotating about 5 of them. There were times I would leak through the breast pad and the nursing bra. I opted for some washable and reusable nursing pads because I would always forget to buy disposable nursing pads. 

Luckily all of these products plus so many more baby products are on sale right now! 

Shop all these items here & on Walmart.com

What are some of your must-haves for breastfeeding?