Creating a breastfeeding station is the perfect way to make sure you have everything you need during each nursing session.
It’s 2 am and you’re up again feeding your sweet baby. You sit down in your comfy chair, get your baby latched, and hear your stomach growl so loud it startles both of you.
But your granola bars are all the way in the kitchen.
Wouldn’t it be nice to sit down and have everything you need all in one place?
This ultimate breastfeeding station guide (with checklist) will help you stay stocked and prepared.
A breastfeeding station is a designated area that has everything you need during a nursing session.
This can be in your room, a nursery, or even the living room. Wherever you are most comfortable feeding your baby is where your breastfeeding station should be.
If you don’t have space for a breastfeeding station or you plan on nursing in different locations, create a breastfeeding basket with the supplies from the list.
That way you can still have everything you need but now you can take it with you!
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re deciding on the location of your breastfeeding station:
Make sure your breastfeeding station is in a place that has good airflow so it’s not hot and stuffy. You also want to make sure it’s not directly under an air vent.
It’s recommended that the temperature remain between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit for your baby’s comfort.
If you set up your breastfeeding station in your baby’s nursery then decide to keep them in your room during the night, it’s likely you won’t feel like walking all the way to their room in the middle of the night.
If you room share with your baby consider setting up your breastfeeding station in your room or somewhere near so you’re more likely to use it.
Find nursing positions that are comfortable for you and your baby since the two of you will be there awhile.
I also enjoy having my breastfeeding station near a window so we can get some sunlight and spy on our neighborhood.
Ensure that there’s enough room for everything you need so you don’t have to skimp on important items.
Depending on the amount of space you have available and what you want to keep near during nursing sessions, your breastfeeding station could be a basket or a nursery organizer (this is the one I use).
Make sure it is within arm’s reach without being in your way.
Once you’ve decided on the location of your breastfeeding station you should start getting it set up.
Some moms are super eager and excited to decorate and have everything ready to go by 20 weeks.
Other moms (like me!) wait until the last minute and may not even get everything prepared before their baby arrives.
There’s so much to get done before going into labor so getting this checked off your list as early as possible will be one less task to worry about.
This is all of the items to consider having in your breastfeeding station so you can be prepared and not have to interrupt your nursing sessions.
Find a comfortable nursery chair since you will be spending the bulk of your time there. I have a glider with an ottoman that I love, but other options include a rocking chair or a recliner.
Sometimes you may want to throw a blanket over your baby (or yourself) during a nursing session. Have a plush blanket or swaddle handy.
Sometimes spit happens! In those cases have a burp cloth handy to quickly clean up the mess. You may want to have a couple just in case they spit up a small pond of milk.
If you find it difficult to keep your little one awake for feedings, especially at night, keep baby wipes nearby. Rub a cool (not cold) wipe along their hairline to arouse them back awake.
It’s not uncommon to leak milk while your baby is nursing. If you’re not catching that precious liquid gold in your haakaa these nursing pads will do the trick.
Use your nipple cream after each nursing session to prevent dry, cracked nipples, which can be very painful.
Instead of fighting to keep your hair back out of you and your baby’s face, keep a few hair ties at your breastfeeding station.
Dry lips are the worst! Having chapstick within reach is a necessity so you’re not licking your lips like a maniac the entire time and drying them out even more.
My favorite baby tracker app is called “Baby Tracker.” Simple and to the point! It keeps track of how long you nurse and if you pump any milk it will track your freezer stash as well.
Staying hydrated is how your body makes plenty of liquid gold for your baby. You need about 12 cups of water a day but this amount varies from person to person.
To get the extra calories you need from nursing, keep a few healthy snacks at your breastfeeding station. Simple snacks like granola bars and trail mix are easy to eat while nursing.
For those middle of the night nursing sessions, the last thing you want to do is fully wake up your baby! This nightlight is subtle and is also a white noise machine that’ll help keep your little one sleepy.
Some babies nurse for over 20 minutes at a time. I keep this 10ft phone charger from my hospital bag within reach because I love searching Pinterest to keep me awake in the middle of the night.
If you have an assortment of snacks at your breastfeeding station you may want to have a small trash can so you can throw wrappers away instead of collecting a huge pile of trash.
Once you’ve decided that breastfeeding is the best option for you and your baby it’s never too early to start learning and preparing your breastfeeding supplies.
A breastfeeding station will provide a cozy location that’s stocked with the necessities you’ll need for the many nursing sessions ahead.
I’ve also created a brand new Facebook group so you can easily dismiss the bad advice you’re given. This group is private so you can feel comfortable asking questions and sharing helpful stories!