If anyone tells you all you need to breastfeed is you, go ahead and roll your eyes. Many a modern woman knows breastfeeding is hard, regardless of whether or not cave women managed to feed their babies without a Boppy. But while I'm all about taking advantage of the technological advances of the 21st Century, it's hard not to feel like the breastfeeding accessories market is getting a little out of hand. There are certain products well-meaning people buy for breastfeeding moms that are, frankly, a total waste.
Breastfeeding was far from smooth sailing for this first-time mama. My baby had trouble with her latch, and I struggled with low milk supply. As a result of my initial troubles, my go-to nursing support items were as follows: electric double breast pump, comfortable nursing bra, breastfeeding pillow, water bottle, nipple cream, bottles, and sanitizing steam bags. I was given a nipple shield (which helps women with inverted or sore nipples) that I didn't need, and it ended up just being something I had to wean my baby off of. I personally liked to use a nursing cover in public, but if you haven't been using one and someone gives one to you, that's not just useless — it's passive-aggressive. Feel free to wipe your baby's ass with it.
Every woman's breastfeeding experience is different, so feel free to disagree, but when it comes to my story, these nursing accessories ended up in the trash: