Everybody loves shopping for new babies during the holidays, but what about presents for new moms, particularly of the breastfeeding variety? There's no question that these weary warriors definitely deserve a fabulous gift (or two). The only problem is, figuring out the best gifts for breastfeeding moms can be tricky. (Actually, we have a few ideas, but none of them make very practical gifts: You can't very well wrap up "a long nap" or "boobs that don't feel like bowling balls.")
That's okay, though, because there's still a huge variety of gift-able options out there guaranteed to spread some much needed cheer to lactating ladies. This is especially true because so many of these potential presents involve elements of self-care and relaxation, which are two things many nursing moms give up in those early months (and years). The holidays are the perfect time to remind her that she's been very, very nice this year (and by "nice" we mean she "went through a LOT bringing in a new human being into the world"). So whether you're shopping for another breastfeeding mom or you're a nursing mama looking for some hints to drop about what you hope to find in your stocking this year, you're sure to find some inspiration here!
1. For The Thirsty Mom
Being a nursing mom is all about hydration, hydration, hydration. Seriously, you haven't known thirst until you've been the sole source of fluids for another human being. We love Swell bottles because not only do they come in a variety of super pretty colors and designs, but they actually keep your beverage cold (or hot) for 12 hours — plus it's slim enough to throw in a diaper bag at a moment's notice.
2. For The Hungry Mom
So you know how we just said that you haven't known thirst until you're a breastfeeding mom? Same goes for hunger! No joke: If she thought she was ravenous back when she was pregnant, she's really gonna need to do some serious snacking now. That's where these gourmet lactation oat bars come in. Packed with milk production-boosting ingredients like oats and almonds and dried fruit, these snacks will keep her energy up and her mood, too.
3. For The Mom Who Wants A Little Privacy
Sure, she could just throw one of those hundreds of receiving blankets she got at her baby shower over her shoulder when she's nursing in public, but wouldn't it be much more fashionable and far less awkward to use this lovely scarf that doubles as a coverup? Oh, and did we mention it's machine washable?
4. For The Mom Who Needs A Little Pampering
5. For The Mom Who Needs A Laugh
6. For The Minimalist Mom
This classic nightgown is soft and comfortable but still elegant — and most importantly, it provides easy nursing access. It's a splurge, but the fit and material are worth it, and if she's the type to live in comfortable, one piece dresses throughout the year, she'll love this simple yet chic number.
7. For The Mom Who Appreciates Luxury
If the mere fact that Oprah put these on her Favorite Things List this year isn't enough for you, consider how relaxing it would be for a tired mom to nurse by candlelight, breathing in scents inspired by such famous restaurants as Per Se and The French Laundry. Don't worry, though, they don't smell like food, but they do smell like the bountiful bouquets you find in five star hotel lobbies, aka luxury.
8. For The Mom Who's Always Chilly
9. For The Bookworm
10. For The Mom Who Needs Some Peace And Quiet
11. For The Mom Who Would Live In Her Robe If She Could
There will be many, many days when a breastfeeding mom can't quite make it out of her bathrobe — so why not give her the cushiest robe ever? This Turkish cotton robe with front pockets and a shawl collar will make her feel like she's at the spa, even when she's covered in spit-up.
12. For The Mom Who Can't Get Up
On the one hand, breastfeeding is a great excuse to sit down; on the other, it makes getting up literally impossible sometimes. Google Home offers hands-free help with everything from playing a song to finding out what the weather is like for the mom who's glued to the couch and has no idea where her phone went.
13. For The Mom Who Misses Her Books
Not only is it exhausting when a baby wakes up multiple times a night to breastfeed, it can also be straight-up boring if you don't want to wake your little one up even more by turning on the TV or the light. The answer? Audiobooks (listened to on headphones, of course!) that will entertain her while nursing, and keep her caught up on on the latest titles on her reading list.
14. For The Mom With Hair
Because regular hair-washing is just not a thing when you're nursing a newborn, this quirky wrap serves as an instant hairdo. Plus, it's great for keeping all that postpartum hair out of your face and your little one's curious hands, which can have superhero-like grip before you know it.
15. For The Mom With Tired Feet
Another one of Oprah's faves, these sublimely fuzzy slippers are exactly what a mom needs when she's pacing the floor in the wee hours. Or, you know what? These might even be acceptable for the occasional afternoon stroll outside.
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