Breastfeeding Gift Basket

Today I’m going to a baby shower.

A friend of mine from Junior High School is having her second baby. We reconnected though Facebook (isn’t Facebook great like that) and she invited me to her baby shower. Being me, I of course wanted to do something breastfeeding-oriented. So I decided to make a breastfeeding basket.

I have no idea if she breastfed her first child. I don’t know her plans for breastfeeding with this child. Nevertheless, if she decides to give it a go, I’d like to make it as easier for her as possible.

I’ve had a lot of people suggest some awesome and helpful things to me to include i

n the basket, so thanks everyone for the ideas! I made an effort to stick to “in the normal course of breastfeeding” material, so I left out some of the information sheets that were pretty specific and things like nipple shields. I tried to just include things that were definitely useful or likely going to be (like how not everyone experiences sore nipples, but the majority do, so I would include info on that).

So here’s a list of all the things in the basket with a little explanation of why I included it:

Information packets- This was my big thing that I wanted to give the basket for. I included 13 different La Leche League tear-off sheets, grouped into three categories

1. General Breastfeeding: just general info on why you would want to breastfeed and such. Includes: The Importance of Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Tips, Establishing Your Milk Supply, If Your Breasts Become Engorged, and Tips for Rousing a Sleepy Newborn.

2. Common Issues: issues I felt were common enough for new moms/babies and not so scary as to make her not want to breastfeed. Includes: Are Your Nipples Sore?, Treating Thrush, Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?, and Breastfeeding After Cesarean Birth.

3. Working and Breastfeeding: because I believe she’s going back to work. Includes: Working and Breastfeeding, A Guide to Pumping Your Milk, Manual Expression of Breast Milk Marmet Technique, and Storing Human Milk.

All three of the bundles were rolled up so that they had the title of the most relevant information sheet facing out and tied with ribbon.

New Beginnings magazine. Printed obviously, even though they don’t make them anymore. I figured that it would give her something to read while nursing and it’s an old one that goes over Holiday Weaning. This seemed particularly useful for her because having a baby right around Christmas means that there will be lots of extended family wanting to hold the little one.

Schedule of La Leche League meetings in her area. I was lucky enough to meet this really nice lady at LLL that sent me her own personally made schedules for four different areas around here. I’ll try to mention something to her at the party about attending a meeting before the baby arrives so that she’ll have a good support group.

Water bottle: I would have liked to spring for a permanent water bottle, but money is always tight so I got her a big one that hopefully she’ll refill.

Granola bars: They’ll still be good when the baby comes and oats are good for milk production!

Lanolin sample packet: If I had to choose one thing that’s required for all new moms, this would be it.

Nursing pads: Again, I would have liked to buy cloth, but I don’t know if she’d be into that and they’re more expensive. I think that with my next child I’ll learn how to make cloth pads. Then I can just make some and throw them in in the future!

Mother’s Milk Tea: Yes, this is mostly for milk production, but it can be good for getting a good supply going too. I almost didn’t put this one in because I was afraid it would send the message that all moms have supply issues.

I took all of these things and put it into a little storage tote and tied it with a bow! I also took some scrap booking letters that spelt B-A-B-Y and put them on the side.

And that’s it! I would have liked to include a book or DVD, but again, money was the issue. A lot of the stuff that I used I already had or were things that were given to me, but overall I spent about $20 on the basket myself.


9 thoughts on “Breastfeeding Gift Basket

  1. I’ve done this too. I also put in a pad of paper and a pen for jotting down notes (phone calls, lists, etc) so the mom doesn’t have to look for one when she can’t get up. And I add tissues for cleaning up messes.

  2. I totally LOVE this idea for a gift…and I like that you didn’t ask IF she was breastfeeding…to me that doesn’t give her the time to say “no” … I hope you don’t mind I want to copy off your idea.

  3. This is the first time coming to your blog and I love it! I also love that I came to this post as I’m doing the same, making breastfeeding gift baskets for two friends. This gives more ideas on what to put on the basket πŸ™‚

  4. What a sweet idea!! πŸ™‚
    If I had to choose something that’s *required* for all new moms, I’d say food, water, and information. You included them all. πŸ™‚
    Everything else may be superfluous (for example, I never needed nursing pads, and lanolin can be replaced with a few drops of expressed milk, as far as I know).

  5. Thanks for this idea. Now, to get invited to a baby shower! I love the idea of food, water, and information as well. You gave me some resources that I didn’t even know were available not having a local LLL, having little to no family support, an only having a few new friends who breastfeed. Consider this blog, especially this post a gift to women such as me! I’d take this even on my 3rd child!

  6. I’ve been looking for a “breastfeeding on the go” package … something that makes it easy to breast pump when you’re not at home. As a working mom with a newborn, that was my BIGGEST challenge with breastfeeding – the logistics of finding a place to pump when not at home. Just to stress again – I had no problems with breastfeeding pain, no problems with my little one latching on, no problems with milk production, it was all great – my NUMBER ONE and consistent and incredibly stressful problem with breastfeeding was purely the logistics of finding a place to pump when I wasn’t home. Our society has come a long way with accepting breastfeeding your little one in public, and it’s pretty easy to get the baby latched on and drape a blanket over your shoulder to be discreet, but PUMPING is NOT DISCREET. πŸ™‚ Sorry for the capital letters. πŸ™‚ I think this is the next issue that needs to be addressed for women. If you’ve seen any breastfeeding on the go kits or packages or the like, I’d love to see some ideas. Thanks!

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