Here is some background on my famous breastfeeding gift baskets: if I know that a pregnant friend is going to breastfeed (or at least considering it), I always gift a couple of her registry items with items that she will find useful in the first few weeks of breastfeeding her new arrival. I arrange everything up in a receiving blanket and compile it all into a beautiful, reusable basket.
In the basket (which can be placed in her "Nursing Nest" for an easy to reach stash of items) is:
- A copy of "The Baby Book," "The Breastfeeding Book" or "The Attachment Parenting Book," all of which are written by William & Martha Sears
- A copy of Janet Tamaro's lighthearted "So That's What They're For!: Breastfeeding Basics"
- Two pair of washable cotton nursing pads (if we're lucky, they are made by my talented DH)
- One tube of Lanolin, used to relieve nipple pain, which is common in the first couple weeks of breastfeeding.
- Samples bags of Yogi Tea's Nursing Mom and Traditional Medicinal Mother's Milk Tea
- One oatmeal raisin Luna Bar (oatmeal is known to increase milk supply in breastfeeding mothers)
- One reusable water bottle (made of safe plastic) for mama's beverage of choice, to always be within easy reach during nursing sessions
- A nursing necklace for baby to tug on rather than mama's hair, made by yours truly
- A hat, pair of booties, or blanket for the babe, knit by yours truly
Sometimes I also include a copy of the current issue of Mothering Magazine, which makes nice light nursing reading--and is my favorite.
And, depending how close I am to the mama, I might include a ring sling, wrap, pouch, or other babywearing device that either David or another friend made, or one that I find at a reasonable price on eBay, craigslist or Etsy.
I also sometimes include a herbal sitz bath mixture for mama's healing, or goldenseal for the umbilical cord--depending how receptive/dedicated to alternative parenting the mama is.
I suppose I am lucky that I work in a bookstore--I always buy up any nifty intro-to-breastfeeding/instinctual parenting books as soon as they come in. I let a few slide through, though, to share the love with whoever is lucky enough to find them on the shelf after my "purge." I also keep a back stock of other nifty handmade items that David or I make, or lucky finds (in excellent condition, of course) that I come across at thrift shops or garage sales, including baby blankets, sweaters, etc, giving whatever I have on hand at the time.
I totally welcome any other suggestions for what to include in my standard baby shower/breastfeeding gift basket. What did you all find helpful in the first few weeks of breastfeeding? If you received a basket, what do you want in it??
The picture of the basket at the top of this post is crochet out of an old t-shirt, believe it or not, and used for the breastfeeding basket I made for a coworker about six months ago. Below are a few other previous gifts:
My first booties-knitting project, hat and matching booties.
Homemade nursing pads...or "Hooter Pads!"
A knit baby blanket that I made for my dear nephew, Max, who will be three on Mother's Day!
My very favorite nursing necklace ever! I absolutely love the colors!
The cutest knit teddy bear ever, I must say!