Hey there, mamas! I am sharing my breastfeeding must haves that you can get for less than the popular version. If you are not new here, you know that I love a savings! Being that I am now on my fourth baby, and the second that I have breastfed, I feel confident in the things on this list.

I am sharing all the popular breastfeeding must haves you find on most lists, but for way less and work just as good, if not better.

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Nursing Bra

Nursing bras make breastfeeding and pumping so much easier. They have clips that allow you to pull down the front part of the bra to feed or pump, without taking off your bra. They provide such a high level of convenience that you need to have multiple of these, if possible.

A popular nursing bra that I found in my research is the Bravado nursing bra. It is well-loved because of the comfort and stretchy yet supportive fabric breastfeeding mamas need.

While the Bravado nursing bra has 4.5 stars on Amazon, the Hofish nursing bras are comparable and cost way less. I currently use the Hofish nursing bras and they are also very soft, comfortable, supportive, and stretchy.

These bras also are 4.5 stars on Amazon and you get 3 for $30 versus the $35-60 price tag (depending on size) of ONE Bravado nursing bra.

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Nursing Pads

If you are new to breastfeeding, one thing to note is that you will leak…a lot, especially in the beginning before your milk production starts to regulate. You will definitely need nursing pads for your bra to help prevent wet shirts!

I love the idea of reusable nursing pads. I would go through a box of disposables in no time, and it felt like such a waste. But if you prefer disposable ones, the Target Up and Up brand of disposables are a great, affordable option.

But if you don’t mind washing nursing pads every few days with your laundry, reusable ones help save you money over time. A popular brand of reusable nursing pads is Bamboobies. I even got a set in one of my pregnancy subscription boxes. Bamboobies nursing pads carry a price tag of $35 for 6 pairs of pads.

A comparable option of equal quality, according to Amazon reviews, are the organic bamboo nursing pads by KeaBabies. You can get 7 pairs for less than $15. It also comes with a wash bag to  put them in the wash.

You can basically get 2 of these for the price of 1 pack of Bamboobies!

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Nursing Collector Cups

While we are talking about nursing pads, one of my favorite things are milk collector cups that you can wear in your bra, much like you would a nursing pad, to collect milk that leaks. I used these in the beginning to start up my freezer stash!

Haakaa, a very popular brand, has a set of 2 milk collection cups on Amazon for about $35 and has a 4 star rating.

I currently use the milk collection cups by a brand called Babebay that I found on Amazon, which also has a 4 star rating and is  comparable to the Haakaa brand, according to reviews. I have not had an issues with them and they have allowed me to stash away an extra 2 to 2.5 oz of milk each day in the early days of breastfeeding. You can get these on Amazon for less than $10!

Bottle Warmer

As an exclusively pumping mama, I rely on baby bottles. When I first started pumping, I would pump while baby was asleep so she’d have a fresh bottle when she woke up. But now that she is older, her sleep times are a little more sporadic and she also eats a little more than before. So now, I have to prep bottles in advance. Because of that, I have to warm up bottles, usually right when she is hungry. I hated warming up bottles thinking she’d wake up and the milk would end up going bad before she got to drink it. So, having a bottle warmer is a life saver and a milk saver (haha!).

The AVENT bottle warmer is a very popular warmer. It is also reasonably priced at around $40 with 4.5 stars on Amazon. It is said to heat breastmilk evenly and pretty quickly. So of course, I had to see if there was anything out there that works just as good, for a little cheaper.

I found the Baby X warmer on Amazon, which also has a 4.5 star rating. After doing more research and reading reviews, the Baby X is comparable to the AVENT in the way it works and how quickly it warms up milk for a cheaper price, around $23.

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Bottle Dryer and Sterilizer

Again, bottles! Because I go through so many bottles, I have to clean and sterilize them on a daily basis. I admit, this is one of the things I don’t enjoy about pumping–all the bottle washing. (You can watch my postpartum video to learn more about why I am exclusively pumping here.)

For this one, I am sharing a product that I have the popular brand option for. I didn’t make this purchase, my husband did. So if I had it my way, I would have definitely gotten the affordable option in this case. But I wanted to share this anyway in case you are looking for one.

If you pump, you know how important it is to dry and sterilize pump parts and bottles. It can also be a long time waiting for them to dry the old fashion way. I currently have the Baby Brezza Sterilizer and Dryer. It does a great job of doing both in a short amount of time. To do a complete drying and sterilizing cycle for 6 bottles (and whatever else I try to fit in!), takes about 45 minutes. If you just want to dry, that time is less than 10 minutes. The Baby Brezza has a price tag at around $100 and is sitting at 4.5 stars on Amazon. I have a full video review of the Baby Brezza here.

Comparable to the Baby Brezza is the Papablic Electric Steam Dryer and Sterilizer. While it isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as the Baby Brezza, it dries and sterilizes 11 bottles (depending on size–many reviews stated that you had to angle Dr. Brown’s bottles and only fit about 6). According to reviews, it takes about the same time to dry as the Baby Brezza. It carries a cheaper price tag than the Brezza at around $70.

While these are my top 5 popular breastfeeding must haves, they are not all of them. You can check out my pump bag essentials video for more things to have on hand as a pumping mama.

Looking for a budget option for something else? DM me on Instagram and I will find it for you!