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La Leche League Canada

Creating Your Nursing Nest

on July 11, 2016

In the early days of breastfeeding, you are going to spend a lot of time sitting and nursing. It is helpful to create yourself a nursing nest spot (or two) so that everything you might want is within arm’s reach once you get baby latched on. Here are some tips from other mothers of the things they think found important to have at hand:

1) Something to drink: Keep a full unspillable water bottle or cup by your nursing nest. It is amazing how thirsty you can feel when your milk lets down. If you forget to put a drink close by, you will feel like you are in the desert watching for a waterhole and never getting there. The kitchen tap will seem like a mirage and you will be sure the nursing session will never end!

2) Something to eat: You are producing 500- 700 calories of milk a day for your baby; feeling hungry is justifiable. You may be sitting in your nursing nest for a while so be prepared with healthy snacks. Nuts, granola bars and fruit can all sit at room temperature which means they are ready to eat when you need them. Some mothers make a sandwich or cut up cheese to keep in a container in the fridge. This gives them a snack that can be grabbed with one hand on the way to the nursing nest.

1 Nursing NestWM


3) Something to entertain your mind:  Mothers figure out how to breastfeed while reading books, working on their computers or using a smart phone. Television can be a distraction option and older children are guaranteed to keep your mind occupied. Gazing in awe at the most beautiful baby in the world is one of the best parts of breastfeeding so don’t forget to put aside the gadgets for a while. Whatever stage your nursing child is at won’t last long and this time together in your nursing nest will quickly become a memory.

4) A towel, receiving blanket or burp cloth: in the early days you may be leaking and baby may be overflowing at both ends. Having something at hand that is intended for mopping up soggy spots will come in handy.

5) A really good breastfeeding resource book:  You are sitting in your nursing nest and breastfeeding; as the milk flows the questions start to flow through your mind. You could poke around the internet for answers but how do you evaluate the quality and applicability of the advice and information you will find there?  The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding  is a book you can read from front to back or you can dip in and find information about almost anything to do with breastfeeding. Having it at hand is like having a breastfeeding buddy in the room with you.

6) Your La Leche League Leader’s phone number or e-mail address: If you have your smart phone in your hand and you have a question now is a good time to contact LLL.  A conversation with a Leader is better than searching the internet for answers to your questions because she can help you figure out what information is relevant to your specific situation and what is not. If you have the number at hand you won’t need to search for it on the day you decide you really want it. There are no foolish questions and Leaders don’t mind if you are crying when you call.



Because breastfeeding isn’t always easy, we’re here to help.


If you need more information or have a breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to an accredited La Leche League Leader. In Canada, Leaders can be located by clicking or Internationally

If you have found this article helpful, La Leche League Canada would appreciate your support in the form of a donation at so we can continue to help others breastfeed. Thank you!


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