Let's face it, breastfeeding, though rewarding, is already hard enough. But without the proper tools, it can be downright painful and emotionally draining. These are some items I found invaluable while nursing my own babies.
My Brest Friend nursing pillow - This pillow is wonderful not only because of it's cushy design and great back support, but also because it buckles/velcros around your waist - which means you can literally nurse on the go (it's also great for transfering a sleeping baby to a crib). And the little pocket on the front is very handy for keeping burpies, a water bottle, a magazine - whatever you might need!
Medela Pump In Style breastpump- I tried a lot of pumps when nursing and this was the only model that managed to produce any significant yield of milk. Single electrics got nothing, and even other double electrics didn't do the job like this one. For someone who always struggled with supply issues, having a truly effective pump to help increase milk supply was a HUGE blessing. Not to mention the sleek carrying case that's perfect for toting the pump along to work, vacation, wherever you might need it. Works with an outlet adaptor or on batteries.
Nursing Cover - There are so many brands available in so many locations (etsy.com has some really cute ones) that I haven't bothered to single one out. However, the nursing covers with neck strap and boning at the top are wonderful! If you're shy about nursing in public, or tired of the negativity of others, these are indispensible. They stay put and are more breathable than most baby blankets as well.
Olive Oil - A lot of women I know swear by Lansinoh's nipple cream - but I've found plain old olive oil to be just as effective - and it doesn't cause nursing pads to stick. Helps keep things moist and prevent/heal cracking. Also pretty cheap :)
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding - Every nursing mother should have a copy of this book by her rocker. You never know what problems might crop up, and this book covers pretty much all of them in great detail. I'd say it was very instrumental in preventing me from giving up and switching to formula when the going got tough.
Speaking of which, it's also wise to keep on hand the phone number for your local La Leche League leaders. Just in case you need someone to talk you through a problem or even come over and give you a hand - these women are a wonderful resource. You can find the numbers for your local chapter here.
Breastfeeding is so rewarding (and so economical) - and these little tools can make the experience that much more rewarding.