Our frequent readers know that I’m an avid breastfeeder. Being on boobie baby number 2, I’ve learned a few things and purchased a few products that help make breastfeeding for moms everywhere easier.
As far as absolute necessities for breastfeeding, the only things you REALLY need are boobs and a baby, but there are a few things you can buy to help with the process. Baby Depot at Burlington carries breastfeeding necessities – and everything else you could need or want for baby – for every mom, and at great prices. Take that from me, I’m thrifty (read: cheap!).
- Nursing pillow. My absolute top must have for breastfeeding is a good nursing pillow, like the very popular Boppy. Breastfeeding can be hard on your back and shoulders, and having a good pillow to prop the baby up on can help that tremendously. A nursing pillow is SO much better than a regular pillow because it wraps around your front and sides, making it unnecessary to move a pillow around when you make the baby / boob switch to the other side. They are also a bit more firm, and super comfy (I have found my husband using my nursing pillow as his pillow more than once).
- Nursing bras. One thing I didn’t purchase with my daughter that I made a point to purchase with my son is a good nursing bra, like these from Medela, Rampage, and Lamaze. With Sienna, I used a regular wireless bra and lifted it up to nurse her. Not comfy, and exposed a lot more skin than a nursing bra does. Before Connor was born, I went on the search for some good nursing bras, and the prices at Baby Depot at Burlington honestly can’t be beat.
- Nursing pads. Now, if you’re a first time breastfeeder, you may not prepared for the leaking that can happen, especially at the beginning, which is why another must have of mine is Lansinoh nursing pads. I purchased these while breastfeeding Sienna and didn’t leak as much as I expected, but with Connor… any time I even think about him, I leak! You may have heard people say that, and it IS true – you may leak when just thinking about your baby, or any baby, or when you hear another baby cry, or if your baby goes longer between feeds than normal, or if your boobs catch a breeze… you get the idea! So yeah, a definite must have.
- Lanolin. I also cannot recommend Lansinoh Lanolin enough. When you first start breastfeeding, your nipples will likely be sore, and may become dry and possibly crack some. Lansinoh Lanolin is AMAZING. Put this stuff on your nipples after your baby nurses and the soreness you can experience in the beginning is drastically reduced. You can also apply before nursing (it’s completely safe for baby), which is what I did.
- Glider chair. This next recommendation off my person must have list is a bit more of an investment, but worth every penny. A middle of the night must have for me was a good glider chair with ottoman like the ones from Mikaila. Sitting on the couch or in a regular chair really doesn’t compare. The glider allowed me to rock my daughter back to sleep while breastfeeding her, and having the ottoman helped keep me comfy. I’d prop her up on the nursing pillow, rock in the chair, and we were both comfortable and happy until she was done nursing and fell back asleep. The cost is worth it to me not only for comfort, but because the chair can be used for years, either in your child’s room or elsewhere in your home.
It’s hard for me to choose just 5 must haves for breastfeeding, so I’m going to throw in a few extras that have helped me maintain my breastfeeding goals.
- A good breast pump – A breast pump is a must have for moms going back to work or any moms who want to spend any time away from baby but still stay exclusively on breast milk. Their are many options out there – double electric, single electric, manual, and a good variety of brands. Medela is a very popular breast pump brand. Do your research before choosing which one is best for you.
- Breast milk storage – If you plan to pump more than just a bottle or two at a time, these freezer bags will come in handy. I try to keep at least a small stockpile of frozen breastmilk at all times in case my husband and I decide last minute to have some us time and have his mom babysit for us.
- A baby carrier – Wearing your baby can help breastfeed on the go or while getting things done around the house. That’s where a good baby carrier comes in handy – no need to stop what you are doing to breastfeed, just pull the boob out, pop the baby on, and keep moving. The Baby K’tan is an especially good carrier for this purpose.
And some breastfeeding tips I’ve learned through my experiences:
- Use night lights. Plug-in or handheld ones work well to help see your baby while nursing and while diaper changing, as well, without waking him or her up with lights that are too bright.
- Keep burp cloths close. You never know when you’ll need them and you don’t want to be scrambling to find one while covered in spit up!
- Keep a blanket close, as well. I frequently got cold during middle of the night feedings and wanted something to cover my legs and feet, but couldn’t get up to find a blanket. Much easier to keep one where you know you’ll be nursing your baby.
- Carry a receiving blanket or other small cover in your diaper bag while out in public. It is highly likely that you will, at some point, have to feed a hungry baby in public, and if you’re modest, a small blanket can help cover you up.
- Don’t give up! Breastfeeding can be hard at first – keep at it. It does get easier!
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