The following items make breastfeeding more comfortable. Feeding your babe is something you’ll do a lot, so set yourself up for success.
1. Appropriate clothing. I love the Pull Down Stretch Fabric top available at Destination Maternity. Though I have two of these, I could use a couple more. I may have been known to wear this to bed once or twice – they’re so convenient.
2. Nursing Pads. I like the simplicity of the NUK Reusable pads. I prefer reusable to disposable. Not only are they more environmentally friendly, but they’re also more comfortable.
4. Pumping Bra. The Easy Expression Bustier frees both hands while you pump, enabling you to play with the baby or check Pinterest. I pump every day, and I’ve never pumped without it.
5. Lanolin. Applying it after each feeding prevents soreness. I much prefer the Lansinoh brand to the Medela because the product is easier to squeeze out. This may seem trivial, but when you feed hundreds of times, it’s the little things.
6. Boppy pillow. This item also made the Top 10 Newborn Must-Haves. The Boppy is nice because your little one can use it to practice tummy time or to sit in, like a giant La-Z-Boy. Buy more than one Bobby cover, if you can, because they tend to need frequent washing.
7. Giant drinking glasses with lids. No one mentions this. I adore these from Sam’s Club. You can’t produce milk without plenty of water. At night, I keep one glass at my bedside and one at my feeding station. A lid is nice for the sleep-deprived clumsy mama that you’ll probably be.
8. Milkie Milk Saver. I learned about this clever product from my fellow blogger at Cubbies and Nooks. While you nurse, it saves milk from the side you aren’t using. During nighttime feeds, I can get an ounce from this. Brilliant.
9. Milk Storage bags. The Lansinoh brand earn my vote because they lay flat. This is a nice feature when you freeze and store them.
10. Feed-Tracking App. Feedings blend together. Days blend together. You’d be surprise how difficult it is to remember to eat breakfast, let alone when you last fed and on what side. We use Baby Connect. It’s been worth the $4.99 for both Andy’s and my phones because the information I enter, he sees, and vice versa. This feature reduces the amount of times I hear, “When did you last feed him?” which is a great thing.
Buying all of these items is an investment. If you’re like me, you’ll feel silly buying so much stuff without even knowing if breastfeeding will work for you. Trust that breastfeeding will work. You may (ahem, will) have bumps in the road. Don’t be afraid or too proud to call upon all the help you can at the hospital. If you don’t “click” with one of the lactation consultants, try the consultant working the next day. Often your regular nurse is knowledgable as well. Keep the breastfeeding helpline number on your fridge when you go home. And it doesn’t hurt to stow away some formula to ease the pressure.Google+