Welcome back for some more details about breastfeeding. If you haven’t stopped by part one, check it out. As I mentioned in part one, breastfeeding isn’t always easy. It’s a beautiful, amazing, challenging, demanding part of raising a child.
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Here are some must-haves that make the process go a bit smoother:
1) A Breast Pump – I have the Medela Pump in Style Advanced, which comes as a tote or a backpack, whichever you prefer. Before I had my first daughter, I registered for a pump because I knew I would need it, but I did not realize how much. I had to pump on the first day my daughter was born. She did not latch well in the hospital, and we had other nursing struggles throughout her infancy. I used the pump everyday after that, some days more than others, but I was grateful to have this pump. I love that you can tote it around easily and it isn’t screamingly obvious that it is a breast pump.
2) V-Necks, V-Necks, V-Necks!! Seriously, I see all the nursing shirts and tops out there on the market, but I’m telling you, all you need are a copious amount of comfortable v-neck tees. Long sleeve, short sleeve, whatever the season, but when you need to feed your child, you can easily do so without having to rearrange your clothing. Yes, you may stretch them a bit, but they bounce right back in the wash. Only downside is that you will want a Nursing Cover when feeding in front of others, because there won’t be a part of the shirt to cover the top of the breast. I’m ok with that though, because I like to use a nursing cover in public anyways (just my personal preference). These are my favorite Vintage V-Necks found at Target. This is one breastfeeding detail I cannot live without.
3) A Strong Nipple Cream – We don’t have to go into all the gory details about why you need this stuff, but you do, trust me! You should have on hand the over-the-counter Lanolin Cream, but you might need something with a little bit more oomph! I had to use a prescription all purpose nipple ointment that I was given in the hospital. If you are looking for a good organic product, this Earth Mama Angel Baby would be a good choice for you!
4) A really large, BPA-free water bottle. I’m currently using this Camelbak Eddy Bottle
You should be drinking a lot of water while breastfeeding. Not only does it help with milk production, but you will be thirsty. My goal each day is to drink two of these.
5) Last, but certainly not least, a breastfeeding pillow. I can’t live without my Boppy Nursing Pillow. I carry it with me everywhere. If I could afford it, I would have three of these – one upstairs, one downstairs, and one in my car. Instead, I just carry the one I do have around with me! It makes feeding time so much easier. I have a few covers for my Boppy, but this organic one is my favorite.
Having these items will surely make your breastfeeding journey easier. I’d love to hear your details of what you can’t live without as a breastfeeding mom. Leave your comments below!