I remember when I was pregnant with my first child. I assumed breastfeeding would come easily and naturally and if I had read the title “Breastfeeding Essentials”, I would have thought, “What?! You don’t need anything to breastfeed!” Well, after breastfeeding two babies, I can tell you that there sure are some products to make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable.
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5 Breastfeeding Essentials
1. A Breastfeeding Resource–
You need a good breastfeeding resource- it can be a breastfeeding book, a lactation consultant, an experienced friend (recent experience is best, you mom may have forgotten all things you want to know!), and/or other source of breastfeeding information to give you the low down on what to expect but also what to do you encounter breastfeeding problems.
2. Nursing Pads–
This one came as a complete shocker to me. No one told me books leak! Yes, my nipples just starting spraying milk right through my shirt when my boobs got full until I got myself some handy dandy nursing pads! You can get reusable cloth nursing pads or disposable nursing pads with waterproof backing. I found cloth more comfortable to wear but at work I wore the waterproof backing kind to not take any chances!
3. Nursing Bra–
Another must have! A nursing bra holds your nursing pad in place and unlatches to give easy access to one boob at a time. A total breastfeeding essential. However, you may not want to add this to your registry too soon. They suggest you measure for your correct nursing bra size no sooner than 3 weeks before your due date to ensure accurate sizing.
4. Breastfeeding Pillow –
Now, this isn’t actually, essential but it is helpful. When you first start holding that baby up so they can get the perfect latch, the baby can get heavy! A nursing pillow just helps make you both a little more comfortable especially in the beginning.
5. Nursing Tops or The Sucklebuckle
Nursing tops can get expensive quickly! And a nursing cover scarf can get old. The Sucklebuckle is an exciting new accessory that not only saves you money on nursing tops but also lets you wear the styles you already own and love. The Sucklebuckle™ is a nursing device that props your top so you don’t have to.
When nursing in a non-nusing top, I always had to hold up my blouse so it wouldn’t get in the way of the latch. The Sucklebuckle™ allows a nursing mother to more easily nurse while wearing a non-nursing top. It is designed with an easy to use hook and adjustment system for use with one hand.
· Adjustment capabilities allow a secure hold on tops of various weight and thickness.
· Frees a hand (… or a chin) that would otherwise be holding up a top.
· Very lightweight – only 1 oz. – to accommodate those moms who want to keep the Sucklebuckle hooked on their bra/tank all day.
· Use as a tool to remember which side to begin each nursing session.
· Great for pumping too!
· The hooks allow a mom to snap it onto her diaper bag strap for easy accessibility – no need to dig around in her diaper bag searching for it.
These breastfeeding essentials will certainly make breastfeeding easier for you. You may also need a breast pump if you plan to be away from the baby for longer periods of time! What breastfeeding products will you put on your registry?