Breastfeeding Must Haves: Essentials for Breastfeeding
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Luckily, there are ways to make your life easy and enjoyable during these months. We curated here 5 breastfeeding must-haves to make sure of that.
You’d find that these essentials for breastfeeding are absolutely life-changing!
Breastfeeding is an activity that you’d be doing for up to 24 months. This means that for the next two years you’d need to be always ready for nursing, without feeling awkward or excessively exposed.
The right loungewear should make this easy with the strategic openings designed for nursing. In addition to always looking good and feeling comfortable.
● It should have a style that appeals to you
● Soft fabric for your and your baby’s skin
● Natural materials
● Machine washable
● Flexible size and nice comfortable fit
● Suitable for receiving guests
● If it has pockets, buy it!
Whether you’re a working parent, a mother of twins, or just trying to catch up with the baby’s demanding schedule, a breast pump often comes to the rescue.
Additionally, it’s a big help if you have too much breastmilk, and just as much if you aren’t secreting enough of it.
You can use an electric, mechanical, or manual pump to save milk between feeds. Then, you can either put it in the fridge or freeze it for all those just-in-case occasions. And speaking from experience, it would be best to purchase extra bottles, or milk storage bags, especially if you’re a working mom.
● Quiet operation
● Cooling kit
● Soft breast shield/cup
● Proper fit and stable attachment
● Compatible with storage bags
After about a week of breastfeeding, it’s normal to feel some soreness around the nipples. If it’s left unattended, the skin could become too raw, and nursing gets really uncomfortable.
Luckily, there’s a way to treat that and even keep it from happening. Applying good quality lotions and creams usually keeps your skin healthy and pain-free.
In addition, you might need to change your daily skincare routine a bit. That’s because you’re constantly in contact with your child, and whatever you use, the baby will indirectly use.
● Natural organic products
● Baby-friendly materials
● Free from allergens and other chemicals
● Mild scent to avoid irritating the baby
These are definitely the little big things! A nursing bra with suitable pads provides comfort and confidence, whether you’re indoors with family members, or out attending a business meeting.
● Light breathable fabric
● Natural material
● Flexible size
● Easy access
● Broad shoulder straps
● No wires
Breastfeeding is a biologically demanding activity. That’s why it’s important to focus on good nutrition while nursing. We know that preparing healthy meals regularly might be a bit fictional for moms, so the best alternative is keeping healthy snacks around.
It’s also essential to stay hydrated and relaxed. Herbal teas and beverages are usually more appealing than plain water. Some might be quite beneficial for you and your child in addition to the good taste.
You can check with your doctor what are the best types for you.
● Natural organic ingredients
● Make sure you’re not allergic to any of it
● Free from GMOs, artificial sweeteners, and other chemicals
● Low in salt, fat, and sugar
● Not too spicy (to avoid bloating)
The previous Items pretty much cover the essentials for breastfeeding. There are a few more things that aren’t exactly necessities, but still, they’d contribute much to your comfort and make your life easier.
Hoping this checklist of breastfeeding must-haves makes your mommy experience as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible.
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About the Author
Zoe Amy is a passionate breastfeeding advocate,mom of one and founder of breastfeedingmama.net. She lives with her partner, 1 large dog and one very very busy toddler on their 42 foot sailboat. In her spare time she enjoys writing blog posts related to breastfeeding and life with toddlers. In her free time, you'll find her stand up paddleboarding or crafting.