Breastfeeding Must Haves : 10 Items That You Need
i am definitely a minimalist when it comes to stuff. i get overly anxious if i feel that my house is crammed full of baby gear or full of unnecessary things, so i don’t buy stuff just to buy it. everything really has a purpose. so when i say that you need these items to breastfeed your little one, i am truly recommending them and not giving you another reason to buy “stuff.” having breastfed my first baby for an entire year, i definitely created my ideal breastfeeding set up that made those round the clock feeds bearable and the whole experience more enjoyable. as i prepare to breastfeed my second baby when they arrive in just weeks, i wanted to share some breastfeeding must haves that i am definitely using again the second time around.
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Breastfeeding Must Haves : 10 Items That You Need
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so super comfortable and really pretty! i love that this bralette is comfortable enough to sleep in (because in those early newborn days, you are up feeding in the night) and that is doesn’t look like a frumpy nursing bra…it’s so attractive! having a good nursing bra is so important, as some days it feels like all you do is nurse around the clock.
to be honest, i didn’t know if this was going to work or not, but drinking lactation tea really helped me when i felt the need to boost my supply. my favorite and most effective for me was mother’s milk. i also made and ate lactation cookies, which really helped too plus they were really nutritious and helped me get some needed calories!
i know it sounds weird to list bottles as a must have, but these bottles are a must have! listen, there is nothing better than handing off your baby to your husband with a bottle of breastmilk so you can catch a little sleep. not only does it allow your baby to drink breastmilk away from the boob every once in awhile, but it allows your husband or significant other a chance to bond with baby. our favorite bottles are comotomo because the nipple is very realistic to an actual boob nipple, making it easier for baby to transition from breast to bottle and from bottle to breast. these bottles should definitely be on your list of breastfeeding must haves.
an e-reader is completely necessary and a must…i will tell you why! never would i have imagined getting reading done with a newborn, but i read so much in those early newborn days when i was nursing around the clock. i found that nursing in bed was easiest for me in the middle of the night. our baby slept in a bassinet next to our bed, so my husband would bring her to me to nurse whenever she woke. when you are tired and groggy, it is so important to find ways to stay awake throughout those feeds, and an e-reader was perfect for me because it was just stimulating enough to keep me awake, but not overstimulating to the point where i wouldn’t be able to return to sleep after the feed. plus, it allowed me to read one handed and quietly (no noisy page flipping) while keeping the lights off…which is a must!!! i always kept the lights completely off during night feeds so my baby wouldn’t overly wake.
5. Baby Logbook
during the first few months, most pediatricians are all about stats. how long is your baby nursing, in minutes? are they nursing on both sides? how many wet and poopy diapers? how long are they sleeping? that’s a lot of information for a tired parent to remember. we used this amazing baby logbook to record everything from feedings to diapers to sleep. it comes with ready made 24 hour chart to record everything and it’s a must have!
save your back, use a nursing pillow. that is really all i have to say about that. i used our nursing pillow day and night and it made breastfeeding so much more comfortable for both baby and i. i originally had a different pillow that i hated and had my husband return to the store when our daughter was 4 days old, but loved this pillow the best!
7. Burp Cloths
oh, the stories i could tell you about projectile puke. i once had to change my entire pajama outfit, pants and all, at 3am because of projectile puke. having burp cloths on hand is a must and we love our burts bees baby burp cloths. they are so soft and the perfect size to keep anywhere from your diaper bag to your nightstand to the diaper changing station to the couch. trust me, you will want them handy everywhere.
after a couple months, i began pumping milk like crazy. my baby still breastfed straight from the boob, but i pumped in between nursing sessions to both keep my supply up and to create a stockpile of breastmilk in the freezer for times when i would be away from home, either working or taking a mom break. this stockpile was my ticket to mom outings. it allowed me to leave the house for a little longer between feedings, knowing my baby would still get breastmilk while i was away. (and mom outings are completely necessary to recharge).
having a bottle warmer that can defrost frozen breastmilk or warm up refrigerated milk is a must! be sure you read up on how to safely heat up breastmilk to keep it still nutritious for your baby! there are definitely right and wrong ways to do it and you don’t want to damage your breastmilk that you worked so hard to pump and save.
this breast pump is hands down the best pump ever. and it is a great price! it is comfortable, quite and fast! i had a crappy pump before buying this one that made pumping a nightmare but this spectra pump made pumping fun (dare i say!) and easy. plus, i am not the only one obsessed with it…it gets amazing reviews. it is super easy to assemble and disassemble for washing, which makes all the difference. this is on the top of my list when it comes to breastfeeding must haves.
keeping yourself hydrated is so important when breastfeeding, so be sure to have a good water bottle handy. if possible, add a straw to it to make drinking easier while nursing.
when it comes to breastfeeding must haves, i honestly believe that these 10 items helped me breastfeed and enjoy breastfeeding my daughter for her first twelve months. and when it comes to baby number 2, i will be using all the same products to breastfeed him or her!
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