If you plan on breastfeeding, you might think all you need is your boobs.
And while that is true, having a few things on hand will definitely help your breastfeeding journey – making it easier and more enjoyable.
So, what do you need? Here are six things to have on hand before baby arrives. Read on:
A good lactation consultant
Having the number of a good lactation consultant is probably the best thing you can do for yourself if you plan to nurse. And just because you have nursed a baby before doesn’t mean you still can’t use one. Each nursing relationship is different so don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Nursing bras and tanks
While you don’t need to get a ton, having a few soft and stretchy options on hand for the first month or two while your supply stabilizes is a great idea. You’ll be more comfortable and secure.
A good nursing pillow
You’ve probably heard of the Boppy, but it isn’t the only nursing pillow or positioner in town. Look at the options and see what you think will work for you. Your back and neck will appreciate the support (as will baby!).
Chances are, you will need some kind of nipple cream or salve for the early days of nursing. Some people like plain lanolin but there are other options. Don’t forget to stock up on a few tubes, for upstairs and downstairs!
A large, insulated water bottle
You will be THIRSTY so have a large, insulated water bottle ready to go so you can always stay hydrated and happy.
There are many options when it comes to pumping (medical grade, hand pump, hands-free etc!) but you will likely need something. The good news is, many pumps are now covered by insurance. Get it BEFORE you come home from the hospital if you give birth there; otherwise, ask your midwife for recommendations.
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