Breastfeeding Must Haves!
1. Comfortably bond with your baby while breastfeeding. Provide relief for arms and back by lifting your baby to a more ergonomic position. As your baby grows the pillow helps with tummy time and supportive sitting!
Nipple Balm (preferably organic)
2. Nipple balm helps keep your areolas moisturized. I found myself using it religiously the first few months of breastfeeding while my nipples were adapting to Nursing. After that, about once or twice a month.
3. You will have situations where you will need cordless pumping. TRUST ME. Having one of these handy is a life saver!
Electric Pump(Free Through Insurance)
4. Even if you plan to exclusively breastfeed you may find yourself needing a breast pump. Sometimes your little one becomes full before completely emptying out your breast enough and that's where your electric (or manual) pump comes in handy.
5. You have to store your milk somewhere, right?
6. I used these tubes longer than what I thought I would. They went from being my babies serving size to using them as his back up (or second helping) milk in case his 4oz bottles weren't enough. Now I use them as his oatmeal tubes. I pump my milk put 1.25-1.5 ounces of milk in each tube and use them for his morning oatmeal. Therefore, I don't have to unthaw or pump every morning for his oatmeal, (after warming up the milk of course)
7. If you are a very organized person (or a person who does not like frozen milk bags falling on your feet) I HIGHLY suggest a milk organizer. It not only keeps your milk organized. It helps ensure that those who feed your baby are unthawing milk in the proper order.
* Tip: Lay your milk down flat when you freeze it, laying it flat creates more space to store and it makes it A LOT easier to unthaw.
8. You may think you won't need one, but trust me YOU DO! Nothing is worst then having to be fully committed to holding your pumping bottles to your breast when you have a million other things you need to do. Use your pumping bra, pump your milk and read lovely articles on your mobile device or tablet from MMC!
*Tip: You do not have to go out and purchase a pumping bra use an old sports bra and make half-inch slits in the nipple area for a DIY pumping bra.
9. When you pick out your clothes, think to yourself *places index finger on chin* "can I breastfeed in this?" This will help ensure that your clothing will comfortably allow you to breastfeed in public.
Nursing Cover (if that’s your thing)
10. If you aren't a rebel like me and a tab bit uncomfortable breastfeeding in public I highly suggest a nursing cover. One that is made from light breathable fabric.
Nursing Bra (a few of them)
11. I have about 10 of them that I keep in rotation. I heard that after a while you'll just wear any ol' bra, for me that wasn't the case. I prefer nursing bras as they are super convenient.
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