My Breastfeeding Essentials
My Breastfeeding Essentials – breastfeeding your baby is supposed to be a natural process. It wasn’t for me and many other women so I’ve put together a list of the things that can make your breastfeeding journey easier on both yourself and your baby.
This has to be my number one must have when breastfeeding. It’s a cream that forms a protective barrier for your nipples to help prevent and aid cracked and sore nipples. I personally started using this right from the get go as a preventative measure so would recommend that you pop a tube into your hospital bag. You only need a very small amount but it definitely makes a difference.
You tube has been a major source of advice and tips since Freddie was born since it’s much better to see somebody demonstrate things rather than reading about it. Here are some of the ones I would recommend:
Nancy Mohrbacher has loads of goods videos to watch on latching and positioning – https://www.youtube.com/user/NancyMohrbacher
Georgina Clarke’s Breastfeeding Tips – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0smiuCa9Vo
Breastfeeding struggles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C0V4MzMbG8
How to get a good latch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO91hEr9u64
Getting a good latch – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKhDJVWN7lI
Emily Norris Breastfeeding Tips – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2xlxRO-Y_Q
Breastfeeding Positions – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioVDnC4A8ug
You have to get as comfortable as you can when you breastfeed so a pillow can help with both your comfort and the baby’s position.
Great for mopping up baby sick and popping on your shoulder when winding, but also great for leaky boob moments. These are also great for giving you a bit of coverage when feeding out and about.
Breastfeeding definitely gives you the munchies so it’s good to have some snacks within reach.
You definitely feel the thirst when breastfeeding so it’s a good idea to have a water bottle within reaching distance. There are also loads of breastfeeding teas which can help with your milk supply. I’ve tried Hot Tea Mama and Pukka Motherkind Pregnancy tea which are both lovely (even Luke warm).
Jeez these are ugly contraptions but essential to make feeding easier. I bought sports bra style ones from H&M which are underwired and made from really stretchy material making them a comfortable option. I also wear soft bra tops at night which makes you more comfortable and easy to pop a breast pad if you need to.
This is definitely something you will need to think about. Dresses are pretty much out unless they have buttons down the front. As long as you have easy access you could wear whatever you like. I would highly recommend the Bshirt Breastfeeding Vest (Read my Review Here) and the range of Breastfeeding T-shirts available from the Milky Tee Company both of which look like normal tops but give you easy access to breastfeed.
These aren’t something everybody uses, but I was recommended these when my nipples were cracked and bleeding as a way to protect them. I had a couple of successful feeds using these but mostly they pinched.
A breast pump
This has been essential to our breastfeeding journey to increase my supply as well as giving my poor nipples a break. There are loads of different types including manual and electric. A manual pump can be good if you need to pump to relieve your full Breasts or the odd session, but if you want to express quickly and often then an electric pump would be the best option. I started out with a single pump that I hired through my Health Visitor before getting a Lansinoh Double pump which is really quick and easy to use.
Milk Storage Bags
If pumping you’ll want something to keep your milk in. Storage bags are great as they can be filled and easily stored in your fridge or freezer without taking up too much space.
I would pop some of these in your hospital bag but you may not need them at the beginning. You can get disposable ones or washable breast pads which are much nicer and cost effective.
Not a diet diet, but there are a lot of foods that are recommended for breastfeeding women which can give you the energy you need for feeding and looking after a newborn as well as increasing your milk supply.
These are great for blocked ducts. As well as massaging the area, taking a hot shower, a hot or cold compress can help to reduce any redness.
A Latch Assist
Can be used if you have everted or flat nipples to draw the nipple outwards into the perfect shape for feeding.
I’m sure there are far more things that I could add to this list, and if you are a seasoned breastfeeder and think of something that I’ve missed then pop it in the comments as I’m willing to try anything and everything.
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