There are plenty of tools to make the breastfeeding experience as hassle-free as possible. Here are some breastfeeding essentials you need to have when breastfeeding your baby.
Breastfeeding will make your breasts sore and swollen; therefore, you need something that will give you ample support. A nursing or sleep bra is your best friend. A nursing bra is one essential breastfeeding product as this allows you to easily expose your breast to your baby. You no longer have to struggle with cups and straps or be embarrassed to nurse your baby in public. Look for non-wired nursing bras since underwire bras can block milk ducts or worse, lead to mastitis (inflammation of breast tissue). Take your pick from the different colors and styles available, just make sure it fits and that they are easy to unhook and unsnap using one hand.
Your nipples will be painful since it is still adjusting to your baby’s sucking. Treat sore and cracked nipples with a lanolin oil or cream. It is natural, so you are assured that it can relieve your sore nipples while not impeding with breastfeeding since it is safe for your baby and does not need to be removed before nursing.
You will need a breastfeeding cover especially when you go out. A nursing cover is the perfect way to stay covered. Unlike blankets that can fall down, a nursing cover has a strap that goes around your neck (similar to an apron) and a stiff neck opening that allows you to keep an eye on your baby while guarding him from others. Choose one with a pretty design so you can secretly breastfeed your baby in public.
Nursing tanks are great for sleeping in, wearing around the house or layering under t-shirts. A nursing tank has clips you can easily unlock each time you breastfeed. It keeps your tummy unexposed when you pull up your outer shirt. In addition, most nursing tanks come with built-in bras so you do not have to wear one underneath.
A nursing pillow is useful when you are still learning the ropes of breastfeeding. It allows you to easily position your little one so he can latch-on to your breast properly. A nursing pillow is firmer than other pillows so you can still cuddle your baby while you are nursing. It also provides you ample body support so you can sit comfortably and not worry about straining your neck, arms and back.
A breast pump is necessary so your baby can continue getting breast milk while you go back to work, run an errand or when another caregiver is looking after your baby. Do not buy cheap breast pumps since they take longer to empty the breast. Go for popular brands like Ameda, Avent, Medela and The First Years. You can also choose between a manual pump (best for occasional pumping) and an electric breast pump (for frequent pumping).
With the help of these products, breastfeeding will be easier so you and your baby can bond while supplying him the best possible nutrition. Don’t forget also the breastfeeding snacks.