what do i need?
Jessie - posted on 08/07/2010
I reccomend a couple of nursing tank tops until your breasts regulate and you can get good fitting bras (I got mine at walmart) they are comfy and easy to wear. nursing pads for awhile you may leak a lot. nipple cream to prevent dry sore nipples (wasnt really a problem for me but it was handy a few times) and I love my Bobby nursing pillows. I have a couple and keep one upstairs, downstairs and at my moms LOL. best of luck
Caitlin - posted on 08/07/2010
All I bought (my personal opinion) was:
Breast pads...I leaked pretty good because when my milk came in, it really came in...
A manual pump (Playtex)...I used it for when only I ran errands and needed to pump on the run
An electric double breast pump (Playtex)...I used it for when I worked. I found it worked more smooth to pump my milk.
Storage bags (I don't have any by me so I don't know what brand I use)...I lived by them to store my milk, they didn't leak or cause my milk to go bad
Boppy pillow...I used it to prop her up as we got used to breast feeding and then later on I was able to transition it for her to use in tummy time which she hated.
I never used nursing bras and never had problems nursing in public. And I never used a nursing cover, I always just used my daughters blankie...it's soft and comfy for her and was a good cover...
Good luck. I do agree get in contact with La Leche, they were my best friend when I started out and got frustrated. And patience with a good support system. Good luck honey you can do it!
Christy - posted on 08/07/2010
a nursing cover can make things more comfortable in public. if you look online you can often find promo codes for free ones. www.uddercovers.com has good ones. i think the promo code is "breastfeeding" this month, but double check that. good luck.
Jen - posted on 01/13/2009
Now nursing my third child would say the one thing that must have is a good nursing pillow- I use one called my breast friend. http://www.mybrestfriend.com/index.phpth... better than the boppy This one helps youto keep good posture. if not you will kill your back and neck
Melissa - posted on 01/12/2009
Nipple cream is a must... those first few weeks let alone days can be pretty harsh on unprepared nipples. If you haven't preped your nipples DO just start rubbing them gently but firmly with a terry cloth towel a few weeks before baby is due.
A hand breast pump is great and works faster than an electric one, milk storage bags so you can freeze your milk, bottles and slow flow nipples for the bottles preferably ones that are designed for breast fed babies. Breast pads are a must too, also a breast feeding poncho as I call them so you can descreetly feed your baby in public it works much better then trying to cover with a recieveing blanket.
Kelly - posted on 01/12/2009
Every one has such a differnt experience. I did not like the boppy at all. I preferred to use pillows as they were easier to manipulate and more flexible than a nursing pillow. I loved my foot stool as I nursed mostly on my couch (I live in a two story and had a C).
I also agree with a nursing cover. It really helped me build confidence with nursing in public.
Breastfeeding is challenging but after 6 weeks it becomes the most amazing thing in the world! Once you and baby master it. There is one thing I wish I had is a tool to keep track of time and breast...I found this after the fact: http://nursingcovers.com/catalog.php?cat... It is a nursing braclet. I think this would be helpful.
Best of luck with your journey!
Rachael - posted on 01/12/2009
The electric double pump has been a life saver for me and my milk supply!!! Hospitals usually rent out pumps that are of great quality if you do need one and don't want to spend a lot of money (they usually carry Medella which I bought and LOVE). It also helped to pump off engorgement for the first couple of months.
The only other item that is exceptional is a breastfeeding cover...even if you don't plan to nurse in public it is nice to use at home when company is always stopping by that way you don't have to retreat to nurse.
Good luck I have love breastfeeding and will probably be sad when its over.
Yes, yes!! A nursing pillow is a must!
The rest are really wants and preferences. One thing I got (and nobody else mentioned unless I missed it) is a hooter hoodie. It's a nursing cape that goes around your neck and covers you and your baby while feeding, not unlike a kitched apron, but light weight and not around your waist. I use mine in public (even on public transit once when I had a diaper bag full of milk instead of the bottle and a very upset baby boy!), when I'm visiting friends, when I have company at home. Even the most supportive people may not want to see it all as you get started. It does take practice before you mater the art of being discreet. You can use a receiving blanket, but a flailed arm can knock it off or an unexpected breeze can blow it if you're outside. For pumping and then storing expressed milk, ask for breast milk freezer bags and make sure you have room in your deep freeze. Or maybe you need a small deep freeze!
Tammy - posted on 01/12/2009
There's a great book that I recommend to all my new Mommy friends - Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers - it's fantastic! Also - a case of water!! You'll want bottles that you can keep stashed beside you everywhere you go - You'll be really thirsty for the first while!! You'll just sit down, get that little one latched on, and go 'oh, I am sooo thirsty'! Keep water bottles everywhere!! Soon enough, you'll be able to walk around with them latched on, but for the first while, water water water!!
Good luck! Enjoy the precious time with your baby!!
Debbie - posted on 01/12/2009
I couldn't live without my nursing pillow, it has saved my back and arms. I had some nerve problems in my arms at the beginning and my massge therapist suggested a pillow like the one in this link.
Emily - posted on 01/12/2009
As the first poster said... you don't NEED anything. If you plan to go back to work or school while still breastfeeding, then you will want a good pump... a double electric if possible, and not from any company that is in any way affiliated with formula production. The best, breastfeeding friendly pumps are by Avent and Medela.
A good chair is nice, though I've found that I nurse just on the couch quite a bit, or at the dinner table, or anywhere I happen to be when baby is hungry (my baby is a year now). A boppy is good for the first few weeks to help you figure out good positioning without killing your arms. Lansinoh breastpads are by far the most absorbent disposable pad I've found... and I've gone through several brands. Lansinoh nipple cream is also wonderful, though you shouldn't need that much. If the hospital gives you some samples, that may be all you need. I barely went through the samples with my first. I went through the samples and a teeny bit more of a tube I bought with my second, and even less with my third. You don't need much at all, and if baby has a correct latch you shouldn't need any after the first few weeks.
Personally, I would skip the hospital breastfeeding course and find a local La Leche League group. (check llli.org) You'll find much more information and experience there, possibly some great new friends, and it's free.
As for nursing bras... as others have said, you don't really want to stock up on those until after your milk has come in and your supply has regulated a bit... somewhere around 6 weeks for me. You should invest in a good sleep bra... just something simple to hold a nursing pad while you're sleeping. You can also just wear that for a couple weeks while you're supply regulates.
Good luck!! Breastfeeding is definitely the best you can give your baby, and it's a wonderful experience, and beautiful relationship with your baby. :)
Laura - posted on 01/12/2009
A comfortable chair, like a rocker or glider. If you have room, set up a little table that you can keep a clean burp cloth and a glass of water within reach. Breastfeeding makes you really thirsty, and it's important to stay hydrated. I also love my Boppy pillow and Medela breast pump. I had a hard time getting started nursing, and the silicone nipple shields really helped. It looks like a prosthetic nipple, but it makes it easier for the baby to latch on. I used them at every feeding for the first 8 weeks. Good luck, it's the best thing for your baby, and for you! I dropped my "baby weight" in no time!
The trick about nursing bras is that you really shouldn't buy more than one or two until after your milk really comes in (about 2 months after birth), because your cup size can change drastically. Nursing bras are expensive, so make sure you don't blow too much on them before your size settles.
That said, it's perfectly possible to nurse out of sportsbras, I'm assured.
If you're going to be going back to work fairly quickly and intend to continue feeding breastmilk after you do, you might want to invest in a pump -- a double electric one so it can do both sides at once quickly is what most people recommend. Medela is a good brand, but it's not the only one out there.
LANSINOH CREAM! Yes. For the win. That stuff is awesome. Works on chapped lips, too. :->
And definitely take a breastfeeding class: knowledge is power. If you can get your partner to attend with you, that makes a real difference -- gets him on board with the whole deal, and gives you an extra set of eyes, as well as an extra source of support should you get pushback or ignorant comments (from strangers or family).
I should note that the best thing for some moms about breastfeeding is that you DON'T have to buy stuff to do it -- you can save over $1,000 in the first eight months of breastfeeding over formula feeding, believe it or not, because you don't need the powder, so many bottles, little jars of 'special' food to start giving them at 6mos, and so on. I'm sure we all have ideas about what we could use that kind of money for. :->
Jovanne - posted on 01/12/2009
If you are eventually are going back to work or school, you will need a breast pump. I recommend the *Medela brand of pump. I use an electric pump and have no complaints. It works great for me and is not painful. Many women prefer the manual pump. You might want to consider a double pump if you have a fast pace job where you won't get much time to break and pump. You will also need breastmilk storage bags (I like the *Lasinoh brand ones). In the beginning, you will need breast pads that go in your bra (*Playtex brand only ones that don't itch). You stop leaking milk around 3 - 4 months (my experience). You may want to have *Lanolin, a special cream to prevent drying and cracking of the nipples when the baby is first learning how to nurse. I did not need to use it though. Some women use silicone nipple shields to help reduce the initial pains of nursing. Those did not help me though. There is only pain when the baby is learning how to nurse. The pain goes away between 2 -3 weeks. Just make sure the baby's lips are not tucked in their mouth and their tongue is under the nipple. If you are going back to work eventually where someone will stay home with the baby (or daycare), you will need a good bottle. I like the *Avent bottles the best. You may want to try a bunch of different brands to see which one your baby prefers.
**I definitely recommend you sign up for a Breastfeeding course at your hospital. I learned so much about how to keep your milk supply up and what to do if you think you are running low. They talk about how much they should be eating at different ages. There is never a need to supplement you baby with formula if you are breastfeeding correctly.
Kerry - posted on 01/12/2009
The most invaluable items for me are my breast pump (go manual, the electric ones can be harsh) and a couple of bottles so hubby can feed too to give you a rest. The pump is also handy to express if you get engorged or baby decides to miss a feed
I also used Lansinoh nipple cream and swore by it in the first few weeks and a nipple shield just in case you get very sore - I would have quit without one
even if your breastfeeding, still get a steriliser because they are good for dummies, some toys, sippy cups etc
most importantly, a supportive family and perseverance!!
Allie - posted on 01/12/2009
You don't NEED any special equipment to breastfeed..... However there are things which will make your life easier.
Nursing Bras and tops so that you can feed without exposing yourself.
Breast Pads are useful to catch leeks
If you want to be able to leave your baby with other people or allow your partner to feed her you will need a pump and bottles or a cup. If you are going to be pumping regularly (eg returning to work etc) You should get a doble electric pump. these seem expensive but are well worth it especially if you plan on having more that 1 child. I picked mine up cheeply on Ebay.
The most important thing is that you do what feels right for you and don't let anyone pressure you.
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