Preparation is a must for every mother. When you are expecting a new baby, you must make sure that everything you will need to take care of him or her is ready before birth. Most mothers are often clueless when it is their first time to breastfeed.
You must be ready for the most important part of your motherhood journey– breastfeeding. Part of getting ready is studying about it and gathering tips to breastfeeding. Of course, you need to at least consider the tips on breastfeeding so you and your baby can have a wonderful breastfeeding journey. Here’s a post on how to keep your baby during breastfeeding.
You should also understand that the breastfeeding experience is unique for moms, so the breastfeeding supplies that work for other moms might not work for you. You might need to ask for support from a lactation consultant or medical professionals.
To familiarize yourself with the breastfeeding supplies that you will need in general along with other helpful tips of breastfeeding, here is a helpful checklist:
The start of the breastfeeding period is what many moms worry about and this is where breast or nursing pads can help. At this stage, the breasts would naturally open up its milk ducts and cause milk to leak out of it. One way to make sure that no milk would be wasted is to use nursing pads.
This also saves moms from leaking their breast milk when they are out shopping for groceries, or when they are at work. Using these pads can also help you and your baby while breastfeeding even in public.
These leaks last for months and the rate of leakage is different for every mom. But one thing is for sure, these leaks can happen unexpectedly, and you really need to prepare for it!
2. Nursing bras
The next breastfeeding supplies that you should prepare a stock on, are nursing bras. A nursing bra helps a mother to feed her baby without taking off her bra and to ensure that the baby is feeding comfortably.
A nursing bra is designed with bra cups with flaps that can be opened or closed easily to free the nipple and allow a baby to suck on it easily. These bras can also be a good alternative to usual bras because they give better cushion to the enlarged breasts of a mother while she is lactating.
Aside from leakage and enlargement of your breasts, you will start to get cracked nipples when you start lactating. If you do not treat your nipples immediately, it may lead to bleeding. Of course, you do not want your baby to suck the blood out of your nipples.
The best way to treat your nipples during lactation is to use lanolin creams that can be applied before you nurse. You do not have to wipe it off because most creams are designed to be safe for infants and for the mother’s nipples while breastfeeding. Make sure to apply it again after your nurse to prevent further damages to your nipples.
You can also use these shells if you have sore, damaged, or leaky nipples during lactation. The material used to make these shells are silicone and plastic which greatly helps the skin around your breasts and nipples to recover.
It is important that you sterilize these shells before and after you use it. Do not attempt to sterilize it using boiling water because this can cause the material to lose its integrity. You can use any neutral soaps and tap water to clean it before, and after using it.
If you have difficulty maintaining a regular supply of your breastmilk for your baby, you can use a breast pump to help you. This pump induces lactation and allows you to store your breastmilk for future use.
Make sure to store your breastmilk retrieved from these pumps at a cool place. You can refrigerate it or if you have a freezer, much better.
Lastly, you can use a nursing pillow to give a comfortable buffer for your baby. You no longer have to hold the whole weight of your infant with your arms, because you can just use these pillows on your lap, and then you can lean your breasts towards your infant while you are nursing.
Keep in mind these breastfeeding tips
Now that you know the helpful breastfeeding supplies, you should consider buying them right away, when the time of your lactation is near.
For more information about breastfeeding tips, you can consult your doctor or OB Gyn so that you will be guided throughout your breastfeeding journey.