Many of us will attempt breastfeeding for at least a short period of time once we deliver, and what I find many of my client’s forget is that breastfeeding requires more than just a baby, a pump, and some bottles. If you exclusively breastfeed, it generally also requires more than just your baby too!
Once we deliver, our breasts start producing colostrum, and as the days grow postpartum our milk supply starts to come in. This is not without sore breasts, hot breasts, and eventually most likely bloody, cracked, very sensitive nipples.
Our breasts eventually get the hang of things, and things start to improve, and nipple tenderness and pain start to go away. Here are a few of my favorite things to help ease this transition:
- Nipple Cream—a must have. I really like Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter because it is safe enough for baby to nurse with it on your nipple
- Breast Gel Pads—Lansinoh Soothies are my favorite—put them in the refrigerator
- Nursing Pads—because you will leak. I really like washable Bamboomies
- Breastfeeding Bras—you can get these anywhere, but just make sure they are comfortable, and easily detachable for breastfeeding access
- Breastfeeding friendly clothes—you don’t have to buy fancy new breastfeeding clothes, just clothes that easily unbutton, unhook, unsnap, or have a wide v-neck are necessary
- Haakaa—There are two products here that I really like, the manual breast pump, and the silicone ladybug milk collectors that you can put right into your bra to collect extra milk
I hope this list of “extras” helps to make the transition home and breastfeeding alittle easier, more hygge!