As a first time mom I went into breastfeeding like a kid trying to ride without training wheels for the first time! Nervous, clueless, and scrambling for the right things to do! Here’s a few tips that I learned along the way that I hope put some ease of mind to other momma’s!
Disclaimer: I am not writing this post to advocate that Breastfeeding is the only way. If formula feeding works better for your family that is wonderful, your baby is getting great nutrients! This is simply a post I wish I could have read before starting my journey! <3
There is NO Perfect Way
The biggest piece of advice that got me through the first couple weeks is to RELAX! If mom is uptight and stressed, baby will sense that and react accordingly. Just breathe…your body is capable of so many miraculous things! If you’re pregnant and preparing to breastfeed for as long as you can here are some essentials to get before baby arrives that will surely ease your mind once they’re here.
- Washable and disposable breast pads. I say to have some of each so that you’re fully prepared and can decide which ones are best for you once baby is here. I have found that pros of disposable pad are ease of use because they stick in place, comfort because they are thinner, and it’s easy to toss them in the garbage when you’re done with a pair. Cons of the disposable variety include: more cost than washable, not as absorbent, and not environmentally friendly (you will go through a lot). Here is a commission link <http://shopstyle.it/l/yKbM> for my favorite kind from target. Pros of the washable breast pads include: environmentally friendly, very absorbent, and much cheaper because they’re a one time buy. Cons include: they are thicker and might be less comfortable for you, you have to wash them (more laundry), and they don’t always stay in place. I have these from Amazon and like them (commission link <http://amzn.to/2C6jPRQ>, but have also been interested in trying these to see if they are slightly thinner and more comfortable (commission link <http://amzn.to/2EBYO3b>.
- A poncho for feeding in front of people or in public. You are certainly able to mark this as optional if you are one who is more comfortable without covering up. I fall into the category of wanting to be covered, not because I’m nervous or ashamed of what people think, but because I’m more comfortable that way. That said, I was so lucky to come across the most wonderful cover and now recommend it to any other breastfeeding mommas. I have the Olive and White Stripe Cover Me Poncho and absolutely love it! They have a huge variety of other colors and patterns. This poncho is so comfortable for mom and baby because it is very stretchy, lightweight, and breathable. It also covers everything with easy because it wraps all the way around front to back. I promise, you will love this! This is a non-commission link <https://covermeponchos.com/>
- Nursing tops! I simply cannot stress this one enough, if you are breastfeeding it’s like you have to revamp your wardrobe to make life easier. I have good news..you do not have to break the bank or revamp your entire wardrobe. I found that having a few tank tops and a few long sleeve nursing tops got me exactly what I needed to be comfortable in any season, and look cute at the same time! The Latched Mama website has all of these things and more. You will love the quality and comfort! I bought two of their hoodies and wore the heck out of them 🙂 Also a non-commission link <https://latchedmama.com/?utm_campaign=fb&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=ctabutton>
- A bottle of fenugreek supplements if you’re nervous about your production/supply. Fenugreek is a natural way to help boost breastmilk supply. I used to take one-two every day. Here is the commission link to the ones I like <http://amzn.to/2HpNS6i>. I now take products from legendairymilk.com because my supply dropped significantly when I started my monthly cycles again. They seem to be helping as well!
- The correct size pumping flanges. I had my lactation appointment and was told that the standard 24mm flanges that came with my breast pump should fit fine. Not knowing anything about breast pumps I thought that was great…6 weeks later when I tried pumping for the first time I was so frustrated I was about to pull my hair out! Not only did that size not work I needed a size FIVE millimeters smaller!! The chart for finding your correct size can be found here. And this is the commission link <http://amzn.to/2CvoNTO> for the flanges I purchased for my Medela Breast Pump. Reduce your stress by looking into this chart before baby arrives! You got this momma!
- I know I’ve listed this in other posts, but nipple balm is essential! Take care of those girls and they are sure to thank you for it! Commission link <http://amzn.to/2BB12wR> for my favorite Balm 🙂
- Breast milk storage bags (if you plan to pump and save some in the freezer). I tried three different kinds and ultimately found that the Dr. Browns Breastmilk Storage Bags performed the best for me. They are a good size and seem to hold up well when being thawed. Commission link <http://amzn.to/2EOYX2o>
Again, I am not an expert or a doctor, but these simple things are the knowledge I wish I had before I jumped right in and stressed myself out. Just remember, you are a Super Mom and your baby is going to love you no matter what!!
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