Friday, 6 November 2015
My Breastfeeding Must-Haves!
Lansinoh Lanolin Cream
Use this as soon as you give birth. I didn't use it for a couple of days when my nipples were already sore, but I think had I used it earlier it may have stopped some of the irritation.
3-4 Nursing Bras
They constantly need washing so it's good to have a few. I like Emma Jane and Carriwell. I also have the sports bra from Boob which (although expensive) is brilliant!
Nursing Sleep Bras
If I don't wear a sleep bra, I wake up drenched in milk. Not pleasant! -- This was at the beginning, but once my milk had regulated at 3-4 months this stopped.
Snood Scarf or Dark Shawl
These are great for feeding in public. My snood is a thin cotton one from Primark. Of course if it's winter as long as you have a coat or jumper you can throw over yourself, you can be pretty discrete. I found that summer is harder in terms of breastfeeding!
I often pop one of these just below my boob to stop milk leaking while feeding (especially in the early days - not so necessary when milk has regulated). Breastfeeding can be quite messy and if you're in public or just don't want to constantly be changing your top, this can help - unless your baby decides to spit out all the milk he just drank on you :)
Medela Swing Maxi Double Electric Breastpump
This is the only pump I've used so I don't have anything to compare it to but it works really well for me. It's quick, easy to use and I can usually get a good amount of milk, especially if I pump in the morning. I would really suggest getting a pump if you want a little time away from your baby...This was invaluable for me in the early days and also meant I could have a cheeky glass of wine too :)
Cereal bars or quick to grab snacks
If your baby needs feeding and you think may be sat down for ages, cereal bars are wonderful. I've personally become obsessed with flapjacks. James always seems to cry for food right when I'm starting to get hungry - typical!
Bottles of water
Obviously you need to drink lots of water when you're breastfeeding so it's good to have bottles ready in your fridge that you can quickly grab.
I was recommended to take vitamins the whole time I'm breastfeeding.
I don't recommend bothering with special breastfeeding tops except maybe a couple of clip down camisoles to wear at home. H&M do a pack of two for £14.99. But these aren't really that necessary.
I hope this was helpful to any new mummies or pregnant ladies