When I became pregnant with my first child, I knew almost immediately that I would breastfeed. What I didn’t know, was just how challenging it would feel in the beginning, or that I would need anything special to keep me comfortable. If I could go back and tell myself what I know now, these would be the 5 must have items that I would make sure to have on hand to ensure that I had a smooth experience nursing my little one and thus enjoy the bonding experience even more.
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Can you believe that I had no idea I needed a special bra to nurse my baby? I quickly learned just how vital it was to have a soft, comfortable yet supportive bra with open cups to help you feed your little one on demand. There are many different brands on the market to choose from but my favorite has been these ThirdLove Nursing Bras. They are simple, soft and provide everything a nursing mother needs.
I nursed all three of my children on demand and if there was something I learned quickly, it was that wearing clothing that was designed for nursing is 100 times easier and less stressful (for both mom and baby) than a non nursing clothing item. Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot on the market that is designed for nursing while staying stylish. Or until recently anyway. Pink Blush carries a variety of nursing friendly clothing that is both stylish and comfortable!
3. Nursing Pads
Until your nursing supply regulates, you will find that you are a complete leaky mess. I will never forget the day I was out with my son and I leaked through my bra and t-shirt… I had to walk around with two circular wet marks on my shirt. It was so embarrassing. Keeping yourself dry with help ensure your comfortability and these Nursing Pads help do the job, day and night!
This is important even as an experienced nursing mama. Those first few weeks can be rough on your breasts leaving them feeling raw, sore or cracked. Lansinoh Breastfeeding Salve helps soothe and protect your nipples and is safe for both mom and baby!
It takes some time to really figure out your nursing style and there is nothing better than a Boppy Nursing Pillow to help you find the right position to feed your baby. These are especially helpful after a c-section! I used my Boppy during my first nursing experience for a few months and then probably for about a month with my second and third babies.
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