While the hardest part of having a baby is over (re: the actual giving birth part), now we move on to the next stage: breastfeeding. First of all, I have an open mind about it. Breastfeeding is a personal choice, and sometimes not even an option. So I’m not here to make you feel bad if you don’t.
That state of mind also means I can keep it real with you about breastfeeding. It’s a challenge. It feels like a lot of pressure to have to supply nutrition to another human being. Plus, you are also taking care of yourself, making sure to hydrate and keep from getting sick. It can be painful for different reasons (it is for me).
But having said that, here I am, doing it again. Why? Because my oldest rarely gets sick, and has no allergies that we know of. I largely credit that to breastfeeding. (He’s also super smart, but I can’t prove that has to do with breastfeeding.) Since I am physically able to, I am opting to do it for my second son as well.
There are certain things that prove to be amazingly helpful in the process of breastfeeding.
- Huge water bottle – You should be drinking a crazy amount of water if you’re producing milk for your baby! I have the biggest one I could find, 30 ounces, and I chug four or five a day.
- Comfortable nursing chair – I’ve been through multiple, and I can tell you that it is worth the investment to get a comfortable, supportive one. I’ve even been sleeping in this reclining one from Pottery Barn Kids.
- Healthy snacks – Want to get on Mama’s good side? The people who feed me are my favorite people right now. Breastfeeding makes you hungry all. the. time.
- Cardigans – While you’re nursing and recovering from delivery, your body undergoes lots of changes. A cozy cardigan is a great layering option, and fits when nothing else does.
- Netflix, or entertainment subscription – Maybe this is just for pumping moms? I’m appreciating something to watch while I’m up in the middle of the night.
- Lanolin – I won’t go into detail, but for the comfort of the mama, lanolin is key.
- Nap time, or alone time – Giving Mama a break is one of the kindest things you can do. Watch the baby while Mom gets a shower, time out, or a nap.
- Nursing pillow – A nice nursing pillow means less strain on arms and back, and it stays useful for baby in the future, too.
- Nursing cover – At some point, like it or not, you’re probably going to have to breastfeed in public. Nursing covers provide comfort and privacy, which I appreciate.
Covered Goods recently sent me one of their original multi-functional covers to try (re: the best ones on the market), and can I tell you? I love it. Anything that has multiple uses for a momma is gold. Not only is this a nursing (or pumping) cover, it acts as a scarf, car seat cover, and store cart cover. Meaning I can put it over the carseat on the way to the doctor’s office, use it while feeding the baby, wear it as a scarf through the visit, and put it back on the carseat on the way home.
Also, it’s soft and incredibly comfortable, and comes in gorgeous patterns. It gives great coverage for mama, and did I already mention it has multiple uses? Okay, I’m done.
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Any other breastfeeding essentials that I missed?