Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Breastfeeding bits for hospital

With no.2 due imminently I’m getting my breastfeeding bits together for hospital.

Now all you really need are boobs but there are a few other bits that make life easier:

  • Breastfeeding cushion - a u shaped cushion really helps those first few weeks with a tiny baby. The cheap and cheerful ones do just fine!
  • Comfy clothes – either front opening or I found it more convenient to wear a vest top under a t-shirt and then pull t-shirt up and vest down (this keeps a lot covered too).
  • Breastpads – cotton reusable washable ones are very comfortable but some people might prefer the convenience of disposable ones while in hospital.
  • Lahnisoh cream – great for moisturising during those first few days.
  • Breastfeeding bras – I particularly like the drop cup ones. Only two as breast size changes a few times as the milk comes in and then again as the supply settles.
  • ‘The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding’ book by La Leche League.
  • Contact details for breastfeeding support groups.
  • Most important - lots of determination, patience and a sense of humour.

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