The hectic anticipation during and the euphoria over your baby’s arrival have barely subsided, and now you have a whole new task on your hands that’s sure to consume your entire day. Yes, you guessed it. It’s breastfeeding your little angel! Babies tend to feed up to 20 times a day. That’s a lot. Therefore, it becomes important to make your comfort a priority. After all, if you’re not comfortable, you won’t be able to nurse well, and if you don’t nurse well, the baby will be uncomfortable. You don’t want that! So, we’ve listed down a couple of must haves that will make breastfeeding easier, smarter and more comfortable for you.
Babies have a tendency of waking up at odd hours for milk. But it is unrealistic for you to stay up at these odd hours day after day, especially after you’ve had quite a hectic day yourself. Sometimes you just have to delegate. This is where a breast pump comes in handy. It’s simple, efficient and completely safe. Just express out some milk and store it in a milk bottle or milk bag for those late-night shifts, so that you can catch up on some sleep while daddy feeds the baby.
Your bra size may have increased during pregnancy, but don’t expect it to stop there! Your breasts will grow larger during the nursing period. So, it’s best to invest in some nursing bras that are bigger, comfier and offer enough support. A bra that’s too tight may obstruct milk production and supply, whereas a bra that’s too loose may actually be uncomfortable and irritable.
You seriously cannot have enough of these little gems! When you’re lactating and nursing, your body develops an automated response to your baby’s needs. This means, whenever you hear your baby cry, your breasts start leaking milk! While there’s nothing wrong with this, things can get particularly complicated when you hear someone else’s baby cry, or are in a stressful situation and your breasts react! Cotton nursing pads come to the rescue by absorbing all the leakage without putting you in an awkward spot or ruining your clothes.
Breast shells or nipple shields are little silicon shell-shaped things that help soothe and protect sore and cracked nipples. Some women may have flat or inverted nipples, which may make breastfeeding a little trickier and uncomfortable than usual. These shells help draw out the nipples, making it easier for the baby to suckle.
You’ll grow to live on this during your breastfeeding phase. A nipple balm, particularly an organic one made of natural ingredients, will soothe and heal chapped nipples, providing you with much need relief. Get a dermatologically approved nipple balm or ask your gynaecologist to recommend you one!
Many mothers experience swelling, engorgement and extra sensitivity in their breasts in the early days of breastfeeding. Ice packs work wonders to ease swelling, whereas heat packs can help clear out clogged ducts as well as prevent excess leakage of breast milk. If you don’t want to purchase one, you can DIY one at home by simply using a soft washcloth soaked in warm water or ice cubes in a plastic pouch.
In the first four months or so, you’ll find yourself nursing the baby a lot – almost every hour! Your posture and position become extremely important, as sitting in the same position for prolonged period can cause damage to your body. Invest in a nursing pillow that provides ample support to your neck, shoulders, arms and back, improving your breastfeeding experience by leaps and bounds!
This is especially handy when you’re out in public places and need to feed your baby. You don’t have to get anything fancy. Just get a scarf of sufficient width, soft fabric and something you can wear as an accessory too!
It’s the little things that go a long way in easing this process and helping you focus on what’s important i.e. bonding with your baby. Experienced moms, what are some of your must-haves for breastfeeding? Tell us in the comments!
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