The decision to breastfeed is a great one but can also be a huge undertaking in general. Having the right products can make nursing a lot easier.
Nursing Bra- A great invention for mom and baby. It allows for easy accessibility and you don’t have to ruin the shape of your regular bra attempting to feed your babies. When snapped, they also provide superior support. This is important when your breast fill with milk and become heavy.
Breast Pads– Having nursing pads are essential once you first have your little sweethearts. They help avoid those embarrassing moments when your babies cry and your shirt begins to look like you entered a wet t-shirt contest. In the beginning you will be changing these frequently because at a moments notice your breast can fill up and eject that miracle liquid called breast milk through your bra on your clothes. Finding a comfortable breast pad may take some trial and error. You want one that fits correctly around your breast, as well as one that can fill up without being so noticeable. I suggest Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads. They cover the entire areola and keeps you as dry as possible. Until your body regulates your milk supply these will be one of your favorite items.
Lanolin Cream– This was my saving grace for all my children but especially my boys. They were aggressive nursers and left me feeling sore. Once I put the cream on, my nipples were instantly relieved. Lanolin cream prevents chapping after frequent nursing and is safe for babies to ingest. I used Lansinoh Nursing Cream before and after nursing my little ones consistently for the first 3 months.
Nursing Cover- While there are laws that allow mom to nurse publicly, most moms I know aren’t comfortable with being exposed. To maintain your modesty I suggest the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Nursing Cover. It’s light, breathable fabric makes it comfortable for baby and it allows you to see your babies without exposing yourself.