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5 MUST HAVES FOR EXCLUSIVE BREAST FEEDING

5 Must Haves for Exclusive Breast Feeding

It is a well-known fact that exclusive breast feeding is beneficial for both mom and baby. Unfortunately, it is not enough just to know that breast feeding is a good thing. To your benefit, there are so many out there willing to help along the way and share information that can make the process go much smoother.

Not Your Average Hobby

Breast feeding is a full-time job though and not always easy. It is nice to make sure you are fully prepared to help make the process less daunting. The last thing you want is to dread feeding your precious little one. After all, they need to eat quite often.

I have spent many years breast feeding. Some of my children I have had the privilege to enjoy exclusive breast feeding. Others I have needed to pump and store. Every situation requires a bit different set up to be fully prepared. Below I have compiled a list of my favorite things I have used along the way.

Needs Change Over Time

I remember with my first child I thought I needed so much to take care of them. My baby registry was out of control. Some of it was the excitement about having my first child. Walking through the store with the scanner was like winning the lottery. It is amazing how over the years my “needs” have drastically changed. Less is more. But it has to be the right less.

Let’s take a look at must-haves for exclusive breast feeding when your bundle of joy arrives.

Must-Haves for Exclusive Breast Feeding

1. NURSING BRA

If there is one thing that can make or break a comfortable breast feeding experience, it is an uncomfortable nursing bra. I have tried a variety of nursing bras. Some have made it in the garbage others returned to the store.

Alas, the one that I have been looking for all my life. A nursing bra that is a heaven send. Not only has it made it not only through years of nursing but I will continue to wear it after my nursing years are said and done. Which by the way is still possibly 10 years off. If something more comfortable comes along than this nursing bra I will be extremely surprised. Aside from sleeping you spend many hours a day in a bra that needs to be easily accessible and comfortable.

Which bra should you buy?

Lataly Womens Sleeping Nursing Bra Wirefree Breastfeeding Maternity Bralette

PROS: The straps are nice and thick that provide good support for a full breasted woman. It has enough give for engorgement without needing to go up in size to much. Speaking of size, it is sized really well. The material is thick, not flimsy as well as super soft to your own skin and your baby’s skin.

CONS: There is a pad insert I believe is an attempt at a nursing pad but it folds and is not easy to unfold when you are done nursing with one hand. Its a price I’m willing to pay for comfort, the softness, and great fit. I would remove the pad and just wear the Lilyz Pads instead.

Note: This is not necessarily a con after birth but worth mentioning just in case. I began wearing these bras before I gave birth and it rolled in the front. With the way the uterus comes up you will be hard-pressed to find any bra that doesn’t either dig in if it has wires or roll up.

2. CAMISOLE [in every color]

Keeping with the clothing theme here. Having the proper clothing that is easy to get around while still providing personal modest coverage is important. If you want to read more about preparing to breast feed you can find it here.

Wearing the right camisole under every shirt is the simplest way to have easy access while at the same time keep yourself covered. I have actually rarely needed a cover because of this fact which helps eliminate the need to fight with it at all or depend on having it. I still feel covered.

What Camisole should you buy?

Women’s Basic Cami with Adjustable Spaghetti Straps

PROS: Camisoles are always comfortable. They allow the option for remaining covered with an additional cover. Of course, my favorite is they come in every color to match every outfit. Finally, they are relatively cheap and easily replaceable. These are personal preference but these are the ones I use because they can be easily replaced.

CONS: Using a camisole requires pulling the camisole down in the same fashion as the nursing bra. You want to find one that is flexible to do that without overstretching the straps. But again if you find the right ones like these camisoles they have give and are super cheap.

3. PILLOW

If you are a veteran breast feeder you will most likely find you do not need a pillow for exclusive breast feeding. However, I have found even with as many children as I have breast fed, using a pillow helps keep me upright. Becoming unaware and slouchy can cause problems.

For instance, not sitting upright can cause your pelvic and hip joints to heal off center. I had to go to a chiropractor to have my pelvis adjusted since one side was much higher than the other. Caused me to limp after so long. These days I can nurse standing up just from experience but having a good support pillow like The Boppy is a must.

What pillow should you buy?

Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner

PROS: Wraps around the waist for baby to lay on. Can be easily adjusted. Comes with washable covers for those times of spit up or milk leaking out while baby feeds. My favorite is that The Boppy helps keep you upright and brings your baby up to the breast rather than you leaning over to meet the baby. This pillow can also be used to sit baby up. Has washable covers available as well for cleaning.

CONS: Cannot be used in a laying position. Although in the side-lying position the breast meets the baby at the right height.

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4. NURSING PADS

I fell in love with Lily Padz the first time I laid eyes on them. Over the years I have tried many different nipple pads. They are made to absorb the leaking milk that is sure to happen. The milk leaks through your bra, then your shirt. Everybody can see the big wet spot before you can and it is not fun.

However, the pads are usually made of some sort of fabric. They can usually be detected from the outside of your shirt as they are thick. They don’t stay in place. Can be very itchy. And leaves the nipple to dry out and crack, which I did not find fun, not to mention it’s painful.

What nursing pads should you buy?

Nursing pads

Lily Padz Nursing Pads

PROS: Lily Padz are made of silicon. They are washable quick with a bit of dish soap and hot water. They are immediately reusable. You stick them on and they stay in place whether you have a bra on or not. Great for night time feeding. You won’t have to leak all over your bed. Finally, someone was thinking of US! They keep you from leaking at all and therefore your nipple is not getting dried out but instead staying nice and soft.

CONS: They are more of an up-front cost in comparison to a box of 20 cloth pads. You get just two of the Lily Padz, however, they are reusable for quite some time.

5. BURP CLOTHS

Any time you feed a baby leaking, spit up, and burping are all part of the adventure. Let’s face it, babies and bodily fluids are a requirement it seems. As I shared before, my list and “need” changed over time with every child. I have found the decorative burp cloths that are skinny and long are not sufficient. They also cost more than what it is worth. I have used flat fold cloth diapers as burp cloths for years and they are amazing.

My husband and I have always made the gender of our child a surprise so I have grown very fond of white. After the first one or two, the same old green and yellow color tend to get a bit bland. White is clean and easy to throw in the wash with some bleach to ensure a nice deep clean. 

What cloth diapers should you buy?

Gerber Flatfold Cloth Diapers

PROS: White and clean. These cloth diapers are bigger in size than your typical burp cloth giving you more room for messes and big burps. Especially if you have a baby that spits up a lot. I’m sure it makes sense that cloth diapers are super absorbent, which is exactly what we want.

CONS: They are a bit firm out of the package. I imagine they are nicely pressed before being folded up. the nice white pressed feel is lovely but these could use a wash before use to soften the fabric.

At the end of the day being prepared for exclusive breast feeding doesn’t require a lot but it requires the right things. I hope this has helped bring some simplicity in needs. If there is anything you absolutely cannot live without for exclusive breast feeding please share in the comments section below. Happy Nursing! 🙂

 

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