5 MUST HAVES FOR EXCLUSIVE BREAST FEEDING
5 Must Haves for Exclusive Breast Feeding
It is a well-known fact that exclusive
Not Your Average Hobby
I have spent many years
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
Must-Haves for Exclusive Breast Feeding
1. NURSING BRA
If there is one thing that can make or break a comfortable
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?
PROS: The straps are nice and thick that provide good support for a full breasted woman. It has enough
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
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?
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
If you are a veteran
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?
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.
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?
PROS: Lily Padz
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
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?
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.
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