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Breastfeeding: 11 Things That May Help

Planning to breastfeed your baby? These items may come in handy.

7. Space in Your Bedroom continued...

You could move your baby's crib into your room. Or you could buy a special co-sleeper crib that attaches to the side of your bed.

Don't put the baby in your bed, though. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns against co-sleeping with your baby. Sleeping with your infant created an increased chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) as well as a chance that you could roll over your baby while sleeping and suffocate the baby.

8. A Drink of Water

Many lactation experts tell new moms to drink water whenever they nurse. And with good reason:

"If you get dehydrated, your milk supply will suffer," Knox says. "If your pee is dark and not very frequent, it's a sign that there's not enough water going through your body. You want pale yellow urine."

How much water should you drink? Everyone's needs vary, but many non-nursing women strive for eight 8-ounce glasses daily. You'll need to drink your usual amount, plus more to account for the baby's needs. You will probably need at least three to four extra 8-ounce glasses a day, for a total of 11-12 glasses of fluids a day.

9. An Ever-Present Diaper Bag

Babies digest breast milk quicker than formula, leading to frequent dirty diapers. So you'll need a well-stocked diaper bag.

In it, pack:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Ointment
  • A changing pad or towel
  • A change of clothes for the baby
  • Breast pads, a drink, and a cover-up for yourself

Everything should fit comfortably into a typical diaper bag.

10. A Nursing Station

At home, choose a comfortable spot where you'll sit to nurse.

Beds and couches don't offer ideal back support. Instead, try an armchair.

"Padded-arm office chairs are perfect," Huggins says. "So are dining room chairs. You'll be able to sit upright without spending $600 on a swivel rocker."

The chair in your at-work pumping station should have arms. Putting photos of your baby next to the chair may help trigger your milk let-down reflex.

"Looking at a picture or video of your baby – or sometimes, just thinking about your baby – are the more popular ways to stimulate a let-down," Spangler says.

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