Breastfeeding: 11 Things That May Help
Planning to breastfeed your baby? These items may come in handy.
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:
- 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.
11. A Phone Number for Help
Breastfeeding may sound like the most natural thing in the world. But it often doesn't come easily.
Having the number for a lactation expert can be a big help.
"Moms go out the door of the hospital in 36 hours, but the hard part of nursing is at 72 hours, when your milk comes in, and maybe your latch isn't what it should be," Huggins says.
Before you leave the hospital, ask the nurses for recommendations. Or call your pediatrician's office.
Many lactation consultants charge a fee -- typically $75 to $100 per hour. The expert help may be worth it. "That's what I'd rather see you spend your money on, rather than a $350 breast pump," Huggins says.