Second time around I have found breastfeeding so much easier. Although I found it very easy compared to most first time around, I struggled with over-supply issues for about 4 weeks and Oliver would only feed from one side. This time I haven’t had too many problems. My milk came in very quickly (on the second day!) so I never had that nightmare night where they’re up every hour. My supply settled pretty quickly and I think I’ve just had a bit more of a load back approach to feeding Henry. I thought today I would share some of my essentials for breastfeeding.
A well fitted nursing bra
This is something I didn’t have for a while after I had Oliver and I feel it did contribute to my oversupply problems. I was fitted during pregnancy at both M&S and Debenhams and they had me in really badly fitting bras (I was fitted in a 36E and when I went to Bravissimo I was a 32H!) This time around I got regularly measured at Bravissimo during and after pregnancy and I now know what to look for in a good fitting bra!
This is an essential during those early days when your body’s adjusting too feeding your baby. I’ve used a few nipple creams in the past and nothing compares to a lanolin cream! Lansinoh are my favourite, but I have noticed that a lot of stores have started bringing out their own versions. Thankfully second time around I haven’t need to use it much as I think my body is used to feeding a baby!
As much as you really don’t want it to happen, you’ll have leakages! Again, I’ve tried a fair few types and the Lansinoh ones are by far my favourite disposable pad, they’re super absorbent and really thin. Once my milk had really settled and I didn’t have so many leakages I switched to a reusable washable pad which were also great.
A night light
When feeding overnight I always found that turning my lamp on woke both me and my baby up a lot more than we needed to be. This time around I have been using the MeeMooBaby MeeLight which is brilliant. It’s a rechargeable night light which clips onto your clothing so you can see what you’re doing but it’s not so bright it wakes you up. I use it on the lowest light when feeding and when I need to change Henry’s nappy I use the brightest setting. Personally I have found it doesnt really wake me up too much and I can go back to sleep very quickly once Henry’s finished feeding.
Plenty of good muslins
A good quality muslin is a must have. I’ve bought cheap muslins in the past and they just don’t compare to the ones you invest a little money in! I love the aden + anais ones, and if you have the swaddle muslins they make a great nursing cover if you want to cover up whilst feeding out and about.
Other than those essentials, I would say a good supportive partner, family and friends around you is something that really helps with your breastfeeding journey. My husband was on board from day 1 with Oliver, which helped massively. If I’m feeding Henry he is straight there asking if I need a drink, snack, anything!i
What are/were your essentials for breastfeeding? I’d love to hear in the comments!
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