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Breastfeeding can be so much more complex than you think. I have breastfed two kiddos to eight months, and even though I wanted to breastfeed my third child we didn’t make it that far. With her being born prematurely and having a bad case of acid reflex it just didn’t work out for us to breastfeed. However, I created a stockpile while she was in the hospital for 47 days. So I also know all about pumping exclusively. These tips are things I wish I would have known when I began breastfeeding.
Tips and Tricks to Make Breastfeeding Work Better for You.
Use Lanolin. With my first child I “toughed it out” after all isn’t this what my body was made to do? It was horrible. My nipples were cracked and bleeding. I wish I would have got a bottle of lanolin and used it! With my second child lanolin saved my nipples. With my third child, I would line the pump flange with a small amount of lanolin and it helps keep my nipples from getting irritated.
Invest in some cooling pads. Back on the topic of “toughing it out”, never again (Even though I’m done having babies). I didn’t try the cooling breast pads until I had my third child and they were so soothing to raw nipples. Pumping every three hours sucked, but we do what we gotta do. They took the burn and deep sting away.
Use a nursing pillow. Nursing is tough work and even though six pounds seems light, a nursing pillow gives much-needed support. Plus, once your baby starts doing tummy time it is a great item to have. A nursing pillow is so versatile. Wait until after you have a baby to get a nursing bra. While you’re pregnant you may feel tempted to get a nursing bra. I know I was, but truth be told your breast fluctuate in size once your baby is born and after your milk comes in. Once your milk comes in, you will know what size bra you need. Spend the money on a good pump. If you plan on going back to work, or you just want to create a stockpile, you need a good pump. With my first child, I got the cheapest pump I could find and I hated it. The suction was terrible and even though I would pump 20 minutes I was yielding little results. I decided investing in a good pump was the way to go. Even though it was expensive the Medela Pumpwas a lifesaver when my daughter was in the NICU. Breast milk storage bags vs. storage bottles. I think the bottles are terrible. They leave little space in your freezer and they are expensive. These bags herewere my favorite. It makes storing breast milk so much easier. I would only freeze up to 4 ounces per bag and I would place them flat while they were freezing for optimal space. Get a pumping Bra. These things seem like a crappy investment, but they are so worth it. If you plan on pumping, even if it’s just once a day, hands-free pumping is the way to go. I used to get so much work done just while pumping. It definitely helped pass the time. Nursing cover. I am all for the free the nipple campaign, but I used a nursing cover about half the time in public. It made it easy if I wasn’t doing the two t-shirt method. Don’t spend a lot of money on nursing pajamas. Breastfeeding in the middle of the night can be a challenge. Buying some breastfeeding-friendly pajamas can make your life easier. You can get the ridiculous expensive pajamas specifically for nursing or you can find a soft tank or a spaghetti strap dress that works just the same. My favorite nursing attire for bed was this dress here. Buy a reusable water bottle. Breastfeeding moms need a lot of water for adequate milk production. When I was breastfeeding I ordered this water bottleherebecause I hate the way tap water tastes and I was going through so many water bottles a day. Staying hydrated is extremely important.