If you plan to breastfeed your baby, there are a couple of things that you can buy to make life as a new mum a lot easier for yourself. Especially during your first days, breastfeeding can be really draining and hard, so I thought I’d share my Top 3 breastfeeding buys to give you an idea what is out there and what might be helpful:
Maternity bras/nursing bras
These are on top of my list for a reason. Your body changes an awful lot during pregnancy and a very common change is an increase in your breast size. Your breasts will be considerably larger than pre-pregnancy and pre-baby, so it is important that you find a bra that is comfortable and supports your breasts. When you are nursing your baby it is also important that you have easy access to your breasts. Before giving birth to Amy, I always thought that nursing bras had to be boring and ehm a little ugly, but if you are about to give birth or fancy something a little more fashionable, then check out maternity bras from Figleaves or Bras4Mums. With hundreds of different styles to choose from, I am sure you’ll find the perfect nursing bra for yourself.
Some people find these a waste of money as they think they can achieve the same effect with a normal pillow or cushion, but I found my breastfeeding pillow invaluable during the first couple of weeks. It helps you to position your baby and get comfortable when feeding. I even used mine to sit on after birth. There are a lot of different designs out there and I used a pregnancy pillow that transformed into a breastfeeding pillow after birth, but it’s worth checking what is out there to find something that really fits your needs.
You can’t ever have too many breast pads. I didn’t think it was possible, but boy will your breasts leak once your milk comes in. I remember forgetting to put them in my bra before we went out for the day and three hours later I resembled a sprinkler system with embarrassing wet patches on my top. Not a good look, so do stock up on them. They don’t cost a lot and are really useful. Fellow mummy blogger Pippa from A Mother’s Ramblings even made breast pad snowmen with them, no lie!