While the breast is the essential component in breastfeeding, it’s smart to keep some helpful supplies on hand. These items can be easily stored in a small bag next to your nursing chair and in the baby bag:
- Nursing Pads (disposable or washable) fit comfortably inside a nursing bra and allow mothers to not worry about embarrassing and uncomfortable milk leakage. They can also help cushion tender or sore nipples especially in the early days.
- Though breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt, while moms are adjusting to breastfeeding, they may experience soreness or tenderness. It is important to address the underlying issue but also to deal with the soreness and pain. Ultra-pure LansinohHPA® Lanolin will help heal sore, cracked nipples and is the only topical nipple treatment endorsed in the USA by La Leche League International. Additionally, Soothies by Lansinoh Gel Pads provide cooling relief for sore, tender nipples.
- A quality breast pump – electric, battery-operated, or manual – will allow the baby to benefit from breastmilk, even if the breast is not available due to work, school or a day or night out. For moms returning to work, using a double electric breastpump is essential for keeping up your milk supply and being able to express both breasts at the same time.
- Breastmilk is liquid gold so having containers or storage bags made for safely storing breastmilk are essential for freezing or refrigerating your milk.
- Nursing Bras make access by the breastfeeding baby that much easier and can offer much-needed support for your larger-than-usual breasts. Don’t buy too many before you have the baby so you can see what size you will need after you give birth and you are regularly breastfeeding.
- Some moms choose to wear special nursing clothing but it is not an absolute. Avoiding one-piece items – wearing separates instead- can work just as well and can offer your baby easy access when coupled with a nursing bra.
By: Gina Ciagne, CLC
Director, Breastfeeding and Consumer Relations