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Breastfeeding Tools

Technically speaking, you donít need any breastfeeding tools to feed a normal, full-term baby. However, in practice, there are some things that you can buy to make your life a whole lot easier as a breastfeeding Mom.

You need not run out and buy the best of every product available on the market; however, it is wise to see what is available so that when the time comes, you know what you need and you know what you want.

Here is a list of breastfeeding tools that are useful. Some women live by them while others have done perfectly well without them.

Breastfeeding tools:
  • Nursing Bras
  • Nursing Clothing
  • Nursing Pillow (Boppy)
  • Good Breastfeeding Books
  • Breast Pads and Breast Shields
  • Lanolin Cream
  • Slings and Baby Carriers
  • Bassinets and Bedside Cribs
  • Rocking Chairs and Gliders
  • In addition to the above tools, you can also think about these actions that you can perform before Baby arrives:

    • Buy all the things that a newborn baby will need: diapers, wipes, onesies, clothes, blankets, burp rags, wipe cloths, lap pads, and so forth.

    • buy a car seat for the baby. In some hospitals, they will not allow you to leave unless you have a car seat for the baby. Not just a car seat, but one that is properly installed. Read about car seats here.

    • Cook food and freeze ready-to-eat meals. After your baby is born, you will be very busy, so these pre-cooked meals will save you time and effort.

    • Stock up on essentials like toilet paper and feminine pads. After the baby is born you will have lochia. This is a vaginal discharge similar to your monthly menstruation except that it goes on for 4 - 6 weeks(!). To avoid infection, do not use tampons. Imagine sending your husband to the store to buy feminine pads - what a disaster that will be!