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How To Prepare For Breastfeeding Before Birth

Breastfeeding is a natural and safe way to give your baby the nutrition she needs. However, some moms go in completely blind and have no clue what they are getting themselves into. First of all, it is true that breastfeeding helps you to lose some of the baby weight, but it does come at a cost. Breastfeeding can be painful, to the point of tears. This is not to scare you or change your mind about giving your baby formula, it’s just the truth! Breastfeeding is the healthiest way for your baby to get the proper nutrition she needs, but you need to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally, and physically before starting! So what products do I need to buy?

Nursing Bras

Nursing bras are a must. They provide better support for your larger-than-normal breasts. Also, they clasp in the front so you can breast feed without taking your entire bra off. Shop for your nursing bras a week or two before your due date so you can get one closest to the size your breasts will be when your milk comes. They can grow a size or two!

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Nursing Camisoles Or Shirts

These have convenient flaps that allow you to breastfeed with ease. They are discreet and easy to use. The good camisoles are supportive and can act as a camisole and bra in one!

Nursing Pillows

These are meant to prevent you from straining your neck, shoulders, and back while breastfeeding. They are better at keeping your baby supported and in a good position for feeding than regular pillows.

 

Breast Pads

Don’t freak out when your breasts leak, it’s normal! They can leak when a baby cries or just whenever. Using breast pads inside your nursing bra will prevent embarrassing milk stains in your shirts. They have disposable pads as well as reusable, washable ones.

 

Breast Pump

A breast pump is useful even if you don’t plan on pumping regularly. Some bundles come with a few bottles, but you’ll need to get an extra set or two (or three) especially if you’re going to pump regularly! You can see if you’re eligible for a free breast pump through your health insurance by clicking on the Image Source link below the photo!

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Nipple Cream

Nipple cream is great for breastfeeding moms! It helps to reduce pain during feedings. Make sure the tube says that it is okay for your baby to inhale or digest just in case it isn’t dry by the time she needs to eat again.

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It’s okay if breastfeeding hurts. It can be easier on your nipples to pump than breastfeed, but it all depends on the person, everyone’s different! Be sure to write yourself a reminder to get the number of at least one lactation consultant from the hospital. She will be able to help you with any concerns inside or outside of the hospital! Best of luck!

 

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