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Here are 11 helpful checklist items that can improve your chances of breastfeeding success. Not only will they help you overcome some of the most common physical and emotional challenges associated with nursing, but they’ll also help you bond with your baby and stress less. I hope this real-life advice comes in handy and helps to make your journey an enjoyable one!
Wet diapers are a good indicator of whether or not your child is receiving enough breast milk. During the first week, your infant should have as many wet diapers as they are old.
Day 1: 1 wet diaper, 1 poopy diaper
Day 2: 2 wet diapers, 2 poopy diapers
Day 3: 3 wet diapers, 3 poopy diapers
At 5 days of life, you should expect 5 wet diapers but the number of soiled diapers should level out around 3 a day.
2. A comfortable and quiet place to nurse
While a breastfeeding station with a nursing chair and accessories isn’t *absolutely* necessary, it makes a big difference for Mom, especially when she’s nursing multiple times a night. If you’re on a budget, check out Facebook groups or Craigslist for deals on rocker chairs or gliders!
3. A soft nursing bra (and comfy sleep bra)
When your body begins to produce milk, your breasts will feel heavy and full. It’s important to have a supportive bra to keep you comfortable, it’s also great for keeping nursing pads in place.
4. A breastfeed clip to hold up your shirt and eliminate neck strain
Every time I see a mom cinching her shirt with her chin, while breastfeeding, I feel for her. I know how insanely uncomfortable it can be and that’s why I created LatchPal. When mom use our shirt holder, they can nurse in comfort without neck strain.
5. A nursing pillow, a small one is fine.
Nursing pillows come in all shapes and sizes. They all offer benefits, however, my personal preference is the smaller travel sized pillows. They provide ample support, without bulk. Do your research…I’d recommend purchasing a breastfeeding support pillow that’s been designed by a lactation consultant.
6. Warming Packs for soothing tender breasts
Breast soothies/warm therapy packs are ideal for treating breast conditions. Make sure the breast soothie is BPA Free, Non Toxic, and can provide warm and cool therapy. Keep your eyes out for convenient ones that can be warmed in the microwave.
7. Burp cloths, there will be lots of spit up.
Spit Happens….be prepared, because it’s bound to happen when you least expect it.
8. Breastfeeding handbook or Facebook group
Find a support breastfeeding support network– that can cheer your on, offer advice, and encouragement.
9. Organic Nipple balm or salve
This is a must have for new moms! Breast health is important and keeping skin supple will help your body recover from nipple soreness and prevent painful cracking. Plus balms and butters double as the perfect lip moisturizer!
10. Absorbent Nursing pads (reusable or disposable)
Milk leaks are a right of passage for any milk making mamas and since you never know when it *might* happen, nursing pads are a must. There are a variety of nursing pads and it’s important to figure out which works best for you. You can read more about nursing pads here
11. Body products without artificial fragrance, parabens, or aluminum
Pregnancy and breastfeeding often prompt a woman to take a closer look at the bath and body products she’s using. Many household brands have additives and synthetic fragrances that leave a residue on your skin. That’s why I love this line of bath & body products, it’s pregnancy and breastfeeding friendly.
Lastly, as a new mom….Buy yourself an inexpensive bouquet of flowers each week, this simple treasure will lift your spirits and brighten your days. Worth it!