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17/07/2013 at 15:32
Thinking ahead here a bit so I can make sure I have the baby budget right. What so I need for breastfeeding? I have looked online and found a rather extensive list that freaked me out and looked super expensive.
Are these starter kits any good? Any advise would be welcome xx
17/07/2013 at 15:43
You don't really need that much - feeding bras, breast pads, lansinoh, muslins - erm, can't think of much else other than a pair of boobs of course!
17/07/2013 at 15:46
A boob or two
No , really , not much. People say don't buy stuff incase you don't get on with bf and have problems etc. but it's obviously up to you if you want to be prepared in advance.
To actually breast feed the only thing i would say you actually NEED is a tube of Lansinoh cream to protect your poor nips.
Anything else is just an extra.
a v shaped pillow is good for resting baby on.
A breast pump for when you want to express. You tend to be advised not to express for the first few weeks so can easily buy a pump in that time once you know you are ok breast feeding and not switching to formula. Although I bought my pump in advance just because I was in tk maxx one day and it was reduced to a fiver as the box was dented so was too good to miss ( it was a manual Phillips avent)
A steriliser and bottles. You could buy these in advance as would be needed if you switch to ff anyway. But perhaps don't buy too many of one type of bottle as some babies prefer one brand over another
That's it really I think.
You really don't need much equipment for it.
I would highly recommend the Lansinoh though. It seems expensive as its about a tenner for the tube but I only used half the tube in the 6 months I bf so will be using the other half a tube for this baby!! Put it on from day one don't wait to start feeling sore. It's the best stuff ever!
WDeedeeS, not a lot really - boobs, breast pads, muslins, nursing bras and lots of cake! Support and knowledge are the most valuable things - www.kellymom.com is a great place to start, lots of articles on what to expect from a newborn and how to get started.
17/07/2013 at 15:49
Just as a side note, I never used Lansinoh or any other cream and had no problems with sore nipples in 2.5 years of feeding.
17/07/2013 at 15:50
Just to add, I only bought one BFing top and rarely wore it - preferred to just have lowish cut tops that I could pull down and used muslin to drape over and hide anything. Plus I bought nursing bras instead of maternity ones - saved having to buy two different lots that would both be used for a short period of time (although I did BF for over 2 years but stopped wearing them after a year of so, so did get quite a bit of wear)
17/07/2013 at 15:52
Breast pads. Disposable at the beginning and then after supply settles you can use the reusable ones, and eventually none at all! Muslins, although they are handy anyway, um... nursing bra (get at end of pregnanxy so you have one around the right size, then get more after supply settles. If you are planning on exclusively feeding or not I would recommend a cheap pump. It can be handy if you want to help increase supply or for emergencies etc (the tommee tippee one comes with zterilier box). If you end up pumping lots you can hire or buy a better one.
I'd also recommend some strappy vests (£2 Primarily etc) so you can cover belly etc when feeding (using 2 layers)
I think that's it? Oh, and some lanolin cream. Great for cracked or sore nipples, or if your baby ever gets any scratches or whatever you can use it on them too!
17/07/2013 at 15:55
Oh and always have a bottle of water handy as feeding can make you quite thirsty. Choc bars are good to have too ;)
17/07/2013 at 16:29
2 boobs, breastpads, lanoish cream. That's it. I wouldn't bother buying a breastpump before baby arrives, just gwget one if/when breastfeeding is established and you think you might to pump! .... Oh and just a note - If you are determined to breastfeed, don't buy bottles, formula etc 'just in case'.
17/07/2013 at 16:37
Boobs and breastpads, and nursing bras
If you're wanting to do any prep then I would get the numbers of a breastfeeding counsellor and any groups in your area and perhaps have a look online at how to latch a baby, jack Newman is a good resource for videos.
You really don't need much, a nursing bra is handy, breast pads and if you've got someone to bring you food and drink bonus!
Skin to skin is great for helping breastfeeding and is brill for you both so I'd recommend lots of that in the early days, even dad can do it.
17/07/2013 at 16:50
I 2nd finding out about local BF groups / clinics (your midwife should know about local SureStart BF clinics) I went to a La Leche League (BF charity) meeting when I was 38/39weeks pregnant and it was a proper eye opener .... 30woman all whipped out a boob and stuck a baby on it!! I'd never seen anyone BF till then :-)
17/07/2013 at 16:57
I found the washable breast pads much nicer than the disposable ones. I bought quite a few breastfeeding tops and it really helped me feel confident feeding in public. I especially didn't like exposing my tummy so it was nice to make sure that was covered up.
17/07/2013 at 17:20
Nursing bras, breast pads, 1 tube of lasinoh (I only neede it for the first few weeks), muslins (but IMO they are hady even if not bf), support and patience.
Although buying a pump beforehand isn't necessary I'd perhaps do some research so you can get one quickly if you do need one earlier than expected.
17/07/2013 at 18:45
straws for drinking - I found it really difficult to drink from a glass while feeding in the early days.
I also really like the sleep bras from Mothercare, great for in hospital, feeding in bed, and I wear them at home now if we are not going anywhere as they are so easy to feed it.
I'd also recommend 'Baby-led Breastfeeding' by Gill Ripley. I bought it last week after 19 weeks of breastfeeding where I have had loads of problems, and it really made sense to me. I'd wish I'd read it earlier as a lot of the info/advice in it would have helped early on.
17/07/2013 at 20:35
Same as everyone else, boobs, bras, muslins, breast pads and lasinoh.
I didn't buy a pump but have borrowed one from the Pink Ladies (breastfeeding support group) and they got it to me the same day I asked about it. I still have it now at 12 weeks, they are in no rush to have it back. I really must do some expressing...
17/07/2013 at 20:57
I'd highly recommend getting a BF top with built in support over a new nursing bra. My boobs completely went up and down while trying to BF in those early hours and days.
I'd recommend huge bars of chocolate and would say if you are determined to BF and don't buy bottles and formula at least know what you'd buy.. I was determined, wouldn't consider another option but A 3am dash to the shops for Mr LM 2 days after my 40 hour labour when we were both knackered and I was in hospital still with me not being able to tell him what to buy let alone how a steriliser works really was not a pleasant experience.
17/07/2013 at 21:31
Boobs, lansinoh and nursing bras/pads were all I needed to begin with.
A top tip is to have a big bowl full of nuts (almonds are good as the selenium helps something-or-other-I-forget), dried fruit, fresh fruit and other snacks near where you will be feeding, plus a big bottle of water/squash. Make it your H's job to top it up every morning and evening, especially when he goes back to work. Then you will always have access to food and drink if you sit down for a long feeding session.
17/07/2013 at 21:47
Boobs, lansinoh and nursing bras/pads
Bottle of water and large glass of squash
good snack supple (cereal bars and flap jacks and bananas are good)
(I used to put some out next to where I fed readdy for middle of the night feeds as disco would have some mamouth night feeds when tiny)
A lunch box so H can make your lunch the night before readdy for those days where all tiddler wants to do is eat and you are stuck on the sofa.
some box sets or a good statsh of recorded TV readdy for the mamouth feeding sessions
17/07/2013 at 21:49
Just to add you can get lasinoh on prescription - saves you £10. I went through loads to start with ad I applied after every feed religiously as I had tender nips. Still use twice a day now at 6 months.
Other than that I just bought washable breast pads from little lamb and I use mothercare feeding vests almost daily. Also I bought a breastfeeding cover which worked really well for me as I feed out and about a lot and it removes the awkwardness for me and others.
No bottles or pump here
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