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Preparing to Breastfeed

Elizabeth Keefe


When you come home from the hospital you want to make sure you have the following supplies in your house:

At least 2 good nursing bras
When your milk comes in, you will want to have something with very good support. I recommend Playtex Nursing Bras. They give the best support and are the most comfortable that I could find.

Nursing Pads
Disposable ones worked better for me. When a letdown occurs, sometimes you leak on both sides. I did. Even until this day I have to wear a nursing pad on the side that Cassi is not nursing on. Nursing pads are also helpful in the first couple of months because you will just leak a lot. Thin pads do not show through clothing, and they absorb a lot!

Heating Pad
When your milk comes in it will be uncomfortable, maybe even painful. Your breasts will be overwhelmed with milk. Heat will make the milk thinner and you more comfortable. Hot showers also help.

Ice Packs
Sometimes swelling occurs when the milk comes in. Ice packs will reduce this.

2 Pillows or Nursing pillow
This will help you hold your baby better until you recover from delivery.

Lansinoh For Breastfeeding Mothers
This is a natural moisturizer to help heal and prevent sore nipples. You will need this in the first few weeks.

Breast Pump
To express milk to help engorgement.

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