Top 10 Items for Successful Breastfeedin

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Top 10 Items for Successful Breastfeedin
Sun, 09-26-2004 - 12:41pm
Are you planning to breastfeed your baby but not sure how to

start? Perhaps you're already breastfeeding but running into

problems. Breastfeeding is well known to be good for baby,

so here's a little guide to help you along. I'll list out

the most essential items a breastfeeding mother needs.

Electric breast pump

Electric breast pumps are fast, lightweight and easy to use.

These nifty devices let you express and save milk for those

times when you'll be away from your baby. Many electric

pumps also convert to battery operation.

Manual breast pump

An affordable alternative to electric breast pumps, manual

breast pumps are great for moms who need to pump only

occasionally.

Gliders

If you're breastfeeding baby often, it helps to have some

good furniture. A glider is more comfortable than a

traditional rocker, and will soothe your baby with gentle

motion. It sits flat on the floor, with no worrisome rockers

to pinch small toes. And it makes a cozy spot for bedtime

stories.

Storage bags for breast milk

These are a must. You'll need to store breast milk and

protect nutrients after each expression. These bags allow

you to store milk for up to six months in a freezer.

Nipple lotion

To prevent nipples from chafing and for healing sore, cracked

nipples, a variety of nipple lotions are available.

Nipple shells

Protect tender nipples by holding cloth away from skin. Made

of smooth contoured plastic, the shells have small holes to

allow air to reach your nipples.

Nursing stool

Another great item for supporting your body while feeding.

The nursing stool lifts your feet, raising your lap to the

correct position for breastfeeding or bottle-feeding.

Nursing pillow

A nursing pillow will help reduce the strain on your arms

and shoulders while you're nursing. Good support is very

important as you'll get tired after feeding baby

continuously.

Breast pads

Help absorb milk to protect clothing. Expect to use at least

two or three pairs per day.

Nursing book

There's nothing like a good book to answer questions you

haven't even thought to ask yet!!


Are you planning to breastfeed your baby but not sure how to

start? Perhaps you're already breastfeeding but running into

problems. Breastfeeding is well known to be good for baby,

so here's a little guide to help you along. I'll list out

the most essential items a breastfeeding mother needs.

Electric breast pump

Electric breast pumps are fast, lightweight and easy to use.

These nifty devices let you express and save milk for those

times when you'll be away from your baby. Many electric

pumps also convert to battery operation.

Manual breast pump

An affordable alternative to electric breast pumps, manual

breast pumps are great for moms who need to pump only

occasionally.

Gliders

If you're breastfeeding baby often, it helps to have some

good furniture. A glider is more comfortable than a

traditional rocker, and will soothe your baby with gentle

motion. It sits flat on the floor, with no worrisome rockers

to pinch small toes. And it makes a cozy spot for bedtime

stories.

Storage bags for breast milk

These are a must. You'll need to store breast milk and

protect nutrients after each expression. These bags allow

you to store milk for up to six months in a freezer.

Nipple lotion

To prevent nipples from chafing and for healing sore, cracked

nipples, a variety of nipple lotions are available.

Nipple shells

Protect tender nipples by holding cloth away from skin. Made

of smooth contoured plastic, the shells have small holes to

allow air to reach your nipples.

Nursing stool

Another great item for supporting your body while feeding.

The nursing stool lifts your feet, raising your lap to the

correct position for breastfeeding or bottle-feeding.

Nursing pillow

A nursing pillow will help reduce the strain on your arms

and shoulders while you're nursing. Good support is very

important as you'll get tired after feeding baby

continuously.

Breast pads

Help absorb milk to protect clothing. Expect to use at least

two or three pairs per day.

Nursing book

There's nothing like a good book to answer questions you

haven't even thought to ask yet!!


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Gary Hendricks

www.baby-product-guide.com


Edited 9/26/2004 12:44 pm ET ET by timberwolf2004