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Many new breastfeeding moms find it is really helpful to set up a “nursing corner” in their home. A nursing corner is a special place set up specifically for breastfeeding your baby. Having your favorite feeding-time supplies handy makes the breastfeeding experience easier and more streamlined. If you have several rooms in your house where you usually breastfeed, it’s a good idea to set up a nursing corner in each location.
Following are some items you might like to include in your nursing corner:
- A comfortable, wide place to sit that supports your whole body and allows room for your baby and pillows. (Beware of rockers or chairs that may not be wide enough to accommodate good breastfeeding positions.)
- Appropriate lighting that can be brightened or dimmed as needed, within easy reach.
- A footstool to help you to maintain good, seated posture. Using the footstool also creates a lap to hold your baby and/or pillows.
- Pillows to prop your arms and your baby (once baby is latched, you should feel so well spported that you could doze without having any shifts in position).
- Your baby’s blanket for warmth, or to provide privacy, if desired, when company arrives.
- A burp cloth
- Diaper-changing supplies
- Nursing pads
- A sports bottle with water for Mom
- Nutritious, non-perishable snacks
- TV or CD player remote control
- Reading material
- Portable phone , only for vital calls, screen your calls if possible during feedings
- Any supplies needed for special circumstances such as medications or breast shells as recommended by your lactation consultant and/or physician