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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least one year. If you need to be away from your baby for a period of time, a breast pump enables you to still give your child the benefits of natural nourishment.
Electric pumps work faster than their manual counterparts but require access to a power source. If you plan to use the pump frequently, consider a model with an adjustable control and the capability to pump from both breasts at the same time. You might also want a lightweight model that can be easily carried to the office or packed into a carry-on suitcase. You'll also need bottles or jars to hold the expressed milk so it can be frozen or refrigerated until your baby needs it.
Invest in one comprehensive book in each of these three areas: pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting. Too much information can be daunting, especially for a new parent, so choose titles that offer an easy-to-use format (such as question-and-answer chapters, a detailed index or numerous illustrations).
For your baby, also purchase a few colorful board books that present basic concepts (such as mommy, happy and bye-bye). The pages should be sturdy and laminated, to withstand repeated cleanings and a baby's teething. Read to your child often; as simple as a baby's first books are, they form the foundation for a good vocabulary and an earlier mastery of language skills. Reading also offers a wonderful way to cuddle up together.