Whether you have just started breast feeding, or you’ve done it before, you still wonder if you have everything you need. Products are constantly being upgraded or changing, as are the foods you want or need to eat. Aside from water and rest, what do you really need to successfully and comfortably breast feed?
There are countless benefits to mother and baby in terms of breastfeeding- from reduced risk of SIDS and a higher immunity function in baby, to a shrinking uterus and increased calorie burn for mom; the benefits are amazing. In order to promote healthy breastfeeding, you want to make sure you are first and foremost getting the proper nutrition for your lifestyle once breast feeding is added. Breastfeeding burns hundreds of additional calories daily.
Lanolin is a popular must-have item for many breastfeeding moms. Lanolin is amazing when it comes to soothing and providing relief from dry and cracked nipples (which is a common side effect of nursing). Lanolin is safe for consumption by baby (do not feed your child Lanolin, but if the child comes into contact with it via your breast, he or she should be fine), so you don’t have to worry about washing it off before feeding baby again.
A few other common necessities can be found on Musthavemom.com. Popular items include:
- Gel pads for sore nipples (they work best chilled)
- Nursing pads
- Nursing pillow
- Nursing cover
- Prenatal vitamins (These are EXTREMELY important)
- Nursing bra
- Nursing tank top
- Breast pump
- Breast pump bag
You might also want to invest in storage bags for your milk (if you plan to pump). This way you can keep excess milk good for longer periods of time, or just store it in case you will not be there to feed baby directly.
Some items that are important can be very costly, but may be covered by your health insurance. Most insurance companies cover breast pumps and necessary accessories at little-to-no cost to the patient through the Health Care Reform Act. Aeroflow Breastpumps can help you can find out if your insurance company covers breast pumps. Simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and let us take care of the rest. A representative will contact your insurance company, verify your coverage and network status, and be in touch with you within 3-5 business days with your options. If you do not have insurance, or are looking for additional accessories such as a hands-free pumping kit, AC adaptor for your pump, etc, Aeroflow has great pricing. Check out our online store for all of your breastfeeding essentials.