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Pregnancy And Breastfeeding Accessories For The First Time Mom

Aug 18, 2007
Deciding which pregnancy and breastfeeding supplies are essential can be an stressful task, especially for new parents. Purchasing supplies that you later find you did not need is frustrating. Stores carry a multitude of different brands, options and styles of pregnancy and breastfeeding supplies.

How is a new mom to sort it out? Preparing a list of pregnancy and breastfeeding supplies that doesn't break the bank can be done with a little help. Here are a few pointers to get started.

When shopping for a back-saving pregnancy pillow, try to choose one that will serve as a nursing pillow later on. A nursing pillow can be a breastfeeding mother's best friend. A nursing pillow is used to help position a mother's arm and the baby comfortably during a feeding.

If you have a drowsy eater, you may grow weary before the baby is done nursing if you are not using a nursing pillow for support. Choose a pillow that is machine washable and be sure to purchase several well fitting slip covers.

Sore nipples can be a problem during pregnancy, but especially during breast feeding. Keeping a tube of lanolin on hand to apply on a regular basis is a must for breastfeeding mothers. Don't wait for sore nipple to become a painful problem. Prevention is always best. Applying lanolin twice a day will help prevent sore nipples and ensure pain free breast feeding sessions.

Breast feeding supplies like a breast pump, breast milk pads, nursing bras and burp cloths are staples in a nursing mother's bag. The most expensive breast pump is not necessarily the best.

A manual breast pump is often all that is required and they are less expensive than electric or battery operated pumps. Models like the Advent Isis are ideal. They are gentle on the breast and mimic the suckling action of a baby.

Another necessary item on your list of breast feeding supplies is the breast milk pad. Sudden letdown can leave you with an embarrassingly wet front. Breast milk pads are designed to catch leaking milk and keep your bra dry.

Washable breast milk pads are more cost effective than disposable ones. A cloth or disposable diaper can even serve as milk catcher for the overachiever who produces mass quantities of milk.

One area to spend a little extra is the bra department. A good quality nursing bra can be worn during your pregnancy and will serve you well for months of breast feeding after the baby arrives. A nursing bra with adjustable cups is an excellent choice to prevent the bra from becoming ill fitting as you lose your pregnancy weight.

Your collection of breast feeding supplies is not complete without a bag of burp cloths. Breastfeeding can get messy at times, so tucking a burp cloth into the cup of your bra while nursing will help keep you and your baby dry. Cloth diapers with the padded center make the most durable and absorbent burp cloths.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding do not require a large quantity of supplies and high-tech gadgets. Your body prepares for pregnancy and breastfeeding naturally, leaving only a few convenient essentials for the new mother to collect.

You should not have to mortgage your home to prepare for a new baby. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and motherhood can be enjoyed without a shopping cart full of expensive supplies.
About the Author
Breast feeding is an important aspect of your new born baby. Mike Selvon's portal has more information about pregnancy and breastfeeding accessories. Visit our portal and leave a comment at our breast feeding blog.
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