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What to Buy in Advance to Prepare for your Breastfeeding Journey – My Top 5 Essentials

Welcoming a new baby into your life is a joyous and transformative experience, especially when it comes to the journey of breastfeeding. Whether you’re a first-time parent or have breastfed before, proper preparation is key to a successful and stress-free breastfeeding journey.

In this blog, I’m going to guide you through a checklist of essential items to purchase in advance, ensuring you’re fully equipped and confident as you embark on this beautiful chapter of motherhood. As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs about prenatal checklists, breastfeeding doesn’t require many supplies to get started. 

My Top 5 Essentials Items to Purchase in Advance

You’ll be surprised by the number of gadgets available in the market, but you might end up using only a few. So, my best recommendation is to buy the essentials. If during your breastfeeding journey you find the need to buy something else, you can always do so. Let’s explore what these essentials are: 

1. Nursing bras: Comfort is essential during breastfeeding, and investing in nursing bras can make a significant difference. These specially designed garments provide easy access for nursing while offering support and discretion. Your breasts will grow as your pregnancy progresses, so my best recommendation is to find bras made from natural fibres and organic cotton that are as soft as possible and free from any metallic structures. You need your breast to be secure and comfortable, without any extra pressure that might lead to milk retention. Bras are undoubtedly a must for your breastfeeding journey. 

2. Nursing or breast pads: Leaking breast milk is a normal occurrence, especially in the early stages of breastfeeding. Nursing pads can keep you dry and prevent your milk from seeping through your bra and clothing, leaving you with wet patches. These pads fit comfortably inside your bra and provide peace of mind when you’re out and about. While you can find disposable single-use pads, I personally recommend reusable pads that you can wash, dry, and wear again. They are not only more pleasant to the touch and more breathable but also eco-friendly. 

3. Breastfeeding clothing: The market is flooded with various brands offering a wide variety of nursing clothes. My advice is to be sensible and avoid overspending. While many of these outfits may look stylish and comfortable, they might tempt you into thinking you need them. I won’t discourage you from buying nursing clothes, but remember that you can breastfeed in your regular clothing, especially when you’re at home. In summary, breastfeeding clothes are not an absolute must-have item, but some of them can make your life more convenient.

4. Consultation with an IBCLC: I highly recommended getting in touch with an IBCLC qualifided lactation consultant to prepare for your breastfeeding journey in advance. Building confidence with a consultant and maintaining contact after giving birth for a postnatal consultation is valuable. Whether you face difficulties or not, their advice and support are fundamental for your breastfeeding journey.

5. Muslin cloths: These are essential items for your breastfeeding kit. They are incredible versatile, and trust me, you’ll use them daily, whether for cleaning up spilled milk or handling dribbles, or if your baby suffers from reflux. I highly recommend those made from organic cotton because they are softer than others, and also, they provide with extra-absorbent fabric. 

And you might be wondering why I didn’t mention items like a breast pump, a breastfeeding pillow, nipple shields, nipple cream, etc. In my opinion, they’re not essential for every mother, so I highly recommend waiting until you start your breastfeeding journey to see what works for you. 

By proactively purchasing these essential items and gaining knowledge about breastfeeding, you’re setting yourself up for a smooth and fulfilling breastfeeding journey. Remember that every breastfeeding experience is unique, and having the right tools and information at your disposal can empower you to nurture and bond with your baby through this remarkable chapter. 

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