Best buys for breastfeeding mothers.

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The NHS advise that breast is best for the first 6 months of your babies life, and the WHO [World Health Organisation] promote breastfeeding along side a varied diet for the first 2 years of your babies life. 
So, if you've decided to breastfeed, this is what you are going to need. 
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1. Breastpads.

Some breastfeeding mothers do not need these, however most deem them as an essential. 
There are two different types; disposable and washable. Below are pros and cons to help you decide which to buy.

Disposable
  • Pro- Convenient to use.
  • Pro- Sterile straight from the wrapper.
  • Pro- Available to buy in most supermarkets and chemists.
  • Pro- Available in different sizes and thicknesses. 
  • Con- They are not as absorbent as washable.
  • Con- They are expensive for long term use.
  • Con- Contains chemicals which may irritate sensitive skin.
  • Con- Not environmentally friendly.
Washable
  • Pro- Work out cheaper for long term use.
  • Pro- More absorbent.
  • Pro- Comfortable to wear.
  • Pro- Easy to wash and re-use. 
  • Con- The initial start up cost is high.
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2. Nipple cream

The first few weeks of breastfeeding can, and most probably, will be tough. To help sooth irritation Lansinoh cream is gentle to use on even the most sensitive of skin and provides immediate relief. 
It can also be used as nappy cream and lip balm! 
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3. A well fitted nursing bra.

As you get further along in your pregnancy your breasts will change shape and size, so it is important not to buy your nursing bras too early. Once your milk has come in (usually day 3-7 postpartum) you may find you are tender and sore, so a good fitting nursing bra will help to relieve any discomfort. It may be necessary to wear a bra over night to keep breast pads in place.
Here is a quick guide on what to look for when buying a nursing bra. 
  • It should open wide enough to allow your baby to feed.
  • It should not feel tight on or around your breast,  this may cause blocked ducts and/ or mastitis. 
  • You should be able to open the clasp easily with one hand.
  • It should provide enough support for both your back and shoulders.
Invest in a couple of well fitting bras and get yourself measured often to make sure you have the correct fit. 

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4. Water bottle.

Breast feeding is thirsty work! Listen to your body and make sure you remember to drink plenty of water when nursing. Keep a bottle close to hand, along with some healthy snacks. 

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5. Support.

Unfortunately the things that you will find the most valuable are the things you cannot buy. 
Make sure you have the number of your local breastfeeding support worker to hand, their job is to help you so don't feel shy about asking for help.
Make sure you have plenty of help from your partner, family and friends. Housework and cooking can be shared out whilst you focus on getting to know your new baby. 
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