WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIALS FOR SEAMLESS BREASTFEEDING?
The nursing pillow
Of course you can use the cushions you have at home, but you will certainly need to combine cushions to have your arms, back and baby propped up at ease. The nursing pillow will allow you to sit comfortably and not have tension in your back and arms.
What is the nursing pillow used for?
- To sleep during your pregnancy
- To breastfeed
- It can be used as a baby lounger
The Mumade brand offers you practical breastfeeding cushions: as they are inflatable, they do not sag and are transportable !
This medical device helps protect the nipples . Breast milk helps heal cracks . By placing your nursing shells on your nipples, your breast milk will naturally create a dressing to help you heal. the Baby Shell brand offers you a pretty pair of nursing shells . Mermaid effect guaranteed!
There are two kinds:
- Single use disposable
- Made from fabrics that can be machine washed.
For the latter it is advisable to wash them at 60 °
It's essential for leaks!
A lanolin balm
Breast milk will always be your best ally to prevent, repair and heal your nipples from cracks. You can nevertheless use lanolin which is a wax made from sheep wool.
It acts like a real repairing balm when applied to the nipples . It helps to relieve pain related to breastfeeding and to heal cracks .
A breast pump:
The breast pump can be useful if you have to be absent or return to professional activity. Good to know: You don't have to buy your breast pump! In fact you can rent a breast pump. Breast pump rental is is even reimbursed by social security ! For this you must have a prescription from your doctor (or pediatrician)
Several models will be offered to you, some are more portable than others, it's up to you to see how useful you will be.
How to rent your breast pump?
- you need a prescription (to be renewed as many times as necessary)
- contact a breast pump rental organization
Several organizations offer you a catalog of breast pumps. You choose the one that suits you and you receive it at home (or at a relay point).
An appointment with a lactation consultant:
It's not really an accessory but certainly one of the most important points! Breastfeeding is natural but not innate ! It's normal not to know everything about this subject and it's normal to have some difficulties. We can only advise you to have a meeting before the baby's arrival with your partner in order to go over all the questions. Then, an appointment once the baby is here can also be very useful, because each baby has their own language; An IBCLC lactation consultant can help you experience breastfeeding fully and peacefully. Here you will find a (non-exhaustive) list of IBCLC certified lactation consultants:
When to consult an IBCLC consultant? :
- Prepare for future breastfeeding
- Solve latch problems
- In case of cracks , pain
- Insufficient weight gain of the baby
- Breastfeeding twins
- Know the different positions for breastfeeding
- When baby has a medical problem (like GERD )
- In case of personal problems that may impact breastfeeding
- The withdrawal
- Expressing and storing milk
- Maintaining breastfeeding when returning to work
- Continuing breastfeeding at the time of dietary diversification
- In case of mastitis or blocked ducts
Some reading :
For those who still have a little time to delve into a book, or those who are preparing for it before the baby arrives, Carole Hervé offers a complete book on breastfeeding “ My tailor-made breastfeeding ”
Source: Charline Born and hatched together - Perinatal and parenting support: https://naitreetecloreensemble.fr