4. Burp Cloths
Neither Henry or Everly spit up a lot, but they both had trouble with my fast let down, which meant a lot of spilled milk when they were learning to control the flow. There were also many times when Everly would pull off the breast, but the milk just kept on flowing! Nobody wants to end up with milk-soaked clothes, so I always tuck a burp cloth underneath me as I nurse, to soak up any spills and keep both of us dry. Of course, it’s also great to use as a burp cloth that you throw over your shoulder. These SwaddleDesigns Muslin Burpies are incredibly soft and absorbent and feature a reversible pattern. They’re the perfect size for rolling up and popping in the changing bag, too.
Your body needs a lot of water, and breastfeeding is thirsty work. There were so many occasions with Henry when he’d fallen asleep whilst feeding and I didn’t dare move and wake him – so I sat for hours, unable to reach my water although I was desperate for a sip! Having a water bottle close to hand means you can drink as you feed and stay hydrated. I love this glass BKR bottle which has a silicone sleeve and looks cute, too.
The cover is removable and washable, and also has a little elasticated pocket on the side, which is a great feature for keeping any extras like Infacol, lip balm or a burp cloth nearby. Whilst I did stop using this after a few months once Everly was bigger, it was an absolute essential when I was getting the hang of nursing again. It really is worth investing in – I used it 8 times a day for the first 3 months with both my babies – it’s definitely earned its worth!
Although somehow I magically never needed it, nipple cream proves invaluable to a lot of breastfeeding mamas, particularly in the early days when babies nurse pretty much constantly day and night. Lansinoh Lanolin Cream
both get amazing reviews, and I always have some on hand, just in case.
Another lifesaver during those first few days and weeks. In the haze of sleep deprivation and countless feeds and nappy changes, a tracker app allows you to easily keep note of when you feed, which side, and for how long. I use ‘BabyConnect‘ from the App store and it enables me to log everything from feeds, sleeps and nappies, to weight and length measurements. I absolutely love having all of that information in one place and in my phone, because I pretty much always have my phone within reach when I’m breastfeeding!
Ddrops Baby Liquid Vitamin D3
Baby Ddrops were recommended to me by the pediatrician, as they’re specifically designed to support breastfed babies to ensure they’re getting enough Vitamin D. Just one drop contains the recommended dose of 400 IU, without any other chemicals or additives. The best thing about these drops is they’re so easy to administer – just pop a single drop on the nipple at the beginning of a feed once day!