Below we’ve compiled an easy, comprehensive list of items we found to be really helpful postpartum (when it came to breastfeeding and physical recovery). Obviously every labor, delivery, and feeding style vary, so if you had a different experience and have anything to add, please share it below!
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Items to have ready if you’re planning on breastfeeding:
- All things breast pump related - actual breast pump (try to get one where you have an option to use batteries vs an outlet every single time) these infant bottles, breastmilk storage bags, extra storage bottles for pumping, breastmilk storage container for freezer (this could even be a shoebox or Tupperware)
- Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads
- Nursing bras and hands free pumping bras
- Setup nursing stations around the house (i.e. nursery, bedroom, living room). Have a space in each room you can relax and have everything you need in one place without having to scramble for it every time. For me, this included the following: nipple shields, nipple cream, tumbler with ice water, granola bar or something to snack on when you’re starving at 3am, burp rag, headphones/AirPods (so you can listen to podcasts or whatever is on your phone if you’re bored) blanket to cover yourself with if you get cold
- Breastfeeding book to help with tips and tricks. The best thing I remember reading when it came to breastfeeding was that it could take 30, 50, maybe even 100 tries before you get latched. Try not to get frustrated if you don’t get it the first few times. It’s totally normal! Remembering that helped me to stay calm and not be so hard on myself when it didn't work instantly
- Download an app to help you keep track of all things breastfeeding / diaper changes - i.e. which side you nursed on last (easier to forget than you think), how much time it takes, how often you nursed, how many diapers you’re changing on average (need to know for doctor’s appointments), etc. PS - you can do this after the baby is born. Just remember it's an option for when you're ready
Postpartum Body Basics - These items lived in a basket in my master bathroom for longer than I ever thought I’d need them. Can find most of these on Amazon.
- These disposable underwear - not too bulky, high waisted, comfortable, disposable, don’t feel like adult diapers
- Feminine Pads
- Peri bottle (hospital might give you one)
- Tucks medicated cooling pads
- Stool softener
- Pain medication (Ask your doctor what’s acceptable to take - Tylenol/Ibuprofen/etc.)
- Cheap, comfortable sweatpants - get a few pair
- Comfortable robe - (love this one - great for taking to the hospital, if you get photographed, easy for nursing, etc.)
- Nursing tank tops
Hopefully you found this list to be helpful! If you’re an experienced mama and have anything to add, please leave a comment below! xoxo