Breastfeeding supplies?

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Breastfeeding supplies?

Will I need anything supply wise for breastfeeding?

I know I need the pads for leakage. But someone bought me some lanish for your nipples? And they sell SO MUCH in that isle I mean do you really need it? And for a nursing bra should I wait till after birth to get one? Thank you ladies!

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Well, IMO there is nothing you have to have for breastfeeding other than breasts. I have never had to use any nipple creams, but some people do get sore nipples and need them. If I were you I might get 1 nursing bra before the baby comes but not much more than that. Your breasts may change bra sizes once your milk comes in, so you want to make sure to get the size right.

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I would get a night nursing bra. Something like this. I wear them a lot even when not nursing.

I also never used nipple cream for DS 1 or 2. You don't even need a nursing pillow, a lot of the times I just used a regular pillow.

Now if you're going to pump, that's another thing.

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I am not sure about the pumping yet. I do have 4 other children so I am very worried about having to take care of them while breastfeeding so I might need to pump, but our insurance will pay up to 1,100 of a breastpump so I don't have to buy that. So really all that stuff they sell at the store is a waste Smile There are like 5 diff creams, gel pads, wipes and so much!

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yes, I think some pads, a little lansinoh if you're sore, and a stretchy bra or nursing tank would be good.

This one was my fav.
http://www.target.com/p/Gilligan-O-Malley-Women-s-Full-Sling-Long-Nursing-Tank-Assorted-Colors/-/A-12250754#?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Froogle_df&LNM=%7C12250754&CPNG=&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=12250754

that specialty stuff can be helpful if you're having troubles - but if you're having troubles you'll need a person to help you (not just soothing gel pads).

I would also recommend a good bf book for reference, and the phone numbers of your local LLL leaders or an LC in your area, so you don't have to look far if you need someone to call for help. http://www.lllohio.org/groups/index.html

PS: go Ohio! Wink

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Things that I use on a regular basis:

Lansinoh nursing pads

In the begining I used a lot of Lansinoh HPA Lanolin on my sore nipples.

During the engorgement period (for me started the 2nd day of life and lasted a few days) I used The First Years Nursing Care Instant Relief System. This is cooling pads that you stick in the fridge or freezer. This also comes with a nipple cream, but I didn't like it as much as the lanolin.

I also use my Boppy pillow at home and I own a L'oved Baby nursing poncho for when I'm at church or out an about and need to feed her. I love the poncho style cause it's harder for baby to play peek a boo with strangers by accident. Smile I also use it to shield baby from the rain while in the car seat.

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I seriously only needed my boobs. I had sore nipples, but I never felt the lanolin did anything. I didn't really get it. :shrug:
Oh I also used washable breast pads- first the organic ones they sell at BRU and then I hot some bamboobies (check bamboobies.com). Worth it cause they don't leak!!

I have to agree with getting yourself set up ahead of time with a LLL group/leader and/or an IBCLC. They can definitely be priceless!!! In fact I would even advise going to a meeting NOW (pregnant mammas are welcome!!) and ask all your questions, share your worries and concerns, or just listen and get to know some people. It makes it a lot easier to ask for help later!!

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"Marite13" wrote:

I seriously only needed my boobs. I had sore nipples, but I never felt the lanolin did anything. I didn't really get it. :shrug:
Oh I also used washable breast pads- first the organic ones they sell at BRU and then I hot some bamboobies (check bamboobies.com). Worth it cause they don't leak!!

I have to agree with getting yourself set up ahead of time with a LLL group/leader and/or an IBCLC. They can definitely be priceless!!! In fact I would even advise going to a meeting NOW (pregnant mammas are welcome!!) and ask all your questions, share your worries and concerns, or just listen and get to know some people. It makes it a lot easier to ask for help later!!

Yeah, I never felt the Lansinoh did anything either. I worse nursing pads some with DS1 but I didn't leak much with him and I never leak with this one.

I second what Carrie said about a good BFing book.

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Pretty much what everyone else said. I use Lansinoh nursing pads, for disposable nursing pads, I think they are the best. Target brand nursing bras and tanks (I am small chested though, not sure how they hold up to larger breasts) are great! Cheap and I actually prefer them over the more expensive brands. That's pretty much it.
I always ask for lanolin in the hospital but I have rarely actually used it, it does come in handy for dry skin though Wink this last time I was having trouble with sore nipples and they gave me a perscription nipple cream in the hospital, that stuff really worked wonders, like everyone else the lanolin has never really done much for me as far as sore nipples. All the other stuff isn't really necessary. I love my pump but some people dont' find them necessary. I got mine because I was exclusively pumping for my oldest but even with my babies since her I like the option of pumping milk for bottles (though my last two wouldn't take a bottle!).
The only things I really reccomend are just that nursing pads, nursing bras and nursing tanks. Nursing tanks are nice to have to wear under shirts for discreet nursing in public. Everything else you can get as needed, manual pumps are cheap if you only plan on pumping every once in a while, if you think you'll be pumping on a regular basis an electric pump is worth it (and really, probably only the cost of 3-4 cans of formula, I've pumped way more than the equivalent to 3-4 cans of formula with my pump Wink )

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I loved the Lansinoh breast pads. They were great. I used lanolin ointment now and then, but it only made my thrush worse, and I had it a LOT with both girls. For months at a time. So, my only other recommendation would be to have some grapefruit seed extract or gentian violet on hand in case you notice yeast rash. It's easy enough to get at the store, but I found nipping it in the bud early helped immensely. I was glad to have it on hand right away with DD2.

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Boobs should suffice. Wink If you can, join a local mom group or BFing group. Even if its just once every few weeks. I started going to a group when DD was 3 weeks old. It was soooo helpful and I'm still friends with a bunch of moms I met there. You can read about BFing till you're blue in the face and ask question on line all day but meeting other BFing moms in person can make a world of difference. It'll also give you time to get out with just your newest bundle and relax with other moms.