Breastfeeding essentials for a successful nursing routine

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Nursing a newborn for the first time isn’t like anything you’ve ever done, and you’re going to be a total natural! It takes some practice, and many moms are convinced they’re doing it wrong at first, but if you stick to it, you’ll figure it out in not time.

All the extras

For sleeping, getting comfortable, and supporting your baby, you’re going to want several high-quality pillows in your life. Use them to prop up your lower back, your arms, and maybe even your neck so you can relax while you hold your baby in place.

There are pillows made specifically for breastfeeding that properly position mom and baby to make nursing easier for both of you. There are lots of options when it comes to breastfeeding pillows, so do your research before you settle on one.

If nursing is painful for you, you can try using nipple shields. They protect sensitive nipples while still allowing your little one to latch onto your breast. Things like nipple cream, nursing pads, and gel pads can all soothe your breasts when you’re not nursing to help make later sessions a lot more comfortable.

Find an expert

Most hospitals and birthing centers will partner you with a trained nurse or lactation consultant some time after you deliver. You’ll get a crash course in everything breastfeeding and hopefully be on your way to a successful nursing experience.

Many moms have additional questions and might feel a little embarrassed about asking them. After all, haven’t mom’s been nursing for thousands of years? Well, sure, but they’ve always had the guidance of other experienced moms to rely on.

You can usually arrange an extra meeting with a lactation consultant through your area hospital or birthing center, and sometimes even directly through your insurance provider. It’s worth looking into what your options are now so you’ll be ready if you run into nursing difficulties.

You might also want to start talking with the experienced moms in your life to find those you feel comfortable seeking advice from. Having a friend or family member who knows they’re on call for questions or venting frustrations is sometimes the best resource a new mom can have.

A really great breast pump

Nearly every nursing mom relies on a breast pump at some point. They have a lot of great benefits. Having a breast pump makes it so that:

  • Someone else can take a turn at feeding (especially late at night)
  • You can stick to a schedule even if your little one isn’t hungry
  • If you’re producing extra milk, you can pump and preserve it
  • You never have to worry about where you are, or where your baby is, when you get the need to express

If you’re nursing, it’s safe to assume you’re going to need a breast pump. Thankfully, our partners at Edgepark are able to work with your physician and insurance provider on your behalf to get you a pump at little to no out-of-pocket cost!

You can order any time, and Edgepark will make sure you receive your pump directly at your doorstep. Depending on your insurance, Edgepark may be able to ship your breast pump prior to baby’s due date. Completing their qualification form takes about a minute, and you’ll be able to see all the great pumps Edgepark has available.

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