Welcome to the first edition of our Baby Registry Series. We’ll be discussing must-haves for your baby. Just click on the any photo here for more details on the product and to add it to your Mumspring Registry.
Hours after having my baby, I still had a bump…why? I found out that after 9 months of expansion, my body needed support to heal and return to its normal state. That’s where a belly wrap comes in. My favourite: The Original Belly Bandit.
The Belly Bandit helped me lose over 6 inches in 3 weeks. It also helps with core muscle support, muscle memory, and body shaping.
If you breastfeed, your nipples will be sore at first. Nipple cream (and a good latch!) will help.
When nursing a baby you’ll experience “let down.” That is when the milk is “released” and becomes available to the baby. The tricky thing is that let down happens in both breasts at the same time, not just the one the baby is feeding from. So that means that you’ll leak a little (or for some, a lot) from the breast that the baby isn’t feeding from. A nursing pad will be your friend.
Some women are “leakier” than others. You might leak at night when when your baby starts sleeping longer, if you have pressure on your breasts (like if you are carrying something heavy against your chest), or even from hearing a baby cry. Even if you don’t want to breastfeed, you might want to pick up a small box to use until your milk dries up. There are several different brands but Lansinoh is my favorite because they are thin and discrete.
I bought a pump when I had my baby but I didn’t use it for a month…BIG MISTAKE. I couldn’t go do my hair or even grocery shop without the baby. I busted out the pump and it helped! Boy did it help!
If you are breastfeeding and want a break from the baby for more than 2 hours, you’ll need a breast pump. Many active or working mums opt for a breast pump. If you are busy and always on the go, I would suggest an automatic pump. It’s the most efficient option. Check out our post on how to choose the breast pump that suits you.
With the right pumping bra, you can express milk for your baby and use your free hands to eat, text, or talk on the phone at the same time. Here are 10 of the best options for multitasking milk mamas.
You need to be comfortable both when you are breastfeeding and when you aren’t. The best way to do this is to have a supportive bra. You need a comfortable bra that is supportive, but not restrictive. A bra that is too tight can lead to engorgement, plugged milk ducts, or a breast infection. You also want one that will be easy to use while you are actually breastfeeding.
Breastmilk bags will come in handy if you’re pumping. Even if don’t go out everyday, you’ll want to store the extra milk you pump. Mumspring Favorite: Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage bags.
However, you should know the requirements for storing breast milk.
Hope you found this helpful. Please comment if you have questions.
Up Next in the Baby Registry Series: Feeding.