Now that you have brought your baby home from the hospital, you will need some key items to help you look after your baby and to help you breastfeed. This is a 2 month update of the list of things that have helped me so far.
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Breastfeeding must-have gadgets
Best way to get your supply steady and going in the first initial weeks. I had to give top up (EBM) expressed breast milk to help improve my newborn’s jaundice. This pump helped me to do it without having to introduce formula . Easy to use , with a rechargeable battery and the whole package comes with with all the parts you need and feeding bottles. Spectra also has a Facebook page where you could message any questions, which I found helpful.
Saves so much time during pumping and breastfeeding . Just stick the suction cup well to have a good seal and you will get plenty of liquid gold during a let down. Personally, I find the 150 ml pump too bulky to handle during breastfeeding. I find the 100 ml pump works best for me. It is so much faster to use in the middle of the night to relieve engorgement as well. Do get the one with the suction base. You do not want to be crying over spilt milk, literally. Have a look in the link here to see what size suits you best!
After expressing all that breast milk, you will need storage cups to store all that liquid gold . These Avent breast milk storage cups are easy to store , wash and sterilise.
Back to the topic of EBM, you will need some basic feeding bottles to use for your baby. I like the Avent newborn starter set (natural) as it is easy to combine with breastfeeding .
I have talked about this breastfeeding pillow several times before and I find this provides the best support for breastfeeding. I developed carpal tunnel post-partum and this was a life saver. The pillow also allows you to massage your breasts effectively during breastfeeding. Need to get rid of all those clogged ducts!
Does the job, fits a lot and does not occupy too much space in your kitchen area . 2 Thumbs up 🙂
Best thing ever to quickly warm up your EBM or baby’s formula without having to mind it. Just follow the instructions on the manual to see how long you need to warm up a certain amount of milk. When your baby starts crying for food or gets “hangry” , you do not want to be fluffing around and rushing to boil water to warm up cold milk.
Easy to set up and also easy to fold away. This helped me post caesarean as I could elevate this bed high enough that I do not need to bend down too much to lift baby in and out of bed for feeding. This sleeper can be placed right next to the bed for you to easily soothe or play with baby. It only lasts for 4months until baby starts to roll, so we will be changing into a full sized cot soon.
Favourite brand for quality bedsheets – Bubba blue Australia
I would also recommend getting the Bubba Blue Waterproof Mattress protector to keep your little one’s bedding nice and dry .
Newborn nail trimmer
This nail trimmer was gifted from a friend and this is truly a smart nail trimmer for dummies. Never have to fear from accidentally nicking your baby’s skin while trimming nails.
Perfect thing to have to keep your baby busy and occupied in his bassinet while you need to do important things like take a quick shower or work in the kitchen.
Tummy time starts early as soon as you bring your baby home to improve your newborn’s gross motor skills and develop stronger muscle tone. A lot of babies dislike tummy time. This activity gym makes the experience a lot better and allows them to have some playtime as well
Newborn Out and About
I believe this is the latest design from Bugaboo and was advised that the Bugaboo Lynx is one of the lightest full sized pram on the market . I find this pram easy to manoeuvre (for my weak arms) but quite tricky to collapse. You can customise the colour you want for the hood and the base. I chose the grey melange colour.
Our baby sat in this Baby Bjorn Carrier the first moment we walked out from the hospital. Much easier and more convenient than the pram.
Post birth essentials
SRC recovery shorts help to improve issues such as pelvic floor discomfort, back pain and diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation) . Those who had an uncomplicated natural birth could potentially wear this a few days after birth. For me , after having an emergency Caesarean, I could only put them on approximately 6-7 weeks post partum as my scar was still sore. It is important to get the right measurement and size, so I recommend hitting the shops prior to delivery to get your right size. I wear a size S.
Eat your vitamins. This has omega 3 in it. Helps with breastmilk production.
Hope you find this post useful. Feel free to share any newborn or mama must haves that have worked well for you in the comments down below. I might do a 3-4 month update later on how I breastfeed exclusively, so stay tuned!
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