By Taylor Morrison, CNM~
Imagine this: It’s 3 a.m. Your baby wakes up. She’s crying and ravenous! You stumble out of bed, change your baby’s diaper, calm her down, get settled in your rocking chair, adjust your breastfeeding pillow, get a good position, and achieve a deep latch. Baby starts eating, and you both settle in for a 30 minute feed. You feel the “let down” happen and are suddenly overcome by intense thirst! And there’s your water bottle, on the nightstand, just out of arm’s reach, where it remains as you stare at it longingly for the next 30 minutes.
Avoid this heartbreaking scenario by having a stockpile of supplies wherever you breastfeed! This is also a great task for dads, grandparents, and visitors- stock the Breastfeeding Basket!
Breastfeeding Basket Supplies:
- Water, water, water!
- Burp cloth
- Chap stick
- Nipple cream
- Bulb syringe (provided in your DMBC postpartum bag)
- Snacks (something easy and high-protein like nuts)
- Ibuprofen (especially in the first postpartum week; breastfeeding increases afterbirth pains)
- Specialized supplies (nipple shield, breast shells if you’re using them)
- Book or magazine
- Phone charger
- Anything that will make your feeding easier and more pleasant