Breast­feed­ing es­sen­tials

Pregnancy Life & Style - - YOUR BABY -

Comfy tops that are eas­ily ac­cessed by a hun­gry baby are must-haves. In the early days, sep­a­rates are quick­est and eas­i­est, but as you get the hang of it, spe­cially de­signed feed­ing dresses and tops come into their own.

Ma­ter­nity bras are usu­ally fit­ted in the last few weeks of preg­nancy. At first, when your milk comes in, you may well and truly fill the cups. But over time your breasts will set­tle down as your sup­ply is es­tab­lished. Look for clasps that can be un­done with one hand, and a wire-free style to keep milk ducts from be­com­ing re­stricted.

Breast pumps are use­ful, but be­fore spend­ing the money con­sider your sit­u­a­tion and whether an elec­tric or man­ual pump will suit best (see page 74).

Other handy items in­clude stor­age bags or con­tain­ers for breastmilk, breast pads for wear­ing in­side your bra and ab­sorb­ing any leaks, sooth­ing nip­ple cream and a feed­ing pil­low.

Keep the Aus­tralian Breast­feed­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s helpline num­ber handy for in­valu­able info and ad­vice. Call 1800 686 268 or visit www.breast­feed­ing.asn.au.

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