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.