5 Breastfeeding Essentials for You and Your Baby

By Arvin Matthew Paculaba / Mar 03, 2016 07:30 AM EST

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Aside from its health benefits, breastfeeding also strengthens the bond between a mother and her child. It's an emotionally rewarding experience but one that's difficult to get used to, especially for first-time moms. Luckily, there are products out in the market today that can help make the activity enjoyable for both mother and child.

1. Suitable nursing bras

Gynecologist Jennifer Lincoln stated on Bundoo that breastfeeding moms should invest in quality nursing bras, both structured bras and ones for sleeping. The benefit of nursing bras is that they feature detachable flaps, making breastfeeding in public much more convenient.

To have the most suitable fit, Pregnant Chicken suggests women get fitted one month before their child's due date. This would be their breast size eight weeks after child birth, when the body has learned to stabilize its milk production.

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2. Nursing covers

Dr. Lincoln recommends light and breathable nursing covers. Mothers should also be mindful of their child's preferences as some kids don't like to be covered when breastfed. The Bump pointed out several kinds of nursing covers such as T-shirt-styled, dress-type, scarfs, shawls, swaddles and vests. Not one is particularly better than the other. It's just a matter of preference and style.

3. Nursing pillows

Nursing pillows are intended to help mothers position their babies during breastfeeding. They come in all shapes and sizes. Mothers should choose the most appropriate one for her and her child. If they haven't got one yet, a regular soft pillow would be a great alternative for the time being.

4. Breast pads

Some mothers leak milk early on and might want to use the disposable breastfeeding accessory known as breast pads. About Health encourages women to choose breast pads that conform to their bodies. Some pads are shaped like a cup while some are flat and circular.

5. Breast pumps

Dr. Lincoln is advocating the use of quality double electric pumps for mothers who would be working again or for those who have milk supply problems. Contrary to popular belief, the gynecologist said breast pumps are supplemental, not mandatory.

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