Get Ready for Breastfeeding Checklist

Diapers – check! Onesies – check! If you’re planning to breastfeed your baby, take a look at this list of helpful items to have on hand.

This is an exciting, albeit busy, time as you prepare to welcome your new baby. We’re here to support your efforts to breastfeed, so we’ve put together a few suggested items to have on hand to help ensure breastfeeding success:

  • Nursing bras. There are lots of tips for buying nursing bras on the Internet or at a maternity store! A general suggestion is buy one that is at least one cup and one inch larger around than your breasts pre-delivery. You may want to have several since many women wear a nursing bra at night, too.
  • Nursing pillow. Comfort for you and the baby is essential. Many moms use a pillow for easier positioning, especially after a C-section or with multiples.
  • Lanolin Cream. In the beginning as you and the baby adjust to breastfeeding, your nipples can become sore and cracked. To make breastfeeding as comfortable as possible, have Lansinoh® HPA® Lanolin on hand. It soothes and protects plus it’s especially made for nursing moms, which ensures it’s safe for baby too.
  • Nursing Pads. While your body is figuring out how much milk to make to meet your baby’s needs, leaking might occur. Have some nursing pads around, such as Lansinoh® Disposable Nursing Pads, to prevent embarrassing leaks and keep your skin and clothes dry.They can also be used during the final weeks of pregnancy or the first weeks of breastfeeding when your nipples may be especially tender.  Our Ultra-Soft Disposable Nursing Pads are specifically designed for this time.
  • A good breast pump. If you are planning to return to work and pumping, you will need a good reliable pump that will help maintain supply without damaging your breast tissue. It’s also a good idea to have the option to pump to provide milk for those times when you need to be away from the baby. The Lansinoh® Smartpump™ Double Electric Breast Pump or the Lansinoh® Manual Breast Pump is a good option that allow the baby to benefit from breastmilk, even if mom and baby are apart.
  • LatchAssist® Nipple Everter.  A few days after delivery you may experience swollen and engorged breasts. This can flatten your nipples, making it difficult for the baby to latch-on. The LatchAssist® Nipple Everter helps your nipples temporarily stand out making it easier for your baby to establish a good latch - the first step to a successful breastfeeding experience.

We know that simple doesn’t always mean easy, especially when it comes to breastfeeding. The key to successful breastfeeding is a great support network.  You can find a local International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in your area to support you in the first weeks with your new baby.