What Accessories Do You Need with a Breast Pump?

When you decide that you are going to breastfeed your baby there are a number of items that you will need to purchase in order to make this process enjoyable and effective for you and your baby. Here is a list of things you should have on hand for your breastfeeding experience

  • A pillow, preferably one that is designed to be used when breastfeeding your baby. These pillows are shaped so that you can comfortably cradle your little one at just the right angle so you can feed him properly.
  • You will want to have at least two nursing bras so that you can always have one ready to wear.
  • Along with the nursing bras you should invest in bra pads –either the kind you can wash and use again or disposable pads you can toss out when done.
  • Have plenty of burp cloths on hand as you will go through these fairly quickly. They are fairly inexpensive and you should have at least a couple of dozen on hand.
  • Choose the breast pump that suits your needs. Select from hospital-grade, electric, automatic, hands-free, battery-operated, double pump, and manual. Whichever one you choose, make sure it is the best one for you and your baby. Your insurance should cover the cost of renting a hospital-grade breast pump but you might want to check to see if they also cover the cost of buying your own pump. Coverage may only be for a manual pump but you may want to include that in your home equipment anyway.
  • You will want to invest in a good nipple cream to help ease any pain and keep your nipples in good shape for so much nursing.
  • Your breast pump may or may not come with an accessories kit. If it does not, you will need to have breast shields that will work with the valve and membrane to properly pump your milk. You might want to look for wipes that are especially for use with breast feeding. Micro-steam bags let you clean and disinfect your breastfeeding supplies quickly and easily.
  • Bottles to store your breast milk in.
  • If your breast pump is rechargeable make sure to keep the cord handy to plug into the cigarette lighter outlet in your car; if it runs on batteries make sure you have plenty of batteries on hand.
  • Your breast pump may come with a nice carrying case but if not, look online or find yourself a nice bag that will contain all of your breastfeeding supplies and accessories.
  • Make sure to add a plain black t-shirt or blouse in your bag. Your breasts will be stimulated just by hearing another baby cry and you may begin to leak milk at the least opportune moment. A black shirt won’t show this as obviously as other colored shirts.
  • You may want to check online or at the app store for your phone to see if there are any breast feeding apps available that could be helpful.

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