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~support system as well, i have a boppy pearsonaly and the travel boppy which is really nice to
~ soothing gel packs, there AMAZING in the first few weeks!
~ and patience! it can take time getting the hang of breastfedding but well worth it one you do!
educate yourself and realize that in the beginning it's normal to feel like you're nursing 20 hours out of the day. i wish someone had told me that. i felt overwhelmed until i realized it was normal.
comfortable nursing tanks and bras.
Good resources (like the LLL website, and Kellymom.com)
Soothing gel breast pads (these were a life saver!)
A good diet (lots of water, enough calories, oatmeal, etc)
Something like a Boppy can be nice...though some people don't like them and wouldn't consider them essential.
Your own breast milk. Better than any cream out there and perfectly safe for baby. Take it from a first time mom. I've never used nipple cream, just my natural breast milk on sore nipples worked wonders.
A Boppy was probably my most used nursing essential. I use nursing pads when I leaked (but they would have been useless if I didn't), and a cream for my nipples for when I was sore. Nursing bras and tanks also were very handy for me, I still wear mine
Andrea, mom to 3 beautiful girls - Abigail (8) Annabelle (6) and Alexis (3)