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January 11th, 2013, 04:55 PM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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What would you recommend to a soon to be or new mom as an essential for nursing?

I would say a support system beyond that-- boppy/nursing pillow, nursing tank, breast pads, lanolin.

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January 11th, 2013, 11:37 PM
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Lanolin. The soothing gel pads, they saved me a few times.
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January 14th, 2013, 01:30 AM
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~support system as well, i have a boppy pearsonaly and the travel boppy which is really nice to
~breast pads
~nursing bras
~nursing tanks/tops
~nursing cover
~ 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!

I think thats it lol

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January 15th, 2013, 06:54 PM
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determination, dedication, education, support, lanolin, nursing pads

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January 16th, 2013, 08:56 AM
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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.
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January 19th, 2013, 12:45 PM
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Pretty much what everyone else has said:

Good resources (like the LLL website, and Kellymom.com)
Soothing gel breast pads (these were a life saver!)
Nursing bras/tanks
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.

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January 21st, 2013, 10:51 AM
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This is a great post for me!!!

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February 3rd, 2013, 07:57 PM
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Everything above! I didn't use lanolin...ds hated the taste....I just used ebm. Lots of comfy pillows...not just for baby/nursing but for mom too! Water bottle...and everything else above
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February 18th, 2013, 12:03 PM
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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.
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February 19th, 2013, 07:47 AM
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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
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