For new moms who plan to breastfeed and will be returning to work after their baby is born planning for their upcoming birth can be overwhelming. If you are an expectant mom who will be returning to work while breastfeeding after having your baby here are five must haves for breastfeeding that can easily get overlooked.
Whether you are a new mom returning to work or even a stay at home mom a breast pump is a must have item for any new breastfeeding mom. While an expensive electric double pump is not possible for many breastfeeding moms, they can be rented and are sometimes even covered one hundred percent by insurance companies, so be sure to inquire with your insurance company to see if they will cover one for you.
In addition to having an electric breast pump having a manual breast pump is also important. Manual breast pumps will help to prevent engorging when the electric is out, or can be nice to grab for quick trips out of the house when you don’t want to lug around your electric breast pump.
This is something that is often overlooked when purchasing items for breastfeeding but if you will be pumping breast milk while you are away from the house you will need a cooler or small cooler type bag to keep the breast milk in until you get it home.
As a new mom you may struggle with breastfeeding, especially if you are returning to work and won’t be able to spend all day working on breastfeeding with your baby. During these struggles finding support to help you with breastfeeding is important. You can find support in the form of a lactation consultant or even a support group. You can ask for a gift certificate to a lactation consultant as a shower gift and many insurance companies will even cover the fees associated with a lactation consultant, so again be sure to inquire with your insurance company to see if your insurance company will cover it.
Yes, there is an app for that. There are several breastfeeding apps that can be used to help breastfeeding moms keep up with all things related to breastfeeding, from tracking nursing sessions, to breast milk storage, and even baby’s weight. Many breastfeeding apps even include helpful tips for breastfeeding.
Hands Free Bra
A hands free bra is a lifesaver when you are using a double breast pump. A hands free bra allows you to let go of the pump and use your hands to read a book, answer emails, and engage in other activities while you are pumping. A hands free bra can be found in most maternity stores.