The day after I had my son I realized a made a huge mistake. I had bought a “nursing” bra to fit my “pre-mommy” boobs. Soon I was gifted these huge breasts overnight and I had no way of containing them. I basically wore nothing while I was in the hospital and by the time we were ready to go home I squeezed myself into that bra and slowly walked out. I made a note to myself that someone was going to drive me to Target and I was buying bigger bras and actual nursing tops. I thought that I could go without the nursing tops, and again I was wronged. If affordability is an issue my advice is to at least go with one good bra and one good shirt. I wore the same two bras and two shirts for a while when I was home with my son. Later you can master the t-shirt but for now in your sleep deprived state- just go along with the nursing variety. They’re made for a reason, a purpose, so take advantage.
The second mistake I had was not having any nursing pads. I think I remember asking a friend who just had a baby if I really needed these or not. She casually told me that she used them once in a while but not that often. The best thing I did was invest in a $10.00 box of 100 disposable nursing pads from Wal-mart. They’re a God-send and yes- you will use them. You may even use 3 boxes before your body finally adjusts to the change.
Like a lot of new moms I thought that breastfeeding wouldn’t be that hard. It’s natural right? How hard can it be?! I’ll be the first to laugh at that statement! It seemed like endless minutes trying to get my little baby bird to just shut his mouth over the nipple and suck. I learned quick though that when you stick through it, it can be the most rewarding feeling to see him suckling and fall asleep because he’s so warm and comfortable next to you. The mistake I made here though was thinking that I could just cradle my son in my arms the whole time and we’d look like one of those Gerber baby commercials. My husband recognized my struggle before I did and rushed to the nearest baby store to picking out a Boppy. Who knew that a “C” shaped pillow would save my life. I ended up in love with my Boppy and it proved to be more useful than just support during breastfeeding. We could lay our little guy in the middle of it for a little while or we could use it as a pillow to rest our head on. I think I almost shed a tear when we didn’t need it anymore.
Last but not least was a Breast pump. Boy I wished I had a pump for those early days. I probably wouldn’t have been in so much misery and I could stock pile a lot more than I started to when I finally did get the chance to pump. Now that I’m weaning I have no idea what the doctors were so bent out of shape about pumping. The way I see it: as long as the baby is getting the breast milk I don’t think it matters how it got in their tummies. My breasts went from a tiny B to a gargantuan DD and I was in so much pain that I was having to waste leaking breast milk to relieve the pressure. Sometimes before I fed my son the milk would be shooting out and I’d have a bottle ready for the milk to dispose into so that it didn’t go to waste. Being able to pump when I needed to would have made that first week a little bit more comfortable.
So yes- I didn’t mention what beauty product I needed or the latest thing in baby wearing technology, but I think there are moms out there who would agree with the items I’ve listed. You really don’t think you need them until after that little bundle comes out and you’re left wondering why no one mentioned these life savers. Or you throw your pride to the side and buckle down and buy them anyways. What have you bought after having your children that you swore you could live without?