Create a Cozy Breastfeeding Nook
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In the early weeks, breastfeeding can feel like a full time job. Newborns eat 8-12 times per day and some feedings can take almost 45 minutes. It may seem like you're forever stuck on the couch or glider. Creating a little breastfeeding nest, filled with items you may need, can help the time pass by quicker. Having things close by can make the feedings a little easier. Here are a few suggestions of what to put in your nursing nook:
A comfortable chair or glider
This is a big one if you're planning on having a nursery for your little one. Since you'll be spending a lot of time here, you want to make sure it's a comfortable spot. Be sure to go visit stores and sit in chairs or gliders before purchasing. While second-hand furniture is a great way to save money, it's important to make sure you're able to try before you buy.
A pillow for breastfeeding
Some moms prefer to use a designated nursing pillow while others stack bed pillows to bring baby up to breast height. Regardless of what you use, bringing baby to breast height can help reduce neck, shoulder, and back pain. Remember: bring baby to breast, not breast to baby.
An insulated water bottle
Breastfeeding makes me thirsty and crave cold water. Cold from the faucet wasn't enough, the cup needed to be 1/3 filled with ice. My youngest was born at the end of May, so a water bottle that could keep my water as cold as possible, for as long as possible was a must.
Snacks you can eat one handed
Breastfeeding made me so hungry, I ate everything I could get my hands on. Unfortunately, I usually had only one hand to use. Some of my favorite one handed snacks included trail mix with little bits of chocolate, dried fruit, protein or granola bars, carrot sticks with hummus, and pretzels. Don't judge me for the number of crumbs I got on my baby's head. I made sure to brush them off. I even licked off the chocolate.
A phone charger
This was a must for the cluster feeding marathons. Between feeding apps, taking a million pictures of my baby yawning, scrolling through social media, and falling down the rabbit hole of YouTube videos, my phone would need a charge by lunchtime. Hey, a mom's gotta do something to keep herself awake!
A streaming video service
See above. Also because sometimes Facebook gets boring and/or gets you angry. I binge watched "The Office" (US version) and loved revisiting some of my favorite episodes. The good people of Dunder Mifflin kept me company through several early growth spurts!
Extra diapers, wipes, burp cloths, breast pads, nipple ointment... all of that! I breastfed primarily in our living room and our bedroom, so keeping extra wipes, diapers, and a waterproof changing surface were really important.
Did I miss anything? Share your nursing nest must haves in the comments.