Breastfeeding checklist: 7 nursing accessories for the new-age Indian mum
If you are also a new-age mum who is planning on extended breastfeeding or feeding your baby in public, here are a few must-have nursing accessories
As a new mum, among the many things you learn, is the discipline of breastfeeding. From helping your baby latch on, to understanding why it is so important for the both of you, to establishing a feeding routine; the entire process is invested with your time and effort.
But by the end of six months, when you actually figure it all out, it is time to get back to the daily grind. Irrespective of whether or not you are a working mum, breastfeeding can be a challenge once you decide to get out of the house. And while there are options such as milk banks or formula-feeding many of us new-age mums prefer to extend breastfeeding as a matter of choice.
So if you are also among those new-age mums who is planning on extended breastfeeding or cannot decided on how to feed your baby in public, here are a few nursing accessories that can come in handy. Just pack you baby baby with these and you should be good to go.
7 must-have nursing accessories for the new-age Indian mum
#1 Breast pump
If you are a working mum, a breast pump is your best friend. In case you are planning to use a breast pump soon after delivery, experts advise that its best to start pumping within three to four weeks of delivery.
Dr Geetika Gangwani, lactation consultant, Mamma Mia, Fortis, Delhi, told theIndusparent, “Each mother and baby is different, so the need to express milk will be very individualistic. For instance, mothers whose babies are in the NICU soon after birth, need to start expressing using a breast pump within six hours of their delivery. Whereas some mothers only express once they go back to work and a few might not need to express at all.” You can either choose manual or electric breast pump, based on your choice and requirement.
#2 Nursing bra
A good nursing bra is a worthy investment as makes the process of feeding very easy and comfortable for the mother, Dr Priyanka Mehta, specialist gynaecologist, ePsyClinic.com, Delhi, tells theIndusparent. If you are looking for one, know that nursing bras are easily available in stores or online for prices ranging from ₹ 700 to ₹ 2,000.
While buying the nursing make sure it is flexibile (to allow extra room when the milk comes in), roomy (space for your baby to feed), not constricting, should have four hook and eye fastenings, so that it gives an added comfort, and should also be wide and have non-slip shoulder straps for extra support. Apart from these, make sure they are broad and have a deep centre.
Continue reading to know more about nursing accessories for the new-age mum.
#3 Nursing pillow
A nursing pillow is a must-have for any new-age breastfeeding mum. These pillows come in a variety of designs and styles to help a breastfeeding mum support her baby in the proper latching position. This can be especially useful as the baby grows bigger and heavier.
The biggest advantage of buying a nursing pillow is that it eases the pressure on the back and makes breastfeeding an effortless and pain free experience. In India, they can bought online or from maternity stores for anything between Rs 800 and Rs 1,500.
#4 Breast milk storage bags
The breastmilk storage bags are especially useful for working mums on the go. The are convenient to use and store to feed the baby later in the day or during the day when the mother cannot feed the baby herself. They are designed and manufactured in such a way that they can keep the breastmilk fresh for more than 24 hours when freezed carefully.
They are also available online and in across various maternity stores in India and can cost anything between Rs 400 and Rs 1,800.
#5 Nipple shield
And finally, you most certainly will need a nipple shield with all the running and the pumping! This is another great buy for a new-age on-the-go mum who has to pump many times a day or those who have cracked or sore nipples. The give the nipple the nourishment and moisture that is needed to heal quickly.
You can buy these online as well. They come anything between Rs 200 and Rs 1,500.