How to handle visitors when you’re breastfeeding

How to handle visitors when you’re breastfeeding.

You are in the beginning days of breastfeeding and still trying to get hang of it. Meanwhile your family and friends are so excited that you had a baby and they can’t wait to stress you out visit you and the baby. Here’s how to handle visitors the polite way when you’re breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding around Visitors at home and in the hospital

 

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VISITORS IN THE HOSPITAL

It may seem like you have absolutely no privacy in a hospital. Especially after you give birth, but if you would prefer you can have all your visitors screened at the nursing station or just ask the nurse if they can place a sign on your door that says “Breastfeeding Mom please knock” or “Nursing Mother please knock.” Your friends and family won’t be offended that you asked them to knock before entering. One of the cool things about my hospital was that there was a little curtain between the door and my bed which gave me a little more privacy.

VISITORS AT HOME

Okay so it’s a little easier at home because you can just go in another room to nurse the baby or ask them to leave. … Rude much… not really. It’s okay to tell your people that you would rather nurse in private. Let them chill out for 15-20 minutes while you feed your baby.

If you’re tired let them know that you are tired and kindly ask them to leave. Most people will understand even your grandmother. Don’t be too proud to ask for help if you want someone to hold the baby while you take a shower or pick something up from the store on the way to visit you. You will be exhausted after having a baby and not to mention the lack of sleep with a newborn.

NURSING COVERS

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If you are like me and you prefer to cover up when you nurse your baby around other people. A Nursing cover is just what you need. I got a free one from Udder Covers and I want you ladies to get your free nursing cover using the code e63493 . Nursing covers normally cost $35, but by using the code e63493 you’ll get yours for free! All you have to do is pay for shipping and you’ll receive your FREE nursing cover in the mail. They are very stylish and come in a variety of colors. I love how light they are and you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing your boobs (I would try to be politically correct here and say breast but umm this is a breastfeeding website). You can use that same code on some of the other great products they sell as well.

Carseat Canopy

Nursing Pillow

Breast Pads

Baby Leggings 

Can I just say that when people visit you at home after you have a baby I get that they want to see the baby and hold him/her. That’s cool but if you don’t mind can you call first and let a girl know that you’re coming. Trust me when I say they will understand that your house is a mess, in fact if they’re a good friend/relative they may offer to clean up for you or bring a meal. …In a perfect world I guess.

 

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Top 5 Things to put in your hospital bag

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Top 5 things to put in your breastfeeding hospital bag for after delivery. These are essentials for moms who plan to start breastfeeding their newborn baby after delivery. Your lactation consultant/nurse will come to your room to help you learn how to latch your baby and/or use the breast pump. My daughter was born 8 weeks early so I started off using a breast pump and after about 3 weeks I was able to start nursing her.

 

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Below are my top 5 things for a breastfeeding mom to bring to the hospital for use after delivery.

      1. Nursing Bra: The first days after delivery your breast won’t be that full/heavy but this makes life easier mainly for access. In the beginning just a simple no-wire nursing bra works fine. It kind of looks like a sports bra.
      2. Nursing Pads: You will want to buy stock in these. LOL just kidding girls. Seriously though, nursing pads are these small circular pads that cover your nipple area and helps prevent leakage on your lovely clothes. Check to see if your nurse has some that you can use. I’m all for freebies. You’ll really want to go ahead and buy these before hand though. Amazon, Target,Wal Mart, Babies R’ US etc. all sell them. I bought them in larger quantities once I found the brand that I liked best. My top two choices were Lansinoh Nursing pads and Avent. I should note that they make reusable ones as well, that you can wash in your machine. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial
      3. Nipple Cream: Yep that’s a thing. You’re going to want some. Again your nurse may have a sample for you to use. I suggest that you start applying this on Day 1. If you’ve been browsing the internet you have probably heard about cracked/bleeding nipples(this is normal and it can happen). Put this stuff on and thank me later. There are a variety of brands and they are sold at most baby stores as well. Lansinoh is a well known brand that I love. One tube actually lasted me a year. I stopped using it after a few months… oh except that time she started biting and then I started using it again. (Sorry not trying to weird you out, but I like to be transparent). Want a free nursing cover from Udder Covers! Enter code E63493 at checkout. 
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      4. Boppy: Apparently this is like a top shower gift. A Boppy is basically a nursing pillow. Even if you don’t breastfeed this thing is still awesome. I would often find myself using a Boppy when I wasn’t even near the baby. Don’t judge me… Nursing pillows are a great way to find a good latch position and makes breastfeeding more comfortable. An added benefit is that it helps keep that sweet little baby off of your stomach if you are recovering from a c-section. Go ahead and add it to your registry if you don’t already have one. My sister purchased one in 2010 and I used it in 2012/2013 then she used it again for her 2nd child in 2014. They hold up for a long time, so it’s worth the money.
      5. Nursing gown/tank top: You will get tired of the fabulous and posh hospital gown so pack your own nursing gown or tank top for easy access.

Have you nursed before? What are some things you found to be essential for breastfeeding in the beginning? Comment below.


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