For mothers-to-be, there’s an overwhelming amount of information about the “must-haves” for when the baby arrives. From Pinterest boards to family and friends, it feels like everyone is selling a tool you’ll need for your baby to thrive.
At South Shore Hospital, we deliver nearly 3,500 infants each year and recommend that mothers breastfeed whenever possible. We provide guidance to mothers as they embark upon their breastfeeding journey—including lactation consultations in the hospital after the baby is born and after you bring the baby home at our free breastfeeding support groups.
After helping thousands of women gain confidence in breastfeeding, we’ve learned that these items are truly the must-have registry items for breastfeeding moms.
- Nipple shields: For some moms and babies, these thin silicone barriers may ease the breastfeeding process. Ask your doctor or lactation consultant if you think you may need them.
- Nipple cream or lanolin: To ease sore nipples.
- Nursing pads and nursing soothies: These gel pads that give some relief, especially in the early days.
- Boppy or My Brest Friend: These pillows support and position your baby, easing the burden on your back and shoulders.
- Breast pump: For moms who plan to work or be away for baby from extended periods, breast pumps are a must. Here’s a tip: Some insurance companies cover the cost of the pump and parts. Ask your provider or call your insurance company for more details. Also, invest in a second set of parts, a cooler with small ice pack and pump bottles if you can. That way, you’re not scrambling to clean the parts after every pumping session.
- Breast pump steam cleaning bags and quick clean wipes: Keeping the breast pump clean takes a lot of work. Make it easier by investing in these tools that make it easier to keep your equipment clean and safe.
- Breast milk storage bags: For your freezer supply.
- Nursing cover for privacy: For feeding on-the-go.
- Nursing bras: Quick access is key when your baby is hungry, and support is important for you.
- A water bottle to keep yourself hydrated: Take a drink when breastfeeding your baby, but you don’t have to consume too much. Quench your thirst, and maybe take a couple sips more for optimal milk supply.
South Shore Hospital delivers more babies than any other hospital in southeastern Massachusetts. Click here to learn more about our maternity services, including information about our breastfeeding support group. The group is open to all mothers and meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-2pm. For more information, you can also call our lactation line at 781-624-8602.