Breastfeeding success doesn’t always happen overnight. As you’re looking forward to welcoming your little one into the world, it’s important to also consider ways that you can arrange a supportive team of friends and family members, gear up for the experience of breastfeeding, and educate yourself on what your journey might entail. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re preparing to breastfeed and planning for your baby shower.
Register for Breastfeeding Success
Registering for gifts and predicting what type of gear your new baby will require before you’ve even met them can be a daunting task. There are so many different products out there and every baby is different, too – you just don’t know exactly what you’ll need until you’re well on your way. Of course, you can always register for a breast pump, but here are some ideas for additional items that may be useful to breastfeeding moms:
- Nursing bras and apparel
- A breastfeeding pillow to support baby
- A rocking chair or glider for late-night nursing sessions
- Lanolin or other nipple care products for soreness
- Bra pads for leaky breasts, either disposable or reusable
- Breast milk storage containers or bags
- Other pump accessories and spare parts like a vehicle adaptor, hands-free pumping bra, and cleaning products
You can also share gift ideas with family and friends and keep track of items you want through a wish list on Medela’s website.
Ask for Support
They say that it takes a village to raise a child – so why not engage your village and take the opportunity to build a support team? Consider asking guests to create coupons for services like making and delivering a meal (there are even online meal calendars so friends and family can coordinate), helping with laundry, taking baby for a walk so you can have some alone time or helping with other chores around your home. In the early weeks and months after baby arrives, these “gifts” could be better than anything bought in a store and can free you up to enjoy precious time with your little one.
Friends and family could also give the gift of breastfeeding classes or a consultation with a lactation professional. There’s nothing more valuable than educating yourself ahead of time, and the right support and expertise can mean all the difference if you find yourself struggling with breastfeeding. You can visit Medela’s website to find a lactation consultant near you or sign up for Medela’s online Breastfeeding University.
Crowdsource Other Moms
Although it’s becoming more common for men and kids to be invited to showers these days, you’ll most likely be surrounded by other women – some of whom are moms themselves and have been through it all. Ask guests to share their best breastfeeding or parenting advice by filling out a card or writing in a book at the shower. This is also a great way for out-of-town friends and family to participate in baby’s care in a way that doesn’t require their physical presence.
Do you have any tips on making a baby shower more meaningful? Share with us in the comments below.