Melanie Kissell

Creating A Personalized Space For Breastfeeding

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm

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Once the third trimester approaches, you’ll want to start stocking up on nursing bras, breast pads, nursing pajamas, and loose button-down shirts for the coming months ahead.  While getting ready to breastfeed, you can also have fun creating your personal space,  a custom-tailored breastfeeding area for yourself and your precious baby.

Your special nursing area should reflect your unique personality. If you prefer a bright, active, yet friendly surrounding, you should consider sitting in a corner of the living room or family room.  Keep an extra chair or two nearby so family members or even friends can keep you company.

If you prefer peace and quiet, a cozy study or guest bedroom would be ideal.  You can close the door, dim the lights, and do some deep, calming breathing exercises for relaxation.

Your Own Special Chair:

No matter if you choose a glider rocker, overstuffed recliner, or desk chair with wheels, you should make sure your nursing chair is super comfortable.  You’ll be sitting in the chair for hours each day, so you’ll want it to be as comfy as possible.  You should always look for one that offers back and shoulder support, along with arm rests.

Support Underfoot:

You can use a footstool, low coffee table, or a stack of firm pillows to elevate your feet as you breastfeed.  If you raise your legs and feet to bring your baby to your breast, you’ll avoid the possibility of backache.

Pillows, Pillows, And More Pillows:

Your neck, arms, feet, and back will need as much support as you can provide, so don’t hesitate to surround your body with pillows.  If you lay a pillow across your lap for your baby, she’ll be very comfortable and that much closer to your nipple.  For extra comfort, you can even purchase a specially made nursing pillow, a “boppy”, that will encircle your waist.

Table For One:

You should always keep a small  end table or stand within arm’s length of your breastfeeding chair. What you use should be accommodating enough to hold a glass of liquid. You’ll also want to keep healthy snacks on hand as well, such as fresh fruit, nuts, or crackers and peanut butter to help you replace the energy you use while you breastfeed.

Distractions:

If your baby is a slow eater or has a really voracious appetite, you may want to keep yourself busy while he feeds.  You can fill the shelves of a nearby cupboard or bookcase with your favorite books or crossword puzzles to occupy yourself until your baby is full.  You should also keep a phone nearby, as well, so that you can talk to family or friends to pass the time.

MELANIE KISSELL

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