Hello unruly things readers! This is Jamie with A Desert Fete.
I have a little nugget of practical advice for all you soon-to-be or newish mom’s out there.
In the last few months of my pregnancy we, like most, took a number of classes on pregnancy, childbirth, and caring for babies. Some were super helpful, some were duds. (But that is another post.)
Our breastfeeding class was spot on. We left wanting more, but only because 2 hours was such a short time for such an important subject, and the lactation consultant who taught it packed in so much good info. Here was our favorite concept.
It is a scene well played in our household. (Ten fold in the later months of pregnancy, but I am completely guilty of it as a regular old non pregnant lady.) One becomes settled on the sofa, in bed, on the yoga mat…. and you realize you forgot a glass of water. Or your book. Or the remote. Then comes “Sweetie….? Could you bring me my….” Now imagine being settled with your little one happily latched on for supper. Maybe no one is even home to call on, and you realize you forgot your lip balm, and your lips are languishing in a desert of dryness. The horror! Enter:
Our instructor suggests keeping a basket handy that you always have by your side when about to nurse. It includes essentials for you, for example:
-bottle of water
and for the little one
-a diaper & wipes for a quick change
-a burp cloth
-your feeding log (for the first weeks)
you get the idea.
Now go forth! Make your own list of must haves, then find yourself a nursing basket, fill it, and be prepared always! A few to get you started: