Creating a comfortable breastfeeding and pumping oasis: tips for organizing your space
If you intend to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of your infant’s life as recommended by healthcare experts, nursing and pumping will be a huge part of your new daily routine, especially during the first months. Having a comfortable, organized space can make all the difference. These tips will help you set up a space that makes it more comfortable and convenient.
Choose a comfortable chair or couch.
Nursing your newborn can be a surprisingly peaceful experience under the right conditions. Your body manufactures and releases high levels of endorphins, prolactin, and oxytocin in response to your baby’s sucking, and these create feelings of relaxation and calm in both you and your baby. It helps if you start off relaxed and comfortable, which makes choosing a comfortable location all the more important. A dedicated chair with good back support is ideal, but if you don’t have one, a couch or cushion can also work.
Have plenty of pillows and blankets on hand.
Pillows and blankets create a cozy, comfortable atmosphere, which can make breastfeeding a more enjoyable experience overall. However, they also serve a few practical purposes. They can be used to prop up your baby or adjust their position as needed, which can help make breastfeeding more comfortable for both you and your baby. They can also be used to adjust your own position and provide extra support as needed.
Invest in a good nursing pillow.
Specialized pillows like the My Breast Friend Nursing Pillow are designed to support both you and your baby during breastfeeding, making it easier and more comfortable for both of you. The My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow was designed with the input of new mothers, babies, and breastfeeding experts. It features a wraparound, adjustable design, a firm cushion, and a backrest. Millions of mothers and babies in more than 45 countries around the world for the past 25 years have enjoyed the benefits of a good nursing pillow.
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Keep your breast pump and supplies close by.
Nothing’s worse than trying to find your phone while nursing a hungry baby. Having your breast pump and all of the necessary supplies within reach will save time, effort, and frustration. Consider getting a small table, caddy, or shelf to keep everything organized and within arm’s reach. Some items that you may want to have on hand while breastfeeding or pumping include:
- Burping cloths
- Nipple cream
- Nursing pads
- Your breast pump
- Your feeding journal
- A disposable changing pad
- A charger and a cradle for your phone or tablet
Choose good lighting.
A well-lit space is important for both breastfeeding and pumping, especially for those late-night nursing sessions when you’re trying to position your baby or attach your breast pump while groggy. Good lighting can also help improve your mood and reduce stress, so invest in a lamp or two – maybe even a smart bulb so you can adjust your lighting easily from your phone to create a soft, soothing glow.
Keep the space clean and clutter-free.
A cluttered, dirty space can be stressful and distracting, so try to keep your breastfeeding and pumping space clean and organized. Designate a specific area to use for this purpose and try to keep it separate from other areas of the house. This will help you keep everything in one easy to access place. Keep your supplies organized and make a habit of regularly cleaning and decluttering. Wipe down surfaces, throw away any trash, and put away any supplies that you’re not using as frequently as possible.
By following these tips, you can create a comfortable and convenient space for breastfeeding and pumping that will make your daily routine easier and more enjoyable.
Of course, one of the most important things you can do to make pumping more convenient and comfortable is to choose a convenient, comfortable breast pump. At Milk N Mamas Baby, we carry all the most popular breast pump brands recommended by moms, pediatricians, and lactation specialists, and most are 100% covered by Tricare, Geisinger, and other health insurance providers. These are some of our favorite mom’s favorite breast pumps. Get in touch today to learn more or order your own.