We had the great pleasure of hosting some of our alumni mamas and their babies at our home for a "Peas & Pods" playdate today. Although we have invited current students to join us since we started these gatherings last spring, we had our first student mama come to our group today.
She asked a great question and I wanted to share the answer with you. It piggybacks on a recent post about The Baby Stuff, and I was quite surprised by the answer the mamas gave her since I had not really thought about it before.
Q: Tell me about breast pumps, bottles, pacifiers – what do I need to get?
A: (Paraphrasing the collective wisdom) ~ Wait until your baby arrives. Take advantage of the freebies that come with the breast pump, or from the hospital take-home bag. Although it is tempting to buy the “bargain” multi-packs, purchase bottles and pacifiers in single packs so that you can try one before you make the commitment to purchase more. Each baby is unique, and if you have any questions about the right kind of bottle for your baby, you can ask a lactation consultant and they will steer you in the right direction. We know it's hard to "not plan" as a pregnant mama because you want to have everything in order before your baby arrives...this is just one of those areas where it is best to wait because your baby is going to let you know what they like and need after they get here.
Bottles! Isn’t this a breastfeeding advocate writing this post?!?
Yes – these mamas were talking about using bottles for expressed breastmilk. The other item you can “try before you buy” is a breast pump. You can rent a pump to try the style before you make the commitment to a brand. I know the store where we teach (Modern Mommy Boutique) has at least two different brands, and you can rent them on a weekly time-frame. A lot of mamas want to put that on their registry since a pump is a $$$ item. Instead of requesting a specific brand that cannot be returned once it is opened, maybe you can request a gift card for the approximate cost of a pump . This lets you purchase the best one for you after baby arrives and you have had the opportunity to try out some different brands.
The other thing that was interesting was that all of us that had used pacifiers or bottles had about the same number of “tries” before we settled on the best product for our baby. All of us had tried three different products and usually the third one we tried was the one we and/or baby preferred.
Another gem that came from one of our mamas that work out of the home concerned making milk for a baby in a daycare situation. She had heard this gem and wanted to pass it along to the other mamas that are getting ready to go back to outside jobs. Whether you get a lunchtime break to go nurse, or if it’s at a drop-off or pick-up, linger in your child’s care room. That way you get to breathe in the air that your child is going to be or has been breathing that day, and your body can get a head start on making anti-bodies for baby’s “formula”. Isn’t that a neat idea? I really enjoy learning something new.
The other thing we talked about today was all the options in cloth diapers. Some of us use cloth all the time, other mamas use cloth on the weekends when they are home with baby. There are so many options in cloth today – they are not your mom’s or your grandma’s cloth diapers that were secured with safety pins and covered with an air-tight and water proof plastic pant. There are at least four different styles, lots of fun prints and colors to choose from…definitely something to look into and sign up for a class in your area.
We will be bringing you a blog post from a cloth diaper expert to answer the basic questions about cloth diapering (and maybe a fun contest) in the near future…stay tuned!
Have a great weekend!
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