If you want to breastfeed it is important to prepare yourself with necessary accessories so that the transition is smooth. Talk to your health insurance about coverage for lactation consultants and the purchase or rental of a breast pump if necessary.
Nursing pads: It is normal for your breasts to drip slightly when you are breastfeeding, these pads are used to protect your clothes.
Hot and cold compresses: When milk is produced it can initially cause pain since it is not flowing completely. Cold compresses can help decrease swelling while hot compresses help milk flow.
Cream for sore nipples: It is used for dry and sore nipples.
Breast pump: There are various models that allow you to empty the breasts. They are used for moms who return to work and want to continue breastfeeding or relieve initial swelling of the breasts.
Breastmilk storage bags: These bags are for storing expressed milk.
Breastfeeding Support Resources
Hospital Support - Check with your doctor or midwife about what breastfeeding support they offer.
Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) - Utah WIC Breastfeeding
La Leche League International - La Leche League