Due in November and really want to BF. I have great support from my sister who will be staying with me for a month (she a mid/mchn) but Im wondering what real experience/tips from actual mums I should take on board.
I live in the country - about 30min from the shop/chemist and everything closes at 5pm, 12noon sat and noone open Sunday so I sort of need to be organised.
I will be returning to work at around 5mths and planning on expressing then so I can continue to BF bubs.
I also have vasospasm (where my nipples lose blood flow and go white and painful). From what I have read this can make BF a challenge. I already have self warming breastpads that you wear inside your bra and a wheat pack (warmth helps) and have been taking magnesium which also helps apparently.
So what other tips /things shoudl I know
-should I buy a breast pump - manual or electric
-what do i need to go with the breast pump - bottles etc?
-should I buy nipple shields
-what creams/ointments are worth having around?
-shoudl I by some thrush cream in advance in case I get nipple thrush?
-I am using terry flats so was planning on getting some extra to help with al the mess
-bf pillow? I am big and have big saggy sideays boobs with the nipples at the bottom of them (gross I know)
Oh and I was planning on feeding on demand rahter then a routine kinda of thing?
Anything else I shoudl know??