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)
I didnt buy a pump till I needed it for going back to work. and I bought it online and it arrived in 3 days.
I didnt need nipple shields but a friend of mine used the medela ones and loved them.
Lanisoh and paw paw ointment are lifesavers.
never had to use thrush ointment - but I did do a few things to reduce the chance of thrush. ie I did drink fennel/fenugreek tea daily to prevent mastitis and ensure good supply. used washable breast pads (avent) and changed them 2-3hrly to keep nipples clean and dry. used a terry flat to absorb milk from the non-feeding boob and changed that each feed. Placed a fresh towel under me (over a brolly sheet to save my mattress) and changed that each time it got too wet when I was sleeping and it saved me on washing sheets every day. Cabbage leaves on the boobs to help with engorgement (or wet face washers in the fridge).
I just used a normal pillow but make sure that wherever I was feeding - lying down/sitting up, I was well supported and food/drink plus had either reading material/tv to keep me amused. newborn feeds take FOREVER! oh and pee before you feed cos often you will need to pee mid feed or just as the baby is dozing. and the pelvic floor isnt so strong....
eat heaps of protein/carbs/fresh fruit and veges. Drink loads of water and avoid diuretics if possible. sleep when bub is sleeping as your body needs to recover.