How to create a breastfeeding sanctuary

September 04, 2013 12:00 AM by

Breastfeeding works best when you’re comfortable, so set up a special space for feeding time. Some items you may want to include:

  • A comfortable chair – Feeding time for a newborn takes most of the day, whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, so a soft chair that supports your back and lets you shift positions, or even recline, is a must.
  • Pillows – Nursing pillows or sleeves are great for taking some of the strain off your arms, back, and neck. A lumbar-support cushion is a smart choice, too.
  • A footrest – Especially if you’re breastfeeding, you’ll save yourself back pain if you elevate your feet. And it’s easier to doze off with your feet up.
  • A blanket – Keep a light throw handy so you can cover up when you feel a chill.
  • Water – Breastfeeding moms are especially prone to dehydration. Keep bottled water handy; you might also want to keep a stash of snacks nearby.
  • Magazines or books – While your baby is eating or resting, you may find you want a little distraction, so have some reading material and a booklight on hand.
  • Music – Whether it’s Bach or Beyoncé, soothing music is a great way for you to unwind; baby will love it, too.

About

Kendra Smith is Pregnancy magazine's editor in chief. Her son was born in December 2011 and she can hardly believe where the time went. In addition to her expertise on this exciting phase in a women's life, she's a big believer in all things green, from cars (she drives a hybrid) to composting (yes, even her son's diapers). As a licensed skin care professional, she also blogs about natural beauty at theskindetective.com.

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