Essential Stuff a Breastfeeding Mom Should Always Bring
There’s nothing like motherhood that brings out our inner girl scout. We have checklists and gadgets, even reminders and sayings on our doors bathroom mirrors. I bet more than half of us have an app or two, listing down what we need and when. Most of us want to be ready for whatever life has to throw at us. We’re professionals, we’re experienced, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the expanse of our lives, it is to be prepared. So for the troupe leader in all of us, here is a list of the essential things us mothers need to tackle the days, months, and even those terrible twos.
Everyone needs a tool kit. Engineers have their box, lab scientists have their reagent rack. Heck, even Batman has a utility belt. Neither of them are tackling an issue as important as ensuring the health and safety of a very tiny human child. Having a bag with all the necessities is the go-to way to ensure everything is on hand. You can get yourself a special one, or you can even convert a large bag into one with an adequate organizer insert. Here’s the fun part: you can customize your bag and even throw in your own personal style. Nothing spells cool like a vintage doctor bag over your shoulder, filled with everything you may possibly need.
The Power of Cloth
Now that you have your kit, think of some of the other items you need. You gotta fill that doctor bag with something, right? My go-to essentials are a breastfeeding cover and swaddle. Nursing your baby is as natural as having a child to begin with. It’s the primary way we introduce nutrients and even an immune system to our baby. But alas, even in this day and age, we can face some flack for merely ensuring our children grow up healthy. You can go with a regular blanket, of course, or one of the Bebitza breastfeeding covers you see everywhere. Either way, it’s good to have some nifty and body-cooling options when the mercury starts to rise. As we’ve all experienced, the world seems to be a bit warmer during those nursing years. Keep them tucked at the sides of your super cool bag for easy access. A swaddle also does wonders in public. You can never really predict your baby’s sleeping habits. They’re still getting used to the whole notion of things like “day” and “night.” So, as much as you may have developed a keen, hormonally mediated circadian rhythm, your little one falling into the most envious deep sleep midday is common. A good swaddle can provide that much needed sense of security while freeing up your hands to make more lists and answer emails.
Lastly, a stroller. Clearly one of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century, a durable stroller can take the load off your shoulders. Ask any mother and/or professional bodybuilder: 7 kilograms held in your arms for hours on end can feel like 200. With a good stroller, you’re mobile. You eliminate the variables associated with carrying your baby through potentially busy streets. You can tackle the day with your sleepy (or not) plus-one.
A stroller, a good bag, and a cover are all you really need to seamlessly accomplish tasks while being a breastfeeding mom. Together they keep you moving, keep you organized, and helps to avoid any strange or unwanted interactions with the public.