What better thing to give a new or expecting mother than a well stocked Breastfeeding Basket?
They are quick and simple to assemble as a gift. But even if no one buys/makes you one, you can just gather everything together yourself or better yet, get your mom or partner to do it for you!
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Breastfeeding is a tricky art to learn for both mom and baby. Many an hour is spent stuck in a seat, drowning in cushions and pillows while the duo attempt master the skills required for successful breastfeeding feeding.
Over time that is a lot of sitting in one place wishing you had *insert item here* within reach! The solution? A Breast Feeding Basket.
How to make a Breastfeeding Basket
A Basket – I had a pretty one that I had lying around, but even a simple cardboard box covered in pretty paper or string will do at a pinch.
A Water Bottle – I prefer a metal or glass one, but use what ever suits you best.
Lanolin – for the first few weeks you must look after those nipples! They will get sore and tired until you both master the latch technique. Use lashings of Lanolin at each and every feed to aide healing and prevent further damage.
Small squares of cling film – no I am not crazy! Once you have slathered on the Lanolin cover up with a square of cling film (or if like me you don’t own cling film you can use cut up freezer bags).
A) keep the lanolin for greasing up your breast pads or bras and
B) helps keep things moist – moist wounds heal faster.
Burp Cloths – to mop up any leaks or spills from either you or the baby! Old flat cloth diapers work well too.
Magazines/books/tablets/sodoku/anything to read/watch/listen to – you might be stuck in that seat for an hour, or much more if your babe falls asleep on you and you choose to embrace the snuggle time.
Pen and Paper – to jot down ideas/jobs that need done later once you can stand up again.
The best thing about a basket like this is it is easy to move from one seat to another or to take it to the room you will feed in over night and you know everything is right there ready to go.