Monday, May 12, 2014

Baby #2 Series: Postpartum and Nursing Supply Bag

Thanks for following along with our Baby Prep Series! Check back later this week for more posts!
I realize these are out of order - will share our baby favorite items tomorrow! :)

Before I share what's in my postpartum/nursing bag, I have to share this link - Your Postpartum Life. It is probably the most hilarious and true article I've ever read, and it will explain why I have what's in my bag without me having to go through the nitty gritty. Your nurses will explain it all after labor/delivery, but if you are like me, you might be in a fog and not fully understand/grasp what they are explaining!

Like I said in my house prep post, I made a basket to carry all my postpartum care items and nursing supplies around. I wanted to keep them all together because I know I'll forget something and have to make a trip downstairs at 3 am to get it. Here is my list of supplies:

Postpartum Care:
  • Witch hazel pads
  • Stool softener
  • Dermaplast
  • Peri Bottle
  • Tums
  • Maxi Pads
  • Flushable Wipes
Most of these items were provided for me at the hospital when I had Abby, but I ran out after 2-3 days at home. Let me assure you, you will want them for a lot longer than that!

Nursing Supplies:
  • Lanolin Cream (as mentioned in hospital bag post, can be used as diaper rash ointment too!)
  • Washable Nursing Pads (get a lot of these, at least 12-15 - keep some in purse, diaper bag, etc)
  • Snacks/Water Bottle
  • Nursing App on phone or Paper/Pen (keep track of what side, how long, what time)
  • Entertainment (book, puzzle books, phone with apps, etc)

I am making some busy bags for Abby to try and keep her entertained while I'm nursing during the day. I'm sure she'll stay out of trouble and just play nicely, right? ;) I'm not that delusional, but I'm hoping some new toys will keep her busy for a least five minutes! We also signed up for Amazon Prime so I have shows like Dora or Blue Clue's readily available, plus with free two day shipping, it can't be beat!


With this all being said, I want to say I am a big advocate of taking care of yourself postpartum and doing what's right for your family. I struggled with some depression after having our first little one, and I'm all about taking the necessary steps to maintaining a happy, healthy lifestyle this time around. If you are not feeling right, tell someone - your husband, doctor, friend, family member, me - anyone! Know that help is available and that most moms don't feel fabulous or in a great mood after having a child. You are not alone mama! :)

I would also like to note that I will be breastfeeding again, and I know that it is not an easy task. I didn't feel a magical bonding moment with my daughter, and quite frankly, hated doing it. I'm hoping for a different experience this time, but I know it won't be the end of the world if I formula feed before he's one. I'm setting the goal of six months again, and pray that I make it! I was able to breastfeed Abby for 9, and then go another month off of what I had pumped/stored in the freezer. I think if you love it - go for it as long as you want to. If it's not for you, don't stress about it! Good moms breast feed, and good moms formula feed. Do what's in the best interest for you and your family. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

Hope you all have a lovely week!

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