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“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother”- Lin Yutang

Whether you want to breastfeed or bottle feed, both needs certain preparations. Here is the checklist for both.

BREAST FEEDING CHECKLIST:

1. Feeding pillow or a regular pillow.
2. Nipple Shield
. Lactation consultants recommend using nipple shield for newborns to latch better. A standard 24 mm size fits most women.
3. Nursing pads.
4. Nipple cream for sore nipples.
5. Nursing bra or a criss-cross sports bra.
6. Nursing covers (optional).
7. Water bottle
for mommy. Breast feeding will make you thirsty. You must drink more water while breastfeeding to keep yourself hydrated.

BOTTLE FEEDING CHECKLIST:

1. Feeding bottles with wide and slow flow nipples newborn (nb) nipples or 0-3 months category nipples. The wide nipples are good for transitioning from breast to bottle, and from bottle to breast. Also the size of nipples will change as your baby get older.
2. Breast pump and accessories if you decide to pump and feed. I vote for medela.
3. Tray to collect used bottles.
4. Tray to hold clean bottles.
5. Formula
(If feeding formula).
6. Thermos to keep water for formula at room temperature.
7. Diary or logs to record feeding time, quantity of each feeding, number of wet diapers, naps, etc. There are also very cool cell phone apps to help you note these things. You need to keep a log in the first few months to get a better idea of your baby’s schedule.

BOTTLE CLEANING CHECKLIST:

1. Small tub or tray to soak bottles.
2. Bottle cleaning soap.
3. Bottle brush.
4. Drying rack.
5. Bottles sterilizer (optional).
6. Cleaning in dishwasher (optional).
Many women prefer using their dishwasher over hand cleaning.

After you feed your baby, the most important part is the ‘burping’. For newborns, hold them straight for at least 20 minutes after feeding to help them keep the milk down and burp. Once they get older holding only until they burp is okay. Every baby is different and these burping techniques may or may not work for your baby.

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