Breastfeeding is something that will take up a lot of time for new mothers, and stress and breastfeeding are usually not two things that go hand in hand. However, it is common to feel a little unsure and worried about whether you’re doing it right, if you’re comfortable, and what things you could be doing to make it better for yourself and your baby.
Using a nursery glider is the first step to stress-free breastfeeding, but there are some other handy tips you can use to make it even more enjoyable. Armed with your glider, you can create the perfect nursing station for you and your little one that will make every feeding session something you both truly look forward to.
No breastfeeding station is complete without the right chair, and the most popular choice is the nursery glider. You need to choose a glider that’s comfortable, first and foremost, but it should also feature the natural gliding motion to make rocking your baby stress-free.
Secondly, find one that can be easily moved so that you can set up your breastfeeding station wherever you need to in the house. The chair will be the basis for your entire nursing hub, so you really want to make sure it’s a good one.
When you’re first thinking about what do you need for breastfeeding, you might not realize just how many products and accessories there are to choose from. The most beneficial one is a nursing pillow that sits on your lap and wraps around your body, giving your baby somewhere to lay on while you need them.
The benefit of this pillow is it helps you get the right position and latch and also frees up one of your hands so that you can have something to eat or check your phone.
Breastfeeding is hard work and it burns a serious number of calories while you’re just sitting there. Therefore, it’s natural to get pretty hungry while you’re nursing, and especially when you’re doing it for hours a day.
Have some snacks stashed in your glider chair with healthy options like muesli bars and bananas in case you need a quick feed but aren’t able to get up and head to the kitchen. Keep the snacks stocked up so there’s always something there.
Let’s face it, sitting in a chair for hours a day isn’t exactly the most exciting thing to do. While you might have visions about staring at your baby adoringly all day long while they’re nursing, eventually you’ll need something else to keep your attention.
Get some magazines, crossword puzzles, and fun apps and games on your phone so you’ve got something to do during feeding sessions. You might even want to move your glider near a TV so you can watch while you’re nursing and catch up on your stories.
Breastfeeding makes mothers incredibly thirsty and it’s natural to feel as though you’re never getting enough water. You’ll probably find in the first few months that you’re leaving water bottles all over the house, and this is totally normal.
Keep a large water bottle with a pop top lid at your nursing station so that you have easy access to one, and don’t need two hands to get unscrew the lid. Make a note to fill it up whenever you’re done nursing so it’s ready for the next session.
If your nursery glider doesn’t come with pockets and compartments to keep your snacks and water bottle in, you might want to invest in a caddy that can hold it all. There are chair caddies with space for bottles, magazines and books, food, wipes, and paper towels, remotes and phones, and anything else you need to store close by.
With a caddy that has everything in the one place, you’ll have a fully equipped breastfeeding station so you never have to leave your glider.
When you’re just starting out with breastfeeding your new baby, you might be concerned about the timing of their feeds and whether you’re doing it enough. There are some great apps out there that can help you time feeds and record which side you last nursed on, otherwise equipping your glider with a small timer or clock can be helpful too.
Having this recorded for you takes the stress out of nursing and means less thinking for you when your brain is already feeling cloudy.
Lighting is everything when it comes to caring for a baby, and there might be times when you require no lighting, minimal dim lighting, or a whole lot of it. If you don’t have adjustable lights at home, you could attach a small lamp with different settings to your chair or use a lamp close by.
Late night feeds are made easier with dim lighting and will help keep your baby’s day/night schedule in check.
Whenever you can get help as a new mom, you should take it. If people offer to bring you things while you’re nursing then let them, and don’t be afraid to sing out for help if you know someone is in the house. Don’t think you have to do it alone, even if you do have a pretty sweet setup at your glider nursing station.
It might not seem like it now, but these early stages of constant feeding will be over before you realize it. Having a comfortable and fully equipped nursery glider is the one thing you can do to make it all easy, so try to relax and enjoy the moments of peace and quiet with your baby while you can. The less stressed you are, the more relaxed your baby will be as well.