THERE ARE MANY FREE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU- DON'T BE AFRAID TO USE THEM!
THERE ARE TOOLS TO HELP YOU THROUGH THE PAIN!
I truly don't think I could have gotten through those first weeks without a breastpump. It was something I held off purchasing until after Scarlett was born (I didn't want to spend the money on it if I wouldn't use it- they aren't cheap!) However, feedings were becoming so excruciating those first few days that I was worried I couldn't keep her on long enough to fill her belly. So, I purchased the pump, and it was the best thing I could have done! The pump has less suction than your baby, and gives you a bit of a chance to heal. I used it on and off for a few weeks when I got really sore. The one important thing is that you need to pump just as frequently as you would have to feed, even if you have a buildup of milk in the fridge- this keeps your supply up. I still use the pump every now and then. It helps relieve engorgement and it's nice to have some stored for the future when you want to go out for a bit (in case you are lucky enough to get a date night in here and there)!
IT GETS EASIER
YOU'LL NEED SOME NURSING WARDROBE PIECES
1. Nursing camisole- I picked up two of these and pretty much live in them at home. They are made of the softest fabric. I use them both for sleeping and lounging around the house in. They are great for those middle of the night feeds.
2. Housecoat- I bought this housecoat while I was pregnant, wore it in the hospital, and still wear it around home! The neckline makes it easy to nurse in and its super cute. The tie waist fits belly and post-belly.
3. Nursing bra- I only wear this when I am going out of the house (for reasons I don't think I need to explain, am I right ladies?!) But when you are heading out, it is nice to have a great bra with nursing access- practical and looks great!
4. Tie waist cardigan- I picked this up while I was pregnant as well, but I wear it all of the time post-baby! It's tie waist allows you to wear it post-baby. You'd never know it is maternity. It is made of the softest cotton, and again, it's easy access for nursing. Instead of having to pull a hoodie off while nursing, you can keep it on and stay warm!
5. Nursing top- I actually have this in the short sleeve version, but would love it in the long sleeve too! The cross over design allows you to wear it while nursing, with super easy access. My favorite part about this is the way the fabric can cover baby while you are nursing for privacy without juggling a nursing cover over your shoulders.