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You don't really need any special equipment for breastfeeding. It's really just you and your boobs.
It might be useful though to have some of the following items.....
A comfortable, supportive bra.
Breast pads - either reusable or disposable. Everyone who breastfeeds leaks on occasions so you will need breast pads! The reusable ones are made of 100% cotton and can be machine-washed. The disposable ones come in lots of shapes and materials but the best, by far are the 100% cotton. They are soft, comfortable, breathable and very absorbent. Try to avoid ones that have a plastic backing as they may cause you to become hot and sticky. They may cost a little more but you will need less of them because of the superior quality.
Sick Cloths / Muslins /whatever you want to call them, you will definitely need them. In fact a pack of muslin squares will probably be invaluable. Lots of mums and dads spend the first few months after having a baby walking around with a muslin over their shoulder!
V-Shaped Feeding Pillow - you can obviously splash out on a specialist breastfeeding pillow but you don't actually need to as you can pick up a back support pillow at Shaws or Argos for about £7. A good supportive pillow will protect you from back strain whilst feeding. You'll probably find yourself using it for many years after your babies have stopped feeding just as a back support.
Breast Pump - once your breastfeeding is established, you may want to express some breast milk, so that you can leave your baby with a babysitter occasionally. Of course, you could hand express. It's easy to do but doesn't always suit everyone, so a breast pump that is easy to use, efficient at milking the breasts and easy to sterilise is vital. The hand held models are particularly good and the new designs simulate the action of your baby sucking. This leads to faster 'let-down ' of milk.
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