Feeding Supplies For A Newborn
I'm not sure if I'm going to breastfeed or not yet. If I decide to bottle feed, what supplies should I buy?
Actually, even if you do decide to breastfeed, keep bottles and nipples on hand for pumping. This will give your partner a chance to feed and bond with the baby, and enable you to take a break if necessary. Here's what you'll need.
- 10-16 bottles and nipples, both four and eight ounce (if fed strictly by the bottle, baby will go through about ten in the four ounce size per day)
- Liners, for disposable bottles
- Bottle warmer (cuts down on nighttime trips to and from the kitchen)
- Bottle sterilizer (if your dishwasher doesn’t have one)
- Bottle brush
- Dishwasher basket for small items
- 4-8 bibs
- Burp cloths
- High chair
- 2-4 pacifiers
- Formula (if not nursing)
For nursing moms:
- 1-3 nursing bras (Breasts swell following birth, so start with one size larger than your maternity bra. Wait until size settles down — about twoweeks after birth — to purchase additional bras.)
- Nursing pads
- Nipple cream
- Nursing pillow
- Pump (even if you plan only to nurse, a pump will allow you to leave milk for baby if you want or need to separate)
- Milk storage bags
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