Breastfeeding or formula-feeding? When it comes to stocking up on newborn feeding essentials, there are some basic supplies you'll want to have on hand no matter which you decide to do. Here's a rundown of the feeding supplies you'll need for baby.
Even if you're planning to breastfeed, you'll want to keep bottles and nipples on hand for pumping. This will give your partner a chance to feed and bond with baby—and give you a little break!
- 10-16 bottles and nipples, both four and eight ounce (If fed only by bottle, baby will go through about 10 of the 4-ounce size bottles 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 your size settles down—about two weeks after birth—to buy more bras.)
- Nursing pads
- Nipple cream
- Nursing pillow
- Pump (Even if you plan only to nurse, a pump will let you create a supply of milk for baby when you're not there)
- Milk storage bags
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