It is smart to be prepared by packing nursing gear to take to the hospital. Leading Lady recommends beginning with three nursing bras or camis: One to wear, one in the wash, and one in the drawer. I suggest starting with soft leisure nursing bras or nursing camis for your early nursing days. Either one of these choices can be worn comfortably day and night. You may notice your breasts changing in size and swelling as early as your second day in the hospital, so a leisure bra or cami will give you flexibility to accommodate these fluctuations. Some new moms also prefer to wear a nursing nightgown or chemise that is designed for discrete breastfeeding. Pajamas or sleep pants with a nursing cami also work very well.
You may also experience milk leaking in the hospital so it is a good idea to pack nursing pads. Both disposable and reusable pads are located in the feeding section of retail stores or online.
As you begin nurturing your baby through breastfeeding, I encourage you to ask for a visit from the hospital’s lactation consultant if you have any questions. And remember — Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt, so talk to your doctor or lactation consultant if you need guidance regarding lanolin or hydrogel pads. Enjoy the beginning of this very special journey with your little one!