To start off, I want to list a few people and items that are necessary (in my mind).
- A supportive husband (or partner). My husband has been GREAT. In the early days, when I would nurse Charis, he would fill my glass with water, get something for me to eat, help clean and do dishes (so that I could get my rest), and was/is generally helpful.
- Supportive friends and family. Our church friends (family) brought MANY meals over the first two weeks; they would have brought more meals, but my in-laws came out the following two weeks to help (and did much cooking) and even took us to Olive Garden one night.
- Supportive environment. People generally need to be supportive of breastfeeding and not look down on it. Unfortunately, some tend to see it as gross. Others think it should be done someplace else (away from everybody). What people need to realize is that, breast milk is the BEST nutrition a baby can have. There are SO MANY benefits of breast milk over formula.
- Items that I think are necessary (or at least make breastfeeding "easier": lanolin cream, breast pads (I wish I had invested more in cloth than disposable), breast pillow (I have a Boppy pillow), nursing bras/camis (especially this one from Motherhood), nursing cover or blanket, etc.
Are you currently breastfeeding? Who or what has helped you along the way?
I am linking up at World Breastfeeding Week on NPN.