At 37 weeks pregnant, things are starting to feel very real now. I’m full term and starting to get very organised for the birth and beyond.
One thing that I feel I need to be really prepared for is breast feeding. I think you need to go into the hospital with a plan of action, as it’s more than likely that the midwifes will be very keen for you to breast feed or at least TRY and breast feed before you leave for home.
One thing that really appeals to me is that breast feeding can really help you to get your pre-pregnancy body back.
According to WebMD, you can burn up to 500 calories a day through breast feeding. The exact number of calories depends upon how frequently you breast feed and how much milk your body produces, plus as you wean, the number of calories you burn through milk production will also decrease.
Medela.com also reports that breast feeding releases a hormone called Oxytocin, which is responsible for the contraction of the uterus and therefore helps to decrease the size of the uterus after birth. Well needed after 9 months of being stretched I’m sure!
A few essential that I’ve come across when searching for the best breast feeding clothes and accessories is this awesome set of pyjamas by Anita. The last thing I want to be doing during night feeds is getting cold and having to strip off. This pyjama top is ideal for breast feeding and the bottoms are really comfortable with a supportive and flattering waist band too. Every little helps!
I’m also a HUGE fan of the Anita nursing bras. This spotty number is really cute, soft and ideal for breast feeding, thanks to its adjustable straps and a double layered cup for extra support and comfort.