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1. A Supportive Partner
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Aside from the boobs and a good milk supply, this is the most important thing for breastfeeding success. With my first child I only breastfed for 6½ months because my partner at the time wasn't the most supportive. This time I have made it to 16 months and with the way we're going, K would be breastfeeding until he goes to Kindergarten if he had his way! But this is fine because my husband is supportive.
Not all women are leakers, but I sure was! For the first 3-4 months I needed to wear pads all the time. Once K and I got into a more steady groove I only needed to one on the side that I wasn't nursing on for about another month or two. There are many different kinds of pads out there, but I chose reusable ones. I used Medela cloth pads because they were easily accessible at my local Babies R Us, but there are many brands that I wish I had heard of before I no longer needed them.
When I was breastfeeding Red 12 years ago I thought that The Boppy was silly. I could just use a throw pillow and save my money! Then I asked for one for my baby shower when I was pregnant with K and it was the most used thing that I had gotten. I loved it! I only just stopped using it about 2 months ago, but I still rest my arm against it when nursing K.
5. An Ottoman
An ottoman is a wonderful thing while nursing. I didn't have a glider (MIL got us a traditional rocker) but personally, I think the ottomans are the key part of that set up.
Now for the two items that I wish I had, but never bought.