Breastfeeding
1)
Let sore nipples air-dry between feedings.
2)
Don't forget to eat. You need about 500 extra calories per day to produce milk.
3)
Eat well. Stock up on healthy snacks that you can eat one-handed.
4)
Stay hydrated. Keep a glass of water nearby at all times.
5)
Pump a bottle every day so someone else can feed the baby (and you can take a break!).

Essentials for Breastfeeding

Two full breasts, check. One hungry baby, check. Technically, you've already got all you need to nurse your baby. But take it from us: You'll be breastfeeding a lot--especially in the first few weeks. Here are the things that will make it easier for you and your baby.

NURSING PILLOW
A "C"-shaped pillow will support your baby horizontally (the ideal position for feeding), put him at nipple-level so that he can latch on perfectly, and, since it wraps around your waist, provide a comfy place to rest your weary arms.
BURP CLOTHS
Plain cloth diapers are ideal--inexpensive (you can buy 'em by the dozen), soft, and easy to wash. Plus, they make great dust cloths when you no longer need them for spit-up duty.
NURSING BRA
You'll want one that's comfortable (cotton's soft and also "breathes" well--important since your breasts will likely leak between feedings) and gives you plenty of support (keep in mind that you won't know for sure what size you'll really need until after your milk comes in). Beyond that, easy access -- meaning you can unhook or unsnap it with one hand while supporting your baby with the other -- is key.
NURSING BRA PADS
These slip into your bra to catch leaks. You can buy disposable pads or washable cotton ones.
NURSING COVER
It is a fact of life, more and more nursing moms and are and about enjoying life with baby. A nursing cover makes it easy to feed your baby without any awkward moments. We love cotton covers made of beautiful fabrics. After all, moms are chic too.
NIPPLE CREAM
An ointment made of pure lanolin will be the most soothing. It'll heal chapped lips too.
BREAST PUMP
A manual pump is fine if you're going to be with your baby most of the time and will just need to pump a bottle once in a while. But if you know you'll be pumping a lot--so you can go back to work, for example--an electric pump is a must. Look for one that's lightweight, easy to carry, has variable speeds and suction, and lets you pump both breasts at once.
STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR PUMPED MILK
Stock up on pre-sterilized plastic bags. Use a permanent marker to label them with the date and amount.
Lastly, don't believe it if you hear that breastfeeding should come "naturally." Both you and your newborn will have to figure out how to make it work (so don't hesitate to call in an expert if you're struggling). Because once nursing does become second-nature, you'll be able to concentrate on something besides the logistics--the way your baby's tiny fingers knead your breast, or the sweep of his eyelashes against his cheek. Sweet!