You’re going to have a baby, and I’m sure you’ve done enough research to realize you’re going to have to feed the baby. All of the time. Whether you decide to breastfeed or formula feed, here are a few things I found helpful. For the record, in case you care, I breastfed solely (either nursing or pumping/bottle) and then transitioned to formula after month 6.
We actually used generic formula when I transitioned from breastfeeding to formula. But it was not intentional: there was a recall on name-brand formula and I discovered it when trying to find the most similar to Similac. Read more about why generic formula is OK >
TIP: Not every mother can or wants to breastfeed. You just don’t know until you have the baby. My unsolicited advice is to wait to get a breast pump – save your baby registry credit or make sure you are able to return it if you get one as a gift – and purchase it after you’ve been breastfeeding for a week or so. You won’t start pumping right away, so this is not an item that you will need for several weeks.
I used the Medela Pump in Style and was very happy with it. I did not think that the manual pump was easy at all.
We just used Madela because they worked with my breast pump. My only tip here is to get a LOT of them because you’ll be constantly washing and feeding and washing and feeding… and you’ll want to have at least 8 to put into the rotation.
Boon Drying Rack
Style married functionality and had a baby called the Boon Grass Countertop Drying Rack. I love the Boon Drying Rack – it is actually very useful (we still use it for sippy cups!) and it looks cute out on the kitchen counter.