Monday, May 19, 2014

Postpartum care kit

So now you're ready to give birth because you have your birthing/labour kit ready, what about after the birth? That's what the Postpartum Care Kit is all about.
Things you might like to include:
  • some lactation cookies - there are heaps of recipes out there
  • lactation tea
  • Perineum Spray -  take a empty spray bottle and fill it to the top with witch hazel. Then add about 40 drops of essential oils. Do some research into which oils are ok or ask a qualified aromatherapist
  • a nipple cream. 
  • DIY Witch Hazel Pads -  buy a box of maxi/maternity pads, take your prepped perineum spray and spray the pad with the mixture. Make sure it is nice and damp then wrap the pad up in aluminium foil and throw it in the freezer.
  • at least one good quality nursing bra. Try and get fitted before you give birth BUT allow for some expansion of the boobs once your milk comes in.
  • Epsom salts - great for a relieving bath when you get home (or if you are lucky enough to have access to a bath)
  • at least 2-3 packs of maternity pads, maybe more
  • nursing pads because you will leak
  • moist toilet tissues - not scented. much kinder on your lady parts
Have I forgotten anything?

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