Supplies for the hospital

What should I take to the hospital when I’m about to give birth?

Mothers who plan to breastfeed may consider bringing a breastfeeding bra, breast pads, purified lanolin, and a breastfeeding pillow when they go to the hospital to deliver. Most hospitals have a list of recommended items. Find out what your hospital provides. They often have electric breast pumps to borrow, but you may want to take your own. There are several reasons why you may need to express milk while you are there. Some mothers may choose to bring previously expressed and frozen colostrum to use for any of the baby's supplements. 

A) Breastfeeding supplies

Mothers planning to breastfeed generally like to have the following with them when in hospital for the delivery:

Hospitals often have electric breast pumps that you can borrow, but you may want take your own pump in case the hospital doesn’t have one you can easily use or if you prefer to use your own.

You may need to express milk after delivery if your baby is:

You may also need to express if your breasts are engorged or you are separated from your baby and need to establish your milk supply.

B) Other supplies

Find out what your hospital will provide for you and your baby. Most hospitals have a list of recommended items to bring.

Commonly recommended items for your baby include:

  • Sleepers (body suits)
  • Cloth or disposable diapers
  • Socks 
  • Blankets
  • A going-home outfit 

Mothers who are concerned about the baby’s ability to breastfeed after birth may consider expressing their colostrum before delivery (prenatal expression), freezing it, and possibly bringing it to the hospital for use as the newborn baby’s supplement.

Some parents will try to prevent scratching by putting light cloth mittens on their babies. Scratching mittens have a number of disadvantages.