After two years of cancelled dos, weddings are back with a vengeance this year. Attending can be difficult for new mums, especially when breastfeeding, as it can add an extra level of planning into the mix.

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Even if you’re just attending during the day, Lansinoh, the maternal health and breastfeeding experts have pulled together a list of must-haves to make mum’s life just a bit easier on the day.

If you’re planning on taking your baby to a wedding, you might be worried about how you’re going to cope. The main anxiety around weddings tends to be dealing with babies crying during key moments of the ceremony or speeches. The important thing is to plan ahead and relax. Both you and your baby have been invited, and people understand that babies cry, so don’t let it panic you.

Even though going to a wedding with baby in tow might not be as relaxing as your usual wedding experience, you can still have a good day. It’s just important to prepare for the things you can, and go with the flow for everything else.

For the mums with baby in tow…

Think about your outfit. If you have recently given birth, you’ll definitely want to choose something comfortable to wear, and something with a little room. If you’re breastfeeding, you’ll need an outfit that allows you easy access to your breasts for feeding. And don’t forget to take a shawl if you have an easily distractable baby.

Take spare breast pads as no one wants their outfit ruined by leaking breasts. We recommend choosing washable nursing pads in a colour such as black or nude to match your outfit and keep comfortable throughout the event. Pack supplies that make breastfeeding more comfortable such as nipple balm or cream. There are mini sizes that can be tucked into a handbag for easily accessible comfort.

If attending the event with baby in tow, we suggest a minimum of three changes of clothing, as accidents happen, and kids have a tendency to get dirty. It’s always best to be over-prepared in situations like this, rather than not. When outfit planning for yourself ensure that you incorporate a few extra outfits for your little one in your baby changing bag.

For mums who are leaving baby for the first time… (or any time!)

Before heading out for the nuptials, make sure to either feed baby or pump and store your breastmilk to prevent any possible leaking. If you’re not able to take your baby with you and you’re planning to be out for more than four to six hours, you should also take the breast pump with you so that you can express your breastmilk again whilst out. Consider purchasing a light and portable breast pump like Lansinoh’s Silicone Breast Pump – it’s even small enough to fit into your handbag for when you need it away from home.

If you’re planning on enjoying a glass or two of bubbles to congratulate the newlyweds, you may want to express beforehand and store your milk for later, you can check out some handy tips about breastfeeding and alcohol.

What to pack in your changing bag?

Weddings can be long days, so plan ahead when it comes to packing your changing bag and make a list to make sure you don’t forget anything. Here’s our handy checklist:

· 3x spare outfits for baby

· Sun hat (for day weddings)

· Cardigan in case it gets cold in the evening

· Pyjamas (you can change your baby into their PJs at the usual time and hopefully get them off to sleep in the pushchair)

· 3x muslins

· 10x nappies

· 2x pack of wipes

· 2x dummies (if your baby uses them)

· 1x breast pump

· Food for weaning babies

· Snacks for you if there is a bit of a wait for the wedding breakfast

· Spoon

· Toys and books for distraction

· Breast pads for you

Weddings may feel a bit different as a new/breastfeeding mum but packing the right bag of essentials will make the event feel more comfortable and allow you to celebrate the newlyweds! And most of all, don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself.

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