Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How to increase your breast milk supply

If you are breastfeeding and pumping, you need to be aware that pumping alone does not always empty the breast.

You can increase your milk supply by doing hand expression after pumping.
   

You need to have a nurse or lactation consultant to teach you the proper technique for hand expression.

The suction from the breast pump does not empty all of the milk, as well as colostrum, on its own.

Mothers of preemies who pump before being able to breastfeed sometimes do not get enough milk when pumping. You can increase your milk supply by doing the hand expression techniques.

Emptying the breasts is one of the best ways to tell your body to produce more milk.

Your lactation consultant will show you how to massage and compress your breasts properly for hand expression.

Even if you are not pumping, you should still empty your breasts.

Doing hand expression for the first couple of days has been shown to enhance your milk supply once your milk comes in. Then do some pumping as well.

I had a woman tell me she was worried she did not have enough milk. her concern was pumping for a supply while she was at work. The problem was that she was not putting the baby to the breast as often as she wished due to a fear of not having enough milk. She even went as long as six hours at night between feedings in the false hope this would save milk.

The truth is that a baby suckling at feeding at the breast is what will cause your body to produce more milk. You have two breasts, you can even alternate.

But not having the baby suck at the breast may cause your body to think it does not need to produce more milk. As a result, less milk supply. The bottom line is the more your baby sucks and feeds, the more milk your body will produce. Just having the baby suckle the breast is very good for you and your baby. Not only does this produce more milk, but it is quality bonding time with your baby. Something bottle feeding lacks.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Baby Care Secrets

After about 2 months, it will be easier to care for your baby. The first
few weeks can be rough. It also is hard to understand everything your
baby wants and does. Believe it or not your baby will sleep longer
eventually.

   

Speaking of sleep, you can get more sleep at night from your baby if you
make him more active during the day. Find some fun activities that you
can do with your baby to exercise him and you at the same time.

But don't expect a baby to sleep through the night.

It is actually normal and healthy for your baby to wake up. Remember,
they need to eat and have their diapers changed!

Newborns are more likely to wake up easily after falling asleep. You may
have noticed then when your baby falls asleep and you try and move them.
If you wait about a half hour to move your baby or put them down, they
may be in a deeper sleep.

There are many reasons why your baby cries.

Not just because they are hungry. They may be tired, have a dirty
diaper, needs some quiet time. Make your baby as comfortable as
possible, at all times. Try and keep your baby from crying, rather than
stop crying.

Many babies will continue to cry no matter what you do. Your baby may
need to just be calmed by you doing something over and over. Like
rocking, singing song, putting the baby close to you. Keep the same
thing going.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Be sure your hospital is baby-friendly!

If you are delivery soon and have a hospital picked out, you need to make sure they are baby friendly if you plan on breastfeeding. Not all hospitals are baby friendly in the true sense of the word.

Here is a sample of what you should look for to be a successful breastfeeder after delivery:

Check to see if the hospital has written polices about breastfeeding.
Find out if the hospital staff is trained in lactation skills.
Inform you as to the importance of breastfeeding.
Help you start breastfeeding within an hour after delivery.
Instruct you on proper lactation and how to maintain it.
Refuse to give your baby and food or drink that is NOT breastmilk.
Allow you to have your baby in your room.
Do not use pacifiers.
Have a clinic or support personnel for you to follow up with your lactation on a weekly basis.

Top 10 Reasons to Breastfeed

1. Breastfeeding is natural and is what your body was meant to do!
2. Breastfeeding helps you recover faster after delivery.
3. Breastfeeding exclusively is recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics and The World Health Organization.
4. Breastfeeding prevents your baby from developing many allergies.
5. Breastfeeding lowers the risk of SIDS.
6. Breastfeeding burns calories and can lower obesity for you and your baby.
7. Breastfeeding can raise the IQ of your baby!
8. Breastfeeding decreases risks of many diseases and cancers for you and your baby, such as breast cancer and diabetes.
9. Breastfeeding allows you to spend quality time getting to know your baby.
10. Breast milk is the best food to ever feed your baby!