Milk Notes

HadleyStilwell guide to the breastfeeding journeyFrom 1-3 days when baby learns to suck and swallow to 24 months when your baby may be weaned ...

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The early days and weeks with your baby will be spent establishing your nursing routine. Your body is “learning” about the level of milk production required for your baby, and your baby is learning how to latch on without causing pain. If you have any issues or uncertainty, a home visit from a lactation consultant ...

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If you’re a first-time mother, you are most likely unaware of the workout certain parts of your body are about to experience with the everyday care of your baby. Although your newborn baby doesn’t weigh much yet, you will be holding him a lot and he will grow quickly, so make sure you are well supported when you ...

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The inspiration for starting this company came from reading the depressing news that 32% of new mothers stop breastfeeding less than 7 weeks after returning to work because the individual challenges mothers face with pumping is too great to overcome. (This comes from ...

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For moms going back to work, you will need to form a plan around producing and maintaining your milk supply while being away from your baby. It may seem overwhelming at first, but I promise you will get into a routine once you get started. One year later, I find myself grabbing my pump before I thin ...

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You have a pump. Now what do you do? Give yourself and your baby at least 2 weeks prior to returning to work to practice with pump and bottle, as well as to build up a small inventory of frozen milk and enough ounces of fresh milk for the first day or two at work. Remember that to your breasts, the pump is ...

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You have a new bag to carry back and forth. What should be in that bag besides the pump parts? Here’s a list of suggested items, and then we’ll go into ....

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Common issues associated with pumping are: pain and/or blisters from pumping, ill-fitting flange limits pumping efficiency, no vacuum, pump breaks down at early stage of use...

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What if you don’t work in the same location every day, or don’t have access to a private space? Consider pumping in your car if that’s an option. It’s not ideal, but sitting in the backseat with window shades and a jacket over your breasts provides enough privacy if necessary, especially in a parking garage ...

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To manage your milk supply, it helps to know the mechanics, so here’s a primer on milk production:  However much milk is removed (either via baby or pump), the body produces a replacement quantity, so the more milk removed, the more replacement milk produced. If you pump longer than the milk is ...

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During your leave, your baby had access to you 24x7, but now you are gone for a large part of the day. Babies seem to have a “mommy quota”, and if they don’t fill it during the day, they will seek it at night. It’s not about the milk; it’s about being with mom. This isn’t meant to induce guilt – it’s meant to help ...

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You are dedicated to breastfeeding your baby and are fortunate enough to be able to do so.  Pump breaks are forced interruptions to your daily work routine, and you can choose to multi-task while pumping because you feel the pull of work, but permit me to make a suggestion ...

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Allow yourself to get guidance by a professional bra fitter who understands the needs of nursing mothers. There are many styles available, so it comes down to personal choice, but be careful with underwires because if they don’t fit correctly, the end of the wire can put pressure on a milk duct and ...

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I love this organization for what they are doing - on a mission to change the face of breastfeeding so that the cultural barriers to breastfeeding in public and at work are removed, and they're doing it in a graceful and non-threatening way. (They say it much better than I do.) Check out their ad ...

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