How to Pump and Store Breast Milk

Pumping: Pump 3-4 hours after you last nursed the baby. Wash your hands. Use clean equipment. Adjust the pump setting on low to start.  Then, increase it to your comfort level. Wet the horn with water or a few drops of breast milk. Center your nipple in the horn, don’t let the nipple rub. Pull the plunger gently about half way out for the first … Continue reading How to Pump and Store Breast Milk

Tips on Relieving Engorgement

Engorgement, or extreme fullness of the breasts, which causes an uncomfortable feeling, is not uncommon.  There are things you can do to prevent or relieve engorged breasts.  If your breast are engorged, you should still breastfeed or pump milk from your breasts. Breastfeed often Use a warm compress just before nursing. Massage your breasts. Express a small amount of milk.  The milk softens the breast … Continue reading Tips on Relieving Engorgement

Tips for Drying up your Milk

At some point, for every mother, the breast-milk will need to dry up.  Sometimes it dries up on its own and other times it takes some work to dry up the breast-milk.  In the process, painful engorgement can occur. Below are some tips that I have found helpful to dry up your milk or, at least, to make the process a little easier. Cabbage Leaves:  … Continue reading Tips for Drying up your Milk

Moms to Moms: Breastfeeding- Dealing with Pain

–  Hot and cold compresses, message, and hand express for pain and pressure, also lanolin cream for the nipple when it’s feeling “dry and raw.” (Theresa Monfet) -Warm wash clothes on help relieve some of the pain. (Brooke Dhawan) -Make sure that your baby is latched properly. -Nurse on the less sore breast first. -Make sure to break suction before taking your baby off the breast. -Use breast milk to … Continue reading Moms to Moms: Breastfeeding- Dealing with Pain

Is Breastfeeding Really as Cheap as They Say?

Breastfeeding is what is best for the baby, but it isn’t always 100% free.  For some mothers it is as easy as taking out your breast and feeding your baby, but for some mothers it isn’t as easy or cheap. A mother comes home from the hospital with cracked dry and hard nipples; she may need cooling nipple pads to help relieve the pain.  She … Continue reading Is Breastfeeding Really as Cheap as They Say?

Formula Companies Underminding Breastfeeding?

Do you think that formula companies undermine breastfeeding moms? Do you think that hospitals and doctors offices shouldn’t hand out samples of formula to breastfeeding moms? Some people think that formula companies target breastfeeding mothers, when in reality they target mothers in general. I can see how a mother would feel like formula companies are undermining a breastfeeding mother, but if you are set on … Continue reading Formula Companies Underminding Breastfeeding?