Steps for Effective Pumping
can be a challenge under the best of circumstances. It feels
a little strange because of the newness, it’s certainly
not as effective as a baby and it can sometimes be frustrating
to figure out. Try
these tried-and-true tips to help you effectively pump.
to Find a Breastfeeding Class
midway through your second trimester, your caregiver will suggest
that you register for prenatal classes. Many moms assume that
they need childbirth preparation only and that they will learn
everything else in the hospital, from books, or “on the
job.” This is ironic, because while the labor and birth
process is usually over in 24 hours or less, feeding and caring
for your baby will take years. Find out what the content is of
classes available in your community, rather than choosing the
first class that is offered to you.
Supply and Intake: The First Two Weeks
“I don’t think
that my baby is getting enough milk.” When I am answering
phone calls from new mothers, this is the statement that I most
often hear. There seems to be something that kicks in with the
postpartum hormones that leads mothers to doubt themselves and
their abilities whenever parenting — and especially breastfeeding
— becomes uncertain. The reality with this statement is
actually rare, particularly once breastfeeding is well established.
There are lots of ways a mother can verify for herself that her
baby is getting enough milk.
Supply: Two weeks to Six Months
So you have made it past
the first two weeks! Just when you are starting to feel more like
your old self after the birth, all of your helpers go back home
or to work and you are now solely responsible for this new little
person. That can be a little nerve-wracking when it’s your
first, but even experienced moms find that readjustment to family
life can be a transitional process. Mothers all over struggle
with self doubt, especially when the baby has a change in behavior
Supply: Six Months to One Year
By the time your baby is 6 months old, breastfeeding
has become so easy that mothers have a difficult time remembering
the beginning of the learning process. From this point to the
end of the first year, babies’ developmental stages may
be the only thing that cause their mothers to question their supply.
However, by this time, unless there has been a lifestyle change
such as the mother’s beginning a new medication, milk supply
Tea for Milk Supply and Relaxation
Nursing is one of the most powerful energy exchanges
between two people. Mother and child are connected at a deep soul
level. Sometimes, though, busy lives, medicine, myths and measurements
seem to sabotage efforts and undermine this powerful relationship.
Mothers are often told, "Give the baby a bottle," or
"When are you going to stop?" When a nursing mom is
feeling run-down, insecure or convinced she is not making enough
milk, she can do a few simple things to uplift emotions, increase
supply and make time for herself.
Milk Syndrome: A Fallacy Becomes Reality
of the biggest fallacies surrounding breastfeeding is that it
can provide insufficient milk. The
faulty perception can be made a reality, however, with scheduled
feedings and with formula supplementation, especially in the beginning.
Regular, frequent stimulation of oxytocin and prolactin by the
act of breastfeeding is required to keep milk levels flowing.
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