In case you missed our August posts on FB, here are the top 7 expert tips from Nancy Held, RN, MS, IBCLC, VP of Clinical & Educational Services at DayOne Center:
1. Try not to focus on all the shoulds and shouldn’ts, especially in regards to positioning. If you are comfortable and the baby is healthy and gaining weight, all is well!
2. New research shows that allowing baby's hands to be free during feeding (no mitts or swaddling) actually encourages higher prolactin levels and therefore more milk. So, let your baby's hands be free to stroke the breast, the way they do naturally.
3. There are many techniques for increasing your milk supply: increase the frequency of feeds, pump for 10 minutes after all feeds for a few days, and consider the use of supplements such as Fenugreek, More Milk Plus, or Go-Lacta. Speak to a lactation consultant to see which she recommends for your situation.
4. Many women have switched to the more natural, non-staining nipple creams with an organic olive oil base like the one by Motherlove.
5. KellyMom.com is a website with a wealth of evidence-based information all in one spot. From starting breastfeedng to weaning and everything in between, if you have a question,KellyMom.com has an answer!
6. When you start solid foods, always offer the breast first then solids 30-60 minutes later. Milk is a baby's primary source of food for the first year with solids being a supplement, not a substitute. By offering breastmilk first you also help maintain your supply.
7. If you haven't heard about pumping hands-free, it could be a life-changing event for you to be able to pump while eating, reading, or checking email! We recommend the Simple Wishes Bustier because it is comfortable and adjustable. (Mom tip: Just in case you wondering about pumping during a conference call, yes, they CAN hear it.)