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Gallery of Pumped Milk

Human milk changes color, texture, and composition throughout the day and as the baby ages. This gallery of milk is for informational purposes so mothers can feel confident that their milk still “looks good.” Some important points on the look of pumped milk: – The visible fat layer is not an indication of how much […]

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Syringe and Cup Feeding

Bottles may be the most common way we see babies fed, but aren’t the only way to feed a baby off the breast. Some mothers want to avoid bottle preference or choose an alternate feeding method to help the baby get back to the breast. Please visit this article on proper techniques for bottle feeding […]

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What to Expect When Pumping

Expressing milk for your baby can be one of the most affirming or daunting tasks. Filling your pumping bottles to the max can be a real boost of confidence, but is that normal or optimal? General recommendations for how to pump milk 1. A double electric pump is ideal for mothers who will be expressing […]

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Bottle Feeding Human Milk

Storage Guidelines for storing human milk vary slightly depending on the resource you use. This article cites the recommendations from La Leche League International (as posted in the web FAQ) and the Centers for Disease Control website on breastfeeding. Mothers should be encouraged to test their milk whenever they doubt its freshness by smell and […]

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Are Sore Nipples Par for the Course?

Sore nipples certainly seem to be common, but does that mean it’s normal for breastfeeding to hurt? Simple: No! Comfort Measures for Immediate Relief Until the LC can visit, all mothers deserve pain management. This healing protocol is a good First Aid for sore or damaged nipples. 1. Saline soaks: 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of […]

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My breast feels hot and hard. Is this mastitis?

It could be. Many cases of mastitis begin with a hard knot in the breast. Often this hard spot is caused by a clogged milk duct. What is a clogged duct?      Breast milk contains a variety of fats and proteins so that it is complete nutrition for your baby. The fats and proteins are different […]

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Do I Need a Lactation Consult?

Plenty of moms have “just a quick question” about breastfeeding that really seems simple enough. Internet forums are an easy way to get quick answers or find links to published information. But what happens when that information is contradictory? Or what if your question has many layers that the forum didn’t consider? Or what if […]

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Breastfeeding During Cold and Flu Season

One of the big questions that comes up this time of year: If I nurse my baby while I’m sick with a cold or flu, will my baby get sick too? The answer is simple: nursing through the cold or flu is the best protection for your baby. Human milk is full of active immune […]

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