pumping Category

Thrush – Yeast – Candida

Thrush is a common diagnosis when mom is experiencing nipple pain. Thrush is an overgrowth of a yeast that lives on the skin and in the gut of healthy humans. Thrush may also be referred to as candida albicans. How Common is Nipple Thrush? If you ask a group of moms, they’ll tell you thrush […]

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Are My Breasts Empty?

New parents often feel that their breasts are empty or not full any more. This anxiety often causes mothers to end exclusive breastfeeding prematurely or begin supplementing with formula when it is not needed. One of the most common misconceptions about breastfeeding is that breasts, like tanks or bladders, fill and empty. Here are some […]

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How Do Moms Pump Enough to Return to Work?

Many moms want a safety net of pumped milk in the freezer for their return to work away from their babies. While it’s only necessary to have enough milk saved for the first two days back at work, many moms want to save several days or even weeks worth of feedings during their maternity leave. […]

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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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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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Finding Your Perfect Pump

The perfect pump is the one that helps you have a healthy breastfeeding experience. With all the brands and attachments on the market, how do you choose? Here is a breakdown of what’s out there, and what the label really means. Manual vs. Electric Manual breast pumps often pump one breast at a time using […]

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How Much Water Should I Drink?

Many mothers are told that they need to drink a great deal of water in order to make enough milk. So if the idea of 20 glasses a day has your eyeballs floating, fear not! The general recommendation for nursing mothers is drink to thirst. What does “drink to thirst” mean? For some women, it […]

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