Cow’s Milk Introduction

If you wean your baby from breastmilk prior to their 1st birthday , you will need to give iron-fortified baby formula.  Cow’s milk and other milk’s based on plant foods, like rice, almond, soy, etc. are NOT a substitute for baby formula. (1)  Ask your healthcare provider what they recommend if you have questions.  These […]

Change in Dirty Diaper Pattern

Be aware, around the time your baby is 5-6 weeks old they may start to slow down with the number of dirty diapers they have every day.  The change can be drastic.  You can go from changing a dirty diaper every feeding to seeing one dirty diaper a week! (1)  This is normal.  This usually happens […]

Breastmilk & Allergies

The majority of babies have no problems with drinking breastmilk.  There is no need to avoid any particular food(s) when breastfeeding in general or to avoid allergies.  But sometimes, even if a baby who has never had formula or any other food besides breastmilk may have signs of a food allergy.  Which can be:  diarrhea, […]

Skin-to-skin Contact

The greatest success with breastfeeding occurs when you have the opportunity to have immediate, continuous and uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact with your baby for first 1-2 hours after you deliver.  Please let your doctor or midwife know this is what you want PRIOR to delivery.  Discuss it with them.  Make sure they understand the importance of […]

Getting The Most Breastmilk–Enhancing Let Down

It takes a baby about a minute to get your milk to let down. With a pump it can take upwards of 4 minutes. (1) Lots of things can get in the way of pumping breast milk: fatigue, pain, tension, fear of failure, anxiety. All these things can block the responses your body requires for […]

Storage of Breastmilk

These guidelines are for home use (not for hospital or donor situations) for a healthy, full-term baby.  If you have a premature or ill baby or if you are not expressing milk for your own use; check with your healthcare provider or milk bank about other guidelines for pumping and storing breastmilk that you might need […]

Hand Expressing Breastmilk

Many women find that hand expressing breastmilk is an efficient way to provide breastmilk for their baby when only occasional expression is needed. Expressing by hand: (1) Place your hand in a C-shape around the breast.  Thumb on top, fingers underneath breast.  Thumb and fingers need to be about 1-2 inches (3-5 centimeters) back from the nipple. Press thumb […]

Breast Pumps

If you choose to use a breast pump, there are many brands and types on the market.  They fall into three categories, hand-held, battery-operated, or electric.  Many factors will determine the best type of pump for your needs.  Check out the following websites for more information so you can make an informed decision.