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Breastfeeding tips to start strong

Breastfeeding tips to start strong

Breastfeeding 101

Whether this is your first little one or your fourth, having a new baby at home is an adjustment. Sleep might be scarce, routines may be way off, and you’re both getting to know – and falling totally in love with – one another! Though breastfeeding is a natural behavior, it’s also a learned skill that requires dedication, patience, and perseverance as you and your baby learn how to feed together and establish a nursing routine. Use these easy breastfeeding tips as you begin your journey to start strong, establish a good milk supply, and ensure your newborn gets all the amazing benefits that your breast milk provides.

Breast care is self-care

It’s important to give your breasts some TLC on your breastfeeding journey. Whether you’re dealing with soreness, clogged ducts or dry skin, there are a ton of ways to give yourself some relief.

Alleviate soreness & fatigue

Cooling pads can also soothe sore nipples. Medela HydroGel Pads offer instant relief and protection with a uniquely contoured shape that stick snugly and comfortably inside your nursing bra or top.

Dealing with a painful clog or blockage

Use Frida Mom’s Instant Heat Breast Warmers to unclog stubborn ducts or help speed up your letdown.

Hydrating cracked nipples

It’s no secret that in the first few days and weeks of breastfeeding, many new moms experience areola and nipple soreness, cracking, and dry skin. Medela Purelan Lanolin Cream is 100% natural, with just one ingredient and gives you the fast, effective relief for sore and cracked nipples.

Looking for a breast pump? You’ve got options.

One of the main benefits of pumping is flexibility. Pumping gives you the option to leave the house without Baby, and it can help build up your milk supply. There are a lot of pump options out there, but a big difference to consider is whether you want an electric or manual pump.

Manual pumps

Manual pumps are best for moms who won’t need to pump all that often, moms who are watching their bank balances or moms on the go who need something reliable and portable. Manual breast pumps work without electricity. They are hand operated and can only be used for one breast at a time. The pump is placed over the breast and the other hand is used to ‘pump’ the lever in order to create suction. These pumps are often less expensive than the electric ones and are usually quite light and compact, making them a good choice for those on a budget or with limited space.

Electric pumps

Electric Breast Pumps are either battery-operated or can plug into a power outlet to create the suction for you, freeing up your hand. There are a variety of models that allow for single or double expressing. An electric pump is best for moms who need to pump frequently, have multiple children and/or pump at work.

Remember the rule of supply and demand

As your baby grows, your milk supply will increase to meet his or her changing needs. Your supply will fluctuate over time so don’t worry if you can’t get a consistent flow. Your newborn’s stomach is very small, so don’t worry about producing a large milk supply right away. Start early and nurse and/or pump often during these first hours and early days. Your breast milk is produced on a supply and demand basis, so if milk is expressed frequently then this tells your body to produce more milk in larger volumes. If you’re concerned about your newborn’s health, your milk supply, or your little one’s weight, speak to your healthcare professional and a lactation consultant for professional expertise.

Let it flow

Lots of moms, new and pro, experience some sort of breast milk supply issue at some point on their breastfeeding journey. Luckily, milk supply management has come a long way with options ranging from gummies to masks to help you increase (or decrease) milk production—no cold-cabbage-in-bra required.

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