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Breastfeeding 101

Dana
DANA
Lactation Consultant
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Beginning your breastfeeding journey in the new year? Have no fear—all topics are on the table in today's Q&A. Expert advice tailored to your situation is only a question away! Led by Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Dana Czuczka.

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Breastfeeding
UOUMEKA , PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

How can I produce more breast milk for my baby?

Dana
DANA

Good evening. How often are you nursing or pumping currently? Do you have to supplement with formula? What makes you feel you need to produce more?

Without knowing too many details about your specific situation, the best way to increase milk supply is to empty your breasts (nurse or pump) more frequently! Since milk production is based on supply on demand, the more we demand the more our body makes.

UOUMEKA

I pump every 2-3 hours and he is not using formula right now I feel like not enough is coming out when I pump.

Dana
DANA

Are you exclusively pumping or also putting baby to breast?
It's a great sign that you haven't had to supplement with formula yet.
How long is each pumping session? Are you using your hands to massage your breasts while you are pumping?

UOUMEKA

I'm exclusively pumping, because he is in the NICU right now he was born premature I try to pump for 20 minutes or more. I haven't tried to do that yet.

Dana
DANA

check out this video about maximizing your supply with hands on pumping technique. the video shows moms who (like you) are exclusively pumping for their NICU babies (by Dr. Jane Morton at Stanford University) -- my patients have had a lot of success with this!

https://med.stanford.edu/newborns/professional-education/breastfeeding/maximizing-milk-production.html

hang in there! you are doing excellent!!

UOUMEKA

I'm pumping but nothing is coming out

Dana
DANA

have you been pumping consistently every 3 hours and this is first time you see nothing coming at all? my guess is something is not connected correctly. try taking everything apart and putting back together.

UOUMEKA

Yes I have been pumping every 3 hours. This is the first time that has happened.

Dana
DANA

How did next few sessions go? All back to normal?

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Pumping
LISE, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Daughter and I are having latch issues, was pumping at the start but lately have not been able to get anything. Is my supply to low or could I get a hospital grade pump and try to get my supply back up. Really want to breastfeed but things are not falling into place for us.

Dana
DANA

Hi, Lise! Glad you reached out. The key to keeping your milk supply up is to consistently empty your breasts/send message to your body that you need to make more milk. So, you'll want to do something to breasts (nurse or pump) every 3 hours during day. If baby isn't latching, continue to pump even if you are not getting much. Hopefully as you keep pumping over next few days you'll see your supply increase. Then, let's try and also work on latching too! Once the milk is flowing faster, latching does become easier!

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Latching
KOURTNEY, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

My son is having trouble latching but he eats just fine when i pump for him. He only wants to sleep when i put him to the breast. What can i do to have him actively breastfeed?

Dana
DANA

Hi, Kortney - congratulations on your new babe and great job continuing to pump! Will baby latch on well but then get sleepy at breast? This is very normal! Try undressing baby down to diaper before a nursing session. keep tickling baby when he looks like he's fading. Also, when baby is latched but sleepy/not actively drinking, try squeezing/compressing your breast -- this will help the milk flow faster and keep baby actively drinking (even if eyes are shut).

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My gassy baby struggles n squirms while breastfeeding.
SATYA, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD, 2 YEAR OLD

It was OK from the time he was born but now my 7 weeks old struggles & sqrims as soon as I start to breastfeed him. As a result I can't continue to breastfeed him. I help him pass out Gas thereafter and try again to breastfeed feed him he would start to cry and squirm still. Can you please help? As my breastfeeding session seems to be fading away and I have to formula feed him. I want to breastfeed him b4 I formula feed him. (A lady from WIC has seen my milk supply.) and says my milk is there.

Kind regards

Dana
DANA

How frequently are you successfully nursing baby each day? Are you pumping at all? I'm wondering if baby is squirming at breast because the milk isn't flowing fast enough? One thing you can try is to hand express or pump for 1-2 minutes until the milk is flowing and then latch baby. Let's see if that helps...

SATYA

OK I will try that.

He will not latch on and starts to struggle & squirms and becomes Lil fussy.
Am not able to breastfeed him at all from a week. My breastpumb is not working. This week will get a new one. He becomes squirmy sometimes after formula feed too.

Thanks

Dana
DANA

I would recommend hand expressing every few hours throughout day to protect your milk supply since your pump isn't working and baby isn't latching at moment. Check out this video by Dr. Jane Morton at Stanford for more details/instruction. It's very effective technique once you get the hang of it and we want your body to continue to get message that we need milk.

https://med.stanford.edu/newborns/professional-education/breastfeeding/hand-expressing-milk.html

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Pooping issues
PATRICIA, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My infant is having issues pooping could that be because of me breastfeeding him ?

Dana
DANA

Can you describe what you mean by pooping issues?

PATRICIA

He will go 2 to 3 days with out having a Bowel movement, I don’t know what the cause is , if it’s my diet , or if it’s breastfeeding

Dana
DANA

pooping frequency with infants can vary a lot. some babies poop every feed and other babies only poop every few days! as long as the consistency is still loose, this is normal. if stool is firm then I recommend calling your baby's pediatrician to discuss.