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Breastfeeding 101

Dana
DANA
Lactation Consultant
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Getting the hang of breastfeeding can be tough, but we believe in you! Put your next Google search on hold and check out today's Q&A instead. The one-on-one, expert advice you need is all right here. Led by Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Dana Czuczka.

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Newborn
KAYLA MCGONIGLE , PARENT OF 22 MONTH OLD

When will my milk come

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DANA

Good morning. Usually transitional milk comes in around day 5-7. But, that depends on a lot of different things...especially how often baby is put to breast in those first few days. Since milk production is based on supply and demand, you'll want to offer baby the breast anytime you notice a feeding cue (lip smacking, hand to mouth, etc). Newborn babies generally eat 8-12 times in a 24 hour period (sometimes more!).

KAYLA MCGONIGLE

Okay thank you.

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Wont stay latched and using a nipple shield
KRISTINA, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

How can i get more milk supply my almost 7 week old doesnt latch unless i have the nipple shield and i am only getting 2ozs combined when i pump. She is eating 3 to 4oz bottles

Dana
DANA

Good morning. Usually, the best way to increase supply is to empty breasts (with nursing or pumping) more frequently (and efficiently). How frequently do you nurse or pump currently? Are you using your hands to help baby get more milk flow at breast and maximize output while nursing?

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Breastfeeding
SHEKIAH, PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

How can i get my 1month old baby back to breastfeeding

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DANA

Hi, Shekiah -- congratulations on your new baby! Have you been pumping? If not, we'll want to work on re-starting your milk supply with consistent/frequent pumping (ideally, every 3 hours for about 20 minutes). Then, once we've gotten your milk flowing again, we can transition baby back to breast. In the meantime, I would recommend a lot of skin to skin cuddling and if baby wants to latch...great!

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tamiflu
SARA, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD

Hello I was diagnosed with the flu this morning and was prescribed tamiflu and have read mixed things about whether or not is ok to take while breastfeeding. The doctor said it was safe but I need some reassurance.

Dana
DANA

Oh no! I hope you feel better. The CDC considers tamiflu (Oseltamivir) safe while breastfeeding. It is rated an L2 on scale of L1 (safest) vs L5 (hazardous). Please see this link for more info:

https://www.infantrisk.com/content/influenza-season-recommendations-pregnant-and-breastfeeding-mothers

SARA

thank you!

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Poor latch on one side.
NOELLE, PARENT OF 7 YEAR OLD, 5 YEAR OLD, 22 MONTH OLD

Hi! I have a 10-day old (she is my third breastfed baby but it’s been 3 years since I last nursed so I’m a little out of practice!) I am struggling to get her to latch appropriately on the left side. I think I know the things I need to do to get a deeper latch, but it seems harder to get her to do it on the left side (right side latch is good and I nurse her using cross cradle or cradle on that side). The LC at the hospital where I delivered suggested switching to football hold (when I called the warm line yesterday), which seems to help a little but I can’t see the bottom of her mouth well and have trouble making sure her lip is out. She also seems to sort or bite down at the top, at least at the start - is there a trick to getting that lip out as well and discouraging the biting? Finally, any tips for healing the nipple? I’ve been using lanolin between each feed, but I’d love any other suggestions.

Dana
DANA

Hi Noelle! Great questions.

When you latch baby and it’s still feeling “bitey” try putt me your index finger on her shin and gently pull down - this should help. If it’s too hard for you to get in there yourself perhaps someone can help?

I like squeezing a little breast milk on a sore nipple and air drying. If the wound isn’t healing with the lanolin and breast milk, you may need a prescription ointment for
Your OB to help things along.

Good luck! Hope that helps