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Breastfeeding Basics

Dana
DANA
Lactation Consultant
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Feeding baby have you feeling a bit worn out? Help is on the way! Today's conversation is led by Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Dana Czuczka.

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Breastmilk addition
BRIDGET, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My son is two months, since in the hospital I was unable to produce even enough colostrum for him, this included pumping. I have been unable to produce enough milk for him since and have been having to supplement with formula, even though I would like to exclusively breast feed. I have tried fenugreek+blessed thistle, and lactation cookies. I read that fenugreek can have the opposite affect on some women, so when I saw no results I stopped. I also read brewers yeast can increase supply, is this true? I stay as hydrated as possible, I just don’t know what to do any more I would love to keep my supply up especially now that I’m working again. Please share tips on what I can do, to increase my supply so I can produce enough for my son.
Thanks in advance.

ERIN

I had a similar problem, and saw no results with fenugreek and blessed thistle. I have recently been taking goats rue, and my milk supply has increased. I have also heard that moringa works well.

HANNAH

I have been using the brewers yeast tablets and have seen an increase in supply my little one just eats a lot so pretty much just empties my breast. also I have purchased lactation cookies from target which helped also they are expensive but do help. Have you tried to pump more often how often are you pumping or feeding baby now?

Dana
DANA

Hi, Bridget -- can you share what a typical day of nursing/pumping/supplementing looks like? Sometimes adding in a few additional pumping sessions or a few minutes of hand expression after nursing or pumping does the trick!

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Nipple Shield Weaning
ERIN, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

I am trying to wean my six week old daughter off a nipple shield and am having trouble getting her to drop her lower jaw enough to latch properly. As a result she is chomping on the one side of the nipple and causing new damage.

BRIDGET

The flipple technique works well, since it gets a larger part of your breast in the baby’s mouth, in a more comforting way.

Dana
DANA

Hi, Erin -- try starting the feed with the shield and take off halfway through. Usually babe's latch improves when milk is flowing faster. Also, you can try and improve baby's latch by putting your index finger on baby's chin and pulling gently down to get babe deeper. Let me know how those two tricks go...

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When is a good time to pump? I’m always nervous that I’ll not have enough supply after pumping if she needs the breast
SHANNON, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Dana
DANA

You are fullest in the AM so I recommend pumping right after that first nursing session in the morning. Remember that empty breasts produce milk faster than full breasts, so you will refill for babe’s needs.