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Breastfeeding Beginnings

Dana C.
DANA C.
Lactation Consultant
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We understand—breastfeeding your little one can be tough. That's why we're here to support you each step of the way! Led by Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Dana Czuczka.

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Increase milk flow
JADE, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Hi Dana, my daughter will be three months tomorrow and due to extreme stress and dehydration my milk flow plummeted between 4 and 8 weeks. It has started to pick back up but not as much as I would like. I have gone back to work and I need to increase my milk flow so that I can stop supplementing with formula. Do you have any advise on increasing the amount and how?

Dana
DANA

Hi, Jade -- I'm hoping you are feeling better! I'm glad to hear things are picking up a bit. As you know, hydration is super important -- so make sure to stay on top of that at work (buy yourself a fun water bottle to keep at work and keep filling it! especially when you go to pump!). And, try and pump at least every 3 hours while at work (for about 20 minutes) while using your hands to massage and compress breasts. Research shows the more hands on we are during pumping, the better! Take a look at this video for more detailed instruction about what I mean...

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

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Transfer issues
KAREN, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My 2 month old doesn’t seem to be transferring milk. She has been checked for tongue and lip tie but doesn’t have either. She has a lot of output both pee and poo but is very slow to gain weight which is why I think it might be a transfer issue.her latch appears to be good as well.

Dana
DANA

Hi, Karen --

How frequently does baby nurse? Is baby content/satisfied after a nursing session? Do you have to top off with a bottle after feedings?

I would recommend doing an in-person visit with an experienced lactation consultant so they can watch baby feed, listen for swallows and do a pre and post feed weight comparison. You can fins someone local here: http://www.ilca.org/why-ibclc/falc

I would also recommend trying to help baby drink more effectively at breast by doing breast massage/compressions while babe is latched. When the milkflow increases, baby becomes more active an d will have better milk transfer.

Good luck!

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Caffeine intake and breastmilk
AZALEA, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

I just returned to work and have been needing more caffeine to power through my days. I'm still exclusively breastfeeding—is this safe?

Dana
DANA

Awesome job on the exclusive breastfeeding. Im sure a lot of mamas can relate to this question/concern!

Caffeine is ok in moderation. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding moms keep caffeine intake to under 3 cups spread throughout day:
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/breastfeeding/Pages/Things-to-Avoid-When-Breastfeeding.aspx

For more info, take a look at this article posted on the Infant Risk Center site (they are the leading experts on medication + drug safety for breastfeeding moms:

https://www.infantrisk.com/content/caffeine-intake-pregnant-and-breastfeeding-women

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Low supply
EMMALYN, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

No matter what I do, I can't seem to get my supply up. I'd like to think I'm a healthy eater, though admittedly, I haven't had much time to eat lately. I also haven't had much of an appetite. Any thoughts on why this is happening? Is it just stress?

Dana
DANA

Hi mama - can you say a little bit more about what makes you think your supply is low? And...how old baby is and what does a typical feeding schedule look like (bottle or nurse or pump, etc)

Usually the first thing we recommend to boost supply is to increase the frequency you nurse or pump. The more we “demand” the more our body supplies.