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Breastfeeding & Breast Milk

Dana
DANA
Lactation Consultant
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Are you deciding between breastfeeding and formula? Is your little one having trouble latching? Or are you worried about how to properly store breast milk for travel? We've got your covered on today's Q&A with Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Dana Czuczka.

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This morning when i woke up,i noticed a be decrease in my supply,my son is 3 monrhs old he is a on demand eater usually every 2 hours?
ASHLEY, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Dana
DANA

Hi, Ashley -- don't sweat it! If baby is eating on demand, most likely he will nurse longer or more frequently over next few days to naturally boost production back up. Don't forget to stay hydrated -- that can certainly affect supply.

ASHLEY

Ive also noticed my left breast doesnt let down as easy as the right does,and he doesnt like to latch on very well to.my left breast as well he gets fusy and i have to switch him eveeytime back to my right.

Dana
DANA

It's possible that supply is dipping a bit on that side then. Try adding in a few hand expression or pumping sessions on that side for a few days to see if we can get it to "catch up" :) You may also want to try pumping 1-2 minutes on that side BEFORE you go to latch so the milk has already let down and baby is more content to stay. That should help too!

ASHLEY

Thank you so much

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One side
MARISA , PARENT OF 23 MONTH OLD

My daughter is 2 months old and the last few days has been fussing when nursing on the left side. This used to be her favorite side. I will burp her and put her back however she will only take a few sips, unlatch and cry. My milk supply appear to be normal and i don’t have a forceful let down. When she eats innThe left side she is completely fine.

Dana
DANA

Hi, Marisa - interesting! I hear this quite frequently and usually it passes as quickly as it starts. Often it's a milk flow issue (too fast or too slow).

Will she go to that side second? And/or will she start on that side when sleepy? And/or will she go to that side in a different position (i.e., a football)?

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I noticed I am lactating today, should I start pumping to get my supply up to adequately feed my son when he arrives around June 21st 2018?
NATASCHA, PARENT OF 17 MONTH OLD

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DANA

Hi Natascha - congratulations on your pregnancy! You don’t need to do anything just yet. When baby is born you’ll want to cuddle skin to skin as much as possible and put baby to breast frequently (at least every 3 hours). Feeding on demand will establish your supply well.

It is not recommended to start pumping now. Some moms start hand expressing colostrum at 38 weeks but only with your doctors permission.

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Gassy/spitup
DANIELLE, PARENT OF 22 MONTH OLD

My baby is very gassy and sometimes spits up a lot. How do I know she's getting enough fat from my breast milk? I let her eat for a good amount of time on one breast each session cause she's sleep afterwards. Also when I pump, I pump until nothing comes out, but it doesn't seem to be separating when cooled or frozen. Is she getting enough fat.

Dana
DANA

Hi, Danielle - congratulations on your new baby. It's very normal for newborns to have some gas and spit up. As long as she's gaining weight well and content between feeds, I wouldn't worry about your fat content. Our milk content changes constantly (during each feed + throughout the day, etc).

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Foremilk/Hindmilk imbalance?
STEPHANIE, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

My 3 1/2 month old daughter has been putting on weight very slowly. We hit some setbacks between 1-2 months that caused my supply to drop and I've had to supplement her with formula. Even though my supply is recovering steadily, I've noticed that the pace of the baby's weight gain has slowed further now that she's receiving less formula. I'm wondering if an excess of foremilk could be the cause since nursing seems to be going so well otherwise. When I pump, I notice on just one side that the milk is mostly clear or thin.

Dana
DANA

Hi, Stephanie! Hard to say exactly what the reason for slow weight gain is, but we can certainly try some things to help ensure good feeds!

1. Before you nurse of pump massage breast for about 1 minute.
2. During nursing and pumping, use your hands (massage/compress) to help empty breasts more effectively.
3. After a pumping session when pump is no longer getting any milk, try hand expressing for a few minutes. I bet you'll be able to get a lot more out!<br/>4. when baby is nursing, be sure to drain one side well using the breast compression technique, before moving to the second side.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.