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Breastfeeding

Breastmilk Storage

Breastmilk has a wonderful shelf life. Unlike most foods and beverages, breastmilk retains live cells and enzymes that actually fight off foreign microbe growth. If left out, environmental bacteria and other microbes that land in the milk are eliminated by these cells. For this reason, unpasteurized human milk can be left out for up to 4 hours at room temperature before needing to be refrigerated, unlike most other items at 2 hours.

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The Color of Breastmilk and What it Means

Colostrum is the first milk the mother makes, available upon birth of the baby. For this reason, it is much thicker and loaded in immune developing components designed for a newborn, which gives it a golden color. Hence the nickname for breastmilk: Liquid Gold.

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Breast Compression and Why It Helps

Breast compression refers to the mother hand expressing while the baby is attached and feeding, or while the mother is pumping (hands-on pumping). This technique allows more milk to flow without solely relying on suction. It is particularly helpful in cases where a baby is too sleepy to finish a feed after the letdown response, a milk duct contraction-induced flow, or in instances when a mother is relying on pumping.

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Increasing Breast Milk Supply

In terms of actual breast milk supply, as in, the body produces enough to sustain feedings, the mother’s body relies on a number of signals in order to know how much milk is needed. It's referred to as supply and demand, but more appropriately, demand and supply. This is how we are able to feed multiples or even just one baby. Milk that is used or expressed should be replenished. Anything that interrupts or disrupts that signal will have an effect on the message needed to make enough milk.

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5 Tips for Talking to Relatives About Pumping & Breastfeeding

Even though awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding is growing, it can still be a hard topic to discuss, especially with loved ones who may not have firsthand experience with it. While it is ultimately your decision to breastfeed and breast pump or not, it can be an intimate topic that your friends and family members feel embarrassed talking about. Prepare yourself to confidently talk to relatives about breastfeeding and pumping with our tips below.

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Welcome New Moms Back With A Breast Pumping Room

One of the major challenges for moms returning to the workplace after maternity leave is maintaining a healthy, routine breast pumping schedule. Moms need a private space as well as time away from the demands of the job every few hours to pump in peace. It can be difficult to talk freely about breast pumping in the workplace, but ultimately, employers benefit from supporting their working moms. What’s more, the law mandates that employers provide sufficient space and resources for moms to pump.

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Why Breastfeeding Benefits Mothers

There are many sources of information out there about the health and bonding benefits of breastfeeding for the baby, but there are just as many crucial benefits and health implications for the mother! Realizing and sharing this information has a great impact on women’s health worldwide. It is so much bigger than the changing of social normalities and pressure for mothers to do what is ‘natural.’ Being self-informed on these benefits can empower women everywhere.

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Why Do I Need To Replace Breast Pump Parts?

The moment you get your breast pump serves as simply the beginning of your breastmilk journey. From unboxing it, learning how to use it, late-night pumping sessions, and more, you and your pump have a lot of work to do together. That’s why it’s crucial to take care of your breast pump by regularly replacing certain parts so it can take care of you during your entire breast pumping journey.

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