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Breast Pumping

Breastfeeding Your Premature Baby in the NICU - Tips for Success

Breastfeeding a preemie is possible, but a very different situation. Feeding a preterm baby comes with its own set of complexities. Health status and gestational age will play a big role in determining the amounts given, how often, and even the method in which they are fed.

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Top Breastfeeding Myths

Information gets passed down from generations of family, friends, and healthcare providers, but we all know things can be subject to becoming outdated or put in a different perspective. The idea of “correlation not equating to causation” can be applied in many scenarios, especially when it comes to pregnancy and especially breastfeeding. Breastfeeding, pumping, and the whole process of lactation is not relatively complicated, but we have a lot of confusing tips and rules that can actually make things a lot harder than they need to be.

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Breastmilk Composition

Are you breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed? There’s a lot to learn when it comes to infant feeding, lactation, and breastmilk itself! Did you know — human breastmilk is a living, fluctuating substance made up of several “ingredients." Learn more about what makes breastmilk composition so special in this blog!

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When and How to Use a Nipple Shield for Breastfeeding

Nipple shields were once thought of as a quick fix for breastfeeding pain, under the guise of pain being a normal thing to expect and work through when you breastfeed. Now we know there can actually be issues stemming from the use of nipple shields, especially if using without the guidance and follow up of a breastfeeding professional, an IBCLC.

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Healthy Breastfeeding Diet Do’s and Don’ts

One of the major questions from new moms, especially breastfeeding moms, is what their diet should look like in postpartum and how to ensure they have a healthy diet to provide the best for what their baby needs. A well-rounded diet rich in nutrition is a priority when breastfeeding. While many assume it has to do with their milk supply, milk production, and milk composition, evidence suggests that nutrition has more to do with the health status of the lactating mother in many ways.

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Best Breast Pumping Positions and Techniques

Are you planning to breast pump and nervous about comfort? Well, if a task can be done comfortably and almost effortlessly, it’s going to feel less like a task, not to mention, easier to stick to a goal for duration. So let’s discuss ways to best accomplish positioning and techniques to improve pumping!

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Breastfeeding & Pumping Schedule For New Moms

mom pumping with Motif Duo
Having a baby comes with plenty of new tasks and adjustments. Pumping may not need to be immediately part of the equation. Milk supply adequacy is often an anxiety-driven reason to implement pumping right away, having that visual of milk as reassurance. Unfortunately, pumping output is not a great gauge for total milk supply, especially not in the first days postpartum, and can worsen any anxiety already present. On the flip side, with pumps becoming more efficient than ever, it may create an oversupply if feeding at the breast AND pumping, telling the body to create milk for more babies than there actually is/are. Supply is demand-driven.

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