Are you seeking some professional advice where breastfeeding is concerned? First, remember that milk production is based on supply and demand. The more you nurse or pump to express breast milk the more milk your body will produce. Mayo Clinic has outlined some suggestions for breastfeeding 101, tips and tricks that can improve your odds for breastfeeding success:
Reduce stress as stress can impede your body’s ability to produce breastmilk. Find a quiet place to pump to avoid unnecessary distractions. It may be helpful to massage your breasts or use a warm compress to initiate the process. Listen to relaxing music, think about your baby, or look at a picture of your child while pumping. The Hygeia Enjoye LBI breast pump includes a special feature where you can record and play back your child’s sounds while pumping.
Pump frequently because the more you pump the more you produce breast milk. A double electric breast pump is a great way to reduce the time you spend pumping as you can express breast milk from both breasts simultaneously. Most insurance policies cover the cost of owning a double electric breast pump. Click here to see if you qualify for a breast pump through insurance.
Nurse your baby when you’re together so your body will be able to produce milk more abundantly when you pump. You can try feeding more often in the evenings, early mornings, or weekends. If your schedule is more routine then you may consider asking your baby’s caregiver to avoid feeding your baby during the last hour of care so you can nurse upon arrival.
Avoid formula supplementation as this will disrupt your milk production. Stay consistent with pumping and nursing in order to avoid impeding your body’s ability to produce breast milk. You can pump extra breastmilk after or between feedings then freeze for future consumption. Having properly stored breastmilk will reduce the likelihood of having to use formula when you’re apart and also continue to maintain your body’s milk producing ability.
Stay hydrated with water, juice, or milk. Limit your caffeine intake by avoiding coffee and sodas. Too much caffeine consumed while breastfeeding can cause your baby to experience irritability or restlessness. If you have an occasional alcoholic beverage you should avoid breastfeeding or pumping for two hours post consumption.
Avoid smoking and exposure to second hand smoke. Smoking will reduce your milk supply and interfere with your child’s sleep. Second hand smoke exposure increases risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) as well as respiratory illness.
Stay healthy by eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Implement physical activity into your daily routine, sleep when your baby sleeps, and ask for help whenever you need it. You may also want to consider birth control as breastfeeding is not a reliable form of birth control despite many myths out there. Oral contraceptives contain estrogen which can complicate milk production. You may want to consider condoms or other forms of birth control while breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding can sometimes seem like an impossible commitment, especially if you are returning to work. Utilizing a double electric breast pump is a great way to remain committed to breastfeeding, even when you may not be able to be with your baby. Many insurance companies may cover the cost of a breast pump and Aeroflow Breastpumps can help you find out if you qualify for a breast pump through insurance. Simply complete our Qualify Through Insurance form and one of our Breastpump Specialists will review your information and contact you to discuss your coverage and options.
Breastfeeding is a big commitment, but certainly worthwhile. Stay confident, healthy, and positive and you’re sure to go far on your breastfeeding journey!