Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms
Pedi Med Center would like to acknowledge all International Board Certified Lactation Consultants today, on National IBCLC Day, for all they do in supporting moms in giving their babies the best nutrition available.
As nursing moms know, lactation consultants are an invaluable asset both medically and emotionally. They help manage and prevent common breastfeeding problems and they also provide valuable reassurance when breastfeeding is going well. Sometimes they are there just to listen and provide overall support and encouragement during what can be a very emotional time for a mom.
We know it can be hard, especially in the early days so we want to share 6 Favorite Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms from Linda Hill, our experienced and trusted IBCLC.
1. One-Day Rule
You don’t need to wash each of your breast pump pieces after each pump. Washing once a day is okay. Between uses put pieces in an unsealed container – like a large plastic bag – in the refrigerator to keep bacteria from growing.
2. Fill Up
For breastfeeding moms, it is important to stay hydrated and eat enough calories so you can keep your energy level and breast milk supply up.
3. Final Feeding
Give the last feeding of the day from a bottle. This way you can see exactly how much breast milk baby had so you can ensure baby has eaten enough to keep her satisfied and hopefully sleeping for several hours. This also gives someone else the chance to bond with baby, while mom gets a much needed reprieve and a little extra sleep.
4. Lessen The Let-Down
The Let-Down reflex is a tingling in the breasts signaling the body’s response to a baby’s upcoming feedings. Sometimes a let-down can happen at times when it is not wanted, like when you are in the check out line of the grocery store. When this occurs and you’re not ready to breastfeed baby, press your breasts firmly into your body for 10-20 seconds. This will give you a little more time to get home to baby or to a place where you can pump or express for some relief.
5. Don’t Dump It
Breast milk is alive and actively fights the growth of bacteria; so unlike formula where any remaining milk in the bottle should be discarded, you can place the leftover breast milk in the fridge and use for the next feeding.
6. Your Nose Knows
You are going to read many different storage guidelines for keeping your breast milk at room temperature, in the fridge and freezer. Don’t let the differences confuse you and don’t toss it out just because the breast milk is older than the guidelines! Smell the milk. If it is bad, it will smell bad!