Sleeping Longer Stretches

Jul 25, 2017 11:49:02 AM

Boob Scoop: If your baby begins sleeping longer stretches, your body will adjust to produce less milk during those times.However, if initially the fullness is keeping you awake, it would help to manually express or pump to soften your breasts in order to relieve the fullness. Pumping to empty the breasts would not be recommended since it would keep milk production the same. It can take a few days or sometimes a couple of weeks for production to level off, but just be patient. Eventually your supply will regulate to your baby's needs.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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A Hungry Baby or a Soothing Baby

Jul 18, 2017 12:24:04 PM

Boob Scoop: After about the first month of breastfeeding, it can sometimes be tricky to differentiate between a hungry baby and one that has just discovered his hands or is using them for soothing. When in doubt, it never hurts to put your baby to the breast. Breastmilk is always changing in composition and volume throughout the day and these important changes eliminate the concern of overfeeding. If your baby is breastfeeding for soothing you will notice suckling at the breast. If your baby is hungry, you will hear him make "eh" sounds or notice the deep swallows that accompany a feeding. In either situation, your baby will likely be happy to breastfeed since nursing will have met his need to soothe or feed.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Maintaining Milk Production

Jun 27, 2017 12:18:44 PM

Boob Scoop: The number of times a mom empties her breasts each day to maintain milk production has been called her "Magic Number." If a mom is not nursing/pumping enough times in a 24-hour period to meet her Magic Number, her body will decrease milk production. For working mothers, more breastfeeding at night means less pumping sessions needed while mom is at work. For help on figuring out your magic number: http://www.nancymohrbacher.com/articles/2010/8/13/the-magic-number-and-long-term-milk-production-part-1.html?rq=magic%20number

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Different Ways of Weaning

Jun 20, 2017 3:14:12 PM

Boob Scoop: For both nutritional and developmental reasons, it is uncommon for babies to wean on their own before the one-year mark. In fact, most babies won't wean before 18-24 months unless it is encouraged by the mother. Familiarizing yourself with the different ways of weaning can be helpful when deciding how to approach this stage: http://kellymom.com/ages/weaning/considering-weaning/how_weaning_happens/

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Steady Gain

Jun 13, 2017 11:25:07 AM

Boob Scoop: The average breastfed baby doubles his birth weight by 3-4 months and will weigh about 2 1/2 – 3 times his birth weight by year one. However, steady weight gain is more important than how quickly a baby gains. A baby at the 5 percentile of the breastfeeding growth charts can be as healthy and vibrant as one on the 95th percentile.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Keeping Mom Fed When Nursing

Jun 6, 2017 11:05:19 AM

Boob Scoop: It can be difficult to find a moment to eat with a baby in the house. And although breastfeeding does not require that you have three perfect meals a day, you do need nutrients to maintain and increase milk supply, and simply just to maintain good energy levels. Babywearing enables you to enjoy a meal while your baby is sleeping or nursing. It's one of the reasons why hands-free nursing is so life-changing and liberating for a nursing mother. Of course, it's also a great way to bond with your baby!

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

 

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Comfort for Teething Babies

May 30, 2017 9:17:24 AM

Boob Scoop: For some babies, breastfeeding can work like a magic wand to ease the discomfort associated with teething. Others may become fussy at the breast and not nurse as well as they normally do. Cooling the gums in between feedings or right before a feed with a frozen/refrigerated teething ring, or by rubbing ice cubes on her gums, can help. If she pulls off and fusses again, repeat the ice-rub. A breastfeeding popsicle can work very well too!

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Twiddling

May 23, 2017 3:05:52 PM

Boob Scoop: Twiddling, a common behavior for babies and toddlers who breastfeed, refers to pinching, patting or pulling the unused breast. Although it may feel awkward for a mother, especially when nursing in public, babies twiddle for good reason! Twiddling the unused breast can enable the baby to get more milk since breastmilk output is increased when both breasts are stimulated. Babies are so smart! But, yes, if the twiddling is getting the best of you, you can reroute your baby's attention by letting him hold a plush toy or by wearing a nursing necklace. https://yummymummystore.com/teething-bling.html

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Colostrum vs. Mature Milk

May 16, 2017 12:47:46 PM

Boob Scoop: Oftentimes mothers don't think they are providing breast milk until their milk transitions to mature milk, around day four, when it takes on a milky white color. However, breastfeeding begins with colostrum which appears clear or yellowish and is purposely small in amount to accommodate the marble-size stomach of a newborn baby. Interestingly, the concentration of immune-boosting elements is much higher in colostrum than in mature milk. Just like our babies - oftentimes the best things do come in small packages.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Combining Milk

May 9, 2017 11:56:56 AM

Boob Scoop: Breastmilk from two separate days can certainly be combined. The only recommendation is that you cool freshly expressed breastmilk before mixing it with a batch from the refrigerator.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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