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Boob Scoop: Once your milk supply has leveled off, around week eight, you may find it difficult to pump extra breastmilk to build a freezer stash. This does not mean that you have a milk supply issue, but rather that your body has adjusted to produce the amount of milk that your baby needs. As you reach the point of producing just the right amount of milk for your baby, your breasts may not feel as full as in the early weeks. This too is also normal. If breastfeeding has been going well and your baby is gaining steadily and her diaper output is good, your milk supply is also likely to be on point. Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)
Aug 4, 2015 12:14:22 PM
Boob Scoop: Mothers will sometimes encourage their baby to feed longer at the breast to assure greater intake of hind milk, which is the fatty milk that comes at the end of a feeding. However, research indicates that there is no reason to worry about foremilk (which comes at the beginning) and hindmilk. If a baby breastfeeds effectively and feedings are not cut short, he will receive about the same amount of milk fat over the course of a day, despite the breastfeeding pattern. Therefore, there's no need to time feedings. Good milk transfer and steady growth are better indicators that a baby is getting just what he needs. Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)
Jul 28, 2015 9:31:20 AM
Boob Scoop: If you need to use a nipple shield, it's important to make sure it's a good fit for you and also for your baby, especially if he is preterm. A nipple shield that is too big for a baby can cause him to gag and in turn result in an aversion to the breast. When using a nipple shield, it is always recommended to work with a Board Certified Lactation Consultant to assure that your milk supply is adequate and that your baby is feeding well. Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)
Jul 21, 2015 2:06:18 PM
Boob Scoop: As you may know, some babies don't de-latch from the breast when done with a feeding. Who can blame them, right? Staying at the breast offers babies a great opportunity to cuddle with mom and to suck. However, if you're unsure whether your baby is still actually feeding or is sucking just for comfort instead, watch for active sucking and swallowing. Once the suck/swallow pattern slows down, it's likely that your baby is reaching the end of a feed. Active suck/swallow feeding, like a baby's output and weight gain, is a good sign of effective nursing. Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com).
Jul 14, 2015 10:55:54 AM
Boob Scoop: Mothers often express a love/hate relationship when it comes to their baby's sweet little hands, which are so great to kiss but seem to get in the way when it comes to breastfeeding. Interestingly, ultrasounds show babies bringing their hands up to their faces before swallowing amniotic fluid which continues being of part of how babies initiate a feeding once outside of the womb. With poor eyesight, newborns in particular will use their sense of touch and smell to latch on to the breast. For this reason, it is not recommended to tuck a baby’s hands under his body or swaddle him while breastfeeding, since doing so can disorient him. Think about if you were trying to eat with your hands behind your back. Babies need their hands to keep them stable and to help them locate their food, just like we need our arms to our side or in front of us when we eat. Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com).