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The Milk Making Hormone

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Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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The Fifth Trimester

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THERE’S A FIFTH TRIMESTER–AND THIS ONE’S FOR YOU, WORKING MOM

Contributed by Lauren Smith Brody, founder of The Fifth Trimester movement, which helps new parents and businesses work together to revolutionize workplace culture, and author of the new book, The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby

You know all about the first three trimesters, and probably even about the fourth (those bleary-eyed newborn days), but I’m convinced that there’s actually a Fifth Trimester, too. It’s  when you head back to work after having a baby; it’s when the new working mom is born.

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The Weaning Process

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Boob Scoop: Weaning from breastfeeding should be approached as a process rather than a one-day event. One important reason for doing it slowly,which is not discussed often enough, are the feelings of sadness and anxiety that can accompany weaning. Part of the reason why some mothers experience these feelings is because weaning creates a shift in hormones. In particular, Oxytocin, which is known as the "love hormone" partly because it induces feelings of relaxation, takes a downturn when weaning occurs abruptly.Viewing weaning as a process is also helpful for the baby/toddler sincebreastfeeding not only represents a food source but a way to connect with mom.For more info on weaning:http://kellymom.com/ages/weaning/considering-weaning/how_weaning_happens/

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Number vs. Duration

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Boob Scoop: Although it may be tempting to extend a pumping session to produce more milk, it is more important to focus on the number of times you pump instead of the duration of the pumping session. Since milk production is primarily dependent on demand, the number of pumping sessions plays a greater role in milk production and supply than the length of each pump. (The recommended amount of time for a pumping session is 10-15 minutes, however some moms may stop before 10 minutes if they have drained their breasts before then). This tip is especially helpful for mothers who pump at work or who choose to exclusively pump, since a key to maintaining milk production is making sure the breasts are drained enough times during a 24-hour period.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Evening Supply

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Boob Scoop: Even when breastfeeding is going well, the evening hours can make a mother question her milk supply. The primary reason is that in the evening mothers produce less milk than in the earlier part of the day. Although this dip is normal, it causes babies to cluster feed or feed more often, which can then lead a mother to doubt her supply. But generally a mom need not worry - cluster feeding is attributed to milk supply patterns and normal infant behavior rather than poor supply.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Feeding on Demand

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Boob Scoop: The advice of feeding a baby on demand can be challenging when you are tired and feeding frequently throughout the day. However, feeding on demand helps to maintain good milk supply and signals a mother's body to produce the right amount of milk for her baby. Although the phrase "feeding on demand" is generally applied to breastfeeding babies, it's actually how we continue to eat throughout our lives. That is, we eat when our body signals hunger not when the clock strikes a certain time.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Pumping and Bottle Feeding

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Boob Scoop: When a baby is getting a bottle of expressed breastmilk, it is encouraged that his mother pump at that same time to match her baby's demand. Oftentimes, the expressed breastmilk offered in the bottle is greater than the amount a baby would be receiving if he nursed. This increase in volume from the bottle can cause the baby to skip a feeding. A skipped feeding sends the body a message that the baby is feeding less which in turn may cause a mother's milk supply to dip.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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How Often Does My Baby Breastfeed?

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Boob Scoop: One of the toughest questions for a breastfeeding mother to answer is: How often does my baby breastfeed? It's a tricky question because breastfeed babies tend not to feed on fixed intervals or schedules, primarily because a baby does not receive the same amount of milk at each nursing session. Rather, she drinks just what she needs at each feed. In addition, the composition and volume of breastmilk changes throughout the day, so for one feeding a baby may drink 2 oz while for another she'll drink 4 oz, feeling equally satiated with each feed. More importantly, these breastmilk properties help babies self-regulate their feedings. That is, they feed until they feel content and slow down or de-latch from the breast once they are done. Learning to self-regulate by breastfeeding has been linked to a decrease in obesity in infancy and later on in life.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Pampering for Mothers Who Nurse: Yummy Mummy Featured in the New York Times!

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By Jessica Grose

Underneath Yummy Mummy’s cheerful purple awning on Lexington Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets, a mannequin wearing a Boob brand striped nursing top has one breast peeking out. The cheeky tableau announces the shop’s mission as clearly as the slogan stenciled on the door: “Happy breastfeeding.”

Equal parts upscale boutique and Duane Reade, the bright, well-organized space offers new and expectant mothers practical nursing necessities and a little necessary pampering for their breasts. And with products like Nummies brand nursing bras, goat’s rue herbal supplements (to increase breast milk production) and Earth Mama nipple butter, it can be hard to tell which is which.

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Best Nursing Supplies - New York Magazine 2010

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From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

Yummy Mummy

Amanda Cole opened her store—part gear provider, part community support center—after having a difficult time breast-feeding her daughter. Apparently she wasn't the only one: The day before she opened Yummy Mummy last May, customers were pounding on the door. Cole carries all manner of nursing accoutrements, from the necessities (bras, ointments, pillows), to the kind of clothing mothers would wear even if they didn't need to (smock blouses and camis from Swedish line Boob, in particular). She also seeks out unusual items like a line of silicone compression underwear to help with C-section recovery. Though the store is a big breast-feeding advocate, it's not exclusionary—it stocks pumps and bottles and rents hospital-grade pumps ($40 a week, plus $15 for delivery). One or more times a day, the store transforms into a salon for weekly lactation classes, prenatal yoga and Pilates, and breast-feeding support groups.