6 Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms
UpSpring would like to acknowledge all of the International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC's) and thank them for the amazing work they do to support breastfeeding mothers every day.
UpSpring is honored to work with some of the best IBCLC's around. Besides being extremely passionate about breastfeeding, IBCLC's are also highly educated with up to 2,000 hours of training in the field of breastfeeding and patient care. This certification is the gold standard for lactation consultants and the rigorous education makes IBCLCs more qualified to trouble-shoot and consider multiple avenues to solve your breastfeeding issues.
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, an 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, let-down can happen at times when it is not wanted like at drop off for your older child. 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!
For more insider tips or advice on breastfeeding, visit with one of our certified Lactation Consultants.If you need breastfeeding products or supplies, check out our breastfeeding category.