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Back to Breastfeeding: Transitioning from Bottle to Breast

Recently, we had a question from a mother whose baby was unable to nurse from the breast effectively because of a severe tongue tie.  From experience, we know she is not the only mom with questions about how to get a baby who has been bottle-fed for weeks back on the breast so our hope is that this blog post helps Bev and the other moms in her situation. There are several things you can do to encourage an infant who is bottle feeding to take the breast.  One size never fits all in counseling nursing mothers, so we will outline a myriad of techniques so that you can find one the one that helps you the most. Start by changing the way you supplement.   The best method is to go from a bottle to finger feeding with a syringe .  A 10cc syringe is 1/3 of an ounce.  This will help you determine how many times to fill the syringe for a feeding.  When finger feeding with a syringe, put your feet up on a stool and lay the baby on your lap facing you.  Then insert a clean finger, pad side up.  On
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Is a Wet Dry Bag for Breast Pump Parts a Good Idea?

W ith all the things you need to buy for baby, is purchasing a dry bag for breast pump parts a waste of money or a good idea? That all depends on whether the bag is actually made in a way to promote healthy drying of your pump parts so we will look at the most common questions moms ask about breast pump parts bags. Can I use a Ziplock bag? You should use a sealed plastic zipper bag for your wet breast pump parts.  Besides the environmental concerns of over-use of these bags, the main reason is that moisture and warmth promote the growth of yeast and mold and that is certainly not what you want for parts that are collecting your baby's precious breastmilk. So to answer another common question, do breast pump parts need to be dry?  As you can see from the previous topic of yeast and mold...yes! What about wet dry bags? Wet dry bag were designed to put in wet clothing such as your baby's soiled clothes or a swimsuit and keep the rest of the items in your bag dry.  Although you se

Best Breastmilk Cooler Bags for Work or Travel

One of your most important purchases if you are pumping on the go for your baby, other than your breast pump is your breastmilk cooler bag!  Getting the right bag is essential for protecting your liquid gold! What should you look for in a breast milk cooler bag ?  You want a well insulated bag with a good tight zipper that will hold enough breast milk for your baby at daycare of for your day of pumping.  Below are some tried and true cooler bags that we recommend for our nursing mothers. 4 Bottle vs 6 Bottle Breastmilk Cooler If you work part-time, a 4 bottle bag is sufficient; but for a full 8-10 hours between work and home, you will want a six bottle cooler.  The main reason for this is that you can pump three different times into different bottles so your 98.6 degree milk doesn't warm up previously chilled breast milk.  You can consolidate your expressed milk later, but you always need to chill breast milk prior to adding to previously pumped and chilled milk to avoid reducing

2021 New Technology in Breast Pumps - Spectra Synergy Gold SG Dual Powered Breast Pump -

We were first notified of the latest innovation in breast pumping technology at the end of 2020 and have been waiting to get our hands on their incredible new breast pump, the Spectra Synergy Gold .  This pump has dual power, not to confused with just dual or double pumping.  It actually allows the breasts to be stimulated independently so you can increase the speed and/or suction on the lazy breast to encourage more milk extraction.  This type of technology is what double pumps were going for when they were first invented by Einar Egnell, founder of the Ameda Egnell company back in 1942.  But not much has changed in this field other than portability and speed.  Dual electric pumps became smaller, faster, more portable and some are even wearable. As I said, not much has changed, until now! What is different about the Spectra Synergy Gold Breast Pump is that is had dual motors that operate independently.  Why is that helpful?  Double pumping increases prolactin for increased milk produ

Breastfeeding Positions: Laid Back, Side-Lying, Cross-Cradle, Football Hold

I recently came across some great diagrams and information on breastfeeding positions from a Chinese source!  Their hospital authority breastfeeding promotion committee had these wonderful images and descriptions to offer, so I had to share! I added the American names for the transitional position as Cross-Cradle Hold and underarm position as Football Hold, but the rest is straight from ha.org.  Happy Reading! Tanya www.lactationconnection.com   Laid back position The mother is to lean back and be well supported on a bed or couch. When putting the baby on the mother's chest, gravity will keep him / her in position and the body molded to the mother's. Have the mother’s head, back and elbows well supported with cushions / pillows. Let the baby’s cheek rest somewhere near the mother's bare breast. The whole front of the baby’s body should touch the mother's whole front. The baby can rest in a position that the mother likes, just making sure that his / her whole front is ag

How to Increase Milk Supply - From Galactagogues to Good Latch and Pumping to Pacifiers plus More!

How to increase milk supply is something most moms want to know at one time or another during their breastfeeding journey and with good cause.  Whether a growth spurt or just life circumstances in general have you feeling like you are behind in production, it can happen.  Today, I want to outline not only how to increase breast milk supply, but also how to protect your milk supply so you don't have to play catch up. Feed on demand and don't delay feedings. Breast milk is produced by supply and demand or should I say, demand and then supply.  Feeding frequently and in full (fully emptying breasts) protects your milk supply from sudden dips. Growth spurts are waves that should be ridden.  In other words an infant who is 10 days to 3 weeks of age will begin his first growth spurt and instead of nursing 8 time per day will nurse 11-12 times per day.  If you are exclusively pumping, you should increase your pumping sessions to match this for 5 days in a row every time a growth spurt

Black Friday Breastfeeding Sale 2020 Starts Now!

This year has been hard on everyone so for the first time EVER,                                          Lactation Connection is hosting a WEB-BUSTER  Black Friday Sale                                                  with breastfeeding products and accessories starting at just 99 ¢ The items that are under $1 include Spectra Breast Shields in 24mm and 28m size, Pumpin' Pal Air Dry Bags to store and dry your breast pump parts, Bravado Conversion Kits to change your nursing bra into a bra you can wear for years to come, Ameda Breast Milk Storage bottles and more! Other items on sale include JuJuBe bags and cooler carriers, Spectra and Ameda breast pumps, Amamante Nursing Bras, Pajamas and Nightgowns just to name a few. These web-buster prices won't last, but we are giving our readers early access to this Black Friday Breastfeeding Sale! Shop now for best selection! A few of our sale items are shown here, click to shop now for these deals and more!