Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Labor Day Sale: Pack Your Hospital Bag for Breastfeeding

Labor Day is fast approaching.  There is Labor Day and then there's labor day! Lactation Connection is helping you with both.  For the first time, hard to keep in stock items like double pump kits and breast pump spare parts kits are on sale at an additional 20% off!  Whether you have a new baby or your are re-stocking from the last one, there items are essential.  You want to start fresh with new parts especially items like valves and diaphragms if you are pulling out an older pump.  If you are getting ready for the first baby, these types of items such as valves and filters or diaphragms depending on the pump model you have are must have extras.  Your breast pump function and suction depend on them so if you depend on your pump for milk supply at work or for exclusive pumping, you will want to take advantage of this sale for Ameda, Spectra, Hygeia, Ardo, Limerick and Bailey Medical breast pumps.  If you have a Medela pump, just get a new pump as the Medela brand doesn't hold up as well past the first baby.  We recommend pumps with closed systems to decrease incidence of bacteria blowing into the milk.  Closed system breast pumps will have a filter or diaphragm in the personal kit to prevent this from happening.

Don't forget to stock up on your nursing bras especially sleep bras for breastfeeding from Amamante and multi-cup bras Bravado nursing bras that will fit and last longer due to your changing shape!

Enjoy your Labor Day,

Friday, August 26, 2016

What New Moms Need to Know about Breast Milk Supply - Supplements, Maternal Weight and Feeding Frequency

While breastmilk nutrients do not vary significantly from a healthy mom in the US to a mom in a third world country, there are supplements you should take while breastfeeding.

Prenatal Vitamins
Continuing to take your prenatal vitamins is essential due to the daily intake of vitamin B needed. Not only is this vitamin necessary for maintaining milk supply, but a deficiency in the mother's diet has been linked to lethargy and colic in the infant.

There is nothing more detrimental to milk supply that breast tenderness.  This can be due to poor latch so take a look at proper breastfeeding techniques, but sharp shooting pains in between feedings are often caused by yeast which is often preventable.  Probiotics are recommended if you were given any antibiotics during labor and delivery. They aid in restoring the mother's normal intestinal flora thereby thwarting yeast infections.  We recommend a live culture probiotic.  This is an over the counter medication, but the type with live cultures must be refrigerated so ask your pharmacist as they are kept behind the counter in a refrigerator.

Water does not make milk, but not drinking to thirst can decrease milk supply.  Stay hydrated by drinking to thirst, not a certain amount.

Obtaining and additional 200-500 calories is optimal for milk production, but the source of these calories is not as important.  If you want to kill two birds with one stone, supplement your diet with known galactagogues to help maintain milk supply such as lactation cookies and bars.

Not usually seen as a supplement, but it is a little know fact that breastmilk volume is higher in women who exercise.  This is likely because blood volume increases with exercise and blood is used to make breastmilk.

Breastfeeding Style
Mothers who breastfeed more frequently enjoy a healthier milk supply and a healthier weight. Studies show a correlation between frequent feedings and weight loss in nursing mothers.

Happy Breastfeeding,

Resouces:  Breastfeeding and Human Lactation by Riordan and Auerbach