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Breast Sheild Size - How Your Breast Pump Flange Affects Your Milk Supply

One of the most common breastfeeding questions we get is regarding a mom's breast pump.  What breast shield size will work best?  Choosing the correct breast pump flange is even more essential than choosing the correct nursing bra size, although both are important.  The figure below shows what a correct fitment inside your breast pump flange should look like.

It is imperative that there is enough room to draw the nipple into the flange so that the areola is compressed where the lactiferous sinuses are located.  As you can see from the image below, the lactifeous sinuses are located about an inch behind the nipple.  
This is where the majority of the milk pools before milk ejection which is why it is essential to compress the sinuses properly when pumping.  If the flange is too small, the nipple is compressed and not the milk sinuses.  
If the breast shield you received with your breast pump does not fit properly as in the first image, you need to seek out the correct size as soon …

Black Friday Breastfeeding Deals! - Cyber Monday Nursing Bra Sale and more!

  Shop 2018 Black Friday Breastfeeding Sale!  
 It's that time of year again.  The time when Lactation Connection has it's best sale of the year:  Black Friday and Cyber Monday!  Sale starts early so, the best selection for the Black Friday Sale 2017 starts now.

With breastfeeding deals starting at .99 cents and prices up to 70% off, this is the time to shop for the nursing mother.  Stock up on nursing bras under $10.  And true to Lactation Connection form, bras aren't just for the small busted mama.  There are $10 nursing bras for sizes up to H cup and band sizes 42, 44 and even 50 for our curvier mamas.  Get a great deal on breast milk storage bags and bottle labels at 35-50% off!

Quality brands on sale like Bravado Designs, Amamante Nursingwear and La Leche League are on sale now.  As well as breast pumps from ARDO that make great gifts.  Speaking of gift, what a great time to get a jump on Christmas shopping.  And what new mom wouldn't love a nursing nightgown or nur…

Best in Plus Size Maternity Nursing Wear

Packing your hospital bag is not as easy when you are a curvy mama!  There are several multi-purpose styles that can really help get you ready for baby and extend your maternity and nursing wardrobe.

My first recommendation is a quality nursing bra.  If you are a plus size mom with smaller breasts, my recommendation is the Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra in size 2X.  This bra is a great transitional nursing bra as it fits multiple cup sizes for your changing shape.  The 2X nursing bra size in this super comfortable seamless nursing bra with removable foam pads works well for the following bra sizes.  42DD, 44DD, 444D and 46DD.  If you are a DDD ie F cup or larger, there are more supportive options in your size.

For our bustier mamas, the Bravado Embrace Nursing Bra is a great choice.  While it is a soft cup no wire nursing bra, it has a proprietary fabric that holds it's shape and your shape beautifully!  Although not technically a plus size nursing bra, the 36 band nursin…

Bravado Nursing Bra Clearance

It doesn't happen very often, but once in a great while we need to clear out premium brands to make room for more inventory!  This is currently the case with the best-selling Bravado Designs Nursing Bras in select styles and colors.

As of today, September 8,  2017 this is what we have in stock that you can get at a great bargain. Take an additional 15% off these styles with coupon code EXTRA15 while supplies last!

Bravado Original Nursing Bras 
1012 S+ Butterscotch, White
1012 M+ Black
1012 L+ Black, Butterscotch, White
1012 XL+ Black, Butterscotch, White
1013 S++ Butterscotch
1013 M++ Black
1013 L++ White
1013 XL++ Black, Butterscotch, White
Bravado Body Silk Nursing Bras - Select Colors
1401 S Pink Ice
1401 XL Garnet Red, Pink Ice
1436 Yoga S Charcoal
1436 Yoga XL Charcoal
Bravado Sublime Nursing Bra
131 32DE French Vanilla 131 32FG French Vanilla Bravado Embrace Nursing Bra - Select Colors
122 32DE Black
122 32FG White
122 34BC Black
122 34DE White
125 36DE Coral
125 36FG Coral
122 36LM White
125 38DE…

Storing Breastmilk: Protecting the Fat Content in Breast Milk

Every mama wants a fat and healthy breastfed baby.  I always love seeing thunder thighs on an infant, but while this may be moms goal, you need to take into consideration the infants personal growth curve which is also affected by their genes.  If mom and dad are very trim, we may not need to expect rolls of fat on our infants.  Breastfed Infant Growth Charts need to be observed by nursing mamas.  If your pediatrician's office has given you one that has a formula company brand on it, this can undermine your perception of a successful growth rate in your infant.  If your infant was in the 15% at 8 weeks, don't expect them to be in the 50th percentile as they grow.  As long as your infant has not been diagnosed with low weight gain or slow weight gain, they should continue to grow at that pace.  While gaining weight, they should remain in a similar percentile throughout the chart as they age.

Having said that, there are things that we do that can undermine the fat content in our…

World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Biggest Sales of the Year

If you are a nursing mama, there is no better time to buy your breastfeeding supplies and nursingwear that during World Breastfeeding Week.  Companies that cater to nursing moms tend to offer their deepest discounts during the week of August 1-7 making it the best time to buy breastfeeding products!  Lactation Connection is no exception offering our best prices in celebration of WBW2017!

This year's theme for World Breastfeeding Week is "Sustaining Breastfeeding Together".



     Lactation Connection has been helping moms sustain breastfeeding with quality products since 1993 and our World Breastfeeding Week sale is in progress now!  Take advantage of our current sale on nursing bras from $17 in sizes through G cup and Bravado Bras as low as $27 with free shipping!  Made in the USA nursing nightgowns and nursing pajamas from $17-27 are on sale as well as all cotton or bamboo nursing pads by Amamante Nursingwear and Bamboobies for only $8.17!

Shop now for the best selec…

Working and Breastfeeding: Getting Ready for Day Care

If you are a working nursing mama, the first question we get is "How much breast milk do I need to leave?"  And that is a great question because if you leave too much, the care giver may overfeed and you will find yourself playing catch-up with your milk supply day after day.

The average baby needs 2.5 oz of breast milk per pound of body weight per day.  So if you have a 10 lb baby, you multiply by 2.5 and get 25 oz per day.  Then divide by the number of feedings per day for a baby under six months which is 8 unless the infant is going through a growth spurt.  So 25 lbs divided by 8 feedings is 3.12 oz per bottle which you can round up to the nearest 1/4- 1/2 oz.

The next question from moms is when are growth spurts?  The first one usually comes between 10 days and 3 weeks, then six weeks, then three months and six months.  The are usually indicated by more frequent feeding and lack of satiation, but wet diapers ensure that milk supply is still evident.

 Next moms ask, &quo…

If your Breast Flange Size Reducing Your Milk Supply?

If you have the wrong breast flange size, it can greatly reduce your output when your are pumping and decreasing the amount of milk extracted signals your body to produce less milk!
There are a lot of things you can save money on when you are breastfeeding, but getting the right size flanges and replacing essentials like valve and filters is not the place to scrimp as both those things can greatly reduce your milk supply.  I have created an image to help you determine your nipple size.  Use this as a guide to buying the correct breast flange size no matter what brand you have.  Some brands don't have a full range of sizes, which is why Pumpin' Pal is perfect!  Not only do their Super Shields help you lean back and save your back while you are pumping, their breast flanges now come in sizes from x-small 15mm to x-large that fit up to 40mm nipple diameter.  Remember the nipple diameter does not include the areola, just the nipple itself and it is easy to see when you have just …

Making More Milk: Getting the Most out of Lactation Tea

I have been helping mothers breastfeed since 1993.  Long before Milkmakers Cookies and Boobie Bars, mother's milk tea has been around.  While lactation tea can be an effective way of helping boost your milk supply, it is important to know which ones are beneficial and if you are getting the most out of using them.

Fenugreek lactation tea can be very effective, but if using a tea bag, make sure you are steeping your tea for 15 minutes to get as much of the herb into your tea as needed.  You can then remove the bag and reheat the tea, or pour over ice for iced tea.  Manufacturer's recommend drinking three glasses a day for at least three days to see results. 

Some herbal lactation teas are such a pleasure to drink you won't need to remind yourself to drink more than one cup a day.  Milkmakers Lactation Tea are infused with nourishing herbs including oatstraw, nettle, and fennel to increase mom's milk supply.  And as a tea lover, I have had spa worthy tea brands that aren…

Breastfeeding: Benefits of Nipple Cream

There are many things sold out there that you do not need for breastfeeding.  One example are hot compresses.  They can be expensive upwards of $20 for an item you use temporarily.  My suggestion for this is a disposable baby diaper.  It is imperative to soften breasts that are engorged before feeding or pumping with warm compresses, but a baby diaper run under hot water can be very effective and costs about .50 cents each.

And while some moms only need expressed breast milk to soothe their breast, having a good nipple cream around can be a lifesaver.  I recommend purchasing a quality nipple cream prior to delivery. That way, you aren't sending your hubby to the grocery store in the middle of the night and he comes home with something with pesticides or other substances that can be harmful to the baby and not
helpful to you.

While HPA Lanolin has been the go-to nipple cream in the past, many companies such as Ameda have discontinued carrying this product.  Today moms prefer an al…

Stay at Home Mom Jobs for Nursing Moms

While working outside the home and breastfeeding is an option due to efficient breast pumps that empty both breasts in just 10-15 minutes like the Hygeia EnJoye LBI and the Spectra S2 Breast Pump to name a few, many moms are opting to work from home.  Some companies are offering this option to their employees, however most moms have to look for ways to make money from home.
One such mom I know owns a business named Heart to Hand Crafts and makes signs from her home to supplement her families income.  This is not uncommon.  Being closer to your baby for feeding often helps moms breastfeed longer so moms are actively looking for jobs for stay at home moms.

As a mompreneur myself, I started Lactation Connection on my kitchen table in 1993.  Our business grew from at home to a retail location and then went online in 1999 and has continued to serve nursing mothers with quality products ever since.  One product stemmed from the need for nursing nightgowns and pajamas that were both beautif…