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How to Use a Baby Feeding Syringe for Breastfeeding

It is recommended that breastfed infants are fed exclusive of a bottle for at least 6-8 weeks while learning to breastfeed.  Bottle feeding greatly changes the way the infant sucks and their expectations for immediate gratification while feeding.  Feeding from a bottle provides immediate gratification because bottle drips even when sucking does not occur.  This causes the infant to thrust their tongue to the end of the nipple or to arch their tongue to collapse the nipple on the roof of their mouth to control the flow.There are several methods of supplementing a newborn with breast milk during the early days.  For short term feeding solution, we recommend finger feeding with a syringe.  This method is tried and true and can be learned by both parents and baby in a matter of minutes.


Wash your hands.

Sit with your feet on a stool or anywhere you can raise your knees.

Place the baby in your lap facing you so they are in a reclined with their head above their body.

Draw the…

Ameda Finesse Breast Pump Comparison

The Ameda name is synonymous with breast pump innovation.  Long before Medela was on the scene, Einar Egnell created the first breast pump that mimicked sucling in infants and set the standards for cycling and suction we use today and founded the Ameda Egnell company 75 years ago.  Ameda has been a consistent force in helping nursing mothers reach their goal.

As lactation consultants, we watched other companies pull ahead in innovations; but when Ameda came out with the Platinum breast pump, Ameda surpassed them all!  The Ameda Platinum Breast Pump far exceeds the other hospital grade breast pumps including the Medela Symphony in it's performance, efficiency, comfort and adaptability with more speed and suction settings than any other breast pumps on the market today.  Ameda has created the Finesse Double Electric Breast Pump with the same waveform technology that it in the Ameda Platinum.  Waveform is what is measured when you study an infant's suckling at the breast as shown…

Troubleshooting: Breast Pump Replacement Parts for the Hygeia Breast Pump

If your Hygeia Breast Pump is not suctioning the way it used to, the culprit is usually one of two parts, the duckbill valve or the bacteriostatic filter.

The number one cause of low suction is a torn or worn out valve. The tip of the Hygeia duckbill valve must be able to close completely.  If it remains open, the amount of pressure your pump can provide is decreased.  As a rule, if you are pumping three times per day or more, replace duckbill valves every six to eight weeks at minimum.  If you are like most moms and you have multiple valves that you interchange and you notice a decrease in suction and want to determine which part needs to be discarded, switch to single pumping.  To do this, you will remove the tubing from one side and cover the opening with the port cover attached to the bacteriostatic filter.  Place the remaining breatshield still attached to the pump on one breast and test the suction.  If the nipple is being drawn in normally, remove the breast shield from your br…