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Troubleshooting your Spectra Breast Pump: Spectra Flange Size

How do you know when you need a different breast flange size?

Spectra breast pumps include the most commonly fitted flange size, 24mm breastshields. Although this is the most common size, many women will fit better in other sizes. A properly sized breast shield aka breast flange is important to ensure the best performance of your pump and the most milk output. An improperly fitted breast shield can hinder milk supply and cause discomfort. To determine the shield size you need, pump for five minutes using the standard size provided with your breast pump. Your nipple will expand while milk is being expressed, therefore it is important to measure after five minutes of pumping so that the size you select will provide adequate room. After five minutes, measure the diameter of the nipples at the base with a tape measure that uses millimeters. Click the link to access a printable tape measure.

Ideally, you should select a shield size that is 2-3mm larger than this measurement, but up to 5mm …

Breastfeeding & Pumping: Warming Breast Milk at Home & Day Care

It has come to my attention that some day care fascilities are using crock pots to warm baby bottles.  While most are using one crock pot for formula bottle and another for breast milk, this is NOT a healthy practice.  Just to name one reason, if a mother has a yeast infection this can be passed along to another baby bottle sitting in the same water bath.  Yeast infections cannot be killed by sterilizing or boiling, let alone by warming.  Only an anti-fungal can kill yeast.

We encourage working mothers who use day care to find out what the practices are for storing and warming breast milk.  Most day cares are requiring labling of bottles, so that should be something you look for when interviewing a day care fascility.  If they use a water bath to warm bottles such as a crock pot, you will want to bring in your own bottle warmer for them to use.  If this is not allowed, look for another day care as you don't want your baby's bottle to be contaminated.

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Soothing Sore Nipples with Breastfeeding Cream: Nipple Butter, Nipple Cream and Nipple Mist

Originally, the Montgomery glands on the nipples were all you needed to keep your nipples lubricated for breastfeeding.  But due to the chemicals in our clothes from the manufacturing and laundry and on our skin from soaps and lotions, our skin including nipples may need a little help.  Of course soreness from a poor latch or a small breast pump flange may contribute to the need for nipple creams while breastfeeding. 

With the growing number of choices to soothe sore nipples, moms are opting for anything from coconut oil to nipple butter.  Coconut oil in solid form is an effective nipple cream, but it is unstable in warmer temperatures so does not travel well.  The slightest warming can turn the solid cononut oil into a messy liquid in a very short time.

When choosing a breast cream, you want to make sure it is something that does not need to be removed.  It needs to be safe for the baby as well as mom.  Removing the nipple cream is not recommended because rubbing with a cloth often b…