Tips & Tricks

Yes, your pump is a closed system!

One of the most important features for you to look for when you are selecting your breast pump is the ability to clean your breast pump and have it stay clean. Yet, not all pumps come with this ability and risk the possibility of contaminating your milk. Breast pumps,...

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Caffeine in Breast Milk

Hey sleepy mama, we know that parenting a little one can require an extra boost, especially around daylight savings time. If you’re wondering if it’s safe to drink that cup of coffee that’s calling out to you, the answer is YES!

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Breast Milk Changes Throughout The Day

Did you know that the composition of your breast milk changes throughout the day to adapt to your baby’s needs? It’s more than just a meal – it’s also a clock that provides time-of-day information to your growing baby.

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How to build a freezer stash

Leaving your baby for the first time can be very stressful, but storing enough milk for your baby to drink doesn’t have to be. Read on to help you understand how to store enough milk for when you are away from your baby.

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Power Outage Pumping

Moms who rely on electricity for pumping breast milk, should think of additional options to power their electric breast pump. In the event of a power outage, especially one that lasts a day or more, parents can find themselves in a significant breastmilk removal bind. As a healthcare professional, I ask how long does this parent have before their milk supply suffers and adverse effects (pain, engorgement, plugged ducts) are felt?

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The Anatomy of Breastfeeding

As soon as you give birth your body starts making prolactin.  Prolactin is what tells your body to fill the breasts each time you feed your baby.  With each breastfeed, the prolactin levels increase, but levels drop if breastfeeding is not frequent enough.  It is important to keep high prolactin levels to keep your supply up.  This is why cluster feeding is so important.  When babies reach growth spurts they cluster feed to increase your supply to meet their needs.  It is SO important to start breastfeeding as soon as possible to make sure you initiate your prolactin levels and start to increase them as your baby grows.

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