Breastfeeding Tips

Breastfeeding Tips 101

Food Intake

1. Drink lots of fluid
That is essentially what helps you produce more milk supply for your baby.
So you need to stay hydrated by drinking more water, juice or even include soup in your daily diet.

2. Eat food that helps with production of supply
Consume grains and legumes like oatmeal, brown rice, barley and chickpea and fish like salmon.
Vegetables like carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes and fruits such as papayas are also good lactogenic food.

3. Food to Steer Away From
Alcohol is a big taboo. Stay away from caffinated drinks like coffee or tea. Gas producing food like beans, cabbage and onions.

All these food with undesirable elments may enter your bloodstream, with them ending up in your breast milk.
This may affect neurological development, result in irritability like colic and sleep disturbances as your baby’s body is not able to break down and excrete them.

Ample Rest & Sleep

1) A well rested body means your body is able to cope and produce better and more quantity breastmilk.
Ensure you have sufficient rest, relax and get your mind to feel calm is important not only for your well- being and producing better results in lactation.

Pump Early in The Morning

Prolacting level is high in the morning. This can be attributed partially to the fact that you have been resting well through the night.

So, it is best to pump first thing as you wake up.

Have a Warm Shower

Having a warm shower before you pump, allows for better emptying of the breast, which then in turns signals to your body that you need to produce more milk.

Massage your Breast

Massage helps to stimulate the milk glands and also soften the tissues.

Apply gentle stroking round and then from top down towards nipples, promoting oxytocin stimulation and better expressing of milk.

You can also get a towel soaked in warm water to place on your breats before massaging your breast for better effect.

Relax while Your Nurse

Stay relaxed while you pump or nurse. Enjoy the special bonding moment with your baby.
While nursing, be in a comforatbel position, listen to some soothing music and have some aromatherapy making you both enjoy the time together.

Sensory Triggers

The contact, sight, smell and sound of your baby help the milk to flow.
If you need to pump outside without your baby around, sensory stimulation can therefore help. So, a picture, a recording of sounds they make via a video clip or smell of their clothing can trigger better secretion.

Power Pumping

Power pumping is expressing more frequently, tricking your body into producing more milk.
Basically you can pump for 20 minutes, rest 10 minutes, then start cycle all over again and repeat for a few times.

In Pain?

If you are in pain or having sore or cracked nipples, try a nipple shield, which is a soft, thin piece of silicone, placed on your nipple.

It provides a temporary protection and barrier allowing mom’s nipples relief and time to heal, while baby still breastfeed.

The suction inside the nipple shield also helps hold the nipple in an everted position, thereby helping smaller or premature babies for better latching and sucking more efficiently.

How Long for Storage

Depending on the climate where you reside, we recommend storing them in the refrigerator.
Room Temperature (up to 26 degree celsius) : 4 hours
Refrigerator (4 degree celsius) : 3 days
Freezer : 6 months

Always best to store in BPA FREE storage bag.

Bisphenol-A (aka BPA) cause a wide variety of hormonal issues including reproductive birth defects and various cancers.

This chemical is found in polycarbonate plastics and leaches into the milk which is harmful to babies. Hence, it is always recommednded to use BPA-free containers.

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