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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pumping milk while you're away from your baby can help you continue breast-feeding for as long as possible. Here's help maintaining your milk supply.

Breast-feeding is based on supply and demand. The more you breast-feed your baby, the more milk your breasts will produce. The same goes for pumping milk while you're away from your baby.
Tips for pumping success

Pumping milk while you're away from your baby can help you continue breast-feeding for as long as possible. Here are some suggestions to keep your milk supply on track.

Relax. Stress can hinder your body's natural ability to release breast milk. Find a quiet place to pump. It may help to massage your breasts or use warm compresses. You may want to think about your baby, look at a picture of your baby or listen to relaxing music.
Pump often. The more you pump, the more milk you'll produce — especially if you're using a high-quality pump. If you're working full time, try to pump for 15 minutes every few hours during the workday.
Pump both breasts simultaneously. Pumping both breasts at once will save you plenty of time. It may also increase your body's production of prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production.
When you're with your baby, breast-feed on demand. The more you breast-feed your baby when you're together, the greater your supply will be when you pump. Try more-frequent evening, early morning or weekend feedings. Pumping after a breast-feeding session can help boost milk supply, too — even if you pump but no milk is produced.
Avoid or limit formula feedings. Formula feedings will reduce your baby's demand for breast milk, which will lower your milk production. Remember, the more you breast-feed your baby or pump while you're apart, the more milk you'll produce. It also helps to pump extra milk — either after or between breast-feeding sessions — and freeze it for future use.
Drink plenty of fluids. Water, juice and milk can help you stay hydrated, which promotes milk production. But limit soda, coffee and other caffeinated drinks. Too much caffeine can make your baby irritable and interfere with your baby's sleep. If you choose to have an occasional alcoholic drink, avoid breast-feeding for two hours afterward.
Don't smoke. Aside from the well-known dangers of smoking, smoking can reduce your milk supply — and the nicotine in your breast milk may change the taste of the milk and interfere with your baby's sleep. If you smoke, ask your doctor for options to help you quit. In the meantime, avoid smoking just before or during a feeding.
Consider your birth control options. Birth control pills that contain estrogen may interfere with milk production. While you're breast-feeding, you may want to use condoms or other forms of birth control. Ask your doctor about the options.
Take good care of yourself. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Get some exercise every day. Sleep when the baby sleeps — and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

Breast-feeding is a commitment, and your efforts to maintain your milk supply are commendable. If you're having trouble maintaining your milk supply, ask your doctor or lactation consultant for other suggestions. Counselors from La Leche League and similar organizations can help, too.

1 Comment:

  1. megha said...
    well breast feeding is really essential

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