Human Milk Feeding Basics

-Nursing is natural, but it’s not easy.

Prepare an area in your home, a nursing nest, that will make it comfortable for you and baby to feed. Make sure you have water and snacks for you. Place pillows and blankets near this area to make you and baby the most comfortable while feeding.

-Supply and Demand

Breastmilk/Chestmilk production is based on supply and demand the more milk that you express out the more your body will produce. A great way to increase your supply is to feed your baby whenever they are hungry and then fully empty the breasts with a pump.

-Pumping takes a lot of patience and plenty of practice

Making sure that you fit the flange front and center against the nipple firmly. Make sure your nipples is directly in the middle of the flange. Start with a strong suction to provide a good let-down and then lower the suction to continue the pumping section. Pumping should not hurt and sometimes there is not a lot of milk expressed so don’t be discouraged on the amount.

-Increase Calorie intake while breastfeeding/chestfeeding

On average you should be intaking about 2,000 more calories each day. Also make sure that you are drinking plenty of water to keep you hydrated. Some great foods to consider are food low in sugar, high in vitamin B, high in iron, and high in protein. Such as, grapefruits, yogurt, seeds, spinach, nuts, lentils, beans, granola, cheese, and dried fruits.


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