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1- Compression and massage while pumping increases output and helps treat plugged ducts.
2- Buy a hands free bra. If you are going to be spending a lot of time pumping, buying a hands free bra will free you up to do other tasks or allow you to relax while pumping.
3- Love really gets the milk flowing. Remember why you are pumping and be sure to think about that special little one while pumping to help with let down.
4- Stay hydrated to keep up your supply. Hydration is really important for nursing mothers as it aids in milk production.
5- Use an all natural nipple balm before pumping to ease with the rubbing action and after pumping to to hep with any pain or soreness.
6- Invest in a good pump. A cheap pump can cause damage, low supply and mastitis for lack of emptying.
7- Relax. Stress can hinder your body's natural ability to release milk.
8- Stronger suction does not always mean more milk. Be sure to start at a lower suction and work your way up as necessary.
9- Stick to a routine. Not necessarily the same time, but the same habits: the place, the chair, the beverage, etc. This will help condition your milk to flow. (this is slightly different than nursing on demand)
10- Don't shake the breast milk, swirl the breast milk. While there is a bit of controversy surrounding this subject, you can find the articles we consulted here, here and here. When you shake the breastmilk, you denature the molecules and break up the protein into parts. When the proteins remain intact, they help protect the lining of the babies gut and eliminate bubbles that may produce gas. So while we don't have a definitive answer, we are going to swirl our breastmilk.
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The best pump is a baby. But many factors can make it impossible to always have the baby nurse, so the next best pump is the one that allows a mother to remove milk effectively, efficiently, and comfortably. Hospital Grade Breast Pumps are the most efficient, effective, and comfortable pumps available.
Limerick PJ's Comfort Breast Pump is the only 1-1/2 pound research proven hospital-grade breast pump that goes from hospital - to home - to work. It is effective enough that it can be used by mothers needing to establish or increase a milk supply, economical enough to be used by working moms.
The Limerick PJ's Comfort Pump is unique from any other breast pump out there. Instead of tugging your nipples down a tube, it squeezes the areola to express milk with smooth silicone in a sort of massage. It actually has a compression aspect to it, as well as suction, which is designed to mimic how your baby would nurse. Because it uses compression, it helps you express milk more efficiently and more effectively. In addition, the breast cups are not the hard plastic that you find on most pumps. Instead, it is soft silicone that actually molds to each mother's breast, making it unnecessary to fit the proper size like most pumps. Hence why it is called a the COMFORT!
The controls allow you to control with one knob the suction speed, and with another, the strength. It also has a timer that allows you to keep track of how long you have been pumping. It also has a one-micron filter between the kit and pump prevents bacteria, viruses and milk from entering the pump, thus preventing cross contamination.
Why haven't you heard of it before? The PJ's Comfort Pump has been, until recently, exclusively used in their Workplace Lactation Programs exclusively. We are excited that it is now moving into hospitals and the retail market.
Why we love it?
It's hard to choose just one, so how about our top three?
Whether you pump occasionally or are an exclusive pumper, we think what you are doing is amazing!
Pumping is hard work. Pumping takes dedication.
To celebrate all the pumping mamas out there, we are launching Pump It Up. For the next two weeks we will be posting pumping tips, sharing our favorite pumping products, and offering encouragement, support and a little humor to all the pumping mamas out there! And of course, what's a celebration without a HUGE Giveaway?!
We love moms! As Mother's Day approaches we wanted to be sure to celebrate moms and all they do with a special giveaway "All About Mom!" We've included some of our favorite items: an Undercover Mama (of course), our favorite diaper bag from Ju-Ju-Be, Bamboobies breastpads and nipple cream, a Bravado Body Silk Seamless Nursing Bra, and a $100 Target giftcard (because who doesn't love a little Target trip?)
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Bravado is celebrating moms too! They have launched a new campaign called #LittleVictories. Inspired by breastfeeding moms, #LittleVictories are important and this campaign focuses on capturing and highlighting new moms' accomplishments ("little victories") throughout their challenging period of nursing and caring for a newborn.
Celebrating the joy and humor of everyday!
Undercover Mama presents, Mom Moments:
It is a question all new nursing moms seem to ask: When should I nurse my baby and for how long should I nurse? The answer?
EVERY BABY IS DIFFERENT!
All babies are different and every baby has his or her way of showing you they are hungry. As you watch your baby, you will start to recognize your baby's unique hunger cues.
Hunger Cues: rooting for the breast, hand to mouth movements, sticking out tongue, puckering lips, sucking motions with lips, squirming, stirring, rapid eye movement under lids, and fussiness.
Length: five minutes to more than thirty minutes! There are many factors that influence the length of a nursing session including: your let down, your milk flow, whether baby is sleepy or easily distracted, nursing position, etc. Watch your baby to see if they are full and satisfied. They are finished when they turn away, slow down and become uninterested.
Every nursing baby and every breastfeeding mom are different. There is not set time or length. Watch your baby, not the clock!
Breast milk is the perfect super food! Its more than 100 components nourish infants to keep them healthy and allow them to fight off diseases and infections. These natural antibodies and amazing properties in breastmilk allow for uses not limited to nourishing babies. Here are just a few of the different ways we have found that people have used the healing properties of breastmilk:
1- Pink Eye: Many breastfeeding mothers have found that a few drops of breast milk in the affected eye a few times daily can help cure pink eye. Squirt a little in an eye at the first sign of crusty, sticky, glazed or pinkish.
2- Eliminate Cradle Cap: Massage breastmilk onto baby's head to aid in eliminating cradle cap.
3- Relieve Diaper Rash: Breastmilk can help ease the symptons of diaper rash. Apply breastmilk and allow to air dry.
4- Clear Up Baby Acne: Massage a few drops of breastmilk onto your baby’s face to help treat baby acne.
5- Sooth Eczema Symptoms: Massage a few drops of breastmilk onto affected area(s).
6- Soothe a Burn- Put a few drops on the affected area to soothe.
7- Open a Stuffy Nose- Using a plastic syringe or bulb syringe, squirt a shot of breast milk into nose. Suction any excess.
8- Soothe a Sore Throat- Gargle or swish (or just nurse your baby) breastmilk a few times in mouth to relieve a sore throat.
9- Treat a Cut or Scrape- Breastmilk is a natural antiseptic. Due to the antibodies found in breast milk, specifically IgA, the liquid helps prevent germs and aids in the healing of cuts and scrapes.
*Consult your physician or lactation specialist. These are suggestions and have not been scientifically proven.
Being a new mom can be overwhelming. One of the most concerning questions new moms have is whether or not their baby is getting enough milk. Understanding the size of a baby’s stomach can help alleviate some anxiety a mother feels when she is beginning her breastfeeding journey. A newborn's stomach only needs 5-7ml or 1/2 tsp.
We love the Tiny Tummies Teaching Tool™. A safety breakaway lanyard with a teaching aid (Colostrum Card) and bead attached that explains exactly how much a baby needs. The bead provides a visual of an average newborn’s stomach capacity.
It is empowering to show a mom an accurate size of the newborn's stomach capacity. We love the work Labor and Delivery Nurses and other Lactation Professionals do to help mom's so we at Undercover Mama are giving away 25 Lactation Lanyards to show our support!