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5 Amazing Facts About Breastfeeding

You already know that breastfeeding is an incredible experience and the perfect way to nourish your baby.

But did you know. . .

1- You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby. The baby will nurse until they are full, not until your breast is empty, like a bottle.

2- Breastfeeding triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which relaxes you and baby both, giving you a breastfeeding high.

3- Babies are not born with an established circadian rhythm.  They can’t tell day from night and they do not make their own melatonin.   Your nighttime breastmilk has melatonin in it!  (Source) Scientists believe that melatonin-rich breastmilk that you produce at night helps babies develop their own circadian cycles and helps them learn to sleep longer stretches at night.

4- Colostrum, your first milk, protects against all the germs your baby is suddenly exposed to. Colostrum also works as a laxative to get baby's intestines working to help clean out all the meconium.

5- The composition of your breastmilk will change as your baby gets older to meet their changing nutritional needs.  Your milk even changes from day to day.  During times of hot weather or sickness, your breastmilk contains a higher water content to provide extra hydration.

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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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One of the most inconvenient things about transitioning a breastfed baby to a bottle, whether it be to pumped milk or formula, is getting the milk to the correct temperature.  What if I told you there was a solution that would make your life easier both at home or out and about.  

The Yoomie Bottle is a self-warming bottle that contains a unique warmer that is activated by pressing the orange button. This triggers the internal solution to warm the unit in just 60 seconds.The cold milk is gently warmed as it flows through the specially designed channels on the outside of the warmer. By the time the feed reaches the teat it is at natural breast milk temperature (32-34 degrees C). The warmer will continue to warm the milk as it passes through the channels for up to an hour.  

The yoomi really works, and because it’s rechargeable you can use it 100 times.

Why we love it?
After the initial preparation, with the push of a button the milk in the Yoomi is warmed to the perfect temperature!  No more midnight missions to warm a bottle and no more worrying that a babysitter or other caregiver may not warm the bottle to the right temperature!
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