Breastfeeding: 44 of the Most FAQs

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Breastfeeding the most FAQs

Becoming a mom brings with it some strange things. We all hear about breastfeeding, but it’s a whole different story once you have to do it yourself. My whole life, since hitting puberty I had these things hanging off my chest and… now they squirt magical milk? Like… whaaaat

Then along with these strange changes come alllll these technical, yet very possible complications. It can be a lot to swallow along with getting your mind wrapped around loving a new little one. I know for me, breastfeeding was a love-hate relationship – I was determined to breastfeed til my son was one (cause let’s me honest ain’t nothin better for baby), but I was kind of relieved when he literally demanded to be weaned.

Whether you’re a new mom or you’ve been at it for years, questions can come up that you simply need answers to stat! So, regardless where you fall on the breastfeeding love-hate scale, I wrote this for you. If you have questions, or if you know ladies out there who do, this one’s for you. Here’s over 40 of the most asked breastfeeding questions and answers, just for you 🙂

Please Note: Over time this list will grow and I welcome you to comment below with whatever questions you may have, sister. Hoping this can be of help for you <3

Feel free to jump to the section you’re looking for:

Breastfeeding Issues
Milk Supply & Baby’s Eating Habits
Breast Milk Storage
Breastfeeding During Sickness, Medication & Medical Intervention
Breastfeeding While Traveling
Pumping & Returning to Work
General Questions

Breastfeeding Issues

1. Is nipple pain normal during breastfeeding?

Yes and No. Pain/soreness during breastfeeding can be caused by a few different things.

If you’re brand new to breast feeding – whether you’re on baby #1 or you’re back at it again with number two or three – it’s possible that your nipples are tender simply due to postpartum skin changes – which is normal.

On the other hand, if your baby is improperly latching it could be the cause of your pain. If you have any inkling that this may be the issue, you should get this checked now – by your doctor or a lactation consultant – because it has the potential to create further issues, including extremely painful, cracked and bleeding nipples – yikes.

2. Is it normal to have cracked or bleeding nipples from breastfeeding?

No, mama. I’m sorry to say, but this is not a normal result of breastfeeding – it’s partially a hooray moment and partially an uggh moment. Hooray because you know the end to your pain is coming and uggh because you had to deal with the pain in the first place. Let me reassure you, other than the normal initial adjustments to breastfeeding, nursing your baby was never meant to be painful. If you’re experiencing any signs of cracked or bleeding nipples, it’s a sign that something’s wrong my dear.

3. What are the causes of cracked or bleeding nipples when nursing?

  1. Improper latch tends to be one of the main reasons for nipple injury. This is something your doctor or a lactation consultant can help you correcting.
  2. Eczema and severely dry skin can cause damaged and sore nipples. Signs of eczema are scaly, itchy, painful and red patched skin. You want to seek advice from your doctor/dermatologist.
  3. Tongue-tied is a condition where the tissue connecting your baby’s tongue to the floor of their mouth either extends too far to the front of their tongue, or it’s just too short. Minor surgery can correct the issue and alleviate nipple pain. Before you worry, first seek advice from your baby’s pediatrician or a lactation consultant – they will examine your little one’s tongue to confirm or rule out this condition.
  4. Thrush – a yeast infection of the mouth. Baby’s who have thrush can transfer the condition to their mother’s via nursing. If your nipples are in severe pain (may be cracked), shiny, itchy, red and you’re experiencing sharp, shooting pains within your breasts after/during nursing, it may be thrush. Seek medical attention.
  5. Incorrect use of your breast pump. You could be using a breast shield that is too small, or you may be turning the suction feature too high. This can cause cracking, which leads to bleeding. Try different breast shield sizes to find which one fits you best and decrease the strength of your pump’s suction. If the issue persists, see your doctor or a lactation consultant.

4. How to heal cracked, sore, bleeding nipples?

Not all of these suggestions are appropriate for every woman:

  1. Check your baby’s latch – a bad latch = the road to cracked & bleeding nips.
  2. Try different nursing positions – each baby tends to have their own favorite position, as some positions make it easier for them to latch than others. The asymmetrical latching position is considered to be most effective and nursing pillows can help you achieve this position comfortably.
  3. If both nipples are cracked, bleeding or sore, you’ll want to nurse from the nipple that is least injured first because when baby is hungry they generally nurse “roughest” on the first side they nurse from. Though it may not be pain-free, it will likely be less painful.
  4. Use antibacterial ointment if you have any cracks (open wounds) on your nipple. In order to find a safe ointment, it’s best to seek a recommendation from your doctor and/or your lactation consultant.
  5. Apply a cold pack to your nipple prior to nursing. It won’t guarantee a pain-free feeding, but it initially helps to numb your nips in hopes of preventing some pain.
  6. Clean your nips to reduce risk of infection. You only want to use non-perfumed and non-antibacterial soap, and you want to use it once a day. Never use regular lotions on your nipples – girl, it will hurt you.
  7. Use coconut oil – Rather than forking out more money – because being new parents ain’t cheap – go into your cabinet and grab some coconut oil. It’s another chemical-free, baby-friendly way to heal your nips, and there’s some who say it helps with infections, too. Win-win!
  8. Lanolin-Free Ointment – A few great options are: Earth Mama Organic Nipple Ointment, Honest Organic Nipple Balm, Boob Ease Organic Nipple Balm, Badger Organic Nursing Balm, E-Ra Organics Mommy Balm. I personally choose to go lanolin-free on my nipple ointments because there is some controversy to its safety for our babies – GMO’s and Pesticides. You can read more on it here.
  9. Hydrogel dressings – These pups also help to heal you faster and they alleviate pain.
    Note: Before applying the pad, be sure not to touch your nipple or areola area with your grubby paws, as bacteria can get trapped under the pad – and that is no good sister. Change frequently.
  10. Pump for a day or two and give your nipples a break and time to heal.
    This is the route I decided to take once it just got too much to take. Pumping was much less painful for me, so I pumped multiple times per day for two days and just fed baby with the bottle. I also generously applied nip cream between pumps and just let them pups air out.
  11. Use your own breast milk and apply generously to your injured nipple post-feedings. As we know, breast milk is like some kind of magic – God knew what He was doing fasho. Let the milk air dry before redressing. Note: If you have thrush, this option is not for you. Breast milk, as amazing as it is, can cause increased yeast growth in a thrush affected nip.
  12. Contact a lactation consultant – they’re like modern-day fairy godmothers.
    While I was still in the hospital with my son post-birth, I was fortunate to receive help from a lactation consultant. With the start of motherhood and postpartum I was feeling so insecure about being a new mom because I just felt like I had no idea what I was doing – well, because I didn’t lol.My colostrum hadn’t entirely come in, they showed me ten times how to hold my breast to feed my son, but I just couldn’t get it down. Lactation consultants have a way about them, a calm that is just infectious. They teach you how and help you believe you can do it! So, I totally encourage you seeking help from a lactation consultant. It’s also okay if you need help multiple times – because I personally had their help at the hospital, but still ended up with cracked, bleeding nips. So, I needed help more than once – it’s alright lady.

Note: Always keep an eye out for signs of infection – including oozing, pus, inflammation, fever or other signs. Seek medical assistance if symptoms arise.




5. What are some natural at-home remedies to help heal cracked and bleeding or sore nipples?

  1. As I stated before, one of the best things you can do is use your very own fresh breast milk. Breast milk is filled with all kinds of goodness – like Vitamin E which is super good for healing the skin. Do this following every feeding, and as many times between feedings as necessary and wash your hands prior to applying.
    Note: If you are suffering from thrush, this is not an option for you. Breast milk can increase yeast growth, so wipe your nipples clean of breast milk after each feeding.
  2. Warm compress – No antibacterial benefits, but it helps to soothe your nipples of pain. You simply use a warm, damp washcloth and place it over your nipple/breasts.
  3. Salt-water rinse – mix 1/2tsp of salt in 8oz of warm water in a bowl or spray bottle and soak your nipples in it for one minute.

6. Will my injured nipples affect my baby?

No. Though baby may swallow some blood during feedings, generally your cracked/bleeding nipples won’t disrupt them. What should be of concern is that cracked and bleeding nipples are signs of baby latching incorrectly. Seek consultation with your doctor or a lactation consultant if the condition persists.

7. Can my baby still nurse if I have injured nipples?

Yes, you are still able and encouraged to nurse despite the pain of cracked and bleeding nipples. If it’s severe you can choose to take a day or two to rest from direct nursing, but you should pump instead during that period and bottle-feed the milk to baby until you’re ready to go at it again. I personally suffered from cracked and bleeding nipples, and I went this route – took two whole days off from breastfeeding, pumped what he needed and my gosh it was the best decision ever – it’s crazy how fast our nips can heal!

8. What is Engorgement?

When your breasts become overfull with milk they are engorged and tends to take place after milk comes in. If you’re engorged your breasts may feel hard, warm and they may even throb.

If you believe you breasts are engorged then it’s vital that you ensure baby is latching correctly. Baby incorrectly latching = not enough milk exiting your breasts, which will only add to the problem. If you are experiencing latching issues, continue to feed baby on demand and seek help from your doctor and/or a lactation consultant. Also, pumping breasts that are engorged can help you a ton, too. I know it’s painful, but it won’t last forever – promise!

9. What are blocked ducts and mastitis?

Whether your breastfeeding or attempting to stop, blocked ducts can happen. It’s simply where there’s a blockage in your your milk ducts, which can cause hard, small, painful lumps that feel as if they’re bruised.

Mastitis is a very common condition among women – it occurs in 10% to 33% of mothers and it is not exclusive to mothers who breastfeed. If breast engorgement or blocked ducts persists, the tissue of the mammary glands inside the breasts can become inflamed and infected – ouch – which is considered mastitis.

As a result there’s often a presence of a hard, sore spot within the breast. The crazy thing is this can take place up to 2 years after birth (I’ve heard some crazy stories of women getting it decades later – who knows). Symptoms that can accompany mastitis are: swollen breasts, red and swollen areas of the breast, sensitivity and heat in the particular area, a burning feeling in the breast, chills, fatigue, rise in body temp, aches and pains and anxiety/stress (medical news today – source).

10. How to treat blocked milk ducts and avoid mastitis?

  • Begin nursing with the affected breast – This ensures that it’s drained regularly since baby can sometimes be too tired to go for round two.
  • Warm your breasts with a damp cloth before feedings
  • Drain your breasts during nursing – I would press and stroke on the affected area the best I could while my baby nursed in hopes of helping unblock it
  • Change nursing positions as this can help baby to drain milk more fully.
  • Nurse as often as you can along with pumping to help drain your breasts as much as possible
  • Pump excess milk from that particular breast after every feeding – I would personally have my husband hand-pump (cause he did it better than me lol) as I would put pressure on and stroke the affected area, which I found helped to drain it out.
  • Wear loose clothing – it’s said to help your milk flow freely – and let’s be real, tight bras + aching breasts = No thank you!
  • Seek medical attention from your doctor or lactation consultant if the issue persists

11. How to wean without getting mastitis?

I believe the following options are pretty effective (but other options might work better for you):

  • Drop one feeding per week -For instance, say you currently breastfeed baby at 7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm. The weening process would go as follows:Week 1 you will feed baby 7am, ____, 1pm, 4pm and 7pmWeek 2 you will feed baby 7am, ____, 1pm, ____ and 7pmWeek 3 you will feed baby 7am,_____, 1pmWeek 4 you will feed baby 7amWeek 5 you will not breastfeed babySome women extend the week periods into two weeks or more, and some shorten the phases down to every 3 to 4 days. You do what works best for you and your baby, and be mindful of your supply, as the point is to ween baby gently without running the risk of developing mastitis in the process. Also, this option allows for your milk supply to slowly decrease and you’re more likely to avoid feelings of discomfort. This also allows baby to slowly make the adjustment as well. I don’t recommend ever eliminating feedings that are back to back, as that may be too harsh of a transition for baby. I’ve heard of some moms who replace the eliminated feedings with a full solid meal, snack, sippy-cup action or distraction. Figure out what works for your baby in these gaps, and you’ll be just fine.
  • “Don’t Offer, Don’t Refuse”
    This is a pretty popular option among the women I know. This is essentially where you no longer offer your child to nurse, but if they ask to nurse you don’t turn them down. This route allows for a less calculated approach (so it might be nicer for those of us who have a hard time sticking to schedules).Keep in mind that it typically takes longer for your child to ween this way. Mothers who don’t have a weening deadline tend to go this route as it allows the child to have some say in the situation.
  • Distract or Make a Change
    To distract means to do your best in anticipating when baby will want to nurse. When you feel like they’re ready for a good feeding, simply distract them with their favorite show, a play-date, going outside… whatever. Whatever you know your child likes to do, just do that.Changing your schedule is practically the same thing – you’re simply doing or not doing certain things in order to keep baby’s mind away from breastfeeding. For instance, if you rocked them in a particular chair for feedings, perhaps you should just pretend the chair doesn’t exist for a while. You can also wear clothes that make your breasts inaccessible, or just get out of the house altogether.
  • Stalling and Shortening
    When your baby asks to nurse, you simply say, “Not right now, [insert baby’s name here].” Before you know it they’re off running around and occupied, forgetting about nursing altogether.Shortening how long baby is at the breast per feeding is another way to slowly ween baby off.

12. What is a breast abscess and how to treat it?

Women who have mastitis or an infection and do not treat it can develop an abscess. A breast abscess is a collection of pus in the breast. Seek medical attention to treat it. You’ll often be prescribed an antibiotic and they may even drain your breast – which is a relief.

If you’d prefer to attempt to heal your infection naturally (though I’ve never personally done this, so I cannot attest to its effectiveness), then you find Cultured Palate’s home remedy below.

Naturally Heal Breast Infections




13. Is it normal to gain weight while breastfeeding?

According to Grass Fed Mama sometimes hormones can be the cause of weight gain. The same hormone that fuels milk production, Prolactin, can increase certain women’s appetite. This hormone can cause our bodies to hold on to fat (merp), despite how much breastfeeding we may do.

Other possible causes of weight gain during breastfeeding could also be related to daily diet. So, pay attention to what you’re eating each day and ensure you’re eating enough. Not eating enough = reduced metabolism.

14. How to stop a baby from biting you while breastfeeding? Teething?

Here are a few helpful tips:

  • According to Kara Carrero, when baby bites, gently press their head into your breast. Their nostrils will be covered by your breast, which will cause them to release their bite and open their mouth and eventually they’ll learn
  • Keep your hand near and ready to unlatch your baby’s bite
  • If your baby is old enough, communicate that their biting hurts
  • Look for “biting ques,” such as smiles or a tense jaw – implement tip #1 or #2
  • Women have found great success with wearing teething necklaces – it serves as a distraction to baby
  • Try not to introduce your baby to things like a pacifier or bottle too soon – could cause nipple confusion and biting. Although this is what’s recommended, everyone’s situation is different, so you do what’s best for baby. There’s no shame here lady!

Milk Supply + Baby’s Eating Habits

15. How can I know if my baby is getting enough breast milk?

  1. Softer breasts after nursing – because they’re empty girl!
  2. Baby’s relaxed and satisfied after nursing
  3. Baby’s gaining weight after gaining back the weight initially lost after birth (rough guideline – baby should gain about 6 to 8oz a week for the first 4 months, then 4 to 6oz per week from 4 to 7 months)
  4. Baby’s wetting six diapers a day (at least) after your milk comes in – colostrum may only produce 1 to 2 wet diapers a day
  5. 0 to 3 months – baby has at least 3 stools per day – a yellow mustard color withn 5 to 7 days after birth. After baby turns 1-month old they may have less frequent bowel movements
  6. 4 to 6 months – once eating solids they should have at least one bowel movement per day

16. How do I know if my baby isn’t getting enough breast milk?

Five days after birth is…

    1. Baby losing weight? A drop in weight is typical within the first few days after birth, but once your milk comes in baby should begin to gain weight again.
    2. Baby wetting less than 6 diapers in a 24-hour period?
    3. Baby’s stool small and dark?
    4. Baby’s urine dark like apple juice? Just like adults, dark pee is an indicator that baby’s not getting enough fluids.
    5. Baby lethargic or unusually fussy? When you’re hungry, are you in a good mood or high energy? My guess is, no. Same goes for our little ones, and they show it through fussiness and lethargy.
    6. Baby’s eyes and mouth dry? Dryness of mouth and eyes are signs of dehydration.
    7. Baby seeming unsatisfied even after feedings that go on for 45-minutes to an hour?
    8. Baby not swallowing during nursing? Some little ones are quiet when they feed, so if this is the only negative sign you’re noticing and everything else is just fine, then it shouldn’t be something to worry aboutIs Baby Getting Enough Milk

 

17. What can happen if my baby isn’t getting enough breast milk?

Failure to thrive and dehydration are uncommon, but they’re two serious issues that can arise from a baby not receiving enough milk. If this is a concern, reach out to your doctor or a lactation consultant who can help.

18. How often will a newborn breastfeed?

During the first seven weeks of life you can expect that they’ll feed 8 to 12 times per day, which is about every 2 to 3 hours (it definitely can feel like your boob is out all day, but remember, baby won’t be this way forever). There are babies who fall just above or below these numbers and that is normal, too. You can expect each feeding to last anywhere between 20 to 45 minutes, sometimes longer.

19. How much breast milk should a newborn be consuming?

The general rule is to multiply baby’s weight by 2 and a half. So, for instance, if baby is born at 9lbs then they should be consuming 22.5oz of breast milk per day.

20. How often will my 2 to 5 month old breastfeed?

At this age baby will generally eat 7 to 9 times per day, which is about every 2.5 to 3.5 hours. Babies tend to be more efficient at nursing by this age.

21. How often will my 6 month+ old breastfeed?

Babies at 6 months or older generally feed 4 to 5 times per day (hooray!), so typically every 5 to 6 hours. This is due to baby being well into the solid food stage, so baby will therefore need less breast milk.

Baby Feeding Guide

22. Should I wake baby for feedings at night?

Once baby is back to birth weight, gaining weight and eating regularly during the day, I personally don’t recommend waking baby for feedings at night. I never did – I didn’t have to cause the brotha woke up more than enough. Give yourself whatever rest you can get, feel free to check on baby, but know that if baby is healthy, when they’re hungry they’ll have no problem letting you know!

23. Can you overfeed a baby?

Overfeeding baby happens most often when baby is bottle-fed – though I’m sure it’s possible with breastfed little ones, too. Babies who are breastfed can create habits to comfort themselves via nursing, but though they’re at the breast for long doesn’t mean they’re getting much milk – a comfort feed is just that, it’s all about the comfort they receive, not necessarily the food.

24. Is it okay to let baby fall asleep while breastfeeding?

This question needs to be taken on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes it’s okay to let baby fall asleep while nursing, other times it isn’t.

When it’s not okay

  • If you have a baby who is struggling to nurse correctly within their first few days
  • If you noticed they fall asleep after only a short time nursing
  • If baby is not gaining weight

When it’s okay




Breast Milk Storage

25. How should pumped breast milk be stored?

I recommend storing your breast milk in glass containers (less risk of odd plastic chemicals) or BPA-free plastic bottles with lids that fit tightly. You can also utilize storage bags, which is a pretty popular option, they’re made specifically for freezing breast milk.

NOTE: NEVER use regular plastic bags, or plastic bags that aren’t purposed for breast milk storage – they increase the likelihood of bacteria.

Don’t Forget:
Before you put your stored breast milk away, be sure to write that day’s date on the container – if you can’t write directly on the container just put a piece of tape across the front and write over that.
Never shake your milk – this can break down some valuable ingredients – only swirl it around

Did You Know?
The items you purchase to store your breast milk qualify as tax-deductible breastfeeding gear? Cha-Chang! Be sure to reach out to your insurance provider to see if you qualify for this perk!

26. How long can breast milk be stored in the refrigerator?

Pumped breast milk can be stored in a refrigerator (39 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler) for up to 3 days. Some say for up to 5, but I personally would always err on the side of caution.

27. How long can breast milk be stored in the freezer?

Breast milk can be stored for three to six months if frozen in a freezer at 0 degrees to -4 degrees Fahrenheit or below. The Human Milk Banking Association of North America says milk can be frozen for up to a year, but three months or less is preferred as the quality does deteriorate. Either way, ensure that the milk is placed at the back of the freezer – the temperature is most consistent there.

28. How long does breast milk last at room temp?

Pumped breast milk is safe to be consumed for up to 4 hours if left at room temperature (65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit). Some say up to 6 or 8 hours, but I would always err on the side of caution.

 

Breast Milk Storage Guide

 

29. How long can thawed breast milk be stored in a refrigerator?

Thawed breast milk can be stored safely in a refrigerator (cooled at 39 degrees F or below) for up to 24 hours.

30. How long can thawed breast milk be stored in a freezer?

Do not refreeze thawed breast milk. It’s not recommended as it can damage the quality of the milk.

31. How long can thawed breast milk be stored at room temperature?

If your house is between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit it is recommended that it be used within two hours. Some say it is okay for up to 4 hours, but I recommend that you always err on the side of caution.

32. Can I add fresh, warm breast milk to already frozen breast milk?

No. It is not recommended that you add fresh breast milk to already frozen breast milk because it can potentially thaw some of what is frozen. Thawed breast milk shouldn’t be refrozen, as it can damage the quality of the milk.




Breastfeeding During Sickness, Medication, Medical Intervention

33. Can you breastfeed if you have a fever?

Short answer – Yes. Now, I know Tylenol is probably what you’re wanting to reach for to help your fever subside, but you may want to seek other options (unless of course your fever is getting dangerously out of hand). A major study was recently published that showed that acetaminophen (Tylenol) during pregnancy is linked to ADHD.

Now, I know we’re talking about breastfeeding, but what we intake while breastfeeding has the potential to make it’s way into your breast milk. If this isn’t something you’re worried about, then take Kelly Mom’s advice and inform your doctor that you’re breastfeeding. In the case that they prescribe meds, they can choose a medication that’s compatible with nursing.

34. Is it okay to get a mammogram while breastfeeding?

Yes. Breast milk is not affected by a mammogram. Mammograms utilize x-ray technologies and radiation exposure is very minimal – they claim we get more radiation from our phones in a day than from an MRI or mammogram.

Side Note: If you’re breastfeeding it’s best to request a radiologist who has experience reading mammograms of women who are breastfeeding.

35. Is it okay to breastfeed while on antibiotics?

In order to know, talk with your doctor. Often, if you’re being prescribed an antibiotic that doctor’s prescribe babies and toddlers, then you should be okay to take that antibiotic while breastfeeding. Either way, definitely discuss this with your doctor.

Breastfeeding While Traveling

36. How much breast milk (in oz) can you travel with on a plane?

According to Verywell Family, in the U.S. you are able to bring breast milk on a plane with you via carry-on. The standard regulation for carry-on liquids is 3.4 ounces or less, but moms are allowed to bring more than 3.4oz of breast milk (TSA states a “reasonable amount” so just bring what you got).

Note: You’ll have to declare your breast milk at the security checkpoint and agree to have it inspected. It’s protocol to have TSA Security Officers examine it.

Other Countries:
If you’re planning to travel internationally, I advise that you research the airports you’ll be flying to and from and review their screening processes prior to traveling. This way you can know how much each airport allows. Each country has their own policies about how much breast milk you can bring on-board and how it’s to be stored, so get to researching, girl!

37. Can you use your breast pump during airplane travel?

Yes – pumping on a plane is entirely appropriate. You are able to do so at your seat (consider using a cover to respect other passengers) or you can head on back to the restroom and pump there. Luckily, if you do decide to pump at your seat, airplanes are so loud that you’ll probably go unnoticed 😊 Read more about Flying with a Breast Pump and Pumping on a Plane.

38. What do I do with pumped breast milk while traveling without baby?

Mom Loves Best suggests that you do your best to stay in hotels that offer a refrigerator or freezer in your room. This guarantees that your breast milk will be able to be stored safely while away.

Another great option is to purchase a car cooler (or just do it hood and bring a cooler and freezer packs #moneysaver). A car cooler plugs in to your car’s cigarette port and can keep your breast milk cooled en route and between locations. If you’re going to be away for longer than your breast milk will last in the refrigerator you can ship your breast milk home from wherever you may be. I’ve personally never done this, but I’ve heard good things about going through Milk Stork for this service!

Pumping + Returning to Work

39. How to maintain milk supply after returning to work?

Here’s a few helpful tips from Living With Low Milk Supply to maintain milk supply after going back to work:

  1. Nurse baby before you leave for work and right after you get home
  2. When you’re with baby, avoid the bottle and strictly breastfeed
  3. Develop and maintain a regular pumping schedule during work hours – the times you pump should be around the times you’d normally breastfeed baby – every 3 to 4 hours
  4. Add an extra pumping session at home, either in early morning or before/after baby sleeps

40. What are the best breast pumps?

I’m sure there may be other great breast pumps out there, but after reviewing countless reviews and recommendations, these three pumps seem to stay at the top of everyone’s lists:

  1. Spectra S1
  2. Medela Symphony
  3. Free Me Cups

 

General Questions

41. How much frozen milk is good to have for emergencies?

Although there isn’t a set rule on how much milk you should have on-hand for emergencies, I suggest keeping about at least a week’s worth of milk stored. Since every baby is different, that means the amount will be unique to their age and eating habits. For instance, if you had 130oz of frozen breast milk that would allow baby to have 21.5oz per day for a period of 7-days – depending on baby’s stage, that may be too much or not enough.

42. Best time to transition to medium flow bottle without interfering with breastfeeding?

You should stay low-flow while breastfeeding as it decreases the chance of baby developing a preference for the bottle.

43. What are the benefits of breastfeeding baby past one year’s old?

  1. Provides baby nutrition – protein, calcium, fat, vitamin A, etc.
  2. Boosts baby’s immune system
  3. Makes mom healthier – less likely to have breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer
  4. Boosts baby’s brain development – To read more check out this article.

44. When is it okay to stop breastfeeding?

It’s entirely up to you, girl. There are many, many benefits to breastfeeding baby til they’re at least 6 months old, but every family is different. For instance, my son developed a preference for the bottle (we were advised to bottle feed him early on due to jaundice & when I took a two-day break from breastfeeding to let my nips heal). Just shy of 6 months he would not feed from me – to the point that he’d hysterically cry at the mere attempt to. So, it was entirely outside of my plan to breastfeed til he was one years old, but he self-weaned at just shy of 6 months.

Some women go through severe pain and simply can’t get baby to latch right, and for their own relief, they decide to stop breastfeeding. Other women breastfeed their babies, and for their own health and sanity, they choose to stop breastfeeding. Some women stop breastfeeding, but continue pumping in order to ensure baby continues getting some of the benefits from breast milk. At the end of the day, there is no shame here. You do what you feel is best for your baby and you.

 

This article will be updated periodically as new questions are added. Feel free to comment below and I’ll do my best to answer your questions in a timely fashion 😉




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