Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Not only does breastfeeding help your little one get the important nutrients and antibodies they need, it's also a great way for you and your baby to get to know each other and bond. Whether you're breastfeeding now, or trying to decide what's best for you and your itty-bitty when they're here, this information can help.

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Planning to breastfeed

Planning to breastfeed

Breastfeeding is the best nutrition you can give your baby, plus it will help the two of you bond. In order to get the most out of the experience and help things go a little more smoothly, you'll want to make a breastfeeding plan before your baby is born. Here's how.
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The stages of lactation

If you're breastfeeding or planning to, your body will go through several changes, and your milk will transform too. Understanding what's supposed to be happening and when can help you rest assured that everything is on track.
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What to expect during breastfeeding

What to expect during breastfeeding

Almost nothing feels as natural as holding your baby to your breast, but it's totally okay and common to feel like you don't know what you're doing. It's also totally normal if learning how to breastfeed and read your baby's cues requires your full attention at first. Whatever your nursing goals, we've brought together info and tips to help you reach them. Try them for yourself, but remember that what works for one mom doesn't always work for another.
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10 benefits of breastfeeding

Watch to find out why breastfeeding is good for mom and baby too.
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How to breastfeed | breastfeeding positions and tips

Learn about breastfeeding positions and tips, then register for MyGerber and set up a consultation with a Gerber Certified Lactation Consultant by messaging Dotti.
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Baby Feeding Schedule

While new babies need to feed every 2-3 hours, there really is no such thing as a set baby feeding schedule. Watch this video to learn about hunger and fullness cues to look for and how much to feed a newborn.
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Rooting Reflex

Every hungry baby develops differently but there are a few common hunger cues, like the rooting reflex, that all newborn babies that are breastfeeding share. Watch to learn more about the hunger and fullness cues to look for when breastfeeding your baby.
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How to increase breastmilk production

Lots of moms worry about producing enough breastmilk for their babies. Learn ways to help increase breastmilk production by watching the video, then set up a consultation with a Certified Lactation Consultant by messaging Dotti.
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Tips on breast pumping and breastmilk storage

Watch to learn tips on breast pumping as well as freezing and defrosting breastmilk. Then, sign up to speak with a Certified Lactation Consultant to learn even more!

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Breast pump buying guide

Choosing the right breast pump can be confusing, but it’s easier if you break it down into steps: first consider the reason for needing the pump, then the availability, and finally the cost. Here is a list of available pumps and how to use them.

Hand Expression

 

The best option for expressing colostrum in the first days post-partum, hand expression is when you use your bare hands to pump milk into a sterile container. It is an excellent solution when you need to soften an engorged breast in order to make it easier for your baby to latch on and feed to empty.

 

 

Single Breast Pumps:

 

Manual

 

Offering the ability to regulate pumping frequency with your hand, manual options are meant to be used on one breast at a time. It’s a convenient option for occasional use and doesn't require electricity.

 

Single electric with battery option

 

An option that allows you to pump one breast at a time using electricity to power the pump, this type of pump is great once milk is established as well as for once a day or occasional use. Batteries are often an option if you are unable to access electricity but they will need to be replaced frequently.

 

 

Double Electric Pumps

 

Single User / Personal Pump

 

The Single User / Personal Pump can pump both breasts at the same time. Great for frequent use and to help maintain supply when separated from your baby, it does not use a closed system which means that bacteria can enter the pump chamber. This option is NOT recommended for moms to share.

 

Double Pump Multi User/ Hospital Grade

 

This type of breast pump works on both breasts at the same time, and is best in order to establish a full milk supply if your baby is unable to breastfeed. Using a closed system to prevent bacteria from entering the pump chamber, it is the only pump type recommended for multiple moms.

 

 

Keep in mind

 

  • Pumping both breasts at once increases production and takes up less time.
  • Most electric pumps also come with either battery or car power options.
  • The majority of health insurance providers now cover breast pumps, but the options available to you will depend on your individual policy. Some insurers will also require a prescription from your doctor.
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Nutrition for breastfeeding

As if pregnancy cravings weren't enough, now that you're breastfeeding you may find that you have an even bigger appetite. It makes sense really, your body is using more energy to produce breastmilk for your little one—up to 500 more calories per day than you did before you were pregnant. It's important to take in the right nutrition to make sure you get the nutrients you need as you support breastmilk production.
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Solutions for common breastfeeding concerns

Breastfeeding is well worth the practice and patience for your baby’s nutrition. While the experience does come with its share of concerns, we're here for you every step of the way.
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How to wean baby from breastfeeding

Here's what you need to know about weaning your baby and introduce a bottle. Watch the video, then reach out to a Certified Lactation Consultant by messaging Dotti for more information and a customized plan.
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Tips for adding bottles to your breastfeeding routine

There are many reasons why you might need to use bottles while breastfeeding. If you are thinking of making a change, do so slowly, for both your comfort and your baby’s. While many babies adapt to a bottle easily; it can also take some time. This is an emotional step for you and your baby, so whenever a bottle is substituted, do so with a smile, loving words and a soothing touch. These tips should help.

Tips for introducing the first bottle

 

  • The first bottle can either be expressed breastmilk or formula.
  • Not all formulas are the same, and the first formula you introduce to your baby may make a difference. Investigate all the infant formula differences. Your baby’s doctor is a great resource.
  • Introduce a bottle when your baby is calm and not so hungry.
  • Briefly nurse on each breast. Then, offer the bottle to your still-hungry baby. If your baby fusses and refuses, calm them by returning them to your breast. Try a bottle again at another feeding.
  • Some parents find that mixing infant formula and breastmilk together in a bottle provides a familiar smell and taste for your baby.
  • Try to keep the skin-to-skin contact that your baby is used to while you feed a formula bottle.
  • Prepare baby formula according to label directions, but make the formula about the same temperature as your breastmilk by placing the bottle in a warm bowl of water.
  • Some babies are more receptive to their first bottle of formula if Dad or another loved one offers that first taste.

 

 

Creating a schedule

 

Whether you're trying to introduce bottles with breastmilk or formula, try to make the process gradual. The ideas below should help guide you, but it's important to stay flexible.

 

  1. Midday feedings are often the easiest to change. Try offering a bottle at 1 midday feeding for 1-2 days.
  2. Then try offering a bottle at the midday feeding and the one after that and keep the switch going for 2 days.
  3. Replace a 3rd breastfeeding with a bottle and keep that routine up for a couple of days.
  4. Add a 4th bottle feeding after that.
  5. Continue adding feedings until you reach the number you’d like to maintain. This should take about 10 to 11 days to maintain at least 3 feedings.
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Introducing breastmilk in a bottle

Bottle-feeding does not necessarily mean an end to breastfeeding. It may just be a temporary means for your baby to continue to receive full nutrition in the form of expressed breastmilk. Here are some suggestions to help your baby adjust to bottle feedings while continuing to accept your breast:
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