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PHILIPS AVENT: Breastfeeding – A Beginners Guide to your Breast Milk Supply

Breastfeeding, 0-3 months

The line between expressing and breastfeeding isn’t as clear cut as you might think. Many moms want to reap the benefits of breastfeeding but are unsure of whether they should be expressing breast milk or using a breast milk pump. Whether you are having your first child or your third, it’s no secret that all moms search for breastfeeding tips and the right breastfeeding equipment. Whether you’re looking for the best breastfeeding pumps or breastfeeding accessories, Philips Avent has a collection to meet all your needs as a mom. Here are the ways that moms around the world use expressing and breast pumps to support them while they breastfeed.

Relieve engorged breasts

Engorgement is the 2-4 day adjustment period that your breast will go through shortly after birth. Many moms will find this period uncomfortable even if it’s a natural part of the milkmaking process. Expressing by hand can help gently relieve the breasts before feeding your little one. Thorough expression, breast milk will start flowing and softening the areola will occur which makes it easier for your baby to latch on for feeding.

Breastfeeding Tip: While moms search for ways to increase breast milk, over production of breast milk can also happen. Over production can occur if you express milk too often. However, this can be prevented by being mindful of how often you express. The rule of thumb is to only express enough milk to soften your areola, and no more. Many moms will use breast pads, like the Disposable Day Breast Pads from Philips Avent, to protect their bra and clothes form breast milk leakage. It’s also best to check in with a lactation consultant if you find engorgement lasts more than a few days.

When you’re away

In addition to being a full-time mom, we know you have other responsibilities on your plate, whether it’s work or planning for the family. Expressing allows you to create a breast milk storage and give your baby breast milk when you can’t be there for feeding time. In order to maintain your milk supply, you should aim to leave no more than 34 hours in between breastfeeds or expressions.

Breastfeeding Tip: Start to build a small breast milk supply in your freezer. This can be done by expressing a few weeks before you’re actually away. Doing this will allow you to start building up a small breast milk supply in your freezer, give yourself time to be confident at expressing and allow your little one to get comfortable with drinking from a baby bottle.

Increase your milk supply: It’s a common need for many moms to increase their milk supply. Expressing can be a useful solution for this need by helping with the stimulation of milk in the breasts. It’s recommended to express at the end of a regular feed so that you’re also able to drain any milk you’re your baby wasn’t able to remove.

Breastfeeding Tip: An alternative strategy that moms use to increase their breast milk supply is cluster expressing. This is done by expressing for ten minutes every hour for several consecutive hours. The objective of cluster expressing is not about getting a big volume of breast milk at each expression. Cluster expressing involves the regular stimulation of your breasts to generate more milk in the long run. While cluster expressing can create a long-term benefit, it may also lead to more tenderness in the breasts. If tenderness occurs, it’s best to stop expressing a period of time.

Occasional pumping: Creating a breast milk storage should always be considered whether or not you plan on getting help with night feeds or spending time away. Many nursing moms find it comforting to have a milk storage and be prepared in any event. Using a breast pump is not only a great way to pump milk for storage but it can also help if your baby is not latching well. Philips Avent Breast Milk Storage Bags can help safely protect and store your breast milk. Be mindful of the storage times of breast milk – it last for up to 5 days in the fridge and 6 months in a freezer that has a separate door to the fridge.

Breastfeeding Tip: Keep organized and track of how long breast milk has been stored. Label each bottle with a clear expiration date when it’s stored in your fridge and freezer.

Source: Philips Avent
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