LACTATION EDUCATION

Aloha and Welcome, I am putting this information on our site to help heal. Remember, it's okay to ask for help. No matter what stage of motherhood you are in, I am so proud of you. You are an amazing woman. You brought life into this world, which is such a powerful gift. Be blessed and smile. For more details all information is found on All information was obtained by The Womens Health Goverment https://www.womenshealth.gov/files/documents/your-guide-to-breastfeeding.pdf

BREASTFEEDING MYTHS:

MYTH: IF YOUR BREASTS ARE TOO SMALL, YOU CAN’T BREASTFEED.

Size and shape of breasts do not affect ability to breastfeed and have nothing to do with how much milk a woman actually makes. This includes women with large areolas (the area around the nipple), flat nipples, and even women who’ve had breast surgery. (Note: If you’ve had a massive breast reduction, milk ducts and glands might have been removed, which means you may make less milk.)

MYTH:BREASTFEEDING HURTS.

Breastfeeding is not supposed to be a painful experience. In fact, pain is usually a red flag that something is wrong. Although a baby’s latch can be strong,It’s not actually biting, not even when the baby is cutting teeth. As with any new skill, there is an adjustment period.

MYTH: FORMULA HAS MORE VITAMINS THAN BREASTMILK.

In fact, the opposite is true. Formula cannot match the nutrients and vitamins in breastmilk. More importantly, breastmilk has antibodies, which can only be passed from your body to your baby. This is what helps protect your baby from getting sick. Breastmilk is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization.

BREASTFEEDING MYTHS: 

MYTH: IF YOUR BREASTS ARE TOO LARGE OR YOU’RE PLUS SIZE, YOU CAN’T BREASTFEED.

Women of all sizes can successfully breastfeed. So if you’re a larger mom-to- be or new mom, you should not let the size of your breasts automatically rule it out. If you’re big breasted, it may take some extra patience or some assistance from an IBCLC. Plus-size women are more likely to have C-sections, which means your milk might come in a few days later. Depending on the size of your breasts, you may need a little more practice to find a hold that works for you and your baby. But with the right help and support, you can do it!

MYTH: EVERYONE USES FORMULA.

More women breastfeed than you think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 80 percent of women in the United States start out breastfeeding. Research over the past 40 years has proven that mother’s milk is an inexpensive and healthy choice for babies.

LACTATION SUPPORT:

BUILD A SUPPORT NETWORK

The Helpline is available for all breastfeeding mothers, partners, prospective parents, family members, and health professionals seeking to learn more about breastfeeding.The Helpline is open from Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET. If you call after hours you will be able to leave a message, and a breastfeeding counselor will return your call on the next business day. Help is available in English or Spanish. Always please feel free to email us at humblesoul80888@gmail.com

CALL 800-994-9662 FOR SUPPORT!

LEARNING HOW TO BREASTFEED:

Now, I know I don't have children yet but all my knowledge has come from my expericines in babysitting to talks with my mother who is a trained nutritionist. Breastfeeding is a process that takes time and practice. Keep in mind that you make milk in response to your baby sucking at the breast. Luckily, your baby loves being close to you and sucking at your breasts. All that time spent breastfeeding in your baby’s first few days prepares your body to make lots of milk, whether you goon to breastfeed for three weeks or three years. Before baby comes it is good to practice good prenatal care.ALLOW YOUR BREAST TO HANG NATURALLY. When your baby’s chin hits your breast, the firm pressure makes her open her mouth wide and reach up and over the nipple. Asshe presses her chin into the breast and opens her mouth, she should get a deep latch. Keep in mind that your baby can breathe at the breast. The nostrils flare to allow air in.There is no set time for feedings. They may be 15 to 20 minutes per breast. They may be shorter or longer. Your baby will let you know when he or she is finished feeding. If you worry that your baby is not getting enough milk, talk to your baby’s doctor.

LATCHING:

If you have trouble latching with baby it's okay take a deep breath . You are doing an amazing job. First things first are you in pain? If breastfeeding hurts, your baby may be sucking on only the nipple. Gently break your baby’s suction to your breast by placing a clean finger in the corner of your baby’s mouth. Then try again to get your baby to latch on. To find out whether your baby is sucking only on your nipple, check what your nipple looks like when it comes out of your baby’s mouth. Your nipple should not look flat or compressed. It should look round and long or the same shape it was before the feeding.If you're having trouble getting a good latch, try: Moving to a quiet, calm place.You are holding your baby skin to skin. While both you and your baby are undressed, hold your baby against your chest.You are letting your baby lead. Support your baby's neck, shoulders, and hips with your hands. Offer your breast, but let your baby find your nipple on their own.

You might need to hold your breast to help guide the nipple to your baby’s mouth. Grasp the breast on the sides, using either a “C” hold or “U” hold. Make sure to keep fingers far from the nipple so you don’t affect how the baby latches on.

COMMON CHALLENGES:

Challenge: Sore Nipples But Why?

If your baby sucks only on the nipple, gently break your baby’s suction to your breast by placing a clean finger in the corner of your baby’s mouth and try again. (Your nipple should not look flat or compressed when it comes out of your baby’s mouth. It should look round and long, or the same shape as it was before the feeding.) If you find yourself wanting to delay feedings because of pain, get help from a lactation consultant. Delaying feedings can cause more pain and harm your milk supply.Avoid harsh soaps or ointments that contain astringents (like a toner) on your nipples. Washing with clean water is all that is needed to keep your nipples and breasts clean. After breastfeeding, express a few drops of milk and gently rub it on  your nipples with clean hands.Human milk has natural healing properties and oils that soothe. Also try letting your nipples air-dry after feeding or wear a soft cotton shirt.


COMMON CHALLENGES:

Challenge: Low Milk Supply Just Breath


Breastfeed often and let your baby decide when to end the feeding. If your baby does not empty the breast ,try pumping afterward. The more often you empty your breasts the more milk your breasts will make.Offer both breasts at each feeding. Have your baby stay at the first breast as long as he or she is still sucking and swallowing.Offer the second breast when the baby slows down or stops. When your baby is around 6 weeks to 2 months old, your breasts may no longer feel full. This is normal. (It’s also normal for some women to never experience “full” breasts.) At the same time, your baby may nurse for only a short time, such as five minutes at each feeding.These are not signs of a lower milk supply.If you need to supplement your baby’s feedings, try using a spoon, syringe, cup, or dropper filled with breastmilk.

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