Category Archives: Breastfeeding

Getting a Used Breast Pump

on May 05, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Getting a Used Breast Pump

So you want or need a breast pump.  Maybe your best friend or sister-in-law offers you her “barely used” pump.  (I’ve heard that at least ten thousand times!)

What you may not know is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration designate most pumps as either “single user” pumps or “multiple user” pumps.  Multiple user pumps are most often-clinical grade rental pumps.  These pumps have barriers, which keep milk out of the pump and are therefore safe for mothers to use with their own milk collection kit. A few other purchased pumps, like the Hygeia pump, PJ’s Pump, the Melodi Pump, and Bailey Medical’s Nurture III pump (a semiautomatic pump), have been designated as multiple-user pumps because they too have a barrier keeping milk from entering the pump.

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Does Your Baby Really Need Vitamin D?

on April 30, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Vitamin D supplements

Vitamin D is known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”.   Actually vitamin D is actually a hormone manufactured by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Dietary sources also provide some vitamin D; fatty fish, especially salmon, herring, and tuna, provide high amounts of the vitamin if they are eaten two to three times a week. Some other foods, such as cow’s milk, orange juice, and dry cereal, are “fortified” with small amounts of vitamin D.

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Plugged Milk Ducts

on April 22, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Plugged Milk Duct

At some point in your nursing journey, you may develop a plugged milk duct.  Milk ducts can become clogged for many reasons.  Most often this happens when a breast has been incompletely drained and thickened milk causes a blockage.  Skipping or infrequent nursings, the baby not nursing long enough to drain the breast well, wearing an under wire bra, becoming dehydrated from not drinking enough fluids or following a period of illness when a mother experiences mild dehydration.  Plugged ducts are more common in mothers who have over abundant milk supplies.

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Domperidone, the Milk Making Medicine

on April 16, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Domperidone

While you may have never heard of Domperidone, it is well known among lactation professionals.   Domperidone is primarily used by those suffering with gastric reflux, but it has an interesting side-effect; it increases prolactin levels, the hormone that increases milk production.  Increasing prolactin levels can be very helpful for mothers who are struggling with low milk supply. Prolactin levels are normally high in mothers who are breastfeeding.

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Offering Your Baby a Bottle

on April 08, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Offering Your Baby a Bottle

For any number of reasons, you may want to offer a bottle to your breastfed baby.  Perhaps you will be going back to work or school, or there will be times that you will  apart from your baby for a short while.  You may have heard about breastfed babies who refuse bottles.  That can be a big problem and upsetting for you and the person who is left with your baby.

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