Archives for July 2013

Easing Nipple Soreness

Loving Moments Seamless Nursing BraletteBreastfeeding is a wonderful bonding opportunity for you and your baby.  While it may take some time to get used to, it should not be painful.  If you do feel pain, such as nipple soreness, schedule an appointment with your doctor or lactation consultant.  There may be several causes for nipple soreness and you should not let it persist.

While you are waiting to see a specialist, try these solutions to ease your nipple soreness:

  • Babies suck hardest when they are most hungry, which is at the beginning of a feeding.  Let your baby latch on the nipple that is least sore first.
  • Alternate breasts every couple of minutes during a feeding.  Reducing the amount of time the nipple is being pulled may help.
  • Select nursing bras in soft fabrics that will not cause further nipple soreness.
  • Wear soft nursing pads and insert hydrogel pads to cool nipples between feedings.
  • Ensure proper latch by opening your baby’s mouth very widely.
  • If all else fails, use a breast pump and provide milk to your baby through a syringe until you can get professional assistance.

Amy Berry
Amy is a lactation consultant and proud momma of 7 (yep seven!) wonderful children all breastfed and a Loving Moments fan!

Teething: Breastfeeding and Baby’s First Tooth

Breastfeeding can offer a lot of sweet cuddle time with your infant, especially in the very early months when baby is all gums.  But once teething begins and baby’s first tooth arrives, you may be nervous about biting while breastfeeding.  From what I’ve heard, this is a common worry among new moms, but if baby does bite while teething, it can be resolved rather easily.

Teething:  Breastfeeding and Baby’s First ToothTaylor started getting her first tooth the day before she turned 5 months.  I must say, she has been very even tempered while teething.  I was expecting many sleepless nights and lots of crying, but she’s handled it like a champ.  The second tooth made its debut just three weeks later.

Taylor chews on anything and everything we put in front of her.  We have been giving her frozen teething rings, which seem to help.  But, oh the drool!  Who knew a little baby could produce so much saliva?!  I use it as an excuse to put her in a different cute outfit!

Taylor did try to bite me while breastfeeding one time and luckily she has not tried it again.  What I’ve learned is that I should be vigilant about when she’s wrapping up a feed and break the suction when she is done so she isn’t tempted to start chewing to soothe her aching gums.  Also, I’ve been told that if your baby bites while breastfeeding, you can take her off the breast, sternly say “don’t bite” or “don’t hurt mommy,” to teach her that breastfeeding will be interrupted if you bite.

Most importantly, enjoy your breastfeeding bonding sessions and your baby’s soon to be toothy grin!

Danah Bordner
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What should you bring to the hospital? Nursing Bras, of course!

With so many things to prepare for before your baby arrives, you may not have thought about what to pack in your hospital bag.  Obviously you’ll want to bring your toiletries, camera and some snacks, but what about nursing supplies?  Here’s our list of essential nursing supplies for your hospital bag:

Loving Moments Shirred Front Cami Wirefree Nursing Bra1)     Bring your nursing bras, you’ll need them right away!  We suggest packing three: one to wear immediately after the baby is born, and two extras for your hospital stay.  A nursing cami is a great choice as a stand-alone top and works great with pajama pants.  Start with soft leisure nursing bras for your early nursing days.  You’ll probably notice that your breasts will change size, possibly by the second day after your baby is born.  A leisure bra or nursing cami will give you flexibility to accommodate these fluctuations.

2)     Nursing pads are a smart item to pack because you might experience milk leakage in the hospital.  Washable nursing pads can be reused and insert nicely in nursing bras and camis.

3)     Breastfeeding resources are also good to have on hand at the hospital.  If you took a class, bring your notes or the materials provided by the instructor.  You can also go online for quick resources, like Loving Moments Breastfeeding A-Z.  Definitely request time with the hospital’s lactation consultant.  This is a new experience for everyone involved so there may be a learning curve.

Amy Berry
Amy is a lactation consultant and proud momma of 7 (yep seven!) wonderful children all breastfed and a Loving Moments fan!

 

Breastfeeding 411: Low Milk Supply

Loving Moments by Leading Lady’s strives to not only provide new moms with the products they need to nurse their babies, but the resources and answers they need, too.  By consulting with the many moms we have on staff, including a fabulous lactation consultant, Loving Moments is here to answer questions new moms have about their babies.

Q: I feel that my milk supply is low.  What should I do if my baby is not regaining his birth weight?

A: Most women have plenty of milk to nurse their babies, but it takes a little bit of work and dedication to stimulate the milk supply, especially at the beginning.

Mom and BabyIn the early months, babies should gain four to seven ounces per week.  If your baby’s weight gain is slower than average, there may be a medical or physical reason.  So before you make the move to formula, make an appointment with a lactation consultant, who can help ensure your baby is latching properly.  Not latching deeply enough is a very common problem.  If the baby is only latching on the tip of the nipple, he won’t get as much milk and milk supply will not be stimulated.  Milk supply is encouraged by frequent and productive breastfeeding.

Hang in there and seek professional help if necessary.  Breastfeeding creates a wonderful bond between mother and baby, and using outside resources and support is part of the partnership.  Be sure to keep a positive attitude as you navigate this new experience.  Try to find ways to make your life easier, such as wearing easy-to-use nursing bras and allowing others to help with household chores while you focus on breastfeeding.

Amy Berry
Amy is a lactation consultant and proud momma of 7 (yep seven!) wonderful children all breastfed and a Loving Moments fan!

 

8 Ways to Better Breast Health While Nursing

Breast Health is always important, but especially while breastfeeding.  We’ve put together 8 tips on how to keep your breasts healthy to ensure you and your baby can reap the benefits of breastfeeding for as long as you choose.

1)  Wash your Breasts:  Wash breasts with warm water.  Avoid soap and other products as much as possible as they may dry out your nipples.

2)  Air Dry your Breasts:  Expose your nipples to air to toughen them.  Also change your nursing pads when they are wet to avoid bacteria.

Mom_nursing3)  Ensure Proper Latch:  Latching should not cause pain during breastfeeding or afterwards.  If you are concerned that your baby is not latching properly, seek help from a lactation consultant immediately.  Latching issues can be resolved and should not cause you to stop breastfeeding.

4)  Drain Your Breasts:  If you are producing more milk than your baby takes at any one time, pump to drain your breasts.  This prevents clogged milk ducts and encourages milk supply.

5)  Wear Supportive Nursing Bras:  Supporting your breasts with a properly fitting nursing bra is essential to your breast health.  Breasts should sit upright on your chest and not be restricted or unsupported by underwire, elastic or straps that are too tight or too loose.  Use Loving Moments’ Find Your Fit bra calculator to achieve your ideal fit.

6)  Wash Contact Items:  Thoroughly wash items that come into contact with your breasts like your nursing bras and camis, and your breast pump shields.

7)  Maintain a Healthy Diet:  Much like pregnancy, your baby is getting a dose of everything you consume.  Continue to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, avoid or limit alcohol consumption and speak to your doctor and pediatrician about any medications you are taking.  It is also important for breast health to stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and water-based fruits and veggies.

8)  Schedule Regular Checkups:  You can and should have regular breast exams during breastfeeding.  While breastfeeding does lower your risk of breast cancer, you should continue precautionary detection measures.