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Breastfeeding Advice for New Moms

12 things every woman needs to know if she is planning on breastfeeding

by Angela  |  4219 views  |  4 comments  |       Rate this now! 

9.) Engorgement – hot compresses, hot showers, hot baths will all help. Immediately after, try to feed baby, hand express, or use a pump to give your self some relief.

10.) Damaged nipples. First make sure baby is latching on correctly. Use a nipple shield to help nipples to heal; there are also breast pads with medicine that will help. Also, let your “girls” breath. I spent the first few weeks after my daughter was born completely topless. Other than creating puddles of milk in various places around the house, it was very convenient.

11.) Invest in a good breast pump -- especially if you plan on continuing to nurse after going back to work.

12.) Invetigate your options for pumping at work. Check to see if your work offers a mother's room for breastfeeding mom's.  If not, a bathroom or locker room will work, although they're definitely not as private.

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As a busy mother of 2 and one on the way I have dedicated my blog to discussing the good, the bad and the ugly of being a mommy.

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4 comments so far...

  • Thanks for the article. Two things though. First off, if your baby is latched on correctly you don't need to worry about damaging your nipples by nursing too long. Many newborns need the extra time and comforting that being at the breast allows. Also, if you need to feed your baby by cup, it's best to give them breastmilk, so that supplements don't effect your supply as you're building it up.

    It's very true that many Moms feel awkward breastfeeding at first...that was definitely my experience.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by mamajama on 9th May 2008

  • I'd like to make a plug for renting a hospital grade pump...among other working-mom friends, I've had the best success keepng my supply up after returning to work. I credit the seems to get a ton more milk out in very short amount of time (usually 6 to 8 ounces in about 10 minutes) so I'm away for my desk less.

    But it's expensive - $75 per month...after 4 months I've spent what my friends spent on their Medela PumpNStyles and I still have to give the thing back. However, I look at it like's still cheaper than formula, and $75 per month is worth it to increase the chances that she'll get only breast milk for a full year.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Hope on 1st May 2008

  • Great article! Breastfeeding did not "come naturally" for me either. I was very encouraged and uplifted by sound advice such as this, those early months are rough. I especially like the "it's okay" attitude - thanks!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MortonPixie on 1st May 2008

  • This is all great advice, *although* it's my understanding that lactation consultants discourage supplementing much - if at all - with formula as suggested in #5. The best way to get your milk to come in hard and fast :) is to keep putting your newborn to the breast constantly throughout the day. Worst-case scenario is baby gets a full tummy on formula alone and loses interest in the breast. Each time baby suckles, or even nuzzles without getting much colostrum, milk production is encouraged. :)

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Diane on 30th April 2008