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You can breast feed and Work! Ever have trouble breast or bottle feeding? How about the transition from one to the other?

YOU'RE NOT ALONE.

This blog is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, stories, successes, and even your failed attempts at this transitioning game. Your thoughts are important to mom's all across the world who are in the same boat as you.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lack of support the workplace

Why is there no support for breast feeding moms who are working. Breast feeding is becoming more common every day that passes. With the hospitals no instituting lactation consultants, teaching classes, and educators on the benefits of choosing this, why haven't all employers followed suit?

Yes there may be a few companies that truly support this movement for the right reasons, but most's attitudes are just to put up with it. And that's just a shame. If companies would take the stand of building a healthy country, community and employee staff, they should realize that this is where it starts.

Breast feeding babies their first year of life has monumental benefits that out-weigh any argument. An employer should support this choice and embrace it. But for most its a daily struggle to get in pump time at work, and not feel guilty about the time. Its a hassle to remind your employer what lawfully is required to provide as a comfortable space to pump. Its an extra strain on mom's sleep habits to choose to nurse. But in the end its all worth it!

Learn your states requirements for your self and know you always have a choice

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Supply getting low?

It is very normal to go through surges and dips in your milk supply throughout the time your breast feeding. We all have to realize that its our own actions as well as the food we eat to the amount of water we consume that will effect our supply. You may notice that when your baby changes sleeping habits your supply may dip or surge for a few days before auto correcting itself.
If your experiencing a large decrease in your milk supply there are a couple quick questions to ask yourself. One: am I getting lazy at pumping frequently. Skipping pumping hurts your milk production. Two: am I consuming enough water? Especially if your a person who exercises frequently. Three: have you not been sleeping? Lack in sleep will decrease your ability to produce milk. Four: are you eating enough?
Your milk supply will not return immediately. It'll take a good week to recover completely.

If your experiencing a surge in milk. Take advantage of the situation by pumping and storing the extra milk. Even though you may be greeting sore more often it's good to build a frozen supply just in case of a future dip in supply.

This should bring you back to the days in school when you talked about supply and demand. And its no truer than right here with your production of milk. The last feeding of the night your body will read what youll need to make for the next day. So try to not skip this feeding. If you need a boost in milk add another feeding in around this time to double up.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Is Pumping a Chore?

I feel like sometimes taking my pump and throwing it out the 9th floor window of my office! I love what breastfeeding does for my children. And will continue to breastfeed them til age 1. But I wish i didn't have to pump.

Maybe its not the pump that frustrates me, maybe its the constant repetition of being hooked to a machine, every three to four hours. Its very different than actually breastfeeding...but your shooting for the same result. (milk for food, and in this case your bottles for the next day) At first its not that bad... but eventually it becomes that annoying black bag, that makes that quietly annoying sound that you have to pack for work with everything else... yeah you said it, its just irritating!

In all seriousness though. How do you make your pumping time the most efficient.
First: Relax... sometimes hard to do if your in a work setting. (each state has different laws defining a comfortable setting.)

Second: Bring a picture of your baby with you to focus on the task at hand.

Third: Make sure you are hydrated... people forget that water is super important while breastfeeding.

Fourth: Match your schedule to your babies. Pumping when your babies due for a bottle keeps both of you in a routine.

Fifth: Using a double pump, can decrease time you need to take to pump. (I like only one at a time though, i believe i get more milk that way)

Time is a big deal for most! So making pumping quick, easy and efficient is the key.