Bottlefeeding and Obesity- Reduce the Risks
I’ve mentioned it numerous times on this site- it is easy to overfeed a baby when bottlefeeding. Bottlefeeding has often been linked to an increased risk of obesity, but it has never been clear as to whether it is what is in the bottle or the delivery method that creates this link between bottlefeeding and obesity. A new study recently published in Pediatrics suggests that it is indeed the delivery method that makes the difference. Read here for a brief overview of the study. Read More…
U.S. Health Care Reform and Pumping in the Workplace
As a Canadian, I am grateful for the fact that Canada has a one year paid maternity leave. But as many of the visitors to this site are Americans, I thought it was important to pass along information about the recent U.S. Health Care Reform and its support for working mothers who are breastfeeding and pumping. Read More…
Index Now Available for Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk
An index has been written as an addition to Exclusively Pumping Breast Milk. If you have purchased the book, you will find the index helpful to quickly locate specific information. If you haven’t purchased the book, you may find the index useful to determine whether the book will be of value to you. The index will be included in a future 2nd edition of Exclusivley Pumping Breast Milk, but for now will be available through the link provided above.
Weaning from the Pump
Ultimately, supply is managed through the process of supply and demand. An empty breast produces milk faster than a full breast. When a breast is full, the protein FIL (feedback inhibitor of lactation) is present in higher concentrations and signals production to slow. As well, as the breast fills, the walls of the aveoli stretch and do not allow prolactin to enter. These two things combine to slow production. The other aspect that is important to understand when trying to lower supply or wean is that your body will usually continue to produce as much milk as is being removed; that is lactation works on the basis of supply and demand. The other factor that comes into play is storage capacity. Some women are “blessed” with a large storage capacity which is great in that they can often pump less often but maintain supply, however, it also often makes it more challenging to reduce their supply and wean. Read More…
Critical Factors in Milk Production
It is very important for all women to understand the basics of lactation whether she is breastfeeding or pumping; and perhaps more important for women who are pumping. What follows are some of the keys aspects of milk production that are critical to understand when exclusively pumping. Understanding how lactation is initiated and regulated can help you establish a strong milk supply and maintain that supply with a breast pump.
NICU Life and the Risk of Post Traumatic Stress
I recently came across this article in the NY Times related to the risk of post traumatic stress disorder in parents of babies who have spent time in a NICU. For anyone who has had a baby in the NICU, you understand just how stressful a time it can be. Read More…
Correctly Fitting Breast Shields
Many pumping moms don’t realize that the flanges or breast shields they are using may not fit them properly. Ill fitting flanges can result in soreness, abrasions, edema, reduced let-down, and reduced milk supply. Read More…
Another Hands-free Pumping Bra
There are a number of hands-free pumping bras on the market and here’s a relatively new one: the PumpEase. The design is simple and cute. Have you tried it?
Frozen Milk Management System
When exclusively pumping, trying to manage and organize your frozen milk stash can be a source of frustration and annoyance. There are many possible ways to store your milk and even some storage systems that you can buy. Trying to ensure you use the oldest milk first often requires literally diving into your freezer, suffering frost bite on your hands, and even then, sometimes bags of milk get overlooked.
Here’s an ingenious and yet extremely simple method of storing bags of frozen milk using nothing other than those many gift bags you undoubtedly have lying around the house. Wish I had thought of this one when I was pumping!
FAQs- Ask Yours Now!
One of the things I would like to do with this website is add more “how to” information and provide information that will assist the many women who visit the site. When I was EPing, information was critical and finding support from other women who were also EPing was invaluable; yet this information and support were not always easy to find. So here’s your chance to get questions answered!!
Use the comment form below to ask whatever you like (as long as it relates in some, even remote way to EPing, lactation, breastfeeding, even parenting) and I will do my best to answer your questions or locate the answer for you if it is something beyond my scope of knowledge. I hope that this post will grow into a valuable resource as it progresses!
And now here’s the disclaimer-please remember that I am not a medical professional. The information provided on this site is of a general nature only. It is not intended as a replacement for medical advice. Any actions taken as a result of information obtained from this site are done so at the risk of the reader. It is recommended that you discuss your plans with your doctor and your baby’s doctor before taking any actions
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