Tag Archives: pumping and storing

Can I save my frozen breast milk during a power outage?

Ask Anne… Every time I hear about a natural disaster or weather emergency,  I think about how hard it must be for formula feeding moms to make sure their baby has formula and clean water to mix it with during the crisis. Having a safe, built in food supply for your baby is yet another advantage of breastfeeding, but one …

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Breastfeeding Twins: Yes You Can!

I have always wondered why women, myself included, get such odd looks and negative comments when we say we are going to breastfeed our expected twins, triplets or more. Because once a mother and her babies get the breastfeeding “down,” it’s actually easier to breastfeed. Also, each multiple and his/her mother has as much right to the breastfeeding relationship (and …

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Introducing Bottles and Pacifiers to a Breastfed Baby

Many babies switch effortlessly between breast and bottle from day one. Others become “nipple confused” if artificial nipples are introduced during the early days of nursing. The mechanics of breast and bottle-feeding are quite different. When a baby nurses, his tongue and jaws must work together rhythmically, cupping his tongue under the areola, and pressing it up against his palate. …

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Pumping and Storing Breast Milk

There are many situations in which a mother may need to pump milk from her breasts. Some are short term – for example, occasional separations; mother on medication incompatible with breastfeeding;  breast engorgement; severe nipple soreness; or increasing milk supply. Some are long term:  a premature or hospitalized infant, or regular separations such as those encountered with returning to work …

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Engorgement

Breast fullness is a normal part of lactation which nearly all women experience when their milk ‘comes in’ 2 – 5 days after birth. This feeling of fullness, which may be accompanied by a feeling of heaviness, tenderness, and warmth, is caused by swelling of the breast tissue as blood, lymphatic fluid, and milk collect in the ducts as the …

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Why does my frozen breast milk smell bad?

Ask Anne… Question: My baby is 3 months old and I’m getting ready to return to work in a few days. I’ve been pumping every day for over a month to build up a freezer stash.  I introduced a bottle of expressed milk when he was 6 weeks old, and he’s always taken it with no problem. Here’s what I’m worried …

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Breastfeeding the Premature Baby: Nursing in the NICU

Worldwide, more than 15 million babies are born prematurely each year. In the US, that number is close to 500,000. Due to the increased incidence of multiple births resulting from fertility treatments, as well as medical technology that has increased the survival rates for extremely preterm babies, the numbers are rising. Between 5% and 18% of babies worldwide are born …

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