Preparing for successful chestfeeding:
The ABCs of chestfeeding:
Hand expression of chest milk:
- La Leche League International: https://www.llli.org/
- Kellymom: https://kellymom.com/category/bf/
Tongue and lip tie:
How do I know if it’s safe to chestfeed while on a medication?
- Medications & Mother’s Milk by Tom Hale https://www.halesmeds.com/
What kinds of chest pumps are available?
- Medela: https://www.medela.us/breastfeeding/products/breast-pumps
- Ameda: https://www.ameda.com/product-category/breast-pumps/
- Spectra: https://www.spectrababyusa.com/
My friend has a pump that she said I can have, since she barely used it. What do I need to know about used pumps?
How do I prepare to go back to work and nurse at the same time? Consider these questions:
- How old is the baby?
- How many days per week will you work?
- How many hours per day will you be gone?
- Has your baby taken a bottle yet?
I’m going back to work in a few weeks, how much milk do I need to set aside for my baby?
We recommend the below resources.
- Use the ounce of chestmilk per hour calculator: https://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/
How often should I pump at work to maintain supply?
How do I make sure the baby doesn’t prefer the bottle over the chest?
- Paced bottle feeding is the key for helping baby not to have a bottle preference: https://youtu.be/66T_BNc0Yk8
What if my baby won’t take a bottle?
Here are some tips for getting a baby to take a bottle when they don’t want to:
- If you are nursing, you should not offer the baby a bottle or be in the room if possible.
- Try the bottle when the baby is calm and not upset. Sometimes, offering when the baby is drowsy helps you to “sneak” it in.
- Try in an alternate location. Have your partner take them to a park or a friend’s house, where everything is outside the baby’s normal routine and experience. They might be more patient to try.
- Remember to be patient. Babies don’t like change, but keep trying.
Consider some other type of feeding
- Cup feeding
- Sippy cup feeding