I encourage all expecting and nursing moms to watch this video from Stanford Medicine about Hand Milk Expression and how effective it is at increasing milk output and overall supply. Studies have found that mothers who use hand expression in addition to and during breastfeeding and pumping are able to get about 50% more milk output!
Hand expression is correlated with longer duration of breastfeeding, and better milk supply than when mothers use a breastpump alone for milk expression.
Additionally, hand expression is:
Can be very efficient for most mothers
Can be less uncomfortable or annoying than a breastpump.
Laid-Back Breastfeeding, sometimes called the Baby-led, Natural, or Australian position, can be a great position for getting a deep latch and allowing mom to relax. Many moms report that this technique helps them get pain free, as well as being a great solution for those with a fast letdown. Try it today, and feel free to contact me if you have questions, need support, or just want to let me know how your experience with Laid-Back Breastfeeding was.
This video from Stanford Medicine is a great one to watch for any new mother, and especially mothers who are concerned about milk supply, have premature and/or supplemented infants or infants who must spend time in the NICU, and latch difficulties. When an infant is unable to breastfeed effectively, and his mother needs to stimulate the breasts and express milk with a breast pump, building and maintaining an adequate supply can be a challenge. This video demonstrates some ways that pumping mothers can increase production without medication.
I love this video from NPR on the Human Microbiome. It discusses a topic that has recently gained a lot of attention in the health community for it's incredible benefits - Probiotics. For more information on the benefit of probiotics for both mom and baby, see my post "Probiotics: The Good Bacteria".
This video demonstrates paced bottle feeding as a way to make sure that your baby drinks from a bottle at a pace that is closer to breastfeeding, preventing them from over eating and having stomach upset after feedings. This is especially helpful for moms when they return to work, as it is important to make sure the child's caregiver is not over-feeding the baby. An infant should get 1 to 1-1/4 oz per hour that mom is away. If the infant is fed 2 oz per hour, mom will likely not be able to pump enough while at work to keep up with the demand, and the baby will not be hungry enough to nurse when mom gets home. This will inevitably result in mother's milk supply drastically decreasing.
This video shows several different feeding methods that are great alternatives to the bottle. These methods can be very helpful in supplementing the breastfed baby without interrupting the learning curve of breastfeeding.