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.
New, updated information has come out regarding alcohol consumption while breastfeeding:
"Any long-term consequences for the children of alcohol-abusing mothers are yet unknown, but occasional drinking while breastfeeding has not been convincingly shown to adversely affect nursing infants. In conclusion, special recommendations aimed at lactating women are not warranted. Instead, lactating women should simply follow standard recommendations on alcohol consumption." Concensus Statement after Systematic Review of Literature on Breastfeeding and Alcohol: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bcpt.12149/pdf
Concensus Statement after Systematic Review of Literature on Breastfeeding and Alcohol:
So, your baby's doctor has prescribed Vitamin D supplements, but is it really necessary and which kind should you get?
Vitamin D supplements traditionally come in a syrup, and one dose is a syringe full of extra things your baby might not need and could actually cause gas and fussiness (like sugar)! They usually also contain Iron which, in supplement form, is hard for babies to digest, feeds the bad gut bacteria, and ends up causing uneccesary fussiness. Breastmilk contains all the iron most healthy babies need until they are 6 months old. (Source: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron/)
Instead of the large dose, consider finding a Vitamin Supplement that contains a full dose (400IU) in one drop. Examples of these are Carlson's and BabyD. They take the mess and the additives out of the equation, they are easy to use, and the bottle lasts for 3 months to a year depending on the quantity.
However, if you don't want to give your baby Vitamin D directly, new research as of Sep...
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.
Mothers often wonder how much milk their baby drinks, and this becomes a big question for mothers once they are ready to return to work, or even begin leaving baby at home with a caregiver occassionally. The research tells us that exclusively breastfed babies take in an average of 25 oz (750 mL) per day between the ages of 1 month and 6 months. Different babies take in different amounts of milk; a typical range of milk intakes is 19-30 oz per day (570-900 mL per day). So, it is safe to assume that your baby will need 1 to 1 1/2 oz of milk per hour that you will be away. A caregiver should be made aware of this, and know that the infant should not be receiving more than this. If an infant were to recieve 2 oz per hour, that would be a pace that most mothers could not keep up with while pumping, and the infant would not be hungry for the rest of the day and thus would not be interested in nursing, causing a decrease in mother's milk supply.