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.
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.
If you need to supplement, you are having trouble getting a good latch becauseyour baby thrusts their tongue forward, or the latch is painful because the infant cannot extend their tongue very far, or you're having trouble getting baby to take a bottle, there are some alternative methods for feeding baby besides a bottle that do not interfere with breastfeeding. In addition to pumping, hand milk expression is a great way to express more milk for supplementing with one of these methods. Check out this video to see how!
At the breast feeding is the preferred method, because it stimulates milk production and encourages strong latch and suck skills in the infant. This can be done with a Supplemental Nursing System, or SNS. An SNS can be somewhat complicated, but it can be a wonderful tool if a baby must be supplemented with formula early on. It can also be used duringFinger Feeding, which a spouse or other support person can help with and does not interfere with breastfeeding.Please cont...