Breast Massage and Hand Expression

Had a baby?  Get to know your boobs!!!  Breast massage and hand expression are great skills for all lactating moms to learn.  Hand expression can help you get milk to rub into your sore nipples, express more milk than with just a breast pump, even get you out of a jam if you’re away from your baby and your pump!  There are many ways to do it; experiment and you’ll find what works best for you and your body.

Maya Bolman, IBCLC has a great video; as does Dr. Jane Morton at Stanford University.  Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

Did You Know?…

  • Feeding your baby more frequently during the first week after birth can help increase your milk supply two months later!
  • California now has 61″Baby Friendly” birth facilities!
  • 80% of the immune system is located in the digestive tract. Breast milk coats the lining of your baby’s digestive tract protecting it from harmful microbes.  Human milk also has special growth factors that will help your baby’s immune system mature.
  • Businesses in the US with over 50 employees are now federally required to offer mothers reasonable time and space to express their milk.
  • Crying is a late sign of hunger.  By the time your baby cries you may have missed as many as 5 feeding cues letting you know that your baby is hungry.
  • Many early breastfeeding difficulties can be avoided. These include sore nipples, engorgement, mastitis, thrush, jaundice, and slow infant weight gain.
  • Most first time mothers spend more time educating themselves about childbirth (a one day event) than they do about breastfeeding, even if they plan to breastfeed for a year.
  • When fathers aren’t educated aboutbreastfeeding, mothers wean earlier.
  • “Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life-” American Academy of Pediatrics.  The World Health Organization recommends that babies be breastfed for two years.  Both organizations suggest that breastfeeding should then continue as long as mutually desired by mother and her child.
  • 72% of women who planned to breastfeed for at least 6 months wean before their babies are 6 weeks old.
  • A recent study in Boston showed that of mothers who intended to breastfeed for at least 6months only 50% were still breastfeeding at the the end of one week.
  • Breastfeeding can save a family between $1000 and $2300 per year.
  • Questions? Concerns?  Call or email me today!