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I approach breastfeeding with the humor, tough love, and compassion that you would get from a close friend (you know, the one who calls you out when you aren’t being your best self).

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Feeding

Responsive Bottle Feeding

How you bottle feed is more important than the bottle you use. You should notice a rhythm – suck, swallow, breathe. Pace them by either tilting or removing the nipple every 8-10 sucks.

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Boobs

Know your boobs

When trying to determine the root cause of discomfort, first identify, “Is this breast pain, nipple pain, or both?”

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Feeding

Pumping

Each unique milk supply requires a certain number of breast stimulations (nursing or pumping) per 24 hours to maintain a steady volume of output, often working on a 3-5 day lag from the stimulation message it receives.

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Newborn baby crying
Baby

Meet your newly born human

Your newborn baby doesn’t like or dislike things. They are simply responding to reflex and stimuli in order to survive. Settling down your baby means learning to calm their nervous system.

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Feeding

Weaning

The thing about lactating is that once you get it started you can almost never “just stop.” Stopping the biological process takes days or weeks. That realization can be really scary. It can feel like you are trapped. It is important for you to know that choosing to stop breastfeeding is always an option.

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Strategy

Sleeping in newborn shifts

In the early postpartum months, especially the first two to six weeks, newborn babies are often incredibly resistant to laying down and sleeping on their own without being held by a person. Think of this as a really smart survival mechanism for humans.

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Baby lying on blanket with a book
Strategy

Words that Matter

Here is the glossary of terms I have adopted into our shared communication throughout Balanced Breastfeeding to help parents confidently name and embrace how they are feeding their babies.

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Strategy

Realistic feeding goals

The first two weeks are the hardest weeks and the most important when learning how to comfortably and effectively establish your milk supply, learn to latch, and nourish the baby.

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