Strategies to keep your baby fed, your milk supply strong, and your family balanced

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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).

Clean breast pump bottles

Cleaning Pump Parts

How you clean your pump parts will depend on your set up at work and the total time you have designated for pumping. Do you have access to a sink? A microwave?

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Pumping at Work

If you’re exclusively pumping, you know how many total daily stimulations you have and can figure out how many of those stimulations will need to land during your work day.

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Freezer Stash

If you plan to be away from from your baby for work or for fun and plan to feed your baby breastmilk while you are not present, you will need a freezer stash.

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Parents feeding baby with a spoon

Weaning from Producing Milk

I want to be crystal clear: Once you stop the lactation process (making milk), it is essentially impossible to properly restart lactation in this postpartum period.

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Father feeding newborn in Katie Madden Lactation consultation in Wilmington DE

Self Care for Parents

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.

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Baby on pillow with pacifier

Pacifiers & Nipple Confusion

It is a common recommendation from breastfeeding experts to forego artificial nipples (pacifiers or bottles) for the first few weeks or even months of breastfeeding to avoid the dreaded and ever-elusive nipple confusion.

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