World Breastfeeding Week: Breastfeeding Resources Round-up

On the last day of World Breastfeeding Week, Giving Birth with Confidence celebrates by sharing some of the best resources that have been posted this past week.

Tips for Coping with Post-weaning Depression & Mood Swings at BellyBelly

Breastfeeding Images from Our Past at Mothering

50 Ways Dads can Bond with Babies at Code Name: Mama

The Breastfeeding Toddler Explains at The Leaky Boob

Liquid Assets at FitPregnancy

Working Mom Balancing Act at Pregnancy Awareness Month

Why Hospital Policies Matter: Study of California Hospitals Finds Birth Practices Impact Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates at Science & Sensibility

Nursing School at Lamaze for Parents

The Short- and Long-Term Benefits of Breastfeeding at CWS Blog

World Breastfeeding Week: When to Get Help with Breastfeeding

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, which begins tomorrow, Giving Birth with Confidence will share breastfeeding resources throughout the week. 

Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come without challenges. Access to reliable resources is essential for a successful breastfeeding relationship. If you experience any of the following issues during breastfeeding, seek professional support (through a local lactation consultant or local La Leche League group).

Issues with Baby

  • Inconsistent or painful latch
  • Eats for less than 5 minutes per breast
  • Routinely feeding less than 8 times in 24 hours and does not have adequate wet and dirty diapers
  • Not consistently swallowing (listen to hear a “kuh” sound to indicate swallowing)
  • Fussy after most feedings
  • Poor weight gain or significant weight loss
  • Takes artificial nipple (bottle or pacifier) but not breast
  • Prematurity, birth defects (esp. cleft lip/palate), illness, traumatic birth
  • Long separation from mother
  • Working to return to the breast after supplementing with formula
  • Jaundice
  • Multiples

Issues with Mom 

  • Low milk supply or milk didn’t come in
  • No noticeable change in breasts (not becoming full or engorged)
  • Noticeably asymmetry/lopsidedness in breasts
  • Engorgement that does not go away and difficulty feeding
  • Nipple pain — bruised, cracked, bleeding or blistered nipples
  • Inverted or flat nipples
  • Nipple tenderness after the first week
  • Tenderness, heat, or pain in one area of the breast
  • Flu-like symptoms (in mom) and/or fever

 

Using Hand Expression to Support Breastfeeding

Did you know that you don’t need a breast pump to express milk? “Hand expression” refers to the act of manually pumping milk from the breast using your hands. Knowing how to effectively use hand expression can help relieve engorgement, encourage milk supply, and even pump enough milk to store and feed baby at a later time. For the best results, follow these steps for hand expression:

 

1. Wash your hands.

2. Massage your breast.

3. Position your hand in a “C” shape on the outside of your areola (or 1-1.5 inches from your nipple) using your thumb and two forefingers.

4. Press back toward your chest.

5. Roll your fingers forward toward your nipple, compressing your breast.

6. Release & repeat. Be sure to change positions of your “C” throughout your session so as to use all of your milk ducts. If your breast was a clock, move your “C” so your thumb hits 12, 3, 6 & 9 o’clock.

 

When collecting milk during hand expression, use a cup, bowl or any container with a wide mouth opening. And, keep a towel under your breast to help absorb any runaway drips.

Hand expression can also be used while feeding your baby and while pumping to encourage flow. For more information, including an excellent video demonstration, check out these resources:

1. Hand expression basic instructions PDF - La Leche League

2. Hand expression video – Stanford School of Medicine (best video I’ve seen, by far)

3. More tips for hand expression – Dr. Sears

 

 

World Breastfeeding Week

This week, August 1-7, is World Breastfeeding Week! What does that mean? It’s a week to promote awareness of global breastfeeding concerns, created by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and celebrated by breastfeeding advocates in more than 170 countries across the world.

 

WABA further explains:

“As global exclusive breastfeeding rates continue to rise, we may wonder – why talk about breastfeeding?Isn’t it a normal, physiological process? The reality is that most talk is confined within the health careand related spheres. WABA’s call to action is for celebrants to reach beyond these borders, in newways, and include traditionally un-involved parties, such as young people, to join in WBW. This year’s celebration is spearheaded by some of the breastfeeding movement’s newest faces along with several veteran champions. In association with the United Nation’s International Year of Youth, WABA commissioned a dedicated group of young people to carry out the United Nation’s call to actionand create awareness, mobilize and engage, connect and build bridges across generations, cultures, religions, and civilizations” on breastfeeding.”

 

Here at Giving Birth with Confidence, we will celebrate World Breastfeeding Week by publishing a new post each day with breastfeeding tips, resources and stories. On Friday, we will share a “Best of the Breast” with helpful posts from around the ‘net. We encourage you to share your own stories and tips in the comments section of each post.

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!