Breastfeeding

Make sure latch is correct and milk is flowing
Make sure baby is not tongue-tied.  Ask the caregiver to look?
Nurse frequently
Back switch (return to both breast)
Switch breast during feedings to stimulate another letdown
Massage breast during feeding
Skin to skin contact
Avoid pacifiers and bottles
Don’t supplement w/ formula unless directed to
Meet with breastfeeding consult to make sure baby is latching correctly
Pre-birth observations: nipples can be erect (not flat or inverted) this condition can be helped sometimes.
Your breast size within one cup size of each other.
NO preexisting conditions like thyroid disease.

Increasing your milk supply

Diet/Life Style
Stay Hydrated
Eat Oatmeal everyday (not instant)
Get enough sleep
Manage stress
Evaluate meds. (i.e. B C Pill, antihistamines)

Supplements

Fennugreek
Mother’s milk tea
Mammary (Standard Process)
Alfalfa
Brewer’s Yeast
Prescriptions: Regain or Domeperidone

Pumping

Increase pumping length and frequency. At first pump during times you have milk. When you pump milk off, your body produces more to replace that. The more milk you get by pumping or nursing, the more milk your body produces.
Use a high quality electric pump. Rent hospital grade if necessary.

Homemade Lactation Cookies                           Original Recipe by Kathleen Major
1½ c. whole wheat flour
1¾  c. rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
¾ c. peanut butter (or preferred nut butter)
½ c. butter, softened
1 c. ground flax seed
3 Tbsp brewer’s yeast
1/3 c water
1 tsp cinnamon
1 c. sucanat (original recipe calls for ½ c. each of white and brown sugars)
1 tsp vanilla
2 large eggs
2 c. (12oz) chocolate chips (I recommend organic or chips made with non-GMO soy lecithin.)
1 c. chopped nuts of your choice (optional)

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. In a large bowl, beat nut butter, butter, sucanat, vanilla, brewer’s yeast, flax, and water until creamy. Mix in eggs. Gradually beat in flour mixture, then add chocolate chips and nuts. Slowly mix in oats. Place Tbsp.-sized balls onto greased cookie sheet. Press down each ball lightly with a fork. Bake 12 minutes at 350°F. Allow to cool. Enjoy!

 

Books

The Essential Homebirth Guide: For Families Planning or Considering Birthing at Home
by Jane E. Drichta

Homebirth: The Essential Guide to Giving Birth Outside the Hospital
by Shiela Kitzinger

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
by La Leche League International

The Nursing Mother’s Companion: Revised Edition
by Kathleen Huggins

Local Resources

La Leche League of Wichita
Contact the local wichita LLL web site to find leaders, locations and times.

Websites

Medication During Pregnancy
Cold and Allergy Remedies Compatible with Breastfeeding

 

Nursing Products

Medela Pump in Style (ELECTRIC ONLY!)