Posts Tagged ‘low milk supply’


We have just become an affiliate with Breastmilkbabies.com!  Here is a blog post from their website about some of their wonderful products. 

by Robin Frees, Director of Breastmilkbabies.com

Are you a nursing mom concerned about sufficient
milk supply?

Do you feel stressed about pumping and/or returning to work?

Relaxation and Stress Reduction

Being a new mom is a beautiful and exciting experience.
And being committed to nursing your baby is also a wonderful
bonding opportunity.

But the stresses of life, and of returning to work can and often
do contribute to concerns about milk supply, stress, and nursing.

Since stress has been shown to negatively impact supply,
we have created a new set of resources for breastfeeding moms.

These resources and a great video, dedicated to stress reduction,
building milk supply,
and returning to work and pumping.

You can read about them and sample the soothing mp3s created
especially for nursing moms concerned with her supply, who needs
to reduce stress and to feel more relaxed and capable, and for moms
who are returning to work and planning to pump.

Click here to listen to samples of this wonderful product!


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by Jane Bradshaw RN, IBCLC, RLC
With all the breastpumps on the market how does a mother decide which is best for her?  When should she consider renting a medical quality pump?

The simplest answer is that basically rental pumps are the ‘cream of the crop’. The medical grade pumps are comfortable, effective, efficient, and easy to use. They would be too expensive for most people to buy, $900 to $1500, but have the best pumping action. They are the best to maintain or stimulate the mother’s milk supply when she is away from her baby or baby cannot breastfeed for any reason. If mother or baby has any medical problems, one of the high quality rental pumps is by far the best choice. Mother’s are more likely to achieve the best milk supply and be able to go on to breastfeed exclusively once everyone recovers with one of these excellent pumps.

PLUS most medical insurances pay for the rental of these medical grade breastpumps when there is a medical problem with mother or baby!

It is far cheaper for an insurance company, or the family, to pay for a pump rental and the baby to receive the health benefits of mother’s milk than for the baby to be formula fed and have the proven increase in doctor visits and medical bills.

A mother may rent a pump if she wants to try pumping when she goes back to work and is not ready to buy yet. This gives her time to adjust and consider her situation. Other mothers love the pumps so much, their ease of use and efficiency they rent their favorite pump for the entire first year or however long they are pumping at work for their baby, and do it again when they have another baby.

To see a chart to help a mother choose the best pump for her situation look at this link:


If you have any questions about renting a Breastpump, call or come in to Best Start and one of our experienced staff will answer your questions.   (434) 384-MAMA (6262)

Click Here to go to our website page about Breastpumps!

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A word about pacifiers: Several mothers have come to Best Start the last few days very worried about their milk supply. They are very intent on how often and long they SHOULD nurse their babies during the day. When asked they all say they were warned “Don’t let that baby use you as a pacifier,” so when the baby lingers at the breast for a feeding, or wants to breastfeed again just a short while after ‘finishing’, they rely on the pacifier to prevent the awful consequences of being “used as a pacifier.”
They are drinking gallons of water, drinking Mother’s Milk Tea, and willing to use a breastpump more to increase their milk supply but afraid of allowing the baby to breastfeed more than the prescribed time.

Please understand that pacifiers are a recent invention. Most mothers throughout history have not had them available nor had ways to keep them clean all the time.
Babies want to suck a lot because they are made that way, and that is what makes a mother have lots of milk. Frequent sucking with Mom stimulates her milk supply to keep growing with baby’s growth.

The most frequent complaint mothers call us with is low milk supply or fear of low milk supply. Don’t be afraid of spoiling your baby by breastfeeding a lot. Your baby is designed to breastfeed a lot and you are designed to respond and make lots of milk.

If you don’t have The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding come get a copy at Best Start or your public library. A good understanding of what we call “supply and demand” will help you respond when people admonish you not to let your baby “use” you. Your baby “uses” you for everything! Your baby can’t do anything by himself for months.

Your baby is “using you as a mother”.
Don’t let your baby “use a pacifier as a mother”. He/she needs you!


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