Expert Breastfeeding Secrets




Next: I’ve got too much milk!

I’m so full!

Some moms aren’t short on milk—instead, they have an overabundance, leading to painfully engorged breasts, leaking and an overwhelmed or gassy baby who may not be getting enough of the higher-calorie, higher-fat “hind milk.” Some ways to handle the issue of excess:

Take sides.
“I had a quick letdown and overproduction,” says Kristen Chase, 31, co-founder of coolmompicks.com and new parent to Quinlan, 3, and Drew, 1. “So I would breastfeedfeed on the same side two to three times to ensure the baby definitely got the hind milk.” If the breast you haven’t used for a couple of feedings gets painfully engorged, pump or hand-express just enough to relieve the pressure, advises Haldeman.

Do the horizontal nurse.
“It helps if you lie on your back and have the baby breastfeed while he’s lying on your stomach— this can prevent the baby from choking,” Chase notes.

Save it for later.
“Start pumping and freezing excess milk in small increments—two ounces or so to begin,” Caplan advises. “Breast milk can keep for three months in a regular freezer or six months in a deep freeezer.

Pad your bra.
Virtually every new parent who experiences leaking relies heavily on nursing pads to avoid embarrassing wet spots.

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