Breastfeeding Basics: Everything Moms Need to Know – Online Class Re-cap

We recently held an informative and important teleclass for expectant and new moms, generously sponsored by Lansinoh and presented by Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and nationally-renowned breastfeeding expert, Gina Ciagne.

Gina covered such topics as preparing for breastfeeding before baby arrives, tips to overcome some of the most common breastfeeding issues – like engorgement and milk supply concerns, preparing to return to work as a breastfeeding mom, and how your partner can support your breastfeeding goals.

Participants ended this session with important information and practical tips that can be implemented right away to make their breastfeeding experience a positive one!

In case you missed the class, or would like it as ongoing reference and support, you can find a link to the online class re-play HERE.

During class, Gina discussed the pros of waking a sleeping baby to feed – and how beneficial it is to baby (and mom), despite your exhaustion. Here is a great article from the Lansinoh site on breastfeeding around the clock to ensure your baby is eating enough, and to teach your body how much milk it needs to make to satisfy baby’s needs:

Breastfeeding Around the Clock

Two important facts for every new parent to know…

First, babies don’t come with instruction manuals and will rarely follow the “textbook” advice from pediatricians, friends and family members.

Second, babies can’t tell time! This is especially important in relation to breastfeeding. A newborn’s stomach is very small when born (about the size of a small marble on day 1, the size of a ping pong ball on day 3, and the size of a large egg on day 10) so they need to be fed – and they need to be fed often.

It is totally normal for baby to breastfeed 8-12 times in a 24 hour period. That can be exhausting! You may find yourself thinking they will never sleep longer than an hour, but they will. It may be a rough few months, but try not to worry too much about your milk supply. Feeding baby on demand not only makes sure baby is getting plenty to eat, but also teaches your body how much milk it needs to make to satisfy baby’s needs.

Your well-meaning partner or other family member may offer to feed the baby during the night. While that may be a tempting offer, skipping a feeding can hurt your supply. If someone does feed the baby, try to pump or hand express during that feeding time to provide the physical cue to your body that baby needs milk then. Many moms find that it helps to have baby nearby in a bassinet or a co-sleeper for nighttime feedings. Nursing in the lying down position is also a great way to get some rest in at the same time.

Every baby is different and while some may sleep longer stretches of time, there are others that don’t sleep through the night for a while. This is VERY normal. As your baby gets adjusted and does start to sleep longer stretches, you can try “dream feeds.” Before you go to bed, gently rouse baby – not enough to fully waken them, but just enough so they latch on to feed. Keep the room as dark as possible and try not to engage by talking or singing; avoid anything that will waken baby further. In this state, baby is not fully awake but not fully sleeping. These “dream feeds” let you get one last feed in, and may help baby sleep a little longer.

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Additionally, here are some other very helpful resources on breastfeeding topics:

JOIN the Lansinoh Moms Club where you can get emailed advice both during pregnancy and after birth on breastfeeding and preparations! LIKE Lansinoh’s Facebook page, which is chock full of tips. They also have a lot of fun ways to engage – including contests, guidance, support, sharing stories, asking questions on Facebook during their ask the expert sessions!

Founded by a breastfeeding mom, Lansinoh has been committed to helping moms succeed in breastfeeding for 30 years. Famous for its award-winning cornerstone product, HPA® Lanolin, today Lansinoh is the market leader in breastfeeding accessories. Lansinoh’s commitment to drive innovation and maintain the highest quality standards in the industry has led to an expanded product offering that includes premium toddler mealtime and baby toiletries products, all designed to help moms, babies and families live a healthy life. The Lansinoh family of brands, which are available in more than 25,000 retail stores nationwide, includes breastfeeding accessories and the mOmma® bottle feeding system. For more information, please visit www.lansinoh.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lansinohUSA or facebook.com/mOmmaUS, and follow us on Twitter at @LansinohUSA and @mOmmaUS.

Gina Ciagne, Lansinoh’s Vice President, Americas Healthcare and Media Relations, is a nationally recognized expert on breastfeeding. As a Certified Lactation Counselor and La Leche League International-trained breastfeeding peer counselor, she has worked with and provided advice and support to thousands of breastfeeding mothers around the world. A sought after speaker and media resource, Ms. Ciagne is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, and has appeared on The Bump, CNN, Fox News and many other radio and television news programs. In her role as Vice President, Global Healthcare Relations for Lansinoh, Ms. Ciagne oversees the company’s outreach to and engagement with healthcare communities. She received her masters degree in Public and Community Health at Trinity University, and is the mother of two breastfed children.

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