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

African American Family This week, we held an informative and important teleclass, generously sponsored by Lansinoh and expertly presented by Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Gina Ciagne.

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

Participants ended this session with practical tips that be implemented immediately to make the 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 recorded teleclass HERE.


During class, Gina went over some tips for pumping and returning to work. Here is an excellent article that covers pumping:

Tips For Pumping from the Lansinoh blog:

Some moms plan to exclusively feed their baby from their breast.

But there are times, either planned or unexpected, when breastfeeding moms need to be away from their baby.

Pumping (or expressing) is a great way to provide milk for your baby when you need to balance breastfeeding with all the other things going on in your life. These tips, and a little practice, can go a long way in getting the most out of your breast pump.

Pumping generally falls into two categories: extra breastmilk for occasional use (such as when you have an appointment), or building supply for when you need to be away for longer stretches of time (such as going back to work). There are also times when pumping can help you give your supply a boost, but don’t forget that baby is usually the best way to teach your body to make more.

When to Pump

Many moms find they have the most success when they pump first thing in the morning. Resting has allowed their milk supply to replenish.

Returning to Work as a Pumping Mom

Going back to work takes a little more planning because you’ll want to have an ample amount of breastmilk saved in advance. To build up supply, pump daily after baby has nursed as this ensures you have drained all the milk and signals your body to make more. You can store the excess in your freezer.

When you’re back at work, pump at the times when your baby would feed, then safely store the milk and bring it home to add to your freezer stash. Also see our Back-to-Work Checklist for more tips.

How to Pump

Remember learning how to breastfeed your baby? For some of us, it happened quickly and easily, while for others it took a little more practice before it became second nature. Pumping can take some practice, too. Here are some tips to get you started, but remember it might take some time to get the hang of it:

  • “Wake up” your breasts by massaging or leaning over and gently shaking them.
  • Relaxation is key to getting your milk to flow freely. Some moms find looking at a photo of their baby and listening to soothing music helps.
  • Close your eyes, shut out the world, think of your sweet baby—this has been shown to help with let-down and milk flow.
  • To pump, center the nipple in the flange (the cone-like parts that go on the breast). Your breast needs to completely fill the flange to form a vacuum. Tilt the tunnel slightly downward so the milk flows naturally into the bottle. If you cannot achieve or maintain a vacuum, you may need a different size flange.
  • Plan on a 20-minute pumping session, but know that this will vary – some moms take more or less time. Don’t get discouraged if your output initially seems low. By pumping, you’re telling your body to keep producing milk and over time, you’ll begin to see increased output .
  • To build up your freezer supply, try pumping after nursing and add in extra sessions when baby is sleeping.

The following are some additional awesome resources for moms who are breastfeeding (or preparing to):

Lansinoh’s enormous breastfeeding advice section

Lansinoh’s Facebook page, full of tips

Lansinoh’s Moms’ Club

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, like us on Facebook at or, and follow us on Twitter at @LansinohUSA and @mOmmaUS.

Gina Ciagne, Lansinoh’s Vice President, 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, Healthcare and Media 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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