Breastfeeding & Pumping Series

We've all heard "breast is best," but it gets pretty foggy after that.

This series focuses on practical, real-world tips and techniques to help you meet your breastfeeding goals. We'll cover both planning ahead when possible and what adapting to your reality on the fly when necessary. You'll also learn how events and choices during pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum period can set you up for success or failure, often without you noticing! And each session has information specifically for partners and support people, because breastfeeding is most successful when supported.

Managing Supply & Demand

Most moms worry about milk supply, but did you know oversupply is more common than undersupply?

After the first few days and weeks, most issues with breastmilk supply are the result of unintentional mismanagement. After the early days and weeks, breastmilk production is regulated entirely by demand. You'll learn best to balance your supply, beginning with baby's very first feeding and the heavy onset of milk production known as the milk "coming in" that usually occurs within the first two to four days and continuing through to managing your ongoing supply and how you might unintentionally give your body the wrong demand signals. This session focuses on hands-on, real world techniques to assess, increase, and decrease your supply.

This session is ideal for those who want to know how to tell if your supply is adequate, high, or low and how to cope with undersupply and oversupply. If you want to know the "why" behind these techniques, we recommend you attend the How Lactation Works session which is also part of our Geek Out Series.

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Strategies for Pumping

Pumping can be used to increase or decrease your supply of breastmilk. You better know which one you're doing!

Pumping breastmilk allows moms and babies to be apart for feedings while maintaining many of the benefits of lactation. But it can be a stressful experience, especially if mom doesn't feel like she is pumping enough to supply baby's demands. You'll learn specific techniques to make the most of each pumping session and your pumping experience overall. We'll discuss and compare various pumps and pump types as well as hand expression, a secret weapon in breastmilk expression. Whether you will be returning to work, spend time away from baby for volunteering or social events, or just want to have a safety net of pumped milk in the freezer, this session will prepare you to meet your pumping goals.

This session is ideal for those who want to know the details of pumping and other expressing of breastmilk. Because mom is only half of the pumping relationship, we recommend Caring for a Breastfed Baby, also from our Breastfeeding & Pumping Series. Information on the "why" behind the techniques described in this session is covered in detail in the How Lactation Works session of our Geek Out Series.

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Back to Work Breastfeeding

Heading back to work doesn't have to be the end of breastfeeding.

Pumping breastmilk to feed to baby extends the bond and benefits of breastfeeding and breastmilk feeding beyond mom's return to work. You'll learn how planning ahead during your pregnancy improves your pumping success when you go back to work, how to motivate your employer to become a breastfeeding advocate, the business case for breastfeeding, your rights to breastfeed at work, and options for setting up a pumping station. We'll also cover communication and coordination strategies.

This session is ideal for those who want to plan for going back to work while continuing to provide breastmilk to their babies.

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Caring for a Breastmilk-Fed Baby

Pumping breastmilk is only half the job; someone has to feed the baby!

While mom is away pumping breastmilk, someone is caring for baby. This session is for those someones. You'll learn how to store, warm, and feed baby breastmilk, including feeding options other than a bottle, such as cup feeding. You'll also learn how to give a paced feeding that mimics feeding at the breast to reduce some of the risks of bottlefeeding, like ear infections and upset tummy from fast feedings. We'll also cover how best to coordinate with mom to maximize feedings at the breast and prevent wasted breastmilk.

This session is ideal for those who want guidance for those who are feeding pumped breastmilk to a baby so they can help mom make the most of breastfeeding and breastmilk feeding when mom is gone to work or anywhere. Each client couple can bring a third person to this session. Private sessions are available if you have more than one additional person you'd like to attend. We can also provide onsite training at your child's daycare. Call (844) 4-A-DOULA for more info and pricing.

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