Can I nurse my baby even I’ve an inverted or flat nipples?
Yes. I simply believe that God designed our body perfectly for all human need most importantly nursing a child. There are some techniques that a mom should know and learn. To learn how to latch her baby properly without force feeding and how to manage frustration of the baby and trauma pain for the mom. Whether your nipples are flat or inverted you can try this:
Can I sustain my milk supply when I go back to work?
Yes. Prepare yourself to adjust on the needs of your baby after giving birth 4-6weeks or more of nursing direct. This depends on your maternity leave. You can start expressing milk and store it so you’ve a back up milk to feed on your baby while you’re out for work. You need to have a regular schedules of expressing milk so your body will easily get the signal and adjust properly.
Can I still pump when I’m traveling ?
Yes. If you already have your regular schedules of expressing milk and your body is already adjusted to your time and schedule, you can plan much better and wiser your itinerary so you can express milk without stress and burden. Remember, you need to plan and know what you need.
Can I still nurse my baby when I’m on antibiotics?
Yes. Remember, when an expectant mom has infection prior to giving birth doctor would prescribed antibiotic and when a mom gave birth she’s also given antibiotics for fast healing. According to study and research 2% goes to your milk and it’s not harmful. Still, when your taking medication, remember that it is best to consult your doctor.
Can a diabetic mom still nurse or expressed milk for her baby?
Yes. Although it’s quite challenging to have abundant milk supply, I’ve handled several cases of moms who have juvenile diabetes who’s injecting themselves insulin at their teenage years. They successfully continue breastfeed or expressed milk without any interruption.
Can I still nurse my child while I’m pregnant?
Yes. I’ve handled several cases and know several moms that have done it. Your doctor can guide you, most especially when you have a health condition. For more information, you can also read articles about “Tandem Breastfeeding”.
If I’ve inflammation or mastitis can I still give my expressed milk?
Yes. Don’t worry about your baby getting sick from the infection (even if pus is visible in the milk). I have seen and handled hundreds of mastitis case and several moms that I’ve seen were told their doctor that it’s safe. Mothers are always advised to continue breastfeeding or expressing milk. It can’t harm your baby in any way.
How long I can store my expressed milk in the refrigerator ?
This depends on the quality of the refrigerator. If you’re using a house refrigerator, basically, it’s advisable to consume it on the 8th day and store it at the far back of the ref. Also, it would be better to label the milk being stored on the refrigerator so the first one that was expressed should be consumed first.
Can I still freeze my thawed expressed breast milk (EBM)?
Expert says, thawed EBM (expressed breast milk) should be consumed within 24 hours.
When can I introduce bottle feeding to my baby in preparation for going back to work?
I believe that there’s no such thing as preparing your baby for bottle feeding. A baby is intelligent. They know and they can decide if when to feed from the breast as they know when the mom are coming back. The essential thing that a nursing mom should do is teach her child that she needs to leave her child and always comes back to feed the baby. After all, when baby is hungry and mom is out they can take eat or drink anything.
Can I express milk while I’m nursing ?
Multitasking? It’s a mom call. Anything that you want to do or to try is always up to the mom. My principle is I don’t impose or dictate anything to the moms. You’re free to explore and if you can do the multitask then you do it. But, again it’s not recommended as you need to focus while nursing your baby as you need to communicate to your child and treasure each bonding.
When is the best time to start pumping ?
It’s a case to case basis. If you gave birth to a preemie who can’t latch or multiplets or twins or if the mom prefers to expressed milk after giving birth. But, I’ve always encouraged the moms to give time for their body to adjust and take the moment of experiencing the wonders of nursing direct. If you are a working mom, it’s recommended to do direct feeding at least 4 – 6 weeks before you start expressing milk.
You can try a regular schedules of pumping anytime you wants t and store the milk so you have a back up milk before you go back to work.
Is it safe to nurse my baby at night doing side lying position?
Yes. I believe any breastfeeding position at night is safe specially if a mom is co-sleeping with her baby. You can always do side lying and flat on your back baby on top or slanting. Remember, mother and child is synchronized. You know the breathing and the heartbeat and the sounds plus movements. That’s why mother should learn the attachment so that there’s no separation or disorientation between the mother and a child.
Is it necessary to burp baby after nursing direct?
No. This is usually the confession of the breastfeeding mom: they are not burping their babies after breastfeeding at night. Nursing direct is safe and a baby can accumulate less air from sucking unlike bottle feeding. You can simply place your baby facing down on your tummy slanting a bit and no need to stand up specially when baby is already sleeping and you’re tired as well .
Do I need to switch my baby to my other breast after 5-10 minutes feeding on the other side?
Yes. Switching from one breast to other breast is good. Let the baby suck on both breasts. It is recommended during 1-3 days after giving birth for proper stimulation and giving signal to your body that there’s a demand. But, when the mature milk comes in you just let the baby detach from your breast and you can offer the other breast if you want or if your baby still wants to feed more.
Is it safe to nurse my baby even I’ve fever, flu or colds?
Yes. Mother would need a comfortable position nursing and assistance to keep her hydrated, nourish and rested at the time she has fever, flu or colds. As you know after giving birth why rooming-in is essential because your baby needs to adapt the bad bacteria of the mom so the he/she can easily adjust and fight for it.
Can I drink coffee or wine when I’m lactating or nursing direct?
Yes. Whatever amount or kinds your drinking or eating, always remember that 2% of intake goes to your milk. Just keep in mind that your baby is just small and it’s different from what your body can accommodate as adult.
What foods can a Breastfeeding mom should eat?
Everything. All healthy and natural. It became your lifestyle as you always consider what’s best for your baby and it become more beneficial for you as you need to be healthy as well taking care of your baby and enjoy your journey together even you’ve your grandchild.
Can I nurse my baby anywhere , anytime?
Yes. Nursing or Breastfeeding anywhere and anytime can teach any women of all ages and cultures how to breastfeed a child and empowering them as well knowing their rights and the right of every child.
Is it safe to accept donor milk?
Yes. There are a lot of studies and research that donor milk is the best rather than giving your child the canned milk. I have handled hundreds of moms that donating their extra EBM and at the same time moms that asking for a donor moms to help them for a few days or weeks.
Can I mix feed my baby’s expressed milk and formula?
You cannot mix them both but you can alternately feed expressed milk and formula. I strongly believe that It’s still up to the mom. It should always be your decision but this will depend on your purpose why you want and need mix feeding. You can always avoid mix feeding by seeking help to increase your milk supply. Even if your doctor advised you, you need to assess and see how this can be beneficial for you and the baby. There’s always a way not to resort to mix feeding. But, if you decide to give it a try, then go for it. No one should influence you on it.
How can I increase my milk supply even my baby is already 6 months?
Keep the bonding and nursing at night. Eat healthy, hydrate and do regular breathing and stretching exercises for milk ejection and stimulation.
Is there any drugs that can decrease my milk supply?
I’m always requesting and reminding the moms to read more informed choices in anything and everything that concerns on breastfeeding specially if it’s medicine as I’m not a medicine practitioner but I heard from several OB-Gynes/Pediatricians that antihistamine can decrease your milk supply. For more information, just Google it or ask your doctor for advise.
Even I’m hypertensive and taking medications can I still nurse?
Yes. From time to time I’m handling moms with this kind of challenge. Some of them overcome the sleepless nights nursing and pumping or just pumping as their choice and some give up. My piece advise is to persevere to successfully overcome your challenge.
Is taking supplement for increasing milk supply safe and effective?
Yes, if it’s all natural (meaning there is no synthetic ingredient). Remember to read the label before buying. Eating healthy and hydrating are the best key effectively increase your milk supply. Always, remember frequency of emptying your breasts is the key. Nursing your baby is the best. Don’t depend on anything that you’re taking. Even, you’re drinking and taking how many capsules a day and you’re not taking out the milk from your breasts, it won’t increase your supply it will cause a problem sooner or later.
Can I use nipple cream when I have sore nipples?
It’s helpful but there is a downside using it frequently. It can cause clog ducts, dryness and cracks of nipple because it takes away the natural oil of your nipples. This can also disorient the baby’s breastfeeding time as it has a sticky feeling for your baby. Should you wish to use it, apply it thinly and not to often in a day to avoid the downside.