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Can I pump breast milk by hand?

Can I pump breast milk by hand?

Yes: Absolutely! i used the technique of manual expression for both of my children and it was awesome. Most people who hear this think the concept seems very strange, however i found hand expression to be more efficient for me than a breast pump. Check out this video from stanford on the technique: http://newborns.Stanford.Edu/breastfeeding/handexpression.Html. ...Read more

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Can i lost weight by pumping my milk same as breast feeding?

Can i lost weight by pumping my milk same as breast feeding?

Yes: As long as you eat a balanced diet based on your pre-pregnancy weight and continue to produce milk for your baby, you should gradually lose weight. Baby is better at removing milk from the breast than any other extraction method. ...Read more

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Can i pump instead of breast feed?

Can i pump instead of breast feed?

Sure: There are many women that pump their breast to collect the breast milk. As long as you're able to get milk got to come out this is usually sustainable. I would continue to try to breast-feed is as well. Laleche league is a good organization to get information from for this topic. ...Read more

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I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I am pumping to feed my baby breast milk but also using formula. (i'm not producing enough). Should I do breast milk only and formula only bottles?

I would: I don't have science behind this, but i don't know if mixing breast milk and formula will break down the good proteins in either liquid. I'm probably being overly cautious with this recommendation. So, if it was my baby, i wouldn't mix. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I'm going to stop brestfeeding at 8 weeks, (3 weeks from now) how do I stop my milk supply? (currently exclusively pumping and bottling breast milk).

I'm going to stop brestfeeding at 8 weeks, (3 weeks from now) how do I stop my milk supply? (currently exclusively pumping and bottling breast milk).

Weaning: Breast milk is a supply and demand phenomenon. If you are exclusively pumping, gradually reduce the total amount of time you pump every day, and your production gradually will decline. If you need, you can stop abruptly, but there will be some discomfort. Cold compresses can help decrease the swelling and production. ...Read more

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Can you mix pumped breast milk together and then freeze?

Can you mix pumped breast milk together and then freeze?

Mixing breast milk: It is important that you date the breast milk when it was pumped so you cam mix the ones that were pumped close to the same date. ...Read more

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Can you refrigerate breast milk right away after pumping?

Yes: It's best to refrigerate or freeze it as soon after pumping as possible. ...Read more

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When storing breast milk, can I mix pumpings together?

Yes in some cases: Generally that is ok if it is all going to be eaten within the same day and if neither batch is frozen. Do not add fresh breast milk to frozen milk, and do not add fresh breast milk to old breast milk unless it will all be consumed within 24 hours. ...Read more

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Can I use normal breast pump to enlarge breasts?

Can I use normal breast pump to enlarge breasts?

Won't work: A breast pump is not going to result in breast enlargement. There are special pumps that can result in some increase in the size of the breasts. ...Read more

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Could my pecs be used to squirt breast milk?

Could my pecs be used to squirt breast milk?

Unlikely: This is unlikely. The pecs sit behind the breast tissue. Some people have white/milky nipple discharge which could be normal. There can be a rare condition of the pituitary gland that can cause excess milk production when not lactating due to a baby. Have your doctor evaluate you. ...Read more

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What can increase your breast milk supply? Milk slowing down and i want to continue breast feeding (possibly pregnant again)

What can increase your breast milk supply? Milk slowing down and i want to continue breast feeding (possibly pregnant again)

Feed to make more: The primary inducement to increased volume is frequent and efficient emptying. If you are introducing solids, make sure you breast feed first, and use the solids as a skill builder rather than a nutrition source. We want baby to learn how to take solids, but not to the point your flow drops.Pleanty of fluids and a balanced diet helps, la leche league has some good info available on their sites. ...Read more

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If I use a cabbage leaf of my breast to help with milk ducts and tenderness, would I still be able to maintain breast feeding my 2 month old?

If I use a cabbage leaf of my breast to help with milk ducts and tenderness, would I still be able to maintain breast feeding my 2 month old?

Yes, but: Make sure you wash the leaves well first. There has been a clinical study that shows that cabbage leaves can reduce breast engorgement and tenderness in nursing mothers. See this reliable report at the trustworthy Cochrane Reviews website: http://www.update-software.com/BCP/WileyPDF/EN/CD007239.pdf ...Read more

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Can i get breast cancer by being repeatadly pinched on the breasts and nipples?

Can i get breast cancer by being repeatadly pinched on the breasts and nipples?

No: There is no known link between repeated trauma to the breasts and developing breast cancer in the future. ...Read more

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How can I increase my breast milk supply after giving birth?

How can I increase my breast milk supply after giving birth?

Keep going!: Though your milk supply may take a few days to come in fully, keep pumping and breast feeding every 2-3 hours! it will come! the first portion of breast milk will be colostrum. While not as much in a amount as regular breast milk, it has a higher concentration of nutrients that the child needs. ...Read more

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Will I be able breast feed with hyperkeratosis?

Will I be able breast feed with hyperkeratosis?

Discuss with MD: Hyperkeratosis of the nipple and areola is a rare condition.Its characteristic properties are verrucous thickening and brownish discoloration of the nipples and areola. Usually seen in women in the second and third decade of life. The nipple is seldom affected alone.Lesions may become darker & more verrucous during pregnancy, making breast feeding impossible. ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding and have an oversupply of breast milk. I heard sage tea helps decrease breast milk. Is this true?

I am breastfeeding and have an oversupply of breast milk. I heard sage tea helps decrease breast milk. Is this true?

This is not...: ...A bad problem to have. Most lactation problems i've seen involve an insufficient supply. What i would recommend is that you pump off the excess and freeze it. Breast milk keeps for up to 6mos frozen. That way if you are unable to feed for a while, for whatever reason, you have a supply. I don't recommend doing anything to lessen your milk supply until you are ready to stop nursing. ...Read more

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Can I mix breast milk with regular milk?

Can I mix breast milk with regular milk?

Yes: Although breast milk is better, all infant formulas have the recommended nutients. Thus mixing is fine. Be aware that some babies react negatively with gas, fussiness etc. To a new formula. Also sometimes the taste of the mix may require an adjustment period. ...Read more

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