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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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What is the best way to store breast milk I have pumped?

What is the best way to store breast milk I have pumped?

Fridge or freezer: Breastmilk can be stored in the refrigerator for several days and in the freezer for 3-4 months. The white blood cells in the milk die in the freezer lessening the milk's anti-infective properties slightly so if you're pumping at work for the next day's use, store the milk in sterile bags or bottles in the fridge. But if you're not sure when it will get used it's best to store it in the freezer. ...Read more

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Why am I producing less breast milk when I pump?

Why am I producing less breast milk when I pump?

Maybe: Remember that pumping gets milk out with a different mechanism than real feeding. For many women that means less expression of milk. For many women, milk pumping is also painful and thus do it less than maximally. If pumping, relax (relaxed moms pump more milk), pump often, hydrate, don't smoke (which may decrease supply) and stay heathly. All those things increase pumping success! ...Read more

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Can tattoos inflected your breast milk on your back and hand?

Can tattoos inflected your breast milk on your back and hand?

Possibly....: A recent study indicated that people with tattoos were more likely to contract hepatitis c. Hepatitis can possibly be transmitted through the bloodstream into the breast milk. This could occur even if you have little or no symptoms. Perhaps the best answer is to have your obstetrician or family doctor screen you for hepatitis and examine your tattoos for other signs of possible concern. ...Read more

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Why did I feel like throw up when I start pumping breast milk?

Why did I feel like throw up when I start pumping breast milk?

Oxytocin: Is released in a pulse when milk is first ejected into the ducts (during the first minutes of pumping or nursing) These pulsatile bursts of oxytocin can induce nausea which should pass very quickly when they stop. ...Read more

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I smoked a small amount of marijuana one time, a couple of days ago. How long should I pump & dump my breast milk to ensure its safe for baby again?

I smoked a small amount of marijuana one time, a couple of days ago. How long should I pump & dump my breast milk to ensure its safe for baby again?

Not necessary: There will be such a small amount of active agent crossing into the milk that it will be undetectable and your baby will not get exposed. Always a good idea to avoid drugs during nursing - and a good time to cease smoking if you have that addiction,. ...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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Is it acceptable to take 0.5 MG of xanax (alprazolam) (one time) and continue to breastfeed as normal following the dose? I primarily pump breast milk.

Is it acceptable to take 0.5 MG of xanax (alprazolam) (one time) and continue to breastfeed as normal following the dose? I primarily pump breast milk.

Xanax (alprazolam): Probably unsafe with breastfeeding, talking about just one dose, believe you don't really need it badly, can look for an alternative, its maximum half life in the nody is ~20 hours, so it can stay for up to 2 days, better avoid it, take care ...Read more

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What are the cons of exclusively pumping breast milk and feeding baby using bottle versus breast feeding?

What are the cons of exclusively pumping breast milk and feeding baby using bottle versus breast feeding?

Efficency: It's more efficient to breast feed than to pump & then bottle feed. You also avoid any risk of less than perfectly sterile bottles causing the milk to carry an infection. In addition, baby's nursing tends to trigger you to produce more milk than pumping. That said, having breast fed both my kids, pumping when i was away & nursing when i was with baby was a very effective compromise. ...Read more

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I am 36 weeks what would happen if i started pumping my breast now & am i able to freeze the breast milk or colostrum that comes out ?

I am 36 weeks what would happen if i started pumping my breast now & am i able to freeze the breast milk or colostrum that comes out ?

Not a good idea: Stimulating your breasts with a pump may cause preterm contractions. This is a bad idea. You will have plenty of time to pump after the baby is born. ...Read more

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How to get my son to take a bottle of pumped breast milk at 3 months old my son is 3 months old I have exclusively breastfeed since day one. I have tried to get him to take a pacifier and a bottle of pumped breast milk but he wants nothing to do with eith

How to get my son to take a bottle of pumped breast milk at 3 months old my son is 3 months old I have exclusively breastfeed since day one. I have tried to get him to take a pacifier and a bottle of pumped breast milk but he wants nothing to do with eith

Smart kid: If you are there he wants the real thing.Try being absent during the process and have someone else feed him when he is hungry.When he decides there is milk to be had that way he will adapt.Later on he may be willing to do so when you offer it, but he must be motivated and try it first from someone else. ...Read more

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When storing breast milk, can I mix pumpings together?

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 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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Breast milk supply worry about decline pumping at work?

Breast milk supply worry about decline pumping at work?

Common: Pumping certainly can be helpful to continue feeding babies breast milk for mothers that work but it is not the same as your babies direct sucking. It is not uncommon for the milk supply to decrease with pumping. You may need to supplement with formula to keep up with your babies needs. ...Read more

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Can you start pumping breast milk before your baby is born? At 36 weeks?

Can you start pumping breast milk before your baby is born? At 36 weeks?

No textbook answer: I am not aware that there is a textbook answer to this question. What is known, is that stimulating the nipples for example by pumping is likely to start uterine contractions. There is no way to be sure that these contractions will not dilate the cervix and set the woman on the path for delivery. If the leakage is bothersome I would try wearing a tight bra and cooling the breasts with ice packs. ...Read more

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I'm pumping breast milk and giving my kid How to make 9 month kid forget direct breast feeding ?

I'm pumping breast milk and giving my kid  How to make 9 month kid forget direct breast feeding ?

Sometimes difficult: Wean gradually so your baby continues to feel the closeness or bonding. Changing to a sippy cup rather than an alternate nipple may help. It will take 1-2 weeks to change the process so lots of patience. All the best with this. ...Read more

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