Breastfeeding Products

Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to feed your baby. Not only is breastmilk free, but it is an all-natural source of food for your growing baby. Research suggests that breastfeeding for at least six weeks helps give your baby the best start and can protect them from illness by boosting their immune system. The World Health Organization suggests breastfeeding for one to two years if possible, but it isn’t necessary. Even short-term breastfeeding can protect your baby from illness and reduce their risk of SIDS. However, while breastfeeding comes naturally to many women, some women may have trouble getting the hang of it. That is okay. There are some wonderful products that have been developed to make breastfeeding easier than ever. Check out these frequently asked questions about breastfeeding products to learn more.

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  1. Are there any products I can use to increase my breastmilk supply?
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    While some bloggers tout high-sugar oatmeal cookies as galactagogues, there is no scientific evidence to support the use of these, and they can make you gain weight incredibly fast. Instead, you can use a Medela breast pump for long pumping sessions to increase your body’s demand for milk. In addition, making sure you are sufficiently hydrated will also increase your milk supply. 

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  2. How can I protect my nipples from my baby’s teeth?
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    Medela and Ameda both make ingenious flexible plastic nipple shield to protect your nipples from little baby teeth. You place them over your nipple and the plastic bends when your baby’s gums apply pressure to it, so it allows your baby a natural feeding experience. 

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  3. What is mastitis?
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    Mastitis occurs when your body produces a lot of milk and you don’t excrete it, causing blockages and infection. When this occurs, it is important to get your milk out, even though it may hurt a lot to do so. Mastitis symptoms include swollen and red breasts and even fever.

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  4. What is the best product to help with mastitis?
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    You should always talk to your OB-GYN when you suspect mastitis and she may prescribe antibiotics. While you wait for an appointment, you can try applying heat and pumping your milk either by hand or with an electronic pump to get the milk out to reduce swelling.

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  5. Does heat help with breastfeeding?
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    Yes. Heat encourages breastmilk to exit the body, which is why you may experience streams of breastmilk escaping when you take your hot shower. If you are experiencing trouble with let-down, which is the initial heavy flow of breastmilk while feeding, try applying Lansinoh Therapearl 3-IN-1 Breast Therapy to your breasts. Not only will it encourage let-down, but it will soothe your breasts.

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  6. Should I pump my milk?
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    Even if you want to exclusively breastfeed, pumping can be beneficial. When you wean your baby off of your breast, you can still use a pump to get your breastmilk out so you can give it to them in a bottle or cup. When your baby starts sleeping through the night, you can pump to keep your milk supply the same. You can even pump to relieve mastitis. The best pump on the market is a Medela Pump In Style breast pump. 

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  7. What is the best product for sore nipples?
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    If you have sore nipples after breastfeeding your baby, there are a couple products you can use to ease your pain. Lansinoh makes nipple cream that coats your nipples with a soothing cover. You just have to wipe it off before feeding again. Best of all, this helps protect you from chafing when you wear nipple pads. You can also try coconut oil for this purpose, but make sure to clean it off before breastfeeding again.

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  8. What is the best product to prevent leaking?
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    Lansinoh makes soft cotton pads that you slip under your bra to protect you from chafing. These absorbent pads help prevent embarrassing spots on your shirt as well as the uncomfortable drip of breastmilk leaking down your body. 

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