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The first step in this Lactation Crash Course is to download our Feeding & Diaper Journal.  It is filled with resources to make the first week of feeding your baby easier.  

Hand Expression is a helpful skill in the first week of lactation while making colostrum.  Visit First Droplets to learn more about feeding your baby (term or preterm).

Learning to latch is a skill that takes time for both you and your baby to master.  Fortunately, your baby was born with extraordinary reflexes to help with seeking the breast, latching and drinking milk.  Attaching Baby at the Breast is a fabulous video that offers tools to latch well and maximize your milk supply.  


If breastfeeding is going well, there is no need to pump for the first month.  If you are offering extra calories away from the breast (by bottle or with the lactation aid at the finger) it is important to pump with each feeding to maintain your milk supply. 

Although insurance companies will cover a breast pump, keep in mind that not all pumps are created equal.  Many wearable pumps are convenient, though not very strong.  Before using your benefits, consult with a lactation professional so that you are getting a pump that best meets your family's needs.  


Supplementing with extra calories (your pumped milk, donor milk or formula) is sometimes needed.  Check out this helpful video about using a Lactation Aid at the Breast and this video on Cleaning the Lactation Aid.

If you are offering extra calories by bottle, be sure to use a slow flowing nipple (like the Dr Brown's Bottle with a premie nipple or the Boon Nursh with an extra slow flow nipple).  The side lying position (see the photo) is a great way to pace feedings and mimic a traditional breastfeeding hold.  


Reach out if you need support,

we are here for your family! 


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