Baby Sleeping Through The Night?

Why It Could Spell Disaster To Your Breast Milk Production

baby sleeping through the nightNewborns, especially breastfed newborns, typically wake every 3 hours to feed. It doesn’t matter if it’s day or night, newborns wake up frequently. After a few tiring weeks of this moms begin looking for ways to help their babies sleep longer stretches through the night with the goal being to have baby consistently sleep through the night.

Most sleep deprived moms dream of a baby who is a good sleeper. A baby who can be put down for bed and sleep through the night. But as terrific as a good night’s sleep is, there’s a danger looming for breastfeeding mothers: a baby that sleeps through the night can cause big trouble for breast milk production. Here’s how:

Why Does A Baby Sleeping Through The Night Affect Breast Milk Production?

The body has a feedback mechanism that lets it know when it is producing too much milk. There’s a specific type of whey protein called “feedback inhibitor of lactation” or FIL for short. Concentrations of FIL increase the more milk is allowed to build up in the breast and a breast that is painfully engorged contains very high levels of FIL. The body’s response to high levels of FIL is to cut back on production of breast milk.

When baby sleeps through the night (and mom sleeps through the night too) mom’s breasts continue to fill to the point of engorgement and when that happens high levels of FIL begin to signal the body to cut breast milk production. This is the reason some women with a large oversupply of milk can quickly swing to an undersupply of milk.

Will Baby Sleeping Through The Night Affect Your Breast Milk Production?

mother and baby sleeping through the nightSome breastfeeding moms have good sleepers and both mom and baby get a full night’s rest and it doesn’t affect mom’s milk supply while other moms can face serious production issues after just one uninterrupted night. What’s the difference?

Generally speaking, if a mom has had good milk production and in the morning is not waking with painfully engorged breasts then it’s likely that she will continue to have good milk production. On the other hand if a mom has struggled with lower milk production and/or is waking with painfully engorged breasts then her milk production may be in danger.

If Your Milk Production Is In Danger Here’s What You Can Do

The simplest solution, though not the most restful one, is to set an alarm in the middle of that long stretch of sleep – about 4 hours have you go to bed – and get up and pump both breasts for 10 to 15 minutes. This prevents the milk from building up too much causing the release of FIL which leads to lower milk production.

If baby is going to bed more than a couple of hours before you, consider waking up baby for a breastfeeding session right before you go to bed. Starting the night with empty breasts will help avoid FIL build up.

Finally if your milk supply has been affected by a baby sleeping through the night (or any other reason) you should consider an herbal supplement such as Lactiful Supply Max. These all-natural herbal tablets were shown in the 2012 study to increase breast milk production in 75% of the women who tried them. See more about Lactiful hereClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

How Do I Make More Breast Milk?

As a company that helps mothers with low milk supply we get the question, “How do I make more breast milk?” all the time. This article is an attempt answer that question in about 500 words.

How Making More Breast Milk Works

Generally speaking our bodies want to adapt to the stresses and hardships we place on them. If you live in Alaska you get used to cold winters, if spend a lot of time on a boat you’ll get your “sea legs”, if you lift heavy weights your muscles will grow stronger.

It’s this adaptability of our bodies that we can use to when we want to make more breast milk. In a very real sense we have to put a “hardship” or a “stress” on our milk production in order to make more breast milk.

Here’s how to do that.

To Make More Breast Milk, Create A “Hardship” For Your Breast Milk Production

make more breast milkThat’s right. If you want to make more breast milk, you’ll have to create a hardship for your current level of milk production. If there’s no hardship or stress, there is nothing for the body to adapt to so I’ll just keep making the same amount of breast milk.

To make more breast milk we have to create a hardship for your current milk production. We do this in two ways:

  1. Increase the frequency of milk withdrawal
  2. Increase the completeness of milk withdrawal

Step one in creating your “hardship” is to increase the frequency or number of times you remove breast milk. Whether that is through breastfeeding or pumping doesn’t really matter. What matters is that more times per day (and night!) you remove breast milk. If you’re currently breastfeeding and/or pumping 6 times per 24 hours, increase that to 8 times per 24 hours.

Step two in creating your “hardship” is to increase the completeness of breast milk withdrawal. You do this by pumping after each breastfeeding session and completely empty both breasts (and even continue to pump for a few minutes after no more milk is flowing) or if you are exclusively pumping to continue to pump for several minutes after no more breast milk is flowing.

Doing these two things will create a hardship for your breast milk supply and your body will try to adapt by making more breast milk. But there are a few other things you can do to help your body adapt. Read on!

Other Things That Can Make More Breast Milk

other ways to make more breast milkOnce you’ve created your hardship, there a few additional things you should do to help your body to adapt (meaning make more breast milk). They are:

Eat an adequate amount of healthy calories: your baby needs a lot of calories to thrive and grow and those calories come from you. Breastfeeding takes about 500 additional calories per day above what your body needs. Moms who are aggressively dieting usually don’t have enough calories available to make breast milk. Be sure you’re getting amount of healthy calories.

Get enough rest: breast milk regenerates the fastest when we sleep and getting as much rest as is possible with a baby in the house is very important to making more breast milk.

Herbal supplements can help your body make more breast milk: In a 2012 observational study 75% of the women who took Lactiful Supply Max – an all natural herbal supplement – boosted their milk production. The average increase in breast milk production was 14.8 ounces of additional milk produced each day by each woman. Not bad at all. See more on Lactiful hereClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Breastfeeding On One Breast

Breastfeeding On One Breast Defined

Breastfeeding on one breast means that during a typical breastfeeding session the mother typically only breastfeeds on one breast. This happens because of inexperience, conscious choice, or because of a physical limitation such as surgery on the breast.

Implications Of Breastfeeding On One Breast

help-milk-supplyBreastfeeding on only one breast at a time typically results in lower breast milk production. This is caused when milk is left in the breast for extended periods of time. Essentially when breast milk is not removed frequently, the breasts release signals that tell the body that it is overproducing milk and that production should be cut back.

If this is not what the mother intends, she should be sure to breastfeed on both sides during each breastfeeding session and to alternate which breast she starts with each session. For example:

  • Session one, start with left breast, finish with the right
  • Session two, start with right breast, finish with the left
  • Session three, start with left breast, finish with the right
  • Etc

This is considered “normal” breastfeeding and helps stabilize milk production.

Breastfeeding On One Breast As A Means To Decrease Milk Production

Mothers faced with an over production of breast milk can use breastfeeding on one breast as a way to safely and naturally reduce milk production. To do this the mother should only breastfeed on one breast during each session. Like this:

  • Session one, only breastfeed on the left
  • Session two, only breastfeed on the right
  • Session three, only breastfeed on the left
  • Etc

breastfeeding on one breast The breast that is not breastfed on will likely become engorged and uncomfortable but it is important not to express milk either by hand or with a pump. Wait until the next breastfeeding session to remove any milk. If you find that there is too much milk for baby, causing him to choke, sputter or have other difficulties breastfeeding, you may wish to pumping for a few minutes prior to the breastfeeding session to reduce the pressure in the breast.

Breastfeeding on one breast will allow the milk to remain in the opposite breast for a long enough time to send signals that milk production should be reduced. It’s important to carefully monitor your milk production however since it is easy to swing from a state of over-production to under-production and getting the milk production back up is far more difficult than getting it to diminish.

How To Increase Milk Production When You Can Only Breastfeed On One Breast

If you can only breastfeed on one breast it is possible to successfully exclusively breastfeed your baby, however it is a difficult challenge for many moms. Here’s some things you can do to boost your breast milk production when you can only breastfeed on one breast:

  • Be sure to pump after each breastfeeding session – it’s important to remove every last drop of milk each breastfeeding session. Once the milk has stopped flowing into the pump bottle, continue to pump for 5 additional minutes. This signals your body to increase milk production.
  • Go no longer than 3 hours from the start of one breastfeeding session to the start of the next breastfeeding session. At night you can go 4 hours. This may mean you’ll have to wake baby to breastfeed but it is important because frequently removing breast milk will signal your body to increase milk production.
  • Considering taking an herbal supplement that boosts breast milk production. An observational study found that Lactiful Supply Max increase breast milk production in 75% of the moms who tried it. You can learn more about Lactiful here. Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Breast Feeding For How Long

How Long To Breast Feed Theories

breast feeding for how long?If you have been wondering how long you should continue breast feeding – you’re not alone. Part of the confusion about how long to breast feed comes from the fact that there is so many opinions and each opinion varies wildly from one another. One source might say breast feeding for 6 weeks is best and another will say breast feeding for 3 years or longer is best.

Which is right? Which is wrong?

In this article we’ll look at three breast feeding theories (or perspectives) for how to determine how long you should breast feed. They are the surgeon general’s recommendation, baby-led breast feeding, and mother led-breast feeding. Let’s begin!

United States Surgeon General Recommendation For How Long To Breast Feed

In 2011 the Surgeon General issued a “call to action” to support breast feeding. This 80+ page report showed that because of the many health and economic benefits of breast feeding that all mothers should breast feed for 6 months and longer, if possible. Among the benefits listed in the report:

Health Benefits of Breast Feeding (as stated by Surgeon General)

  • Less infections and illness
  • Less likely to develop asthma
  • Less likely to become obese
  • Less likely to die from SIDS
  • Mothers have decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers

Economic Benefits of Breast Feeding (as stated by Surgeon General)

  • Savings of $1,200 – $1,500 in formula in year one alone
  • Annual U.S. savings of $13 billion in medical and other costs
  • Higher work place productivity with less employee time off to care for sick children

Baby-Led Breast Feeding

baby-led breast feedingIn baby-led breast feeding, how long you continue to breast feed for is largely in the hands of your baby. The mother watches the baby for signs that the baby is interested in regular food. This often happens at the dinner table, baby will begin to reach for food and usually happens around 5 to 7 months of age.

Baby is encouraged to experiment with regular food but is not denied breast feeding. Some baby-led breast feeding moms will offer the breast side by side with a food option and let the baby decide which they want. Some babies will naturally drop breast feeding as soon as regular food becomes an option while others will continue to breast feed for a year or longer.

Mother-Led Breast Feeding

In mother-led breast feeding, the mother has a time goal in mind or simply decides that the time is right to be finished with breast feeding. The usual way this is done is by dropping regular breast feeding sessions at the rate of one a week and replacing that session with a food item or a bottle or sippy cup of milk.

Conclusion For How Long To Breast Feed

Those are three theories or perspectives on how long you should be breast feeding for. Which one is right for you? Ultimately it is a decision that is up to you and your baby. Breast feeding is a personal decision.

But it should be a decision you make, not one that is made for you by outside circumstances such as returning to work or a decrease in milk production. The Surgeon General’s report stated that 50% of mothers cited insufficient milk supply as the their reason for stopping breast feeding. If you’re concerned about your milk supply, there is help – learn about an all-natural herbal treatment from Lactiful that increases milk supply in 3 out of 4 moms. Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply

How To Boost Milk Production

Why Boost Milk Production

As a breastfeeding mom there are many reasons you may want to boost milk production.

  • There are many reasons moms want to boost milk productionPerhaps you are currently supplementing with formula and want to exclusively give breast milk.
  • Perhaps you are concerned your baby is not getting enough breast milk throughout the day or at a specific time of day (typically evenings).
  • Perhaps you will be returning to work or school soon and want to boost milk production to bank up a freezer stash of milk for while you are away.
  • Perhaps a friend or relative is struggling with milk production and you want to boost your production so that you can provide extra milk for her.

No matter your reason for wanting to boost milk production the process for boosting milk production is the same. It’s a simple two step process.

How To Boost Milk Production – A Two Step Process

Boosting milk production is a fairly straightforward two step process that utilizes the body’s natural ability to adapt to changing circumstances. For instance, if you are not a runner, but decide one day to that you want to be a runner, you start out with short runs or even alternating walking a running. And gradually day-by-day your legs will get stronger, your lung function will improve, your conditioning will improve and your body will adapt to longer and longer runs. What was once impossible is now easy.

The body loves to adapt to changing circumstances. If you have fair skin and are out in the sun, your skin will darken or tan so that you’re less likely to get a sunburn. If you lift heavy weights your body adapts by increasing your strength.

In the same way when you want to boost milk production, you’ll use your body’s natural ability to adapt to facilitate the boost in production.

How To Boost Milk Production – Step 1

Here’s the rule:

The body will adapt to changing circumstances.

When we are talking about boosting milk production, the body adapting is the when the body is boosting milk production. So, the first step to boost milk production is the second part of the rule, “changing circumstances.”

What circumstances need to change in order to have the body adapt by boosting milk production?

The frequency and the completeness of breast milk withdrawal.

boost milk production by removing breast milk more frequently and completely

What does that mean? It means that to boost milk production, you first need to withdraw breast milk more frequently and more completely than you are currently. This is your “changing circumstances.” Specifically, if you are breastfeeding (or pumping) six times in a twenty-four hour period, you need to add two additional times when you are either breastfeeding or pumping, even if it means waking baby up. This increases the frequency of breast milk withdrawal.

To increase the completeness of breast milk withdrawal you’ll need to be sure baby is breastfeeding on both sides for each breastfeeding session and that after baby is done breastfeeding that you pump each side for an additional 7-10 minutes or until no more milk is being removed, whichever is longer. Continue to pump for the additional time, even if no milk is flowing. This is your “changing circumstances” and your body will adapt by boosting milk production.

How To Boost Milk Production – Step 2

For many moms, simply changing the circumstances as described in step one is enough to get the body to adapt and boost milk production. However for some moms, just changing the circumstances is not enough.

boosting milk production is like boosting muscle gainThis situation is like a bodybuilder who wants larger muscles and puts in the time at the gym, however her diet is very unhealthy: Fried foods and sweets; lots of carbs and fats and very little protein. No mater how dedicated she is in the gym, this bodybuilder will not get the body she is looking for. She needs a healthy, high-protein diet.

In the same way some moms, need help boosting their milk production by adding all-natural herbs that help the body make more breast milk. This herbal supplement is like the healthy, high protein diet for the bodybuilder. How effective can an herbal supplement be? An observational study of Lactiful Supply Max found that 75% of moms boosted milk production while taking the supplement for 14 days. The average boost to milk production was huge: 14.8 ounces of additional breast milk production per mom per day. You can learn more about Lactiful Supply Max and how it boosts milk production in just 30 seconds by clicking or tapping hereClick for more articles about how to boost milk production

Breast Feeding And Milk Supply

Introduction To Breast Feeding And Milk Supply

Breast feeding and milk supply are connected in a profound way. How you breast feed affects your milk supply and your milk supply will affect how you breast feed. It’s this “two-way street” aspect of breast feeding that many new moms struggle to understand and that’s what we’ll be talking about in this article.

The Law Of Supply And Demand

help-milk-supplyThe law of supply and demand is an economic “law” that basically says that when there is a lot of supply of something it’s price will be lower and when something is rare the price will be higher. Gasoline prices fluctuate up and down due to the law of supply and demand. Ideally supply and demand should be roughly equal.

The same process is at work with breast feeding and milk supply. When there’s a lot of demand for the milk – meaning baby is breast feeding often - the body will work to produce more milk. The body’s goal is to match the amount of milk that’s being removed with the amount of milk that’s being created.

Breast Feeding Factors That Affect Milk Supply

There are many breast feeding factors that can affect milk supply. Let’s look at both increasing supply and decreasing supply.

Breast Feeding Factors That Decrease Milk Supply

  • Poor latch – this leads to poor milk withdrawal and damaged nipples which cause milk to be stored for a long time which leads the body to think it’s over producing and should decrease milk supply
  • Breast feeding on only one breast per breast feeding session. (This causes the breast that wasn’t breast fed on to go a long time before being drained – the longer milk stays in a breast the more likely the body will think it is over producing in that breast and begin to shut down milk supply there.)
  • Going more than 4-6 hours between breast feeding sessions. Even during the night.
  • Not completely removing the milk. This can be caused by a sleepy baby or a mom who is switching breasts before the first breast is empty.

Breast Feeding Factors That Increase Milk Supply

  • Breast feeding on both sides every breast feeding session.
  • Pumping both breasts immediately following a breast feeding session. When trying to increase breast milk supply it’s best to pump both breasts, following a breast feeding session until no more milk is flowing, then continue to pump for an additional 5 minutes. This additional pumping time, when the breasts are already empty, signals the body that the demand for the milk is higher than the current supply. The body should respond with increase milk supply.
  • Breast feeding every 3 hours – as measured from the start of one breast feeding session to the start of the next one.
  • Being sure to breastfeed at least once during the long stretch at night.

Other Things That Can Increase Milk Supply

  • Staying well hydrated.
  • Eating a sufficient amount of healthy calories each day – typically 500 additional calories are needed each day to produce breast milk. Dieting too hard and too early after giving birth can affect milk supply.
  • Taking an herbal supplement that increases breast milk supply. A recent study has shown Lactiful Supply Max to increase milk supply in 75% of women struggling with making enough milk. The average increase was 14.8 ounces of additional breast milk per mom per day. Read more about Lactiful Supply max hereClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Increase Production of Breastmilk

Increase Production Of Breastmilk With This Simple Step By Step Guide

If you want to increase production of breastmilk, you’ve come to the right article! Most breastfeeding or pumping mothers can increase the production of breastmilk by following this simple step-by-step guide. If you’re increasing production of breastmilk because you want to bank up a freezer stash of breastmilk before returning to work, the process is usually easier and you can skip step 1 and possibly steps 2 and 4. If you want to increase production of breastmilk because your milk supply is not currently meeting your baby’s needs, the process is usually more challenging and you should try to complete each step to the best of your ability. Let’s get started!

Step 1: If Your Production Of Breastmilk Is Low, Determine Why It Is Low (And Fix It If Possible)

If you do not have trouble with low milk supply, you can skip this step and the next one. However if you have struggled with making enough breastmilk for your baby, this section is for you.

There are many causes of low breastmilk supply and some are easy to correct (for example a bad latch is leading to poor milk withdrawal), some are difficult but possible to correct (for example a thyroid condition can be diagnosed and treated with medicine), some are impossible to fix (for example severed milk ducts from a previous breast surgery.

The first step to increase breastmilk production is to try to discover why your milk supply is low in the first place. The best place to start is with our overview article that covers 27 causes for low milk supply. Links from this article will take you to detailed descriptions of each cause and offer steps you can take to fix the problem.

Step 2: Consider Professional Help To Increase Production Of Breastmilk

increase-milk-supply-psychOften the fastest way to learn a new skill (and effective removal of breastmilk is most definitely is a skill) is to seek a person who is an expert to show you how it’s done. This cuts out a lot of trail and error mistakes as well as speeds up the learning process. For breastfeeding and pumping mothers, lactation consultants provide this expert level service right in the comfort of your own home.

A lactation consultant can inspect your pump for mechanical problems, watch your breastfeeding latch and positioning, teach you massage techniques and more. She can spot problems and provide a custom strategy for you to reach your goals.

Many lactation consultants accept insurance and your home visit may already be covered by your plan. To find a lactation consultant, ask at your hospital, WIC office or local Le Leche League leader.

Step 3: Let Your Body Know You Want To Increase Production Of Breastmilk

Your body’s goal with breastmilk production is to balance the amount of breastmilk that is being produced with the amount of breastmilk that’s being removed. Your body knows that too little breastmilk production can be harmful to your baby and it also knows that too much production can be harmful to you (such as plugged ducts) so your body wants production of breastmilk to be the same as the amount that’s removed.

help-milk-supplyYou let your body know that you want to increase production of breastmilk when you increase the amount of milk that’s attempted to be removed. I say “attempted” because initially (because your body is already in balance) you won’t get much, if any, additional breastmilk. So to increase breastmilk production be sure to attempt to remove milk more often.

If you breastfeed, breastfeed more often. Add an additional 1 or 2 breastfeeding sessions each day. This may mean waking baby and changing your schedule. Alternatively, you can add 1 or 2 pumping sessions each day instead of additional breastfeeding sessions.

Also if you breastfeed, be sure you are pumping each breast for an additional 5 to 10 minutes after baby has finished every time you breastfeed.

breast-milk-pumpIf you are an exclusive pumper, you’ll need to increase the frequency and duration of your pumping sessions. If you are currently pumping 5 times a day, increase to 7 or 8 times per day. Pump for an additional 3 to 5 minutes after breastmilk stops flowing. You may need to set an alarm and pump in the middle of the long stretch at night.

Increasing the demand you are putting on breastmilk removal will eventually cause the body to respond by increasing production of breastmilk. Remember the body wants to keep production and removal in balance so it will increase production to try to match the amount trying to be removed. To speed up this process, try the next step.

Step 4: Try An Herbal Supplement To Increase Production Of Breastmilk

lactiful-study-resultsCertain herbal supplements have been shown to increase the production of breastmilk. They work best when combined with the previous three steps, however some women find benefit from just the supplement alone. How effective are they?

A 2012 observational study showed that 75% of women who took the all-natural herbal supplement, Lactiful Supply Max increased their breastmilk production. Those moms who saw an increase, increased their daily breastmilk production by 14.8 ounces per mom per day. Learn about Lactiful Supply Max in 30 seconds by clicking hereClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

Fenugreek and Milk Supply

What Is Fenugreek?

Fenugreek is an herb, just like more familiar herbs such as parsley or basil or dill. In the kitchen, it is most often used in seasoning traditional Indian dishes. Outside of the kitchen it is the most popular herb that is believed to increase breast milk supply.

How Does Fenugreek Affect Milk Supply?

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There is a legend about a goat farmer who accidentally mixed fenugreek with the hay he gave his goats. He was stunned when the goats began producing far more milk than they ever had before. He did some experiments and found that it was the fenugreek that increased their milk production.

Today fenugreek is the most widely known herb for increasing milk supply. It’s widely available as generic fenugreek in grocery stores as well as in milk supply boosting supplements in liquid, tablet and capsule forms.

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Fenugreek can affect milk supply by helping the body to produce more milk, but in order for it to be most effective, fenugreek must be part of a larger process. The closest analogy is that of a bodybuilder. She goes to the gym often. She lifts weights and does cardio. She eats a high protein diet. Fenugreek for a breastfeeding mom is like a protein smoothie for a bodybuilder. It’s an important part, but if having a protein smoothie was the only thing the bodybuilder ever did, well she wouldn’t be a bodybuilder.

Fenugreek and milk supply have the same relationship. Fenugreek is an important part, but it’s far from the entire story.

Side Effects Of Fenugreek

The side effects of fenugreek tend to be mild. Most moms complain of gastrointestinal discomfort, such as upset stomach, indigestion, belly aches and diarrhea. Typically these symptoms decrease and stop altogether once the body gets used to processing the herb.

Some moms also notice that they begin to smell like maple syrup. This odor can present itself in both sweat and urine.

Finally, breastfed babies can also experience gastrointestinal discomfort of gas, fussiness, and diarrhea.

Fenugreek Quality And It’s Affect On Milk Supply

Fenugreek is a fragile food item and it’s growth, harvesting, drying, packaging and age can have a huge effect on its ability to affect milk supply. Here’s a quick look at how mass produced, low priced, generic fenugreek is brought to market:

Growth: Fenugreek is an “unimportant” crop so it can be grown on poorer soil or off season from “important” crops such as rice, beans and corn. It is artificially fertilized and mass sprayed with pesticides. Compare that to growth in fenugreek’s proper growing season, using organic farming methods.

Harvesting: Machine harvested which collects dead, dying and immature plants as well as mature plants verses hand picking on the best plants.

Drying: Mass drying at high temperatures with other types of herbs verses drying only fenugreek at the temperature that maintains the highest nutritional value.

Packaging: Cheapest packaging available verses more expensive opaque packaging which protects fenugreek from damaging light.

Age: Generic fenugreek is often exposed to months or years of 24 hour light sitting on the shelves at a local grocery store verses temperature and light controlled storage and prompt farm to customer delivery.

Is Fenugreek Alone Enough To Increase Milk Supply?

breast-milk-pumpAs you can see a mom who tries mass produced, generic fenugreek without doing or taking anything else often doesn’t see much if any increase in milk supply. It’s like our bodybuilder from above who doesn’t ever go to the gym and only takes the cheapest, protein smoothie she can find and then wonders why she doesn’t look amazing.

To be effective at increasing milk supply fenugreek must be:

  • A high quality fenugreek – because cheap fenugreek may not have enough strength to be effective.
  • Must be combined with other milk supply enhancing herbs – a successful bodybuilder will not just drink protein smoothies – instead her entire diet is focused on her goal. In the same way fenugreek must be combined with other milk enhancing herbs, such as goat’s rue and marshmallow root for maximum effectiveness. For instance, the herbal supplement Lactiful Supply Max has a 8 milk-boosting ingredients, including fenugreek.
  • Must be part of a pumping and breastfeeding regimen that lets the body know that it needs to increase milk supply. If we were talking about a bodybuilder, this is the part where she goes to the gym. By exercising, she changes her body and in the same way, increased pumping and breastfeeding tell the breastfeeding mother’s body to increase milk supply. Orders of Lactiful Supply Max also include a step-by-step process to help moms communicate to their bodies that milk supply needs to be increased.

In conclusion, while a few moms will see benefit from just taking fenugreek, most moms will need to make fenugreek a part of a much larger effort to increase milk supply. For more information on Lactiful Supply Max and increasing milk supply see the 30 second introduction to LactifulClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply

What is Nipple Confusion?

Definition of Nipple Confusion

Nipple Confusion means a baby is having difficulty latching correctly to the breast after being exposed to artificial nipples, such as those found on baby bottles or pacifiers.

What Age Is Nipple Confusion Most Common?

Nipple Confusion is most common in breastfed babies that are given artificial nipples in the first 6 weeks, but can occur in babies 3 months old or older. The older a baby is and the more he has figured out breastfeeding, meaning the baby (and the mother) know what a good latch feels like, less likely baby will become confused by the introduction of an artificial nipple.

Why Does Nipple Confusion Occur?

Nipple Confusion occurs because human nipples and artificial nipples are fundamentally different.

  • They have a different feel
  • They are shaped differently
  • They release milk (from the breast), formula (from a bottle) or nothing (from a pacifier) in different ways
  • They require different tongue placement

So when a newborn or young baby who isn’t yet a breastfeeding pro is introduced to a either a bottle nipple or a pacifier or both, the baby must learn a new way to hold the nipple in the mouth and new tongue placement. The more frequently the nipples are switched, the longer it takes for baby to get used to any of them and the more “confused” and frustrated baby will become.

The Effects of Nipple Confusion

Nipple confusion is caused by introducing baby to artificial nipplesBreastfeeding can be a real challenge with getting the right hold, supporting baby in the right way, getting a perfect latch, and encouraging baby to trigger let downs. When a baby is introduced to artificial nipples too early, and begins to suffer Nipple Confusion the baby may forget how to latch correctly or may have become too lazy (from the easy flow of a bottle) or too tired (from hours of sucking on a pacifier) to breastfeed effectively.

When this happens baby often begins to reject the breast by refusing to latch correctly or maintain the latch or by being very fussy at the breast. When this begins to happen many parents reintroduce the pacifier to calm the baby or give the baby a bottle for nutrition. This leads to poor milk removal from the breast which begins the breast shut down process. Once on this path most babies become exclusively formula fed.

How to Avoid Nipple Confusion

The simplest way to avoid Nipple Confusion is to not introduce any kind of artificial nipple to the baby until breastfeeding is very well established:

  • Baby has a perfect latch
  • No nipple soreness or pain
  • Good milk supply
  • Good weight gain by baby and following a growth curve
  • Baby is at least 6 weeks old, preferably 3 months old

After these are all met it is generally considered safe to introduce an artificial nipple. If introducing a bottle nipple to give breast milk or formula, it’s best to select a size zero or newborn size so that baby doesn’t not develop flow preference. A baby with flow preference will begin to reject the breast because it doesn’t flow as fast or as easy as milk from a bottle.

How to Correct Nipple Confusion

If your baby is exhibiting signs of Nipple Confusion you are at significant risk of losing your milk supply and needing to exclusively formula feed your baby. Here’s the steps to correct nipple confusion:

  1. Stop giving all artificial nipples – if this is not possible, for instance if you are away from baby for extended periods and a bottle must be given, choose a size zero or newborn size nipple that is shaped as close to your nipple as possible and have the caregiver latch baby to the bottle in much the same way you would latch to the breast.
  2. Insist on perfect latches when you breastfeed. Be prepared that it may take up to 10 minutes of trying to get the latch right before you get a perfect latch. Just keep in mind that baby is having to relearn this skill because of the nipple confusion.
  3. Breastfeed as often as possible. Practice makes perfect.
  4. If your milk supply has begun to suffer as a result of the nipple confusion, be sure to add one to two additional breastfeeding session and one to two additional pumping sessions. Consider taking a supplement that boosts breast milk supply, such as Lactiful Supply Max.

It is possible to re-establish a good breastfeeding relationship with a baby who has nipple confusion, however it will take a lot of work and dedication. Click for more articles about how to increase milk supply

How To Increase Your Breastmilk Supply

breast-milk-pumpMoms want to discover how to increase their breastmilk supply for many reasons. Some want to increase breastmilk supply because they are returning to work or school and want to start with the highest breastmilk supply possible. Others want to increase breastmilk supply so that they have extra breastmilk to store for times when they will be away from baby. (See our article on breastmilk storage for more information.) Other moms want to know how to increase breastmilk supply because baby isn’t getting enough breastmilk and needs a supplement.

Whatever your reason for wanting to learn how to increase your breastmilk supply, this article is for you.

Step 1: Do You Have Low Breastmilk Supply?

If you have always had a good breastmilk supply and simply want to boost it for a specific reason (storage, return to work, donation, etc.) you can skip this Step 1, your breastmilk supply is fine. However if you have struggled to produce enough breastmilk for your baby then the first step is to try to determine if something is causing you to have low breastmilk supply and if so, try to fix it. There are many causes of low breastmilk supply and we examine 27 of them in detail. Check out this overview article on the causes of low breastmilk supply and see if any of these can be causing you difficulties. If so, there are links to detailed articles about each topic providing specific advice on how to overcome low breastmilk supply.

Step 2 : Make Sure Milk Removal Is Complete

Each time you breastfeed or pump, you need to make sure that milk removal is complete; meaning that no milk remains in either breast. The reason this is so important is that milk left in the breast releases a hormone that tells the body to decrease breastmilk supply. To completely remove breastmilk, be sure to breastfeed or pump on both sides, and if breastfeeding, then pump for 5 more minutes or until no more milk comes out, whichever is longer. If pumping, be sure to continue to pump for 5 additional minutes after no more milk comes out.

Step 3 : Increase The Frequency Of Breastmilk Removal

One of the key points to increase your breastmilk supply is to let your body know that you want it to produce more breastmilk. You do this by breastfeeding, or more likely, pumping more often. For instance if you’ve been breastfeeding or pumping 6 times per day, you should increase that to 8 or 9 times per day. Initially, you won’t express much milk during the newly added breastfeeding or pumping sessions, however your body will want to adapt and will increase your breastmilk supply so that you are generating milk for these extra sessions. The process of increasing your breastmilk supply may take up to two weeks, but you can get faster results by supplementing.

Step 4: Take A Natural Supplement To Increase Your Breastmilk Supply

Herbs have been used for thousands of years to increase breastmilk supply and recently the most effective of these herbs have been combined into an herbal supplement called Lactiful. An observational study has shown that Lactiful increased breastmilk supply in 75% of the women who tried it and that the average increase in breastmilk supply was 14.8 additional ounces of breastmilk per mom per day. Learn more about lactiful in 30 seconds, by clicking hereClick for more articles about how to increase milk supply