Tips to building up your backup milk supply

Posted on: May 12th, 2016 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

Tips to build your freezer stash

If you’re out on maternity leave, you’re probably already starting to fret about what’s going to happen once you return to work. Will my baby miss me? What about major milestones happening while I’m at the office? How can I ever leave this little one at daycare?

And of course, there’s nursing. You still want your child to benefit from breastmilk, and hopefully, you have a place at work where you can get away to pump.

However, this isn’t feasible in every job. Fortunately, there are some things you can do in order to build up your freezer stash before returning to the 9-5—or the 5-1, or the 1-9, depending on your shift:

Nap times and pump times. In the first few months of life, your baby will be napping… a lot. Use these downtimes to squeeze in some pumping. And don’t forget to take care of yourself—stay hydrated, and make sure you give yourself a bit of a snack during this time. Making breast milk burns calories!

Have backup bottle: If your baby wakes up before you anticipated, you might find that your supply has run dry from the nap pumping. Make sure you have a bottle ready to go to feed him or her upon waking.

Cut back during growth spurts: If your baby is hungry much more often and starts to lengthen the feeding times, chances are, he or she are going through a growth spurt. Don’t pump as often during these times, as your baby needs the extra food.

Label, label, label: Use plastic freezer bags to store your breast milk, and make sure you clearly label them so you know what date you pumped. Use the oldest bags first when you need to start dipping into your freezer stash.

We believe breast is best for baby. Even if you can’t be there to deliver the milk yourself, keep these tips in mind to make sure your child gets the nutrition he or she deserves. We carry a number of breast pumps in our online catalog to help you build up your freezer stash.

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