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A breastfeeding mom reviews 5 popular pump models.
With frigid temperatures blowing across the Midwest, The Milk Bank offers a few suggestions on breastfeeding during colder months and the presence of illness.
When I first heard the noise, I thought it was a figment of my imagination. After all, I was a week postpartum and sleep had packed its bags and left without warning. But I kept hearing the noise over and over. Could it…
Janice Sneider O'Rourke, MPA, RD, Executive Director, The Milk Bank
The idea came to me one Friday night in September. It was 2011 and one of our employees who was exclusively breastfeeding her 4-month-old baby had just lost her childcare and was scrambling to find an adequate care that would allow her to maintain her employment with us.
"Bring the baby to work", I said when I called her that night.
We didn’t have a formalized policy then like we do now, but it was the beginning of our commitment to supporting our employees in their breastfeeding journey. Since that time, we have welcomed two other babies into the office with their full time and part time working moms and have adopted a formalized “Breastfeeding in the Workplace” policy.
We commit to welcoming any breastfeed baby at The Milk Bank within the first 6 months. We believe that every baby should have access to human milk including the children of our employees. We commit to making every effort to ensure our employees job duties will allow for the easy care of their babies and we trust that our employees will make the best judgement when it comes to the safety of their baby.
This year’s World Breastfeeding Weeks theme was “Breastfeeding and Work - Let’s make it Work”. To celebrate National Breastfeeding Month we've put together a list of the benefits we have found from having our babies with us at work.
Here are some of the benefits we have found to having babies in the workplace.
"There is nothing better than taking a baby break during a stressful day. Snuggles and big toothless smiles in the middle of the work day cannot be beat!" -Andrea Tincher, Office Manager
by Sarah Long, IBCLC, Clinical Coordinator, The Milk Bank
Becoming milk donor is something we value here at the milk bank. Being in a position to have excess milk after meeting the needs of your own baby or donating your precious resource after the loss of a child is both rewarding and hard work. We often receive phone calls from mothers who have been protecting their milk supply by taking herbal remedies such as fenugreek, mothers' milk tea or milk thistle. The use of such galactagogues will prevent us from accepting the milk from an otherwise suitable donor. So how can you make more milk without the help of herbs?
Your body is an incredible factory when it comes to making milk! Your body makes milk because your baby or pump signals your brain when the nipple and breast are stimulated. The brain then makes hormones and these hormones tell your body to make milk. These hormones also are responsible for releasing the milk.
I like to think of breastmilk as a product in a store. The store will order a set amount of the product for sale, if the product, your breastmilk, flies off the shelf and the shelf is empty, the shelf being your breast, the store will contact the manufacturer, your brain and body to order more of the product, your milk. In contrast the opposite can occur if the product, your milk does not sell, then store will hold off ordering anymore until it is sold, therefore telling your body to stop making breastmilk.
An empty breast will therefore stimulate your brain for more milk to be made, therefore regular removal of milk is the most basic way any mother can make more milk.
Another sometimes overlooked method of ensuring a good supply comes from the power of touch. Your baby, your hands, all have the power to help increase milk production. Your breasts are very sensitive and extremely receptive to massage, this increases blood flow. Therefore helping with milk production and milk flow. Here is great information on Hands on Pumping.
Whether your baby or your breast pump, the key to maintaining a good milk supply is a good latch when breastfeeding and a well-fitting pump flange while pumping. If you have any concerns with flange size or the effectiveness of your pump, Let us know, we want to help!
The art of pumping effectively lies in frequency, it is not usual for mothers to pump after they have fed their babies, this further helps to stimulate the breast as it is “empty”. Regular pumping sessions, coupled with breast massage and compression are the most effective ways to remove milk. Pumping sessions should not typically last longer than 15mins, or two “let downs” when pumping both breasts simultaneously. Relaxation techniques and a warm compress also can help with supply and milk ejection.
We are often asked, "If herbs are safe for my own baby, why do you exclude donors who use herbal remedies?" The answer is this: donated breastmilk is provided to the most vulnerable and fragile NICU infants and any potential donation that may have un approved medications can run the risk of harm to an infant recipient. To date there is little evidence to support the safe use of herbal remedies. To ensure the safety of all recipients, we do not accept milk that has been pumped with the use of herbs. If you have been using herbs and would still like to become a donor, please contact us for wait times. The occasional use doesn't eliminate a donor, it does eliminate milk that is pumped while taking herbal remedies.
This is simple, a healthy, well balanced diet will provide excellent breast milk. There are no special foods that have been proven to increase supply. Eat to hunger and drink to thirst is a general rule of thumb. Remember, those “lactation cookies” may contain herbs which would prevent us from accepting your precious resource. Always let us know of any supplements and vitamins you may be taking as some may contain hidden herbal supplements or excessive high doses of vitamins.
Please let us know if you have concerns, we have a lactation consultant on staff, who is always happy to discuss and milk supply issues.
By: Sarah Long, IBCLC
Yesterday, we were peppered with questions about the recent study from the Nationwide Children't Hospital about the likelihood of breast milk purchased over the internet being contaminated. While this has garnered a lot of media attention, it might also be leaving potential Milk Bank Donors wondering how to safely collect and store breast milk.
Donating breast milk is an act of love and we know that our generous donors would never what to harm a child and in most cases are using the milk they pump for their own child. If you have a question, please feel free to join in on the conversation on Twitteror Facebook.
By: Carissa Hawkins, Communications Coordinator, The Milk Bank
100 ounces = Nine 7oz frozen bags + Eight 5oz frozen bags
100 ounces = Twenty Five 4 ounce Bottles
What was your first thought when you learned there was a local Milk Bank? Most often the reaction we receive is disbelief that such a resource has been around for 6 years in Indiana and much longer in other states. Sometimes, people ask if we help pump moms milk in our office. That makes us laugh.
So, today we are going to dispel some misconceptions.