Breastfeeding in the military's not an easy task. Terrific tips from an IBCLC who's done it. She'll help you overcome challenges unique to the military culture or other non-traditional workplaces.
Breastfeeding is widely accepted as the best way to get your infant the nutrition he or she needs. It is a beautiful natural process which women and babies have been doing for centuries.
Breast feeding has significant benefits to both mother and baby. With many moms returning to work before the baby is ready to wean, information on choosing the best pump is essential.
Working moms aren't always available for demand feeding. It is vital she knows how to store breast milk so another caregiver can provide milk for the newborn. This article discusses the proper way to store breast milk.
Fathers are powerful allies contributing to breastfeeding success. Do not allow yourself to be excluded from this time in your child's life. Study and learn, roll up your sleeves and get in the game. Your family stands a much better chance of success if you actively support breastfeeding and actually help your wife breastfeed.
Mothers consistently rate their husband's support as the most important contributing factor to breastfeeding success. The father is more important than grandmothers, best friends...you are even better than nurses, doctors, and lactation consultants.
We call our nipple ointment "all purpose" since it contains ingredients that help deal with multiple causes or aggravating factors of sore nipples. "Good medicine" calls for the single "right" treatment for the "right" problem, true enough, but mothers with sore nipples don't have time to try out different treatments that may or may not work, so we have combined various treatments in one ointment.
The point is to get a baby well latched. We believe a nipple shield does not allow for this. Unfortunately, it is still true in our opinion that it is often not best practice to use a nipple shield and it is the considered opinion of our clinic and institute that nipple shields need hardly ever, if ever, be used.
Finding a Lactation Consultant or breastfeeding-support person may seem like a daunting task but it is well worth the effort. A good IBCLC will save you money in the long run by keeping you and baby breastfeeding and off expensive formula.