Get More Milk with Hands-on Pumping

Using a breast pump is still the easiest way for working women to breastfeed their children. Mothers can pump and store their milk while at work, allowing a caretaker to bottle-feed it to the child when the mother is away. Breast milk can be stored at room temperature for up to six hours and can be refrigerated for up to eight days. And frozen milk can last for six months!

However, breast pumps tend to remove only half of the milk in the breast. Over time, this milk left in the breast after pumping can slow down natural milk production. Incomplete emptying can also cause engorgement or soreness.

The good news is that there is a solution. Using the scientifically-tested and proven “hands-on pumping” method, you can not only better express the milk from your breast – but also condition your body to maximize production to get more milk. Read on to see how to do it.
Steps for hands-on pumping

1. Massage both breasts before starting to pump.
2. Start pumping with both breasts at the same time. This is easiest to do with a bustier, or a hands-free pumping bra.
3. While double pumping, use your free hands to compress and massage your breasts. Feel for firm areas and massage them out. Compress your breasts against your rib cage and squeeze your entire areola. Do not pull on your breast away from your body like you would an udder. You’re not a cow; don’t milk yourself like one!
4. After you see that the double pumping is no longer expressing milk, give your breasts a short break. Continue to massage your breast to help with any tenderness.
5. Continue pumping again, but this time only single pump one breast at a time. Use your free hand (or both hands) to help massage and express your milk. Some women don’t even use a pump for this step, but instead express the milk entirely with their hands into a container.
6. Keep alternating breasts until they both feel empty. Check for firm areas and massage them out, as there might be more milk left.

If the relief of well-emptied breasts wasn’t enough, another study concluded that starting hands-on pumping early and continuing to do so throughout breastfeeding increases your milk production. It also creates fat-rich, calorie-dense milk – giving your child better quality milk.

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– Team LP


HELP! How Long Should I Breastfeed?

So you made the monumental decision to breastfeed your child. First, CONGRATULATIONS! If this is your first time breastfeeding, you are embarking on one of life’s most amazing and rewarding experiences as a mother.   Know however, that it’s not all rainbows and butterfly kisses.

Need proof? According to La Leche League data, in 2003 70.1% of US mothers initiated breastfeeding after the birth of their child. That number dropped to 33.2% between the 4-6 month age ranges. Like we said, it’s not easy. Certainly there are situations where mothers simply cannot breastfeed for a variety of reasons, but it’s also difficult and important to recognize that upfront.

Breastfeeding your child with come with many challenges, times of discomfort and a plethora of questions you’d never thought you’d ask.   Through it all, hang in there and know that your child is enjoying a long list of benefits that make it all worthwhile (see previous blog post – “5 Reasons to Consider Breastfeeding”).

In honor of August being National Breastfeeding Awareness month, we thought we would dedicate this blog post to answering one of those many questions you will undoubtedly ask yourself.

“So…How long should I breastfeed?”

A simple question, that comes with a complex answer.   The easy answer is if you and your baby are enjoying it, breastfeed as long as you’d like.   However, in most cases it’s not that basic.

Consider this. Once you’ve decided to breastfeed, like most things in life it’s important to set goals. The common rule of thumb is at a minimum; you want to make it through the 6-month mark. Experts say that the first 6 months is the most critical stage in your child’s development, so feeding your child nothing but breast milk during that time is a great starting point.   Shortly after 6 months, your child may be ready to start eating solid foods, know that you can certainly continue to breastfeed through that time.   A common goal mothers set is to breastfeed through the first year of their child’s life.   Whether you make it to a year or not isn’t what’s important, because as we mentioned above, there are instances where it’s just not possible, but having a goal to work towards is a great first step.

As with EVERY thing during your pregnancy and early parenthood, it is CRITIAL to consult with a health professional about your individual situation. They can even help you set your goal and share tips and insight for making your breastfeeding experience a wonderful one.

Lastly, remember you are going to experience some crazy things during breastfeeding. Things you never thought you’d experience, like… leaking nipples for example.   You’re going to need nursing pads, so we’d love for you to consider our non-absorbent LilyPadz. Visit our About Us (www.lilypadz.com/about-us) page to learn why LilyPadz are THE ultimate nursing pad. You’ll be fighting all sorts of battles during this time, leaking nipples doesn’t have to be one. Don’t fight the leak… Prevent it.

Happy Breastfeeding!

– Team LP


5 Reasons to Consider Breastfeeding

The conversation of ‘Breastfeeding vs. Formula’ has long been debated and documented.  It is a decision that many mothers dwell on for months before their pregnancy. There are a wide variety of circumstances, situations and personal beliefs that go in to making such an important decision. At LilyPadz, we are strong supporters for breastfeeding, but we also recognize that it’s not a possibility for all women. If you are fortunate enough to have the option to breastfeed, we thought we would put together our Top 5 reasons to give breastfeeding a try (in no particular order).

1.) It’s natural and healthy. Breast milk is the perfect food for babies. After all, it is the only reason mommies produce milk in the first place. Click HERE to read about the natural antibodies in breast milk that help prevent the risk of a variety of common infections babies are susceptible to.

2.) Shed that baby weight! During pregnancy, your body automatically prepares for breastfeeding. Unfortunately, part of that preparation involves storing some extra energy (if you’ve already had a child, you know this to be true!). The good news is that the process of breastfeeding can burn between 300-500 calories a day! Obviously we are all different, and the weight loss effects of breastfeeding widely vary from mother to mother, but why not give it a shot?

3.) It’s cost effective. This is a benefit that your entire family and enjoy. It’s estimated that the cost of formula can range up to $10 per day depending on the type and brand you purchase. That’s nearly $300/month! Why buy the formula when you can get the milk for free! J

4.) Bonding with your baby. The process of breastfeeding is a very intimate time with your and your little one. It offers a closeness and bond that continues even after you stop breastfeeding. There is even scientific support of special bond. Studies have shown that breastfeeding releases the natural chemical Oxytocin (also known as the trust or cuddle hormone). It is actually the same hormone that is released during labor to trigger the production of breast milk!

5.) Breast milk has never been recalled. It sounds silly, but it’s true. Never runs the risk of artificial contamination. It’s safe, it’s healthy and it’s all-natural. We hope that this post helps you as your consider what’s best for you and your little one.

Remember, if you have any questions about breastfeeding or just want to learn more, contact a Lactation Consultant. Visit www.ilca.org to learn more and find a LC near you.

Happy Breastfeeding!

– Team LP


Breast Milk: Behind The Scenes

What if there was a special drink you could give to your baby that never had to be heated, prepped or stored? Better yet, what if it delivered the exact amount of fat, vitamins and minerals needed at just the right time? Now imagine that drink could protect your precious newborn from allergies, bad bacteria, viruses and even cancer. It even helps develop your growing newborn’s hair, skin, brain and organs properly. Would you believe this is exactly what breast milk does?

For nine months, your body carries and provides for your growing baby giving her what she needs, when she needs it. Breast milk does just that to ensure that nourishment continues post-delivery.

So how is breast milk made?

Breast milk is created using a hormone called “prolactin”. During your pregnancy, you have higher levels of progesterone, a hormone that actually hinders your body’s ability to make milk. After you deliver the placenta, which follows delivering baby, those high levels of progesterone go down while prolactin goes up. This process takes about three days. In the meantime, you produce colostrum, a thick, nutrient dense, calorie dense version of milk that fully satisfies your newborn’s needs. By the way, did you know a newborn’s stomach is only the size of a bouncy ball?!? Not very much can be consumed at once, how convenient. Many refer to colostrum as “liquid gold” or “baby’s first shot”. It comes as no surprise that this small amount of golden milk packs a punch. With this colostrum, the baby’s immune system becomes strong, in fact, so strong that if you were sick, your baby would be protected even with the endless cuddling and kisses you smack on her face. Around three days old, her stomach grows about the size of a ping pong ball, holding just shy of an ounce at 26 milliliters. What great timing, because this is also when your milk comes in. As she grows, so does your supply, think supply and demand. Now, what’s even more fascinating is how your baby communicates with your body. As the baby latches on to the breast, her saliva contacts the areola (the darker area around the nipple). Her saliva then communicates to your brain telling you what she needs, when she needs it! Wow! In your milk there are vitamins, minerals, anti- viruses, anti- allergies, antibiotics, anti- cancer (HAMLET), anti- parasites, enzymes, disease- fighting stem cells, hormones, pre and probiotics, amino acids, fat, carbs, protein, water and growth factors. Whew, that’s an impressive resume. Anyone else amazed?

So let’s recap. First, you make colostrum, the perfect snack for every sleepy newborn. After three days, breast milk comes in and continues to provide what your baby needs to develop. As your baby eats more your supply follows. This ever- changing breast milk customizes itself every hour and every day to ensure it makes just the right amount of milk with just the right amount of nutrients at just the right time! What a great team you two make! Be proud, this is the power of your body and baby. Ready? Breastfeed!

Written by: Dolly Weikert, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for NC WIC


Go Swimming. Go Braless. Go Confidently.

As moms we make a lot of sacrifices.   Often times those sacrifices are major life changes that affect us professionally, socially and even economically.  The commitment to breastfeed also comes with quite an extensive list of sacrifices.   I am sure if you give it some thought, you could draft your own list of things you miss from your pre-breastfeeding life.  For the most part, these sacrifices might seem small in the grand scheme of things.  They may even go unnoticed, but it is the little things in life that make all the difference, right?  We call them lactation luxuries.

LilyPadz® give Moms a few of those lactation luxuries back.   Because of their innovative silicone design, LilyPadz® break the rules of traditional nursing pads.  Rather than soaking up leaky breast milk, LilyPadz® skin-like silicone design actually prevents breast milk leakage at the source.   The stick-to-you ability gives nursing moms back the ability to enjoy things like going swimming, sleeping braless and going out on the town with confidence that their pads are discrete and effective.

Click HERE to order a pair of LilyPadz® just in time for the pool season.   Take back a few of those lactation luxuries you’ve been missing!

Happy Nursing!

– Team LP