The majority of women produce enough breast milk to meet the needs of their growing babies, but there are certain factors that can put a woman at risk for low milk supply. If you’re dealing with low milk supply, it’s important to seek professional help from a Board Certified Lactation Consultant to figure out the root of the cause. In the meantime, here are our top 5 tips to help you increase your milk production:
It is so hard to think about returning to work after having a baby, but there are ways to prepare for the transition that will make things easier for you and your little one. Making sure your baby will willingly accept a bottle, building a reserve of breast milk in your freezer, and setting up your workspace so you’ll have time and a place to pump on the job, are a few things you’ll want to think about before your return. But have no fear; we’ve compiled a list of our top tips for making your return back to work a seamless one.
At LaVie we hear many stories from moms who deal with milk oversupply issues and how they cope with their breastfeeding struggles. Today we’re highlighting one of our LaVie Mom's inspiring stories about how milk donation has enhanced her breastfeeding journey and we're sharing how you can become a milk donor too.
Do you suffer from constant engorgement or have a history of recurring plugged ducts or mastitis? Does your baby cough, choke, gasp and pull off the breast at feedings? Is your little one gaining significantly more than 2 pounds (900g) per month? If so, you probably have an overabundant milk supply.
Moms get plugged ducts for lots of reasons. Our goals are to help you prevent them or to take care of them as quickly as possible. If you’re prone to plugged ducts, figuring out the source of the problem and correcting it is the best way to keep them from recurring. Here’s a list of some of the most common factors that contribute to plugged ducts:
The LaVie Lactation Massager is wonderful for unclogging plugged ducts, but you don’t need to have a plug to benefit from it. The members of our #LaVieMom community have been using their massagers to meet plenty of other breastfeeding challenges. Read on to learn other ways that the Lactation Massager can help you.
A nipple bleb is a white dot that appears on the face of the nipple. A blister is a layer of skin that covers a pore in the nipple. Both can cause significant nipple pain and result in a plugged duct up into the breast tissue.
Breast engorgement is the term used to describe the swelling in your breasts that most often occurs when milk starts increasing in volume around 3-5 days postpartum. The pain associated with breast engorgement can range from mild to extreme, but there is no need to be alarmed...
Mastitis is an infection which develops in the breast tissue. According to the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine clinical protocol approximately up to 20% of breastfeeding women will develop mastitis.
If you feel localized pain within the breast or a tender lump, you probably have a plugged duct. When milk sits in the breast for an extended period of time, it can thicken and create a hard or tender spot known as a plugged duct.