- Baby Behavior
- Breast Pump Use
- Breast Surgery
- Breast Milk Production, Low
- Hand Expression
- Milk Bleb/Blister
- Nipple Pain
- Post Partum Depression- Anxiety
- Tongue, Lip, Cheek Ties
Consider the fact that the benefit of breastfeeding outweighs the risk of your baby contracting coronavirus. Up to this date, there have not been any confirmed cases of babies contracting coronavirus through mother's milk. The World Health Organization reports of a research that suggest that this is not likely.
Hospitals/Healthcare Providers should take into consideration parent's wishes to breastfeed and/or room-in (have baby in your room at all times) with their infant. They should teach you steps that you can take such as wearing a mask while breastfeeding if mother is positive, along with washing your hands well before touching your baby. When either mother or baby is ill, pumped breast milk can be provided for your little one, thus protecting your milk supply while you are separated.
PREGNANCY / BREASTFEEDING & COVID-19 VACCINE
- the individual risk of contracting COVID-19
- the anticipation of how she would tolerate the illness of COVID-19
- any pre-existing conditions that would increase risk of contracting or severity of COVID-19
- the risks and benefits of the vaccine
Not understanding what your baby is telling you with their cues can lead to increasing anxiety, frustration and even overfeeding your baby. We offer a class on baby behavior, call us at 956-292-7711 if your interested in signing up for it. Here are some videos that can be helpful in understanding just what your baby is trying to communicate to you.
TEXAS BREASTFEEDING HOTLINE
Hospital Experience Breastfeeding Guide Colostrum Breastfeeding Questionnaire
Breastfeeding More than One Baby Breastfeeding in Public - Bilingual
Breastfeeding and Family Planning Breastfeeding as a Working Mom
Breastfeeding beyond 6 Months Bottle-feeding your Breastfed Baby
Late Preterm Babies Breastmilk for Preterm Babies Grandmother's Guide
Sometimes it is medically necessary to feed your baby more milk after nursing. Mom's own milk (expressed) is a priority. If a commercialized infant formula is used, proper preparation is important. Here are the instructions on how to prepare powdered infant formula. How to Mix Infant Formula
If your baby is hospitalized, you may call us immediately for a loaner, hospital-grade breast pump.
Call for more details 956-292-7711.
Hospital Grade Loaner Pump Instructions
For the hospital grade Ardo Calypso Pro, please watch the Ardo video below in the "Personal Pump Instruction" section.
Personal Pump Instructions
Manual Pump Instructions
Making the Right Amount of Milk
Dads, or support persons, play a vital role in supporting the breastfeeding mother. We provide a prenatal class for dads to empower them and give them suggestions on how to support the breastfeeding mother. Dads are welcomed at your private consultation after your baby is born. We give dads tips on how to help the breastfeeding mother after you leave our clinic!
Breast engorgement is an overfilling of the breast tissue with milk, blood or other fluids (IV fluids). This can cause your breasts to be very full or hard, painful and swollen. It can cause your nipples to flatten leading to difficulty latching your baby. Engorgement can also happen if your baby is not latching well and draining the milk from your breasts, if your body is making too much milk or if your baby sleeps longer then usual.
Helpful tips include:
- Speak to your physician about taking an anti-inflammatory medication
- Feeding baby often and on demand, not limiting time at breasts and latching deeply
- Warm shower or warm compress momentarily before nursing
- Hand express or reverse pressure (see video below) before nursing
- Cold compress to breast after nursing
- After nursing, if still very full, hand express or pump for comfort
- Call us for assistance at 956-292-7711
Hand expression is a skill that all breastfeeding mothers would benefit from learning. It can help relieve engorgement, serve as a pump when you are out and about longer than you expected, further empty your breasts after pumping and help increase your milk supply.
In these videos you will learn how to perform hand expression. Call us at 956-292-7711 if you need further instructions or help learning this technique.
Hand expression starts at 10:03
Milk Bleb or Blister is when a bit of skin grows over a pore on your nipple trapping milk inside. This can be very painful. Here are some helpful tips below. If you cannot resolve it, you may contact your doctor so that it can be lanced. Once it is lanced, compress to empty the stringy milk. This milk will not hurt your baby, if you latch your little one. Follow your doctors instructions for after care.
Your emotional health is very important. At delivery, there are many hormonal changes in your body that may affect your mental and emotional well-being. It is important to follow the recommendations of the links below. If you are still feeling overwhelmed by feelings of depression or anxiety, please see your doctor.
- National Women’s Health Information Center Telephone Number: 1-800-994-9662
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- For deaf and hard of hearing persons: 1-800-799-4889
- CRISIS LINE: 1-877-289-7199
Holding your baby skin-to-skin is one of the most important things that you can do to help establish breastfeeding; it also stimulates your baby's social and emotional development! It is helpful in increasing your milk supply. You will find more information in the links below and by watching the videos.
On Your Heart From the Start
Short frenums, whether under tongue, lip or cheeks, can cause difficulty latching, sore nipples and a decrease in your milk supply. If you continue with a painful latch, speak with a lactation consultant to ensure that you are achieving a deep, asymmetrical latch. If you feel that your baby, perhaps, has a tongue, lip or cheek tie, we recommend that you have your baby evaluated by the pediatrician. As nurses and/or lactation consultants, we recognize that we cannot diagnose your infant. We are trained in recognizing when the oral anatomy is not functioning normally i.e. restricted movement of the lip or the tongue. We ask that you do not interpret the information that we give to empower you as a diagnosis.
Please consult your baby’s health care provider for evaluation, diagnosis and guidance on choosing a provider. If so desired, you may request a second opinion. Please read the information provided on the websites and watch the videos as this information may give you more questions to ask your baby's doctor.