Biological Nurturing & Breastfeeding Positions:
An article about the importance of skin to skin
Nancy Mohrbacher’s YouTube channel has lots of videos about this position
This article offers a fantastic explanation of why many mothers have been taught the wrong way to breastfeed. A good place to start is “What should I expect in the first 40 days of Breastfeeding?” and then “Can I see Natural Breastfeeding positions in action?”
Two similar articles by Teresa Pitman about this approach: https://breastfeedingusa.org/content/article/baby-led-latch-how-awaken-your-babys-breastfeeding-instincts
Compressions can help drain the breast more completely. Use once baby stops actively suckling and/or is getting fussy or sleepy at the breast. Squeeze the breast close to your chest wall and hold it squeezed. This will initiate another letdown. Once baby stops actively suckling again, you release the hold which will initiate another letdown. You can continue to do this until she is done nursing or until the squeeze/release pattern no longer initiates more suckling.
More information can be found here: http://ibconline.ca/information-sheets/breast-compression/
Video examples can be found here: http://ibconline.ca/breastfeeding-videos-english/ (“2 Day Old/Compressions” and “4 Day Old After Tongue-Tie Release with Compressions”)
Hand expression can be especially useful with colostrum (expressed onto and fed back to baby by spoon). It is also useful for those who choose not to use a pump. You always have your hands in any situation where you might need to remove milk!
This video is a great demonstration of hand expression technique: https://med.stanford.edu/newborns/professional-education/breastfeeding/hand-expressing-milk.html
Reverse pressure softening:
Used to move fluid out of the breast so milk can move forward and flow more freely. Very useful when milk increases in volume and if there is any engorgement, to make the breast softer and easier for baby to grasp.www.salactationconsultants.co.za/Articles/Reverse%20Pressure%20Softening.pdf
Milk Production & Volume:
A great article about how milk production works in the first week. www.lowmilksupply.org/overview.shtml#firstweek
An article about colostrum and the size of newborn’s stomach www.lllc.ca/thursday-tip-newborns-have-small-stomachs
To get more milk while you pump and to increase milk production. Use with reverse pressure softening.
Alternative Feeding Methods
There are many ways to provide supplementation to a baby, not just a bottle.
Spoon Feeding: https://youtu.be/X0bLlrJcRA4
Cup Feeding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJmPDn3EA24
Syringe Feeding: https://www.facebook.com/mydarlingdoula/videos/581042918958554/
Supplemental Nursing System:
Paced Bottle Feeding:
Paced bottle feeding is a technique that respects the baby’s airway, and is protective of breastfeeding. This should be the standard for all bottle feeding, whether the bottle contains breast milk or artificial breast milk.