As a thank you for signing up for my newsletter I am happy to share with you my guide 10 Tips for Finding your Milk Mojo. If you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed your baby I am so glad you took advantage of this opportunity. These tips are the keys to breastfeeding success and I know you will find them to be helpful.

10 Tips for Finding your Milk Mojo

1.  Feed early and feed often. Feed at the first sign of hunger (stirring, sucking sounds, hands in mouth) and no less than 10-12 times per day. Your newborn baby is born with the instincts and desire to breastfeed. Put your baby to breast within the first hour of birth. Remember that you and your baby are practicing a new skill and it may take time for both of you to get the hang of it. When your new baby nurses frequently (every 1-3 hours), your milk supply will slowly increase.

2.  Frequent breastmilk feeds not formula. As your baby nurses, it sends hormone signals for your body to make more milk. We call this “supply and demand”. If you begin to supplement, your body doesn’t receive encouragement to produce milk to it’s fullest capability.  

3.  Spend at least an hour a day skin-to-skin with your baby. If your baby isn't latching as easily as you had hoped, do plenty of skin-to-skin with your baby and keep trying. You and your baby will soon become more skilled at breastfeeding. The skin-to-skin will help calm you and your baby, help you tune into early hunger cues and ultimately help you make more milk!

4.  Check the latch. To ensure good stimulation of your milk supply and that your baby is getting enough milk, your baby must properly latch to the breast. Pain is the number one indicator of a bad latch. If you notice a bad latch slide your clean finger into your baby's mouth to break the suction and try again.

 5.  Say NO to pacifiers and bottles and limit swaddling in the early weeks. Using artificial nipples when your baby is learning to nurse encourages your baby to suck differently. This can make your nipples very sore and cause nipple trauma. OUCH! Pacifiers and swaddling also make it harder for new parents to learn early signs of hunger so it is best to limit both early on.

6.  Listen for signs of swallowing after your milk is “in”. Your baby's suck and swallow patterns begin to change as your milk starts to flow more abundantly and when you have a "let-down". The most reliable sign of let-down is the change in the baby's sucking and swallowing pattern from short sucks with occasional swallowing to longer, slower sucks with regular swallowing or gulping. These are signs that tell you that your body is responding to the baby nursing like it should.

7.  Sleep near your baby. Most moms find that they get more rest when they sleep near their breastfed baby. As an added benefit you will hear when baby is starting to stir and therefore catch those early cues. By nursing before the baby is upset, everyone in the house will be back to sleep a lot faster.

8.  Watch the baby not the clock. Allow unlimited time at the first breast when baby is actively sucking then burp baby and offer the second breast. When you and your baby are learning a feeding will last anywhere from 20-60 minutes. As you begin to work as a team, feedings become shorter and more efficient. It is normal to have variations in nursing from day to day. Just as we have days where we are hungrier than others, babies do too. Many babies like to cluster feed for several hours in a day and it often happens in the evening when babies are fussy after a long day.

9.  Go everywhere together for the first few weeks. Try babywearing to free up your hands. Checkout your local Babywearing International Chapter to help you get started.

10.  Ask for help as soon as you know you need it! Many women who successfully breastfeed their babies will tell you that they couldn't have done it without the support of their partner, family and IBCLC. It is important to find a qualified breastfeeding expert to help you when first notice you need it. When an IBCLC is by your side you will be back on track in no time.

If you need assistance breastfeeding your baby call us, text us or email us and we'll do our best to see you within 24 hours.

Milk Mojo provides prenatal and postpartum breastfeeding support in the comfort of your own home in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. Prenatal visits also available via Skype or FaceTime. Our Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) can give you expert, customized advice to help you reach your breastfeeding goals. Lactation support is reimbursable by most insurance plans. If you are interested in breastfeeding classes or need help breastfeeding your baby, contact us to schedule an appointment.