Breastfeeding 101- Help and Ideas

I am in the midst of nursing my second child. My first was a real challenge, but we made it through. I learned a lot and have some ideas from my experiences that I can pass on.

How to make your own "hands-free" nursing bra. I just saw one of these on for $28. Way too much. Go out and buy a sports bra or an inexpensive bra. Cut small slits at the nipple (just enough room to slide the flanges from your pump in). If need be sew the slit at the top and bottom to make sure it doesn't stretch or rip further and you are done! $5-$7 tops.

An easy way to make single serving (1 ounce) of frozen breastmilk at a time is to take an ice cube tray and pour your milk in there. Place the tray in a large Ziploc bag in order to avoid freezer burn. When they are frozen pour them into the Ziploc bag and wash your tray. This is a simpler way to add milk without having to use 3-4 ounces of "liquid gold."

Do you get plugged ducts easily? Try taking Lecithin supplements. The usual recommended dosage for recurrent plugged ducts is 3600-4800 mg lecithin per day, or 1 capsule (1200 milligram) 3-4 times per day. After a week or two with no blockage, you can reduce the dosage by one capsule. If there is no blockage within another 2 weeks you can reduce it again by one. You may need to continue taking 1-2 capsules per day if stopping the lecithin leads to additional plugged ducts.

I love Bravado Designs bras! They are truly comfortable, supportive, and definitely worth the investment. If you are nursing, TRY THEM! Seriously. I LOVE my nursing bra. I wish I had had one the first time. Right now they have 20% off for the 4th of July weekend. Enter code SWE-192 to get the discount. Sale ends July 5, 2010. Happy shopping!

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