Here’s a question from Danielle in Lethbridge, Alberta:
Q: My baby is just over two weeks old now, and she’s nursing well. I’m just worried that I’m not producing as much milk as I was at first. A couple of days after she was born, my breasts were very full and firm, and now they’re softer. Does this mean I should pump to get my milk supply back up?
A: If your baby is nursing well and is producing at least six to eight soaking wet diapers daily, your milk supply is fine. The fullness that you experienced the first week is called engorgement, and is normal as the milk is coming in and as more blood flows to your breasts, causing swelling. With frequent nursing and after a couple of days, this engorgement subsides and the breasts soften again. There is no need to pump at this time – breastfeed your baby on demand for the first 4-6 weeks, and after that you can pump to store your milk, or to leave it with a sitter if you are away from your baby for a feeding.
Originally posted 2015-03-21 17:41:17.
Here’s a question from Carly in Huntsville, ON:
Q: I’m expecting my first baby soon. I’ve heard that in order to increase your milk production, you should wait at least 3 hours after you empty the breasts at a feeding to feed your baby again to allow the milk to fill up again. Is this true?
A: Good question, Carly, but this isn’t actually the case. Research shows that since milk is being produced at all times, the breast is never actually empty. In fact most babies remove an average of 75-80% of milk at a feeding, so there is always milk remaining in the breast after a feeding.
The strategy of waiting a set amount of time to nurse your baby (under the mistaken belief that the breasts need time to “refill”) will be counterproductive to your goal to increase your milk supply. This is because milk production slows down when milk accumulates in the breast. So, the best strategy is to feed your baby frequently, thus emptying the breasts as much as possible, especially in the early days. Newborns will often “cluster feed” which means that for a period of a few hours a day they will feed almost continuously, and this is very helpful in increasing your milk supply.
Nancy Lahn RN
Deveoper of the Cozy Cuddles Nursing Pillow
Originally posted 2015-04-28 13:13:10.
We got an order tonight from a previous customer, and along with it came this wonderful note!!!
Dear Cozy Cuddles, I just have to write and tell you how much I love your nursing pillow! I’ve used it with all three of my children (my oldest is 4 and my youngest is now 8 months) and only now did I need to replace the cover. You have created an extraordinary product. The size is perfect for cradling a newborn to a toddler to every size in between, the fit around me is perfect (I’m a size 16 and most of the other nursing pillows I’ve seen are tiny), it is exactly the right size for comfortable nursing and even after 4 years of nearly constant use, the pillow is still supportive! Wow! A friend gave me this product and it has become one of my all-time favourite recommendations for any nursing mom. Thank you for creating such a wonderful product!
Thanks so much for that testimonial!!! Your new cover is on it’s way!!
Originally posted 2018-12-21 21:53:22.
Here’s a question from Kerri in North York, ON:
Q: I’m 7 months pregnant with my second, and my 12-month-old son has recently refused to nurse anymore. Is something wrong with my milk?
A: No, Kerri, there’s nothing wrong with your milk. The hormones of pregnancy will cause most women’s milk quantity to decrease, and then when they’re in their third trimester, as you are, the milk will begin to change back to the colostrum (first milk) that your newborn will need. Some nursing babies don’t mind these changes, but others will react with dislike to the different quality of your milk and may wean themselves.
Owner, Cozy Cuddles Baby Products
Originally posted 2013-08-21 14:52:46.