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How to choose a breast pump

How to choose a breast pump

Mothers often ask us for recommendations on choosing a breast pump, what brand, or what specific model. But to know which one to choose, first of all, you need to ask yourself some questions and take into account the use you want to make of it and what is yourspecific situation. When choosing a breast pump, you must ask yourself what you plan to use it for. You may need a breast pump for very different situations, such as: if…

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Breastfeeding and Hair Loss

Breastfeeding and Hair Loss

Recently, a mother contacted us in our consultation channel because she was worried that she would be going bald. She was losing a lot of hair every day, and her hairdresser explained to her. that this was what happened to all breastfeeding mothers, that breastfeeding depleted the vitamins in the mother’s body and that this caused her hair problem. Apparently, breastfeeding seems to cause devastating hair loss during the baby’s first months, and mothers must take multivitamin supplements to reduce…

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Positioning, attachment and latch

Positioning, attachment and latch

Positioning, attachment and a correct latch onto the breast are key to achieving a pleasant and effective breastfeeding journey. In this article, we will try to answer your most common questions. But first of all, let’s define what we mean by each one of these concepts: Positioning (or breastfeeding position): this is how the mother places herself to breastfeed; there are a thousand different positions, all of which are valid if the mother is comfortable. Attachment: This is how we…

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Maximizing milk production with hands-on pumping

Maximizing milk production with hands-on pumping

The combined pumping technique (also known as hands-on pumping) is particularly useful when large quantities of expressed breastmilk and the maintenance of milk supply are needed. This is especially the case when the newborn is admitted to the hospital due to being preterm or some other pathology that makes it difficult to breastfeed directly and when milk production may decrease. Knowing the right tools to use in these situations can help the mother to be more efficient in expressing milk….

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Ban bottles in the hospital to promote breastfeeding?

Ban bottles in the hospital to promote breastfeeding?

Two hospitals in Mexico – Hospital Universitario and Hospital General de Saltillo, in Coahuila – have been recently in the news for banning the entry of all baby bottles, pacifiers, formula milk, and breast pumps to families with babies born or admitted into their facilities. Families and visitors will not be able to access the hospital with any of these items, and if they do bring them, they must be deposited in a box at the entrance, as seen in…

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Management of breast engorgement

Management of breast engorgement

Breast engorgement is a situation that can complicate lactation at the time of its establishment. It appears during the onset of lactogenesis II and can endanger the continuation of lactation. What is lactogenesis II? Lactogenesis is the physiological process in which the ability to secrete milk is developed, which is divided into 3 phases: Lactogenesis I, secretory initiation. This occurs during gestation. Lactogenesis II, secretory activation. This begins immediately after delivery, reaching its maximum peak at 48-72 hours, and is…

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The biting stage in breastfeeding

The biting stage in breastfeeding

“My baby is 8 months old. He has started to bite me, and now I’m scared to breastfeed him. I don’t know what I should do to stop him from doing this, and, most of all, I don’t want to stop breastfeeding. Is there a solution to prevent biting?” Almost all mothers will experience some biting during the course of their breastfeeding journey. Some people think that this stage marks the time of weaning and that if the baby has…

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The indirect costs of suboptimal breastfeeding rates

The indirect costs of suboptimal breastfeeding rates

The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age and with other complementary foods up to 2 years of age or older (1) due to the multiple benefits for mother and baby. Today we talk about the indirect costs to the healthcare system of suboptimal breastfeeding rates. The American Academy of Pediatrics defines suboptimal breastfeeding as breastfeeding that does not comply with exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months and continues breastfeeding until 1 year or as long…

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Smoking while breastfeeding: is it better to stop?

Smoking while breastfeeding: is it better to stop?

Let’s talk about smoking during breastfeeding. No one doubts that smoking is a toxic habit and that tobacco addiction represents a major health risk for the smoker. It also affects those around you if you don’t take precautions, turning them into passive smokers. But what happens during pregnancy and breastfeeding? A big question that arises is what to do if you want to continue smoking while breastfeeding. What is better: to continue breastfeeding or give artificial milk to the baby?…

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