Tips for Breast Feeding Moms

by Patrice on January 25, 2011 · 4 comments

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Single moms don’t have to give up the breast feeding experience because of a hectic schedule or the need to go back to work. Breast milk can be extracted for the times the single mom isn’t with the infant so that the baby can be fed on schedule.

It’s important for the single mom to know that the milk should be removed from the breast on a regular schedule, even if the child will not be nursing. Not only will it help you to continue to make milk, it also reduces the possibility of milk leaking from the breast and avoids discomfort.

Luckily the milk can be expressed when the infant isn’t present.

Get the Milk Flowing

Often just thinking of her baby is enough to prepare the single mom to extract breast milk no matter where she is. Sometimes mom needs a bit of help to get the milk flowing when the infant is not in her arms. Try these simple tricks to help you relax so you can express the milk.

  • A picture of your baby
  • A moist warm compress that you can apply to the breast
  • A piece of your infants clothing that smells like the baby
  • One of your infants blankets

Expressing Breast Milk

Express the breast milk in a clean area. Wash your hands with soap and water. Use a waterless hand cleanser if you can’t get to a clean sink.

To express the milk by hand, massage your breast and compress to remove the milk. It takes a bit of practice to become skillful at this type of milk expression, but as you get used to it you may find that it’s as easy and as fast for many mothers as using a pump would be. It’s also the least expensive way to express the milk.

Manual pumps are available from $30 to $50 for the mom who isn’t able to successfully extract the breast milk by hand. The manual breast pump shouldn’t be used regularly because it could pose a higher risk that mom would develop a breast infection.

For the single mom who needs to quickly extract her breast milk often, and electric or battery operated breast pump could be the answer. These types of pumps are the most expensive ways to extract breast milk with the pumps costing over $150. They are perfect for the mom who has to extract quickly; they can extract the milk from both of the breasts at the same time.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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Amy February 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I honestly think that it is much more healthy for a baby to breast feed. I have never liked the baby milk formulas at the stores.

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Savannah February 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

A lot of good things are in breast milk – it actually transfers immunities to certain diseases to your baby that formulas just can’t. If you can breast feed, it’s a great health help to your child.

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Candy March 6, 2011 at 12:01 am

Breast milk is the best milk for all babies. It’s healthy, cheaper, nutritious in is always the right milk for your babies up to 6 months. So for all moms in town, especially those first timer mothers, don’t hesitate to let your baby enjoy the best milk in the world. Give a no for diarrhea or lactose intolerance formula milk may give. And say yes to breastfeeding!

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Savannah March 22, 2011 at 8:19 am

Did you know that when you breastfeed your child, certain immunities that you have built up to diseases pass on to your child automatically? It can be a real help to their health if you decide to breastfeed, because formula is simply incapable of doing the same thing.

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