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Yesterday, mom.life Mombassador, Princess (you can follow her in app as @Cubanese), a certified lactation consultant and breastfeeding guru, hosted an in app chat for moms to ask their most pressing breastfeeding questions.

She shared tons of info including her top tips for breastfeeding moms.

She talked about supplementing, establishing a healthy milk flow, pumping, dumping, and weaning.

It was truly informative and a wonderful resource for all nursing or soon-to-be nursing moms.

We wanted to give you a taste of what you missed so we rounded up 16 of the best questions and answer from the chat.

You can read all of them in detail and tons more my checking it out here: Mombassador Chat: Top 12 Breastfeeding Questions

Breastfeeding Questions Answered by a Lactation Consultant

16 Of Your Most Pressing Breastfeeding Questions Answered

Q: What is the biggest mistake you have seen in breastfeeding moms?

A: Supplementing too early, thinking they don’t produce enough milk. It leads to them eventually having a hard time nursing.

Q: When should I start pumping?

A: Unless you have to be away from baby before 4-6 weeks or your baby is in the NICU, you shouldn’t pump before 4-6 weeks. It can be detrimental to your milk supply.

Q: Feels like my right breast doesn’t make as much as my left. Is this normal?

A: This is very common. Every woman has what is known as the “slacker boob” or the “lazy boob”.

Q: What is your advice for a woman with inverted nipples that wants to breastfeed?

A: Contact a lactation consultant to work with you in person. Many moms actually breastfeed fine with inverted or flat nipples. And, nipple shields can help with that too. But, it is best to be shown by a lactation consultant how to properly use them.

Q: Do you have any recommendations to pump more milk?

A: Pumping 1-4oz is average. You should be pumping every 2 hours when you’re away from baby. You can also try power pumping.

Power pumping is pumping for 20 minutes, breaking for 10, pumping for 10, breaking for 10, pumping for 10, and breaking for 10. It is done to mimic what a baby does when cluster feeding and basically “tricks” your body into producing more milk.

Q: I started solids at 4 months, but my baby doesn’t seem to like them. Is this his way of telling me he’s not ready?

A: Solids really shouldn’t be given until 6 months and food is optional at that age. You don’t have to give food before age one.

Q: How do I start to wean my baby?

A: Weaning can be hard, but a lot of people find success using the “don’t ask, don’t offer” method. If baby doesn’t ask, don’t offer the breast. If baby does ask, distract them with something like, “Okay, after your bath,” or something like that. Eventually they will forget about it, but it may take awhile.

Q: My baby is almost two weeks old. He nurses well during the day, but gets fussy at night. Is it because my milk supply is low?

A: Maybe your milk supply isn’t low. Young babies don’t need much. If your baby is producing 5-8 wet diapers per day, your supply is fine. Breast milk is supply and demand, the more you nurse, the more you produce.

Q: What do you do about biting babies? It hurts even when they don’t have teeth!

A: When they bite, you have to keep taking the breast away for a few minutes until they get the picture. Tell them no and remove the breast for a few minutes and keep doing it until he stops.

Q: Is there food I can eat to help with supply?

A: No, moving milk creates milk. Empty breasts create milk. The more you nurse or pump, the more you make. There’s no magical food or drink that will cause a permanent increase in milk supply.

Q: I’m a vegetarian. Will my diet choice impact my supply?

A: Nope! It shouldn’t impact your supply at all.

Q: I am 39 weeks pregnant and I know a lot of women leak at this point, but I’m not. Does that mean I will not have any milk for her?

A: Leaking or not leaking does not effect your ability to breastfeed. Lots of women never leak and breastfeed just fine. You have colostrum, and that’s all the baby needs until mature milk comes in.

Q: I have been trying to get my baby to take a bottle for a couple of months so I can go back to work, but he won’t. We tried a spoon. Any tips?

A: Try a syringe. That may work better because she can kind of suck that better than she would a spoon. The bottle brand doesn’t usually matter, but it’s good to have a slow flow nipple and experiment with pace feeding.

Pace feeding is meant to mimic breastfeeding in bottle fed babies. Positioning and nipple flow cause baby to work harder to get their milk and pauses are introduced by the caregiver to make bottle feeding more similar to the breastfeeding experience. It also requires you to pay attention to baby’s cues to signal satiety to help prevent overfeeding.

Q: My son only likes nursing on my left side. Can one breast make enough milk for him every feeding?

A: Yes! Some mothers only nurse on one side the entire time they breastfeed.

Q: Is there a different weight and growth chart for breastfeed babies?

A: Yes. Breastfed babies have a different chart. This is why many moms of breastfed babies think they aren’t producing enough milk -they are expecting their babies to be a certain weight. But, even with a different chart, we are not all meant to be the same size. As long as baby is growing, charts are kind of pointless. I can’t expect every 30 year old to be my height and weight, so we shouldn’t have those expectations for babies.

Q: I am really trying to figure out overfeeding. Can you explain it to me?

A: Here’s the thing -breastfed babies pace themselves at the breast. They can’t pace themselves with a bottle, which is why they will consume 15oz if you let them. It takes a while to register that they are full, so they keep drinking. But they can’t help but gulp down those large amounts of milk. Also, overfeeding stretches the stomach, which will only make baby want more.

If you are a nursing mama who is struggling or just eager to know more about making the process easier/better for you and baby, you NEED to check out the full chat to get more details and info.

And, be sure to check out Princess’s blog: The Mom in Me

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