Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Everything to know about the combination of breastfeeding and pumping

Becoming a new mother can be overwhelming, but with the right knowledge and support system, you can successfully combine breastfeeding and pumping.

Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby’s health and development, while pumping allows you to have time away from your baby while still providing them with the nutrition they need. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about this important topic  on how to combine breastfeeding and pumping.

Foods to avoid when breastfeeding for gas

The foods that you eat while breastfeeding and pumping can affect your little one’s digestion, so it’s important to be aware of which foods might cause gas or other digestive issues.

Some common culprits include cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts), garlic and onions, dairy products (especially cow’s milk), caffeine, artificial sweeteners, spicy food, and high-fiber foods. It’s best to avoid these foods if possible or at least limit how much of them you are eating.

How much water should I drink while breastfeeding & pumping?

It is recommended that mothers drink 8-12 cups of water a day while breastfeeding and pumping. This will help keep you hydrated and ensure that your body has enough fluids to produce enough breast milk for your baby.

Additionally, drinking plenty of water will help flush out any toxins that may accumulate in your body due to diet or environmental factors.

How long should you breastfeed on each side?

The general rule of thumb when it comes to nursing is 8 minutes per side or until your baby stops sucking actively. However, some babies may nurse for shorter or longer periods depending on their age and hunger level. It’s important not to rush through nursing sessions as this may lead to poor latch or an incomplete feeding session. Be sure to pay attention to your baby’s cues so you know when it’s time for a break!

Can you breastfeed while sick?

Yes! If you are sick with a cold or the flu, it is safe for both you and your baby if you continue breastfeeding while taking appropriate medication prescribed by your doctor.

In fact, continuing breastfeeding and pumping during an illness can actually boost up immunity in both mom and baby since all those antibodies found in breastmilk will help fight off whatever virus or bacteria that’s causing the illness!

Just be sure not to share utensils or dishes with others while handling food around the house as this could potentially put others at risk of getting sick as well.

Combining breastfeeding and pumping requires careful planning but ultimately leads to a more comfortable experience for both mommy and baby alike! Start by familiarizing yourself with which foods may cause gas in babies then focus on keeping yourself hydrated by drinking 8-12 glasses of water each day throughout the duration of nursing/pumping sessions.

Also remember that although most babies nurse for 8 minutes per side before switching sides, some babies may take longer depending on their hunger levels – just listen closely for their cues!

Finally – don’t forget that even if mommy gets sick during this period – it is still safe (and beneficial!) if she continues breastfeeding and pumping with proper medication prescribed by her doctor throughout her recovery process! Knowing these key tips will certainly make combining breastfeeding & pumping much easier!

 

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