Breastmilk Supply and Supplemental Feedings For Your Infant

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Who It's For


Breastfeeding mothers needing to provide supplemental feedings to their new baby—before establishing their breastmilk supply and after—to ensure their infant’s health and nutrition.

What's Included


Checkmark icon Guidance for building confidence in expressing breastmilk by hand

Checkmark icon Tips on waking a sleeping baby to breastfeed

Checkmark icon Tools for learning how to pump breastmilk and latch simultaneously

Checkmark icon Guidance on how to pace your infant’s feedings

Checkmark icon Tool for tracking the quantity and quality of your breastfeeding sessions

Checkmark icon Support for recognizing and troubleshooting breast engorgement

Checkmark icon Best practices for keeping your breast pump clean

Why It's Needed


Breastfeeding is a natural process, but is never as simple as it seems. Many new mothers experience challenges with breastfeeding, including a delayed milk supply. In fact, breastmilk supply is established during the first two weeks of a baby’s life. Before you begin to produce breastmilk, your body produces a nutrient-rich liquid called colostrum, considered your baby’s first meal. Transitional and mature breastmilk will then replace colostrum, at which point the breasts become fuller and firmer.

Additional challenges breastfeeding moms may experience include:
• Latching difficulties
• Slow weight gain or weight loss
• Jaundice or low blood sugars
• Low milk supply
• History of maternal breast surgery
• Breast refusal

Supplemental bottle feedings may be necessary to help address these challenges. While necessary, these supplemental feedings may be temporary, as the quantity can be decreased as your milk supply increases. It is important to make sure your baby is eating a minimum of 8 to 12 feedings in a 24-hour period. If you are having difficulty breastfeeding from the start, don’t worry! Supplemental feedings do not have to have a negative impact on breastfeeding. Learning to hand express colostrum and breastmilk, fully waking your baby for feedings, parallel pumping, and pacing your baby's feedings when using a bottle encourage your baby to learn to breastfeed while continuing to stimulate your milk supply. This also provides your baby the extra nutrition they need during this time, and can also improve weight gain.

Please remember that breastfeeding doesn’t work for everyone and is your choice whether it is right for you and your baby. For new moms navigating their breastfeeding journey, this kit is perfect for you!

Get Started


Follow these easy steps to set yourself up for success.

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Learn to master hand expression to provide the colostrum and breastmilk your baby needs.

Activity | 30 Minutes

Hand expression is a great skill to learn when needing to empty your breasts if separated from baby or needing...

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