THE BENEFITS OF BREAST MILK

Breast milk contains all the vital nutrients that Baby needs to grow: vitamins, protein, minerals, fats, essential fatty acids, iron, etc. It also contains antibodies that protect your little one from ear/nose/throat and intestinal tract infections until Baby develops its own antibodies.

Extra benefit: Breast milk is easy to digest!

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WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR BREASTFEEDING?

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A feeding bra

On a day-to-day basis, a feeding bra is THE essential piece of kit. Another reason for making the right choice. It is recommended that you try it on. It should not compress your breasts or the area under your armpits. This kind of pressure could affect the flow of breast milk and eventually lead to engorgement.

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A breast pump

There is no doubt that a breast pump is a precious ally for working mothers. It is ideal for creating a supply of breast milk before an outing or going back to work. Whether you choose an electrical or manual breast pump depends primarily on your requirements. Find our selection criteria under the heading ‘choosing a breast pump’.

Breast pads

Breast pads can be either washable or disposable and are inserted into your bra to absorb any breast milk leaks. No one will ever know they are there. Result: no unsightly stains on your beautiful blouse! Consider getting a box in advance, just in case. Breast pads must be changed regularly to keep your breasts clean and dry, otherwise they may become infected.

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Breast shells or cups

These shells or cups are inserted into your bra and prevent friction between your nipples and the material. But you need to be careful, as these accessories can actually lead to engorgement. Our advice is to only wear them for a short period.

Milk-collection cups or shells

The ‘milk-collection’ system is designed to collect breast milk which leaks from the other breast while Baby is sucking. This milk is low in fat and not essential for your child.

Nipple shields

Nipple shields, recommended after a premature birth to help Baby suck, or in the event of serious cracks, are very specific breastfeeding accessories. You must get advice from a breastfeeding specialist before use. The size of your nipples and Baby’s mouth will determine the size of the nipple shields.

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BREAST PUMPS

The selection criteria to consider, depending on your requirements:

meal-bullet Comfort. You need to be comfortable when using a breast pump, even if you use it frequently. The breast cup should correctly support your breast and fit snugly around your nipple. You should be able to see your nipple extending slightly during the suction phase.

meal-bullet Ease of use. Some mothers are sensitive to the vacuum created by the breast pump. The breast pump should be designed to provide different levels of suction for greater comfort.

meal-bullet Flexible suction. The breast pump you select should be practical and easy to use. Easily understandable instructions should be provided with the pump.

meal-bullet Flexible cycles. Babies’ suction speeds vary during feeds. They start quickly (around 60 sucks a minute). They then slow down and feed at a steady, regular speed (around 40 sucks a minute). Your pump has to reproduce these changes in suction speed.

meal-bullet Ease of transport. Consider when and where you will use your breast pump. If you will have to carry it from home to the office or to school, select a light breast pump.

meal-bullet Cost. Choose the right breast pump for your budget, but do not make your decision based solely on cost.

meal-bullet Ease of cleaning. Choose a breast pump or pumping system which does not have many pieces to clean after use.

meal-bullet Adjustable breast cups the right size for your breasts. Breast and nipple size varies depending on the mother. Some breast pumps have different sized breast cups, which can be inserted to fit the size of the breasts and nipples.

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GOING BACK TO WORK: WHEN TO WEAN BABY

Whatever your working hours, it is generally recommended that you partially wean your child before you go back to work. This allows you to make sure your infant will accept a bottle. So, around two weeks before you go back to work, replace one or more feeds with a bottle of formula or expressed breast milk.

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meal-bullet D-15 before returning to work: first, replace the afternoon feed with a bottle.

meal-bullet D-10 before returning to work: replace the morning feed.

meal-bullet D-5 before returning to work: also replace the lunchtime feed. Now you only breastfeed morning and evening. If your child is under four months old, you will no doubt have to express your milk using a breast pump, to avoid engorgement.

meal-bullet D Day: you are ready to go back to work with total peace of mind.

meal-bullet On days off and weekends, you can breastfeed in full if you want to.

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