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Choosing the right size PersonalFit™ Breastshield

If you are using a breastpump to remove milk for your baby, it is very important that you have correctly-fitted breastshields. The breastshield is the part of the pump kit that fits directly over your nipple and forms a seal around the areola (the darkened part of your breast). The breastpump works by creating a vacuum, which gently draws your nipple into the tunnel of the breastshield – just like your baby would draw it into the mouth with sucking.

A correctly-fitted breastshield will make your pumping comfortable and allow the pump to remove as much of your milk as possible each time you pump. Medela PersonalFit™ breastshields are available in five sizes: Medium (24mm), which is the size that comes with Medela’s breastpump kits; Small (21 mm), Large (27 mm), Extra Large (30 mm), and XX Large (36mm). Medela’s breastpump kits make it easy to use a larger or smaller breastshield, because all sizes are designed to fit into the same connector on the kit.

Many women appear to benefit from a size other than the standard 24 mm breastshield.

It is almost impossible to tell which size breastshield is the best fit without watching the nipple movement during pumping.

The following tips will help you determine whether a different size breastshield would be right for you. Remember the word ‘COMFY’ to determine whether you might need a different size breastshield. The term was designed to help you remember five specific guidelines about breastshield sizing. The following identifies these five guidelines: ‘COMFY’

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The Effect Of Cannabis On Pregnant Women And Their Newborns (Study)

by Vlad  

It’s almost too taboo to discuss: pregnant women smoking marijuana. It’s a dirty little secret for women, particularly during the harrowing first trimester, who turn to cannabis for relief from nausea and stress.

Pregnant women in Jamaica use marijuana regularly to relieve nausea, as well as to relieve stress and depression, often in the form of a tea or tonic.

In the late 1960s, grad student Melanie Dreher was chosen by her professors to perform an ethnographic study on marijuana use in Jamaica to observe and document its usage and its consequences among pregnant women.

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Maybe you don’t need to burp your baby

Maybe you don’t need to burp your baby

Post-meal pats on the back may be instinct for parents, but it’s not necessarily helpful to babies

Laura Sanders

September 15, 2016

As satisfying as it is to coax burps out of babies, the practice isn’t backed by science.

I found burping my babies to be highly satisfying. A little jiggle, a little pat, and suddenly, a big, funny jolt of air comes flying out of a tiny, floppy baby. There’s lots of burping methods — the over-the-shoulder jiggle, the propped-up-on-the-lap pat, even the face-down-on-the-knees position — and they all lead to this amusing outcome.

I will not weigh in on burping methodology here. Instead, I am going to back up a step further. At the risk of losing all credibility with grandmas, I am prepared to argue that you might not need to burp your baby at all. Despite the immense joy and amusement burping brings, there’s scant scientific evidence that burping after meals actually does anything helpful for babies.

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Breastfeeding

by Kristen Tea on October 7, 2015

Breastfeeding is increasingly promoted these days, as more and more evidence shows the importance of feeding babies this complete, species-specific food. We know that breast milk is full of living vitamins and minerals, but here are some things you might not know:

  1. Breastfeeding can be hard. Not always! Some women have an easy time with it. But breastfeeding is something of a lost art in our society, and because of this, it might be a challenge at first. Many of us no longer grow up witnessing breastfeeding, which has historically been a natural learning tool. Breastfeeding can come with quite a learning curve for both mom and baby. When I had my first baby, I was surprised by how unhelpful newborns are with the whole experience. It’s something like trying to handle a floppy octopus, until you really get the hang of it. With that in mind…
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