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We’ve answered some of the top questions new and expectant moms want to know about pregnancy, breastfeeding and life with a new baby
When you’re growing a baby, every day is a new experience and life ahead feels like a big unknown. It’s normal to have a lot of questions! As moms ourselves, our team at Ashland Breast Pumps wants to calm your fears and help you feel informed as you enter this exciting phase of life called new motherhood. That’s why we rounded up some common questions from new and expectant moms and share our honest answers.
Is there anything that predicts what kind of milk supply I’ll have?
So many factors go into how much milk your body is capable of producing. But the size of your breasts and whether you leak colostrum during pregnancy are not predictors of supply. What factors could cause potential supply issues? Abnormal hormone levels, breast surgeries, a traumatic delivery or postpartum hemorrhage, certain medications and insufficient breast tissue are the big ones. Head off any potential production problems by connecting with a lactation consultant before your baby arrives. Those first days after delivery are crucial for getting your milk supply off to a good start.
What should I have on hand for breastfeeding?
If you’re building a registry and prepping for delivery, we have a few breastfeeding must-haves we’d recommend to make life easier. Pack nursing bras, nipple cream and pads in your hospital bag. Set up a nursing/pumping station in the nursery, complete with a nursing pillow and a hands-free pumping bra. For on-the-go pumping, grab a small cooler bag with ice packs, and add milk storage bags/bottles and quick-clean wipes to your pump bag. Extra calories and hydration are important for breastfeeding moms, so stock up on nutritious snacks and a big reusable water bottle, and you’ll be all set!
How do I get my insurance-covered breast pump?
We can help! This is exactly what Ashland Breast Pumps does. We help you select the right breast pump for your lifestyle, connect with your insurance company and doctor, then once everything is confirmed we ship everything to your door. It couldn’t be easier.
If you need help deciding on the right breast pump for you, we have a breast pump quiz to help!
Is it possible to induce labor naturally?
You’re so ready to meet your baby and so over being pregnant. We get it! However, there’s no proven way to induce labor, besides those methods used in a hospital setting. Taking a walk, eating spicy food or downing castor oil—sure, some may coincidentally coincide with the start of labor or indirectly get contractions going, but they’re probably only going to “work” if your body is already ready (and they might be pretty uncomfortable!). Among all the old wives’ tales, there are a few that have some medical basis or promising research: acupuncture, sex and nipple stimulation. Those last weeks of pregnancy are important for your baby’s development, so whatever you want to try, be sure to listen to your body and discuss with your doctor. Your little one will be here soon!
What can I do to heal my core and pelvic floor after delivery?
Pregnancy and delivery can do a number on your body. If you experience ab separation (aka diastasis recti), muscle weakness, pelvic pain, leaking or other issues, know that you don’t have to live with it. A women’s health or pelvic floor physical therapist can help you strengthen your core and solve any pelvic problems. You can even connect with one of these experts during pregnancy to ease any pain, prepare for giving birth and help prevent postpartum issues.
How do I manage visitors?
Everyone loves a new baby, but it can be overwhelming and exhausting to welcome a constant stream of visitors. Believe it or not, some people are genuinely unaware of all the newborn demands, pain and sleep deprivation new moms are dealing with. Set boundaries for when people can visit and how long they can stay. You have every right to put time limit visits. Let your family and friends know that you want to keep visits to about 15 minutes at this time. Also, if you want to limit the crowds in the hospital, suggest a visit when you’re back home and more settled.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, speak up when you need a break or some privacy, and be vague when awkward questions come up. Worst-case scenario? Say you need to nurse or put the baby down for a nap and escape to your bedroom. You’re the mom and you know best.
Will I ever sleep again?
Yes, we promise you will sleep again. (Trust us.) We can’t tell you when, and to be honest, it might not be a steady progression. Growth spurts, sleep regressions, teething and illnesses can throw a wrench in sleep-through-the-night progress. Our best advice is to catch naps when you can (the dishes and laundry can wait!) and ask for help. The good news? Those middle-of-the-night feedings serve a purpose: they keep your milk supply strong and set you up for breastfeeding success—not to mention, help your baby grow!
What if I need help?
Everyone needs help! There is no shame in this, and there’s a reason the age-old saying “it takes a village” is still completely relevant. You may not realize it, but you have an incredible support system. Whether you’re facing physical conditions, mental health concerns (like postpartum depression and anxiety) or just need some “me time,” there are people who want to help you. Reach out to your OB/GYN, a women’s health physical therapist, a board-certified lactation consultant, your partner, mom friends, family, a babysitter—even our team at Ashland Breast Pumps. No matter what is going on, you don’t have to go it alone.
While these FAQs can give you a good foundation, we’re here to answer any other questions you might have. We can order your insurance-covered breast pump, help you set up a one-on-one consultation with an IBCLC and support you as your due date approaches and beyond.