Black Women Breastfeeding – Jasmine

Today we’re hanging out with Jasmine! Thanks for celebrating Black HERstory month with us! Check it out ❤


What has your breastfeeding journey been like?

My breastfeeding journey has been challenging mentally but manageable physically.

I feel like that is the perfect way to say it. Breastfeeding can be challenging! Did the women in your family breastfeed?

My mother said she tried to nurse me for one day but was in too much pain from c-section recovery. Then she nursed my little brother for 3 months. My Aunt said she pumped for 6 weeks until her youngest was released from the hospital. My sister in law nursed both of her children for over a year, she is white.



It sounds like you’re blazing a trail for the next generation! What made you want to breastfeed?

My sister in law was the first person I really noticed and learned about breastfeeding from. I think she sparked my interest in learning about it. I learned more about it in college because I’m a birth-kindergarten education major. I learned about all the benefits of breastfeeding in college child development courses mostly.


Its awesome that you have your SIL to support you! What is the biggest bf challenge you’ve overcome?

The biggest breastfeeding challenge I have overcome was when I had to put my son in daycare and they had such strict rules about the way they handled breastfed babies. My son cluster fed at home at random times. Sometimes he would drink 1 ounce at a time other times 2.5 ounces. They needed to feed him on a schedule and if he didn’t finish a bottle they would dump my precious milk and it was very hard to keep my supply up because I only produce what my son would eat and nothing more. I ended up having to change daycares that would meet our needs and it was very stressful.


How frustrating! I’m glad you found a childcare provider who would support your breastfeeding relationship. Who are your biggest supporters?

My mother supported me all the way with breastfeeding she always sent anything she thought would make us more comfortable , whether it be nursing clothes, pillows, lactation tea & cookies. She was my cut man during the process.

My husband cooked all my meals and kept me comfortable, despite his uncertainty about me nursing in public he never discouraged me breastfeeding. Any decision I made regarding breastfeeding he supported the best way he knew how.

Supportive partners are worth their weight in gold! Tell us your favorite story about an experience with breastfeeding.

I don’t have a favorite story but I do remember always dreading going out in public with my baby because I was worried people would say something when I nursed him. So far no one has ever said anything to me or even seemed to notice when I nurse him. It made going out a little less stressful.

That is so common. Good for you for pushing through it! Is there anything else you’d like to share or encourage other moms?

I had to advocate for myself a lot during my breastfeeding journey. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. The more confident you are ,then more than likely, no one will even think to question you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all have to stick together. I wouldn’t have made it this far if I didn’t have some milk donated to me because my freezer supply diminished when I started taking my son to daycare and I couldn’t keep up by pumping. Just asking for 50 ounces every now and then helped relieve so much stress and increased my supply!


Thanks for checking in with Jasmine and our blog team today. Happy Black History Month! Or should we say- Black HERStory ❤

Milk on the Job – Military Mommas

Happy Veteran’s Day, y’all! We are so grateful to the brave men and women in uniform for their service. It is a unique sacrifice to serve in the military, and especially for mothers of young children.

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Like many other jobs, the military has regulations in place to protect working Milky Mommas. Do you know your rights? Here are some resources for our Military Milky Mommas, to ensure that they’re protected when pumping at work, and even services for veteran mommas!

Thank you for your service, and keep on milkin’! ❤


Pumping Tips

Many breastfeeding moms want to or need to pump in order to provide breast milk when away from their babies. Never fear, Milky Mommas Blog is here! Check out our top tips for comfortable and productive pumping.
Key Points:
  • Pump output does NOT indicate milk supply. Don’t compare your output to anyone else’s!
  • The frequent removal of milk is vital to maintain or increase production. Breast milk production is based on supply and demand.
  • Hand expression after pumping can increase output by an ounce or more!
  • It is typically best to avoid pumping before 6-8 weeks, unless medically-indicated.
  • Teaching caregivers how to paced bottle feed ensures baby is taking in appropriate amounts, and allows mom’s pump output to keep up more easily.
Use a Quality Breast Pump!
What type of pump are you using? Is it in working order? Most pumps are designed for a single user, single year, and single baby. Avoid sharing an open-system pump, as doing so puts you and your baby at risk for blood borne pathogen transmission. Pumping moms need a sturdy, double-electric pump that is designed for frequent use.

Aim to express milk (nursing or pumping) at least every three hours.
The key to maintaining or increasing milk production is the frequent removal of milk.
Learn how to use your pump to adjust suction and speed and how the let down button works. Use it frequently. Going longer and possibly allowing your breasts to become engorged may make it harder to express milk and maintain supply.
Pump for at least 15 minutes, or 5-10 minutes after the last drop. Then hand express! Then pump again!
These articles give tons of good information about timing of pumping, how much milk you might need to send and milk storage for future use:
Use Properly-Sized Equipment
Make sure your equipment is properly sized and comfortable and is in good working condition. Are your flanges correctly sized? Your nipple should move smoothly through the tunnel, not be jerked or squeezed in the tunnel.
If a flange is too small, this can compress milk ducts and make it hard to express anything at all. Signs that you have a poorly fitted flange include (but are not limited to): purple/white nipples after pumping, a “ring” around the inside of the tunnel that does not blot off or discomfort during pumping.
Follow your manufacturer’s recommendations about care of parts. Some manufacturers recommend boiling parts occasionally, others require the flexible membranes (duck bills, caps, etc.) to be changed every so often. Pay attention to the wear and tear on your pump parts and replace as needed.
Pumping Should Not Hurt!
Is the suction too high? Remember, you are trying to trigger a let-down reflex, not pull milk from the breast. Turning the pump suction too high in an attempt to get more milk can actually work against you, squeezing the milk ducts shut. Think of trying to suck a thick milkshake through a straw by applying more suction- the straw just folds flat.
Plan Ahead for Pump Part Storage
Keep extra pump parts available at work in case you forget a piece. Many moms have 2-3 sets. Use a lunch box to store parts and bottles. Find a cute purse/bag that all of your gear fits into. Pump setup and breakdown is part of the equation. You will get more efficient at it. Wipe out the milk in the tunnel with a paper towel and just store the entire flange assembly in the fridge without washing. Other mothers use the quick clean wipes sold by pump manufacturers to wipe and go. Store milk at room temperature or in a refrigerator until use or freezer storage.
Tip: Get the free pump kit from the hospital when you deliver. Many of the parts can be used on any pump!
Use your hands!
Pumps are as low as 40% efficient, meaning you may be leaving 60% of the milk in your breasts after pumping! Hands–on pumping or breast massage while pumping may yield higher output. Hand expressing for a few moments after you are finished pumping can help empty your breasts more completely.
Here are some great videos on Hands-On Pumping & Hand Expression!
Hands-on Pumping:
Encourage baby to snuggle and nurse while you are together
Many mothers choose to send only the milk they pumped the day before at work and allow baby to “make up the difference” while they are together.  Some babies reverse cycle ( and begin feeding more at night to get some extra snuggles and extra milk.
Eat Nutritious Foods and Drinks and take care of yourself:
A diet as close to nature as possible is recommended. No supplements or shakes or shortcuts can replace proper nutrition for a nursing mother. See our post on Diet and Nursing for more info!
Train Your Mind and Love Your Pump
Many mothers find it helpful to train themselves to “look forward to” pumping.  Be it a promise to play a game on their phone, a piece of chocolate before or after pumping, etc.
It takes time for your body to learn to let down for a pump.  Babies have cute, snuggly little fat rolls, smell like angels and grunt like tiny, perfect sumo wrestlers.  Pumps just don’t have that appeal and it takes time to learn to make milk for the pump. Be glad that you are continuing to provide your precious milk for your baby.
Make a “Safe” Place for Pumping
Are you in a “safe” place that is conducive to relaxation?
Think about the environment in which you pump. A closed, locked door may help.  Some mothers find it helpful to use earplugs to drown out any outside noise or the sound of the pump, others enjoy watching videos of their babies or listening to recordings of their babies snuggly snuffling sounds or cooing. Deep breathing, calming thoughts, even thinking of rushing rivers may help.  This is individual for each mother and you will find your groove with it.
Pumping for a NICU/Preemie Baby
Pump every 2 hours during the day and 3 hours at night.
Visit with the hospital lactation consultant frequently.

Returning to Work?

Begin pumping 1-2 weeks before your return. Add in one pump a day. You only need enough milk for the first day. You will pump milk for Day 2 on Day 1.
Contact your HR rep and boss before your return to inform them of the accommodations that need to be made. Present them with your plan and required pumping schedule. There are state and federal laws to protect you and your right to breastfeed.  Please let us know if you need further help with your specific situation.
Flexible or Part-Time Work
Discuss your options with your boss. Returning to work doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Ask for a transitional week or use your remaining leave hours to work a reduced schedule at your convenience as you transition from the major life event. This is allowed per FMLA laws.
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