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Some Helpful Hints

Feeding your baby with an artificial nipple during the first 4 to 6 weeks may change the baby's suck and cause problems with breastfeeding.

Ask your caregiver about other feeding methods that you can use temporarily while your baby is learning to breastfeed.

If possible, express or pump in a quiet, restful place.  Think about your baby and try to relax.  This will help your breastmilk "let down" or flow easily.

Other things that can help are:
  • Warm compresses on the breast
  • Breast massage
  • Listening to music
  • Looking at a picture of your baby
  • Smelling your baby's blanket or clothes