Important Breastfeeding Tips from St. Luke's

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Pediatric Urgent Care - Cedar Rapids

855 A Avenue NE
Suite 300A
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

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Urgent Care - Anamosa

1795 Hwy 64 East
Anamosa, Iowa 52205

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Urgent Care - Hiawatha

1001 N. Center Point Road
Suite A
Hiawatha, Iowa 52233

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Urgent Care - Marion

2992 7th Ave.
Marion, Iowa 52302

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Urgent Care - Westside

2375 Edgewood Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

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Why Are Breast Massage And Hand Expression Important?

Breast massage/compression and hand expression:

  • help you produce more milk faster
  • moves milk to baby (better nursing or pumping)
  • adds fat to your milk and helps to soften your breasts

Use breast massage/compression:

  • 1 minute before breastfeeding or pumping
  • During breastfeeding (if baby is sleepy, this squirts milk to baby so baby stays vigorous) 
  • During pumping to keep more milk flowing
  • During engorgement to help soften your breasts
Please call the St. Luke's Lactation Consultant with questions at (319) 369-8944.