Listen to Dee's interview here:
Before I became an IBCLC, I had no idea of the variation in breasts and nipples. After all, most images of breasts that you see in media look kind of similar. But in reality, breasts differ greatly in size, shape and elasticity. And nipples and areolas in particular differ quite a bit in size, shape, elasticity and sensitivity. So naturally a single size and shape of breast pump flange doesn't suit every breast and nipple. Fortunately, many options are available and Dee helps us navigate all this.
There are three basic types of breast pump flanges:
Hands free. These flanges made by Freemie fit inside mother's bra so that she can pump hands-free and fully dressed. They can be used with the Freemie pump and are also compatible with a variety of other breast pumps.
And for more great information on flange-fitting, also check out this webpage Dee and Alyssa created: http://www.sweetpeabreastfeeding.com/pump-flange-fitting-for-beginners.html
Dee has been an IBCLC in private practice (www.bfsupportservices.com) since 1994. She has been a volunteer La Leche League Leader since 1986. She breastfed both of her children and loves to work with other breastfeeding mothers and babies and help them navigate the tough spots that can make breastfeeding challenging.
We are proud to present a series of podcasts for parents Breastfeeding Outside the Box, where we aim to support the nourishing and nurturing of babies in exceptional families - families who historically have not received the help and support they need and deserve. Our exceptional families include adoptive, intended, and foster families; gender, sexual, and racial minorities; families with special needs babies; parents who have had breast surgery; mothers with IGT or low milk production for other reasons; exclusively pumping mothers; and more.
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