Keeping Abreast of Best Lactation Practices

September 1, 2005

To foster equal stimulation and drainage of both breasts, advise lactating mothers to alternate the breast they begin nursing with at each feeding.

To foster equal stimulation and drainage of both breasts, advise lactating mothers to alternate the breast they begin nursing with at each feeding. To keep track of which breast to begin with, tell them to fasten a safety pin to one side of their nursing bra and move the pin to the opposite side after each feeding. Also remind them to nurse the infant at both breasts each time they breast-feed.

- Sheryl Stone Clay, RN, BSN
   Mason, Ohio