Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
We recommend that you follow the American Academy of Pediatrics' guidelines to breastfeed your baby for the first 6 months of life and, if possible, for the entire first year. Breastfeeding is the natural way to provide all the nutrition your baby needs. Expressing (pumping) your breast milk is a great way to be sure that your baby receives the full benefit of your milk, even if you need to be away due to work or other commitments.
You can begin expressing milk around 2 weeks before your return to work to give yourself plenty of time to learn what works best for you and your baby. Our lactation consultants are available to assist you if you have any concerns.
No matter which method you use, always wash your hands and any pumping equipment before you begin to express milk. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's directions that come with the pump.
Many of our facilities rent and/or sell breast pumps. For more information, please call your local Health Education Center or department.
Once it has been expressed, breast milk can be stored in containers for future use. Always use containers that have been washed in hot, soapy water and have been rinsed well. You can store your expressed milk in the following ways:
Breast milk may be stored in the following ways for healthy (non-hospitalized) babies:
If your baby drinks from a bottle but doesn't finish all of the milk, throw the remaining milk away. To minimize waste, put only the amount of milk that your baby is most likely to drink in the bottle. Do not use the same bottle again without washing the bottle first with hot, soapy water. Even small amounts of milk can cause bacteria to grow in the bottle over time.
Never microwave breast milk. This can cause overheating which destroys nutrients. Microwaves don't heat evenly; therefore milk warmed in a microwave can produce "hot spots" in the milk that can burn your baby's mouth.
Learning to express your breast milk can take some practice and patience! Many mothers find that they need some time and support to learn the art of expressing milk. When you start, take a deep breath, look at a picture of your baby, hold or smell your baby's blanket, and pump in a quiet, relaxed setting to help you with good milk expression.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact our lactation consultant who will be glad to support you in all aspects of breastfeeding.
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.