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  • Introduce new tastes and textures starting around 6 months of age.
  • Massage your breasts in a circular pattern before you start to hand express or pump.
  • Make milk expression easier by putting warm water (using a washcloth, tub, or shower) on your breasts.
  • Features to look for in a pump are pressure range, suction control, flange size, and backflow protection.
  • Store breast milk in the middle of the refrigerator or freezer, not on the refrigerator door.
  • Thaw unopened containers of breast milk in a pan of warm water. Don’t use the microwave!
  • After week one, expect a 4–8 ounce weight gain each week for the first three months.
  • If your baby has black stools on day three or green stools on day five, call your baby’s doctor.
  • Supply and demand are key to milk production—the more milk your baby takes, the more milk you make!
  • Watch your baby not the clock. Your baby will let you know when he is full by relaxing his body and releasing the breast.