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How do I determine if a medication is safe for a breastfeeding mother?

How do I determine if a medication is safe for a breastfeeding mother?

Have you ever been told you need to stop breastfeeding because you need medical testing or a medication? The good ...

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My power went out and I have breastmilk in the freezer - Help!

How to preserve your "liquid gold" when your power goes out, plus some tips for pump-dependent mothers.

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Breastfeeding Helplines

Breastfeeding Helplines

Breastfeeding phone helplines, listed alphabetically by country, plus some resources for finding local breastfeeding help.

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How does milk production work?

How does milk production work?

To understand how to effectively increase (or decrease) milk supply, we need to look at how milk production works...
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Increasing Low Milk Supply

First of all, is your milk supply really low? Often, mothers think that their milk supply is low when it ...

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Breastfeeding your newborn — what to expect in the early weeks

Frequent nursing encourages good milk supply and reduces engorgement. Aim for breastfeeding at least 10 - 12 times per day ...

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Frequent nursing

First of all, do know that frequent nursing is normal and expected in the early months - most newborns need ...

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Growth spurts

Most babies go through several growth spurts (also called frequency days) during the first 12 months. During a growth spurt, ...

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My baby fusses or cries when breastfeeding - what's the problem?

Some babies will fuss, cry or pull off the breast during nursing. There are a number of reasons why this ...

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Spitting Up & Reflux in the Breastfed Baby

Spitting up, sometimes called physiological or uncomplicated reflux, is common in babies and is usually (but not always) normal. Most ...

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Let-down Reflex: Too slow?

Let-down Reflex: Too slow?

It is normal for let-down not to feel as strong as your baby gets older. Some mothers never feel let-down, and some stop feeling the let-down sensation as time goes by. This does not necessarily indicate that let-down is not taking place.

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Breastfeeding in Public

Breastfeeding in Public

Breastfeeding in public tends to be controversial. However, if a bottle-fed baby can have her dinner in public, why shouldn’t a breastfed baby have the same rights? I have certainly never seen a public restroom that I would like to feed my baby in! And I’m certainly not going to stay cooped up at home all the time because I’m afraid that my baby will get hungry while we’re gone

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Breastfeeding: Legal Issues

Breastfeeding: Legal Issues

Breastfeeding and the Law from La Leche League International. Information on breastfeeding legislation, breastfeeding and family law, extended breastfeeding, breastfeeding in the workplace and more.

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Jury Duty?

Jury Duty?

A call to jury duty can be very worrisome for mothers who stay at home with their young children, particularly those who are breastfeeding infants. Breastfeeding mothers who work and pump for their child will probably have reliable childcare available, but may be worried about whether she would be allowed sufficient time for pumping.

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Breastfeeding & Jury Duty – My Experience

Breastfeeding & Jury Duty - My Experience

I recently completed a week of jury duty service (8/16-20/04) while breastfeeding, and I wanted to share my experience, in case it may help others dealing with the same situation in the future. My daughter, Juliana, was born 5/29/04, and I’m still on maternity leave (as yet undecided as to whether I’m going back to work). I’ve been pumping periodically since she was about a month old, to build up a supply of milk for when I leave the house by myself (to run errands, work out at the gym, etc.), but I’d only ever pumped at home, and not on any sort of regular schedule.

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Breastfeeding and Speech Development

Breastfeeding and Speech Development

Since breastfeeding promotes normal development of the face and mouth, it would make sense that breastfeeding would enhance speech development and help to prevent speech problems. The research on this topic is mixed. Several studies have shown breastfeeding to enhance speech development and speech clarity, and others have shown no speech differences between breastfeeding and bottle-feeding.

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Average Weight Gain for Breastfed Babies

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A few things to keep in mind when evaluating weight gain

A 5-7% weight loss during the first 3-4 days after birth is normal. A 10% weight loss is sometimes considered normal, but this amount of weight loss is a sign that the breastfeeding needs to be evaluated. It’s a good idea to have a routine weight check at 5 days (baby should be gaining rather than losing weight by day 5), so that any developing problems can be caught and remedied early.

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Average Weight Gain for Breastfed Babies (Metric)

Average Weight Gain for Breastfed Babies (Metric)

It is acceptable for some babies to gain 4-5 ounces (113-142 grams) per week.

The average breastfed baby doubles birth weight by 3-4 months. By one year, the typical breastfed baby will weigh about 2 1/2 – 3 times birth weight.

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Average Toddler Growth

Average Toddler Growth

Some things to look at to determine that your child is getting appropriate nutrition…

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Increasing Low Milk Supply

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First of all, is your milk supply really low? Often, mothers think that their milk supply is low when it really isn’t. If your baby is gaining weight well on breastmilk alone, then you do not have a problem with milk supply. It’s important to note that the feel of the breast, the behavior of your baby, the frequency of nursing, the sensation of let-down, or the amount you pump are not valid ways to determine if you have enough milk for your baby.

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My breasts feel empty! Has my milk supply decreased?

My breasts feel empty! Has my milk supply decreased?

It is normal for a mother’s breasts to begin to feel less full, soft, even empty, after the first 6-12 weeks.

Many mothers have concerns about milk supply after the early weeks because they notice a drop in pumped amounts or they notice that their breasts feel “soft” or “empty”. It is normal for your breasts to feel mostly soft after the first weeks, although if there has been a long stretch without nursing or pumping they might feel a little full and heavy.

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Average Growth Patterns of Breastfed Babies

Average Growth Patterns of Breastfed Babies

A growth chart isn’t a test, where you are striving to get your baby into the 100th percentile. The growth charts show us the statistical distribution of weight, height , etc. in a particular set of babies (or children or adults). So if a baby is in the 50th percentile for weight on the CDC charts, it means that half of the babies of the same age in the US are heavier and half are lighter; if a baby is in the 10th percentile for height, then 90% of babies of the same age in the US are taller and 10% are shorter.

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I’m not pumping enough milk. What can I do?

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Milk supply normally varies somewhat throughout the day and over weeks and months. As long as baby is allowed to nurse on cue, your milk supply will accomodate baby’s needs. However, when mom is pumping part-time or full-time, pumping output can become an issue due to a few factors.

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Is Baby Getting Enough Milk?

Is Baby Getting Enough Milk?

Is baby getting enough? — Quick reference card…

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Is my older baby getting enough milk?

Is my older baby getting enough milk?

By Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC IS BABY GETTING ENOUGH? — QUICK REFERENCE CARD ~~~ AFTER 6 WEEKS ~~~ WEIGHT GAIN: If baby is gaining well on mom’s milk alone, then baby is getting enough. More on weight gain. Average weight gain for breastfed babies: 0 – 4 mo 6 oz /week 4 – 6 mo […]

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Lopsided! What can I do?

Lopsided! What can I do?

Most women notice differences in milk supply, pumping output, milk flow and/or size between breasts. As with many other things (foot size, ring size, eyesight, etc.) asymmetry is normal in humans. In some women the difference between breasts is hardly noticeable; in others it is very noticeable. There is every variation in between. This is not…

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How might I increase baby’s weight gain?

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It is recommended that you work with your pediatrician and a board certified lactation consultant if your baby is having weight gain problems. First, it’s important to determine if baby is having a genuine problem with weight gain. Following is a quick sketch of some things to look into when baby is not gaining well.

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Breastfeeding after a Cesarean Birth

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Educate yourself and arrange for breastfeeding help

Find a La Leche League group near you! Try to attend at least one meeting before your baby is born. Ask questions!

Talk to the lactation consultant (LC)–assuming your hospital has one on staff–and ask that she meet with you as soon as you get out of the operating room. She can help you position your baby as painlessly as possible. If an LC is not available, ask one of the nurses and/or have your partner or another helper available to help out.

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Books to Avoid

Books to Avoid

Warning: These books could sabotage your breastfeeding relationship

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Is my exclusively breastfed baby gaining too much weight?

Is my exclusively breastfed baby gaining too much weight?

By Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC It is normal for breastfed babies to gain weight more rapidly than their formula-fed peers during the first 2-3 months and then taper off (particularly between 9 and 12 months). There is absolutely NO evidence that a large breastfed baby will become a large child or adult. In fact, there […]

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Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby

The first time I read Dr. William Sears’ warning against “baby trainers,” I couldn’t help picturing a man in a top hat sending beleaguered babies through a series of hoops. Now I can replace that image with the smiling face of “Baby Whisperer” Tracy Hogg, the apparent ringmaster in today’s world of baby trainers.

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Good Nights – The Happy Parents’ Guide to the Family Bed (and a Peaceful Night’s Sleep!)

Good Nights - The Happy Parents' Guide to the Family Bed (and a Peaceful Night's Sleep!)

Good Nights -
The Happy Parents’ Guide to the Family Bed
(and a Peaceful Night’s Sleep!)

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The Joyful Family – Meaningful Activities and Heartfelt Celebrations for Connecting with the Ones You Love

The Joyful Family - Meaningful Activities and Heartfelt Celebrations for Connecting with the Ones You Love

This is not necessarily attachment parenting, and may not be so useful with very young children, but it will be useful once the kids are out of the toddler age, and for the rest of your life.

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I’m Made of Mama’s Milk

I'm Made of Mama's Milk

This is a picture board book about the experience of a toddler breastfeeding. It is written from her perspective, in simple rhymes, with real, soft-focused photos as illustration. In effect it is a book for toddlers “by” a toddler. It even has a special interactive surprise at the end of the book (a reflecting foil as a mirror), which all toddlers will love.

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The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night

The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night

The No-Cry Sleep Solution:
Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night

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The “What to Expect” Series

The "What to Expect" Series

The first editions of the books (I’ve read through the pregnancy, first year and toddler books), give lip service to breastfeeding in the early months (though much of the info is quite outdated), but gets less and less supportive of breastfeeding as babies pass 6 months. Weaning is suggested well before 12 months. The authors also advocate letting baby cry (to do otherwise is “cowardly”) and are very much against co-sleeping. Here is a quote from What to Expect the First Year (first edition):

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Mini-Reviews – Parenting & Sleep (various books)

Mini-Reviews - Parenting & Sleep (various books)

I was really disappointed by this as this book is written by one of Australia’s biggest selling infant and child health authors who normally has a lot of good things to say. Loads of experience and common sense in a lot of things thanks to many years as a child health nurse. HOWEVER…she does mention controlled crying as a valid option for sleep problems and somehow she has gotten the idea that it is okay to wean after 9 months which doesn’t follow the Australian guidelines at all. Australia follows WHO policy. She doesn’t say what she would feed the baby between 9-12 months. I know from reading her book on infant nutrition that she is very relaxed about many things [which can be good or bad depending on what you want to give your baby!].

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Mini-Reviews – Nutrition (various books)

Mini-Reviews - Nutrition (various books)

Child of Mine focuses on meal-time atmosphere, mistakes parents make in forcing kids to eat, eat foods in regimented ways (must eat vegetables before bread, etc), and long-term ill-effects of messing with the child’s normal food-intake regulations.

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Stillen sich Babys unter zw�lf Monaten selbst ab?

Stillen sich Babys unter zw�lf Monaten selbst ab?

Echtes Selbst-Abstillen kommt sehr selten vor, bevor ein Baby zw�lf Monate alt ist. Allerdings h�rt man ziemlich oft, dass eine Mutter erz�hlt, ihr Kind habe sich mit neun oder zehn Monaten selbst abgestillt. Wie passt das zusammen?

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Кърмене на бебе над 1 година

Кърмене на бебе над 1 година

Въпреки, че има малко изследвания, правени върху деца, които са кърмени над 2 години, наличната информация посочва, че кърменето продължава да е ценен хранителен източник и предпазва от заболявания докато кърменето продължава.

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