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Finding good information about medication use during lactation

Finding good information about medication use during lactation

Have you ever been told you need to stop breastfeeding (temporarily or otherwise) because you need medical testing or a ...

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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 during nursing - 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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Pumping issues

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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Breastfeeding Basics

Is Baby Getting Enough Milk?

Is Baby Getting Enough Milk?

Is baby getting enough? — Quick reference card…

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Growth & Development

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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BF Concerns: Mother

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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Growth & Development

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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Common Newborn Concerns

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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Growth & Development

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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Translations

ФАКТЫ О ПРОДОЛЖИТЕЛЬНОМ КОРМЛЕНИИ ГРУДЬЮ

ФАКТЫ О ПРОДОЛЖИТЕЛЬНОМ КОРМЛЕНИИ ГРУДЬЮ

Несмотря на то, что существует мало исследований о кормлении грудью детей старше 2 лет, доступная информация указывает, что кормление грудью продолжает быть ценным источником питания и защиты от болезней, пока кормление грудью продолжается.

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Spanish

Beneficios de la lactancia prolongada

Beneficios de la lactancia prolongada

El término “lactancia prolongada” se utiliza cuando el niño amamantado es mayor de 12 meses de edad. En este artículo, a dichos niños les llamamos “pequeños lactantes”.

Los pequeños lactantes se benefician NUTRICIONALMENTE:

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Предно и задно мляко

Предно и задно мляко

След като се стартира рефлекса на потичане на млякото (чрез сукането на бебето или чрез изпомпване), млякото се стича по каналчетата докато достигне до бебето. По време на стичането производството не е по-бързо, само притокът е по-бърз. По време на едно хранене има няколко стичания, въпреки, че майката усеща само първото.

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Как се образува млякото?

Как се образува млякото?

Производството на мляко не започва като процес на търсене и предлагане. По време на бременността и през първите дни след раждането, образуването на кърма е хормонално регулирано. Нарича се ендокринна контролна система. Ако подходящите хормони са налице, майката ще има коластра от средата на бременността (Лактогенеза I) и нейното мляко ще увеличи количеството си (Лактогенеза II) около 30-40 часа след раждането.

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Herbs/natural treatments

What is a galactagogue? Do I need one?

What is a galactagogue? Do I need one?

A substance that increases milk supply is called a galactagogue. Some of the most commonly used herbal galactagogues are fenugreek, blessed thistle, and alfalfa. There are also several prescription medications that can increase milk supply.

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Смягчение Давлением

Смягчение Давлением

Медики все чаще замечают, что у матерей, которые получили во время родов многочисленные внутривенные вливания, отеки после родов уходят позже, чем обычно. Эта повышенная отечность в ранний послеродовой период усиливает нагрубание, увеличивает плотность тканей в пространстве за ареолой, изменяет форму соска и мешает комфортному, эффективному прикладыванию ребенка к груди.

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German

Die Ernährung gestillter Kleinkinder

Die Ernährung gestillter Kleinkinder

Bei den meisten Informationen, die man zur Ernährung von Kleinkindern findet, wird davon ausgegangen, dass das Kind nicht mehr gestillt wird und hauptsächlich feste Nahrung zu sich nimmt. Daher haben viele Mütter gestillter Kleinkinder (vor allem derjenigen, die noch nicht viel feste Nahrung essen) eine Menge Fragen dazu, wie sie diese Ratschläge dem Bedarf ihres Kindes anpassen sollen.

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Spanish

Amamantando a un bebe mayor de un año

Amamantando a un bebe mayor de un año

Estás considerando la posibilidad de amamantar a tu bebe más allá del año, y te preocupa la forma en que se desarrollará la relación de lactancia? Te preguntas si tu hijo está por destetarse, o por qué causa parece que mamara durante todo el día? Aquí encontrarás algunas observaciones relativas al comportamiento típico del bebe mayorcito respecto a la lactancia. Por supuesto, la forma en que tu bebe se relaciona con la lactancia dependerá de su personalidad única.

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Trivia

History of Breastfeeding

History of Breastfeeding

OK, other that the fact that breastfeeding started with the first baby, have you ever wondered how breastfeeding and infant feeding practices have changed through the ages? Here are some articles on this subject.

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Trivia

Links: Breastfeeding Art

Links: Breastfeeding Art

Breastfeeding Art

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Breastfeeding: the Numbers

Breastfeeding: the Numbers

What percentage of moms breastfeed their babies? How long do they breastfeed? These questions have interested me, and prompted me to look for research that has been done and keep track of it year to year. I’m posting the results of my efforts here, for the benefit of anyone else who might be interested.

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Trivia

Ross Labs breastfeeding statistics

Ross Labs breastfeeding statistics

According to information published by Ross Labs (Ross Products Division, Abbott Laboratories)…

From 1955 to 1971, there was a progressive decline in breastfeeding, followed by a resurgence in its incidence and duration through 1982.

Following is information that has been reported by Ross. Keep in mind that the rates here, unless othewise noted, are for any breastfeeding, rather than exclusive breastfeeding.

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