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

Milk supply normally varies somewhat throughout the day and over weeks and months. As long as baby is allowed to ...

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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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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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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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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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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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The “What to Expect” Series

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Reviews

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):

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!].

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.

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?

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.

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.

Beneficios de la lactancia prolongada

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Spanish

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:

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.

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.

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.

Смягчение Давлением

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Russian

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.

Die Ernährung gestillter Kleinkinder

August 4, 2011. Posted in: German

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.

Amamantando a un bebe mayor de un año

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Spanish

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.

History of Breastfeeding

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Trivia

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.

Links: Breastfeeding Art

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Trivia

Breastfeeding Art

Breastfeeding: the Numbers

US National Breastfeeding Rates. This shows the percentage of babies who received any breastmilk at all (at the breast or via alternative methods).

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Trivia

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.

Ross Labs breastfeeding statistics

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Trivia

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.

Mammals make great mothers.

Parenting is a 24 hour job.

Good things come in all sizes.

Breastfeeding Quotes

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Trivia

“If a multinational company developed a product that was a nutritionally balanced and delicious food, a wonder drug that both prevented and treated disease, cost almost nothing to produce and could be delivered in quantities controlled by the consumers’ needs, the very announcement of their find would send their shares rocketing to the top of the stock market. The scientists who developed the product would win prizes and the wealth and influence of everyone involved would increase dramatically. Women have been producing such a miraculous substance, breastmilk, since the beginning of human existence…”

There is no such thing as childproofing your house.

A four-year-old’s voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant.

Quiet does not necessarily mean don’t worry.

When you hear the toilet flush and the words, “Uh-oh” it’s already too late.

Play dough and microwave should never be used in the same sentence.

Legos will pass through the digestive tract of a four-year-old.

No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.

When your mom is mad at your dad, don’t let her brush your hair.

If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second person.

Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.

Please expect me to be busy. That is my developmental job. Please remember that I don’t need to do things well, I just need to do them. I like it when you tell me what I am doing, not how well or how poorly I am doing it. If you keep telling me that I do things well, that I am smart or cute or brave or spunky, I get mixed up and I think I have to act those special ways to please you. When you tell me what I am doing, when you say, “Andrew is climbing on the sofa,” I feel loved for being who I am and the age I am.

Toddler Property Laws

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Humor & Wisdom

1. If I like it, it’s mine.

2. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.

3. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.

On Starting Solids

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Humor & Wisdom

“In the beginning, all you have to cram into the baby is milk and vitamins, but one day the pediatrician will say, ‘Now you may start the baby on mashed banana.’ Or baby cereals. Or something mushy. Here again, it is easy enough for the pediatrician to say it. He doesn’t have to come and get it into the baby. That’s your department. Should you feed him the mashed banana BEFORE he drinks his milk, when he’s very hungry and therefore much more likely to try something new?

Over the years you may have noticed that most 2 year olds are trim. It came to me one day over a cup of grapefruit juice and a carrot that perhaps their diet is the reason.

After consultation with pediatricians, x-ray technicians and distraught mothers, I was able to formulate this new diet. It is inexpensive and offers great variety and sufficient quantity. ENJOY!!

Message From A Two Year Old

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Humor & Wisdom

Please be glad that I’m growing up, even though I am doing my separating by acting contrary and stubborn and by saying no thirty-seven hundred times a day.

Please let me continue to be dependent on you even though I act very independent and say, “I don’t want you.” I still need to be held some and protected.

Elephant Recipe

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Humor & Wisdom

Dice elephant into small pieces. This should take about 2 months. Add enough brown gravy to cover. Season to taste. Cook over fire for 4 weeks. This will serve 3,800 people. If more are expected, add 2 rabbits, but only if necessary. Most people do not like to find a hare in their stew.

Handy Tips

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Humor & Wisdom

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

Use a meat baster to “squeeze” your pancake batter onto the hot griddle and you’ll get perfectly shaped pancakes every time.

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

You – Off my planet.
Not the brightest crayon in the box now, are we?
Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.
Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
And your crybaby whiny opinion would be…?
I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 30 years.
Allow me to introduce my selves.
Sarcasm is just one more service we offer.
Whatever kind of look you were going for, you

What Really Matters

August 4, 2011. Posted in: Humor & Wisdom

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2 inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.