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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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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...
For ...

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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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Women

Women

Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a Queen.

Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.

Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Sister (Mum I can’t go to school looking like this!)

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Mom is taking a bath

Mom is taking a bath

Dear Kids,

Don’t be alarmed; the world isn’t coming to an end. I am simply taking a bath. It will take about 30 minutes and will involve soap and water.

Yes, I know how to swim. Even if I didn’t, forcing myself to drown in a half-inch of lukewarm water is more work than I’ve got energy for. (Which reminds me, I’m all for science projects, but the next time you want to see if Play-Doh floats, use cold water.)

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Evolution of a Mom

Evolution of a Mom

Yes, parenthood changes everything.
But parenthood also changes with each baby.

Here are some of the ways having a second and third child differs from having your first:

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The First Parent

The First Parent

Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to his kids.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.

And the first thing God said to them was: “Don’t.”

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When God Created Moms

When God Created Moms

When the good Lord was creating mothers,
He was into His sixth day of overtime, when an angel appeared and said,

“You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, “Have you read the spec on this one? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic; have 180 moveable parts, all replaceable; run on black coffee and leftovers; have a lap that disappears when she stands up; a kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair; and six pair of hands.”

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Job Opening

Job Opening

JOB DESCRIPTION: Long term team players needed for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication skills and be willing to work various hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in faraway cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

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Just Once More

Just Once More

I’d like to be pregnant just once more. I’d like to see a plus sign
on a pregnancy test and do a dance of joy on the bathroom floor.
I’d like to tell my husband, “We did it,” and see the joy on his face.
I’d like to walk with my secret in those early months,
a proud grin on my mouth,
inexplicable to those who do not know.
I’d like to take prenatal vitamins every day.
Just once more,

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Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father

Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father

Of the beasts of the field, and of the fishes of the sea, and of all foods that are acceptable in my sight you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the hoofed animals, broiled or ground into burgers, you may eat, but not in the living room. Of the cloven-hoofed animal, plain or with cheese, you may eat, but not in the living room.

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New Survivor Show

New Survivor Show

Have you heard about the next planned “Survivor” show?

6 men will be dropped on an island with 1 van and 4 kids each, for 6 weeks.

Each kid plays two sports and either takes music or dance classes.

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Parenting Quotes

Parenting Quotes

“God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.”
—– Jewish proverb

“If you plan for one year, plant rice. If you plan for 10 years, plant a tree. If you plan for 100 years, educate a child.”
—– Chinese proverb

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Poems and quotes on parenting

Poems and quotes on parenting

A Mother’s Prayer

Dear Lord, It’s such a hectic day,
With little time to stop and pray,
For Life’s been anything but calm,
Since You called me to be a Mom,
Running errands, matching socks,
Building dreams with matching blocks,
Cooking, cleaning, finding shoes,

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Time for Bed

Time for Bed

Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, “I’m tired, and it’s getting late. I think I’ll go to bed.”

She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day’s lunches, rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning.

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A substitute for natural pregnancy…

A substitute for natural pregnancy...

A substitute for natural pregnancy has been developed by Breed Bronson, Inc., makers of Infantill formula and other baby products. The YOUterus/Plus-centa unit was introduced in pharmacies and discount stores nationwide today.

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References: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Tandem Breastfeeding

References: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Tandem Breastfeeding

References

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How will breastfeeding affect my morning sickness?

How will breastfeeding affect my morning sickness?

There is a plus and a minus to report. First it must be said that for some moms, breastfeeding sessions can trigger a sensation of nausea over and above regular morning sickness. Let-down in particular can bring on a feeling of nausea. On the plus side, many moms seem to suffer less morning sickness over all when they are breastfeeding. Indeed, some moms say that when they weaned the morning sickness hit the roof. (Does breastfeeding really reduce morning sickness? Sure seems that way, but only a study can tell us for sure.)

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Breastfeeding during labor

Breastfeeding during labor

Nursing naturally increases oxytocin levels, and so can speed labor once it starts. Nipple stimulation is often suggested as a natural alternative to pitocin, and so this is just another option for a mom who is nursing. Nursing will also speed delivery of the placenta.

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How will my milk change when I am breastfeeding through pregnancy?

How will my milk change when I am breastfeeding through pregnancy?

Most mothers who are nursing through pregnancy notice a decrease in milk supply by mid-pregnancy, but sometimes as early as the first month. During pregnancy, the mature milk is also making a gradual change to the colostrum which is present at birth. Supply may increase toward the end of pregnancy as colostrum production kicks in.

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Will tandem breastfeeding spread germs between my children?

Will tandem breastfeeding spread germs between my children?

No special measures are normally needed as far as hygiene and the sharing of the breasts. Normal baths and showers will suffice. There is no reason to clean the nipple area between children and, as always during lactation, use of soap on the nipple is not recommended except under special circumstances.

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What if I want to wean while pregnant with a new baby?

What if I want to wean while pregnant with a new baby?

Pregnancy has a way of making moms think of weaning, especially if it turns breastfeeding into an uncomfortable experience. It is important that you take your own needs into account with breastfeeding decisions.

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Sore nipples and agitation during pregnancy

Sore nipples and agitation during pregnancy

Many mothers experience nipple soreness when breastfeeding during pregnancy. Others report feelings of restlessness and irritation while nursing. This varies widely from mother to mother and is due mainly to hormonal changes. Soreness may also be associated with decreased milk supply later into the pregnancy, latch issues, thrush, etc.

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Will pregnancy cause my child to wean prematurely?

Will pregnancy cause my child to wean prematurely?

It may feel strange to think of your breastfeeding relationship as vulnerable to the influences of pregnancy. As parents there are so many things that we cannot control. Starting with pregnancy, the new baby will change family life in many unexpected ways, some more welcome than others. If you can, open yourself to the various possibilities and trust that you and your older child can make it through no matter what. Remember, your fundamental relationship with your older child is not at stake.

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How can I answer critics of tandem breastfeeding?

How can I answer critics of tandem breastfeeding?

The first thing to bear in mind is that your breastfeeding relationship is a private one between yourself and your child. Although everyone is entitled to their opinion, you need not feel that you must defend or explain your choices.

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Will I like tandem breastfeeding? Is worth the trouble?

Will I like tandem breastfeeding? Is worth the trouble?

Like everything else when a new baby first arrives, tandem nursing tends to be intense and unpredictable. Chances are it will be a godsend in many ways: helping with engorgement, helping meet the older child’s needs and the baby’s needs simultaneously, keeping the older child’s immunity up (so less illness, and shorter illnesses), providing incomparable nutrition for the older child, and providing a quick fix for temper tantrums. Moms who can comfortably nurse both children lying down may actually get to nap!

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How does tandem breastfeeding affect sibling rivalry?

How does tandem breastfeeding affect sibling rivalry?

Many tandem nursing mothers say that “reduced sibling rivalry” is one of the biggest advantages of tandem nursing. Some nurslings hold hands while they nurse and prefer to nurse together. But it is important to bear in mind that some emotional upheaval is natural when a toddler is getting used to a new baby in the house.

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What positions are best for tandem breastfeeding?

What positions are best for tandem breastfeeding?

To find your best arrangement you will need to experiment and to try a variety of pillows (including a U-shaped nursing pillow). The positioning that works best is likely to change as your baby grows. Following are some options to consider:

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Does my newborn always need to breastfeed first?

Does my newborn always need to breastfeed first?

Although you may be advised to make sure the newborn always nurses first, this advice usually only holds for the first few days until your milk “comes in.” Prior to this point your breasts are making colostrum for the newborn (and it will transition into “mature milk” in the early weeks).

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Nipple soreness and engorgement after birth

Nipple soreness and engorgement after birth

During pregnancy, nipple pain is generally caused by hormones. By contrast, if you notice nipple pain in the early days after your baby is born, you should assume there is a problem in need of a solution. Although nipple pain in the early days (usually peaking at 3-7 days postpartum) is common, it is not necessarily normal.

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Is it safe to use a breastpump during pregnancy?

Is it safe to use a breastpump during pregnancy?

It is often stated that a woman should not use a breastpump when pregnant. However, there is considerable reason to believe that pumping, like breastfeeding, will not trigger preterm labor in a healthy pregnancy.

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Nutrition for mom while pregnant & breastfeeding or tandem breastfeeding

Nutrition for mom while pregnant & breastfeeding or tandem breastfeeding

If a mother is reasonably well-nourished her body can continue to meet her own needs and the needs of both her unborn child/infant and the older nursling. This is especially true if the older nursling is at least a year old when mom gets pregnant. In some cases, the health care provider may recommend that the mother consume more calories and/or take prenatal vitamins (but it’s unwise to take more than one a day).

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Will breastfeeding affect the nutrition of my unborn child?

Will breastfeeding affect the nutrition of my unborn child?

This concern is valid for malnourished mothers, but it does not appear to be grounded for well-nourished mothers. Although we do not yet have a medical study that can speak directly to the question for well-nourished mothers, we have two reasons to be quite encouraged:

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