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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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Humor & Wisdom

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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BF FAQ: Tandem

References: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Tandem Breastfeeding

References: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Tandem Breastfeeding

References

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BF FAQ: Tandem

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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Is it safe to breastfeed during pregnancy?

Is it safe to breastfeed during pregnancy?

Yes, in most cases. At this time no medical study has been done on the safety of breastfeeding during pregnancy so it is impossible to list any definitive contraindications. If you are having a complicated pregnancy, such as lost weight, bleeding, or signs of preterm labor, you should problem-solve your individual situation with your caregiver.

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Book: Tandem Nursing

Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Table of Contents

Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Table of Contents

Foreword by Peggy O’Mara Introduction PART ONE: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS CHAPTER 1 PREGNANT PAUSE: TO NURSE ON OR NOT? Weighing the Needs on Both Sides of the Breast What’s the “Natural” Thing to Do? How Will I Ever Make a Decision? CHAPTER 2 REST AND SELF-CARE Self-Care Daytime Rest Restful Nights CHAPTER 3 DISCOMFORTS WHILE […]

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Adventures in Tandem Nursing: From the back cover…

Adventures in Tandem Nursing: From the back cover...

Can a mother produce enough milk for two children? How can weaning be accomplished without causing jealousy? Is breastfeeding safe during pregnancy? How do you arrange a toddler and a newborn at the breast, anyway? There is no doubt about it – when breastfeeding and pregnancy overlap, the questions abound! In this, the first full-length […]

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What if a “weaned” child asks to breastfeed again?

What if a "weaned" child asks to breastfeed again?

Excerpted with permission from Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond by Hilary Flower La Leche League International, ©LLLI 2003 ISBN: 0912500972 “Mommy, can I have some num-num?” These unexpected overtures can happen weeks or months after the child weaned; classic triggers are the return of milk in late pregnancy or the birth […]

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What if I lose weight in the first trimester (while breastfeeding and pregnant)?

What if I lose weight in the first trimester (while breastfeeding and pregnant)?

Excerpted with permission from Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond by Hilary Flower La Leche League International, ©LLLI 2003 ISBN: 0912500972 Now this is a tricky question. Of course if early pregnancy nausea has dampened your appetite, and especially if vomiting occurs frequently, it is common to gain weight slowly or even […]

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The nature of breastfeeding contractions

The nature of breastfeeding contractions

Excerpted with permission from Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond by Hilary Flower La Leche League International, ©LLLI 2003 ISBN: 0912500972 The hormone oxytocin is often considered to be at the crux of any potential connection between breastfeeding and adverse pregnancy outcomes. When a child suckles, oxytocin is released. Oxytocin is the […]

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What are miscarriage and preterm labor experts saying?

What are miscarriage and preterm labor experts saying?

Lesley Regan, PhD, MD, heads the Miscarriage Clinic at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, the largest referral unit in Europe, and is the author of Miscarriage: What every woman should know. She was surprised to hear that anyone considers issues related to miscarriage to be reasons for weaning. She added:

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Pregnancy Complications while Breastfeeding

Pregnancy Complications while Breastfeeding

When the pregnancy is complicated decisions become more complicated, too. When faced with weight loss, unexplained bleeding, threatened preterm labor or twin pregnancies, the mothers who contributed to this book have made a variety of different choices including: immediate weaning, initiation of gradual weaning, taking a “wait and see” approach, reducing nursing to a lower level in order to continue, and nursing on. It’s a heart-wrenching position to be in. One mother said she felt as though she was forced to choose between the baby at her breast and the baby in her womb. It takes courage to make these decisions and mothers deserve support for this unenviable responsibility.

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