Pregnancy > Breastfeeding

Lactation Suppression

Once your milk supply is established, stopping abruptly causes certain physical changes.? Your breasts will continue to produce milk for a while, and if some isn?t removed, you may become engorged, and possibly develop mastitis.?You will also experience a sudden drop in prolaction levels, which may add to your feelings of depression.

Jaundice

The diagnosis of jaundice in their newborn baby is often very frightening to new parents. They immediately begin to think that something is very wrong with their infant, and may not be fully informed about the facts, which are actually very reassuring. Because jaundice is such a common condition, some medical professionals don’t take the time to explain all the details, because they deal with jaundiced babies every day. However, when the baby in question is your own precious newborn, you need to get as much information as possible to put your mind at ease.

Introducing Bottles and Pacifiers to a Breastfed Baby

Many babies switch forth effortlessly between breast and bottle from day one. Others become “nipple confused” if artificial nipples are introduced during the early days of nursing.

Nursing Strike

You and your baby have been happily nursing for several months.? You have overcome the common problems nursing couples have in the early weeks, such as sore nipples or engorgement, and things are progressing nicely.? Suddenly, he begins refusing the breast and seems quite unhappy about it.?Is he weaning?? Is he sick??Is there something wrong with your milk?

Increasing Your Milk Supply

Nearly all nursing mothers worry at one time or another about whether their babies are getting enough milk.? Since we can?t measure breastmilk intake the way we can formula intake, it is easy to be insecure about the adequacy of our milk supplies.? The ?perception? of insufficient breastmilk production is the most common reason mothers give for weaning or early introduction of solids or supplements.? Although there is a very small percentage of women who can?t produce enough milk no matter what they do, this is very rare.

How can I tell if my newborn baby is getting enough milk?

One of the biggest concerns that new mothers have is wondering if they will have enough milk for their babies. This concern is the most common reason for starting formula supplementation, and also for early weaning .We live in a society that puts a lot of emphasis on measuring everything, and many of us (and especially our mothers) were bottle-fed, so you knew exactly to the ounce how much milk the baby took in at each feeding.

Flat or Inverted Nipples

Mother?s nipples come in many shapes and sizes.?While most nipples protrude and are easy for baby to grasp, there are some variations in size and shape that make it difficult for them to nurse successfully.? In order for a baby to nurse effectively, he must be able to grasp the nipple and stretch it forward and upward against the roof of his mouth.? Flat or inverted nipples may make it difficult for your baby to nurse.

Establishing Your Milk Supply: Starting Out Right

While breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, babies are not born knowing how to nurse (although some do get the hang of it sooner than others).?The art of breastfeeding in something that you learn by doing, and it gets easier with practice. In the old days, young women grew up seeing their family members and friends nurse.? In today?s society, many women have never seen anyone nurse a baby.?The idea of taking classes or reading books to learn about breastfeeding would have made our great-grandmothers laugh, but in today?s world, it makes sense to learn as much as you can about breastfeeding before your baby is born.? If possible, attend a prenatal breastfeeding class and attend La Leche League meetings during your pregnancy.

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