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Breastfeeding and Birth Control

For the nursing mother who wants to space her pregnancies, there are many birth control options to choose from. Each method offers advantages and disadvantages.

Breastfeeding After a Cesarean

In the United States, nearly one in four births is a cesarean birth. Many of these cesareans are unexpected, so it is a good idea for the expectant mother to become informed and educated about the procedure before her baby arrives. An operative birth versus a vaginal birth can impact the breastfeeding experience in several ways. Mothers who have eagerly anticipated a vaginal birth may feel disappointed and inadequate because their expectations haven?t been met, and they may even be afraid that because they ?failed? at giving birth, they may also ?fail? at breastfeeding. These concerns are unfounded, because there is no reason that nursing can?t be successful for the mother who has had a c-section. Breastfeeding can help normalize the experience of an operative birth.

Breast Infections and Plugged Ducts

Some mothers nurse several babies and never experience plugged ducts or mastitis (breast infection), while others have recurrent problems.? There are many reasons for these problems to occur, but treatment is essentially the same:? rest, apply heat,?breastfeed often on the affected side, and use antibiotics when medically necessary.

Spitting Up: Is it Reflux?

Almost all babies will spit up after some feedings, whether they are breastfed or bottle-fed. In a healthy baby who is gaining weight well and has good urine and stool output (6-8 wet cloth diapers or 5-6 disposable) and at least 3 bowel movements in 24 hours (in babies over 6 weeks old, stooling less often is normal), then spitting up is more of a laundry problem than a medical problem.

Breastfeeding and Guilt

One of the most powerful arguments many health professionals, government agencies and formula company manufacturers make for not promoting and supporting breastfeeding is that we should “not make the mother feel guilty for not breastfeeding”. Even some strong breastfeeding advocates are disarmed by this “not making mothers feel guilty” ploy.

Risks of Artificial Feeding

Bibliography of research concerning the risks of artificial feeding

Treatments for Problems

This article describes the use of some treatments for breastfeeding mothers who are having various problems.

Breastfeeding your Adopted Baby

You are about to adopt a baby and you want to breastfeed him? Wonderful! It is not only possible, it is fairly easy and the chances are you will produce a significant amount of milk. It is not complicated, but it is different than breastfeeding a baby with whom you have been pregnant for 9 months.

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