Category Archives for "Breastfeeding"

November 19, 2008

Baby Formula Use: Do Mothers Really Know the Risks?

When it comes to parents making decisions about their children, a lot of value is placed on us being able to make informed choices. Take the case of deciding how we will feed and nurture our babies, for example. Many new parents believe they are making an informed choice when they decide to use baby formula instead of, or in addition to, breastfeeding. They believe they have carefully weighed the pros and cons of breastfeeding vs. formula feeding and that the latter is the best choice for their child and family.

But have they really been informed?

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October 20, 2008

Breastfeeding Tips: Help for Sore Nipples

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Here are breastfeeding tips for coping with sore nipples. Remember that a little soreness is normal during the early days of breastfeeding (especially for first time Moms). However, extremely sore nipples beyond that time is a sign of a problem, and one that can likely be solved with minor changes. You can prevent and treat sore nipples with these breastfeeding tips.

Preventing Your Nipples From Needing Band-Aids

By Julie Johnson

In the olden days, mothers were told to toughen their nipples to avoid pain when the baby started breastfeeding. Rubbing with a wash cloth, pumping and even alcohol was once used to toughen the nipples.

The number one reason a new mother has sore nipples is poor positioning and latching, not the lack of preparation. Possibly, the baby is not turned toward the mother or the baby’s mouth is not over the nipple but on the tip. Some babies go onto the breast with a wide mouth, yet slide down to the tip of the nipple.

Another reason for sore nipples may be that the mom is feeling exhausted and doesn’t think she can deal with one more demand, including sore nipples. Some women are so happy that the baby is sucking, and accept the pain. Pain with latching is not normal and needs to be addressed. The sooner the mother fixes the problem, the sooner she will have pain-free breastfeeding.

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October 20, 2008

The Cost of Baby Formula

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What is the real cost of baby formula? Breastfeeding is not just a healthy choice, it’s also an economical choice. And the longer you breastfeed, the more the savings add up. As babies mature, they eat more. If you’re bottle-feeding, that means your expenses grow along with your baby. Nursing, by contrast, costs no more at six months than it does at six days.

In a 1998 study, Dr. Marta Sovyanhadi of the Long Beach, California, Department of Health and Human Services estimated it costs a mother only $90.36 in extra calorie intake to breastfeed an infant for the first six months.

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October 20, 2008

Breastfeeding Tips: The Best Advice

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A new breastfeeding Mom hears a lot of breastfeeding tips and advice from health care givers to family, friends and even complete strangers. Below, a breastfeeding educator shares the best breastfeeding advice she has ever received.

The Best Breastfeeding Advice I Ever Got

by Carrie Lauth

Recently I was with a group of mothers who were discussing the breastfeeding advice they had received as brand new Moms. I realized quickly how fortunate I was to have been given the best advice I ever got on breastfeeding by my own mother.

The two things she told me prevented countless challenges in my early breastfeeding experience, which I didn’t fully appreciate at the time.

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October 13, 2008

Breast Milk Supply: Protocol to Increase Breastmilk Intake

Breastfeeding an infant

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Also Good For Overactive Letdown Reflex (“too much milk”) and Colic

by Dr. Jack Newman

Most mothers have lots of milk or could have had lots, but the problem is that the baby is not getting the milk that is available. Sometimes, mothers are told they have too much milk, and it may come out very quickly in the beginning and then the baby will fuss when the flow slow down. Thus, this is our Protocol for managing the milk intake better.

Although the following symptoms are not necessarily due to the baby’s not getting enough milk, this Protocol can be used to help resolve concerns about:

• The sleepy or “lazy” baby (babies are not lazy, they respond to milk flow and if flow is slow they tend to sleep at the breast) or baby who seems to want to “pacify” (sure, sucking feels good, but getting food while sucking feels better!)
• Frequent feedings or long feedings or babies who don’t seem to ever wake for feedings
• Jaundice (see also handout Jaundice)
• The baby who pulls or fusses at the breast
• The baby who is fussy or “colicky” (see also handout Colic in the breastfed baby)
• Mothers who feel they have an overactive let down, or their babies choke at the breast; or whose breasts don‘t seem to “drain”

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