Category Archives for "Breastfeeding"

October 13, 2008

Baby Formula Risks

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Risks of Using Baby Formula

When a woman uses baby formula, she is either only partially breastfeeding or not breastfeeding at all. Research shows that the lack or absence of breastfeeding increases risks to both the child and the mother. Some of the risks of using baby formula are irreversible, lasting well into adulthood. Every woman should be aware of these risks before she decides how she will feed and nurture her child.

Risks of Baby Formula to Children

Babies who are fed with baby formula have increased risk for:

* diarrhea and pneumonia

Babies fed with formula are sick more often from acute respiratory infections, pneumonia and diarrhea.

* obesity and diabetes

Children who have only had baby formula are more likely to become overweight and develop diabetes than those who had been breastfed.

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October 13, 2008

Breastfeeding Tips: Latching On

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The Proper Way to Latch Baby on for Breastfeeding

by Dr. Jack Newman

Cross Cradle Position for Left Breast:

• Align baby’s nose so that it does not go past your nipple, or go to the left of your nipple, in other words, your nipple should not be aligned with his chin
• Place your right hand under baby’s face so your four fingers make a pillow for baby’s cheek (keep your four fingers tightly together as if the were stuck together with glue)
• You are now supporting the weight of baby’s head with your hand
• You may want to sit baby’s bottom on you arm as though it were a shelf (this will work in the beginning with a newborn)
• Or you may want to let baby’s bottom fall diagonally a bit and squeeze it against your rib cage with your elbow

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October 13, 2008

Breastfeeding Tips: Breast Compression

Breast Compression

by Dr. Jack Newman

The purpose of breast compression is to continue the flow of milk to the baby when the baby is only sucking without drinking. Drinking (“open mouth wide—pause—then close mouth” type of suck—see also the video clips at the website www.drjacknewman.com) means baby got a mouthful of milk. If baby is no longer drinking on his own, mother may use compressions to “turn sucks or nibbling into drinks”, and keep baby receiving milk. Compressions simulate a letdown or milk ejection reflex (the sudden rushing down of milk that mothers experience during the feeding or when they hear a baby cry—though many women will not “feel” their let down).

The technique may be useful for:

1. Poor weight gain in the baby
2. Colic in the breastfed baby
3. Frequent feedings and/or long feedings
4. Sore nipples in the mother
5. Recurrent blocked ducts and/or mastitis
6. Encouraging the baby who falls asleep quickly to continue drinking not just sucking
7. A “lazy” baby, or baby who seems to want to just “pacify”. Incidentally babies are not lazy, they respond to milk flow.
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October 13, 2008

Breastfeeding Tips: Dr. Jack Newman’s Articles

Dr. Jack Newman is a pediatrician and author of “Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding” (published in the United States as “The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers”)

He opened the very first hospital-based breastfeeding clinic in Canada in 1984. He was also a consultant of UNICEF for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

Dr. Newman has helped countless women breastfeed successfully with his books, video clips, DVD and personal help. He invented the “breast compression technique“, which is part of his protocol to increase milk supply.
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October 13, 2008

5 Breastfeeding Tips to Avoid Problems

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by Carrie Lauth

Over 70% of American women start breastfeeding their baby in the hospital but only 16% are still nursing a year later. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed for at least a year, and the World Health Organization recommends two years of nursing.

So what’s the problem? Many Moms know the advantages of breastfeeding to Mom and baby, but run into challenges along the way. Here are my top breastfeeding tips to help you make it to that one year mark.

Your breastfeeding relationship may be so satisfying that you decide to go longer!
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