In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended the Fair Labor Standards Act to require employers to provide a reasonable break time for employees who need to express breastmilk for their nursing children. They are required to provide this until the baby turns one year old. Employers must also provide a place each time the employee needs to express the milk, other than a bathroom. This area must be shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public.
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Out of the blue, perhaps after a period of comfortable nursing, you may find that your nipples are sore. They may appear shiny pink, or perhaps a bit scaly. In severe cases, the nipples may appear cracked. Some mothers complain of deep shooting pains in their breasts. They may burn or perhaps feel itchy. You may have a yeast infection and your baby may have oral thrush, yeast in his or her mouth.
A yeast infection, also known as candidiasis is caused by yeast known as candida albicans, a type of fungus. Yeast infections usually happen in warm, moist parts of the body, such as the mouth and moist areas of skin.
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Many newborns develop jaundice, a yellow coloring of their skin and eyes in the first days and sometimes weeks after birth. Jaundice occurs when a baby’s bilirubin level increases in their blood to higher than normal.
Like most every nursing mother, you may have a headache or a cold, or you may need to fill a prescription given to you by your doctor. Most breastfeeding mothers wonder if it will be safe to continue nursing while taking a certain drug or if it could affect your milk supply.
While you probably have avoided most all medications while pregnant, many moms feel that the same is true when breastfeeding. This is not necessarily the case. During pregnancy, medications generally pass through the placenta directly to the fetus, making many medications inadvisable. But the same is not necessarily the case when nursing. While most medications pass through the breast to some degree, few are harmful to a nursing child.
Many babies are born 3 weeks early, or even a bit earlier and these babies are referred to as “Late Pre-term Infants”. Twins are typically late pre-term infants. Babies born a few weeks early may be just a bit on the small size. Despite their size, you will probably be reassured that your little one is just like any other newborn.
So you looked forward to greeting your newborn and begin breastfeeding, and your baby doesn’t latch onto the breast. Or maybe your baby can latch on to one side, but not the other. You may begin wondering if your baby simply doesn’t want to nurse!
Nothing could be further from the truth. While your newborn may fuss and you may become frustrated at your attempts to get the baby latched on, rest assured that he is simply upset with not getting the right signals that he needs to get breastfeeding going.