Monthly Archives: February 2014

Weight Gain in the Newborn and Young Infant

on February 26, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Weight Gain in the Newborn and Young Infant

The healthy breastfed newborn infant is born with extra fluids on board at birth, and when he begins nursing receives small amounts of colostrum.  Colostrum is important in providing the baby with protective antibodies as well as sealing the gut from harmful pathogens.  Colostrum also stimulates the passing of the black meconium stools, helping to rid the body of biliruben, the substance that leads to jaundice.

These small amounts of early milk are helpful in other ways.  The breasts are soft and pliable making latch-on easier than when the breasts are full and sometimes more difficult to assist the baby deeply onto the breast.  This gives both mother and baby time to practice the techniques of a comfortable latch.

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Sore Nipples in the Early Days of Nursing

on February 19, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Sore Nipples

Many mothers experience some degree of soreness in the early days of nursing.  While some tenderness may be considered normal, seeing signs of irritation, or worse, seeing reddened areas, bruising, or broken skin is a sign of a poor latch technique or a result of a nipple that is in some way out of the ordinary, or due to some abnormality in the baby’s mouth.

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Exclusive Pumping

on February 12, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Exclusive Breastfeeding

Some mothers pump exclusively for their babies, sometimes by choice and other times because of breastfeeding difficulties.  I have helped hundreds of mothers who for various reasons, have exclusively pumped their milk for their babies, and some for quite a long time!

Occasionally, I meet a mother who simply dislikes the idea of putting a baby to her breast.  For her, she understands the importance of breast milk and is willing to do twice the work of both pumping and bottle feeding for her baby. While in some cases, I don’t always understand the reasons behind a mother’s decision to bottle feed expressed milk; I respect their decision and am as supportive as possible.

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OUCH! Preventing Biting while Breastfeeding your Baby

on February 09, 2014 in Biting, Breastfeeding

While not all babies bite, some do.  In fact, some mothers actually decide against breastfeeding out of fear of being bit or may end breastfeeding prematurely when their babies’ begin to get teeth!

Being bitten cannot only be painful but it then goes on to make a mother tense when she fears it could happen again. Some mothers may wonder if this is the baby wanting to be weaned, which is not the case.

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Getting Breastfeeding Help and Breast Pumps through your Insurance

on February 04, 2014 in Affordable Health Care (ACA), Breast Pumps Covered, Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Help Covered

You may know that the Affordable Care Act, or ACA for short, now mandates that mothers covered with private insurance are entitled to a breastfeeding support, as well as breast feeding supplies, including breast pumps. This was signed into law in 2010. Most insurance plans began implementing this coverage on or after August 2012.

 

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