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Plugged Milk Ducts

on April 22, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Plugged Milk Duct

At some point in your nursing journey, you may develop a plugged milk duct.  Milk ducts can become clogged for many reasons.  Most often this happens when a breast has been incompletely drained and thickened milk causes a blockage.  Skipping or infrequent nursings, the baby not nursing long enough to drain the breast well, wearing an under wire bra, becoming dehydrated from not drinking enough fluids or following a period of illness when a mother experiences mild dehydration.  Plugged ducts are more common in mothers who have over abundant milk supplies.

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Domperidone, the Milk Making Medicine

on April 16, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Domperidone

While you may have never heard of Domperidone, it is well known among lactation professionals.   Domperidone is primarily used by those suffering with gastric reflux, but it has an interesting side-effect; it increases prolactin levels, the hormone that increases milk production.  Increasing prolactin levels can be very helpful for mothers who are struggling with low milk supply. Prolactin levels are normally high in mothers who are breastfeeding.

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Offering Your Baby a Bottle

on April 08, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Offering Your Baby a Bottle

For any number of reasons, you may want to offer a bottle to your breastfed baby.  Perhaps you will be going back to work or school, or there will be times that you will  apart from your baby for a short while.  You may have heard about breastfed babies who refuse bottles.  That can be a big problem and upsetting for you and the person who is left with your baby.

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When the “Milk Fairy” doesn’t come; Having Insufficient Glandular Tissue

on March 25, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Insufficient Glandular Tissue

The number one reason mothers give for abandoning breastfeeding is the belief that they do not have enough milk.  And some mothers do not have enough milk, but typically this is due to early mismanagement of nursing often in the first days and weeks of the baby’s life. Infrequent feeding, poor latch techniques, or the late onset of milk production can all lead to low milk supply, to mention a few.

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The Casual Sharing of Human Milk

on March 18, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Casual Sharing of Human Milk

You may know a mother whose milk supply is low or that her milk supply has dried up for reasons in or out of her control.  Maybe you are blessed with an abundant supply and think that your extra milk will be just the thing to share.

Maybe you are a mother who had breastfeeding difficulties that lead to a low milk supply or perhaps you weaned prematurely and now have regrets.  Your baby may or may not have trouble with infant formula but now wish you had a full milk supply for your baby. Maybe you know of a mother who has a freezer full of milk that she expressed for her baby in preparation for her return to work or just for a “rainy day”.  Or maybe you know of a mother who boasts she could “feed the neighborhood”!

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Mastitis

on March 12, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Mastitis

One of the worst complications that can happen during breastfeeding is developing a case of mastitis.  Bacteria in the breast can lead to a breast infection.

Some mothers are late in diagnosing a case of mastitis, as the symptoms are similar to the flu; feverish one minute, experiencing chills the next.  Headaches are common but having a fever distinguishes it from the symptoms of  a plugged milk duct.  In addition to fever, usually a pink or red area on the breast is visible.  Some mothers may not see a pink or red area unless they carefully inspect on the entire breast including the underside of the breast in a mirror.  Mastitis not only causes a mother to become quite ill, but it also places her milk supply at risk.

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Mothers and Babies at Risk for Low Milk

on March 03, 2014 in Breastfeeding, Mothers and Babies at Risk for Low Milk

 

Probably the number one reason that mothers abandon breastfeeding is not having enough milk.  There are many reasons that this can occur.  Most often, specific babies are at risk for poor feeding and certain mothers are at risk for developing low milk supply.  In the best hospitals and birth centers, these mothers and babies are often identified prior to discharge to prevent excessive weight loss or poor weight gain in the newborn.  But all too often, they are not.

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