You're expecting! Congratulations! Now before you start converting that office into a nursery, stop. Put down that magazine that showcases celebrity nurseries. If you saw the price tags for those elaborate rooms chockfull of baby bliss, the only nursery rhymes you'll be singing will be filled with expletives.
After my daughter was born, she was weighed, briefly poked and prodded, and all her digits were accounted for. Swaddled and squirming, she was then laid onto my stomach, and with no hesitation she made eye contact with me and latched onto my right breast. After a long pregnancy filled with worry and stress, this was a very simple but profound act for me. I sighed the deepest sigh possible, the room melted away and it was just her and I. Baby brain and sleep depravation, that cruel but inevitable duo, take away a lot of your memories, but I will never forget that moment.
You've just had your baby, it feels like your body and world have turned upside down, and you're now responsible for the survival of this new human. Any gentle helping hands can diaper, bathe and soothe this new bundle of joy, but it's up to the Mama to provide essential nutrients via breast milk. It's a big responsibility that can be difficult and frustrating to adjust to. Here are five tips that will help you quickly ease into breastfeeding as naturally and comfortably as possible.
Last October my family welcomed a very special addition to our family. After years of waiting, my sister and husband were finally able to adopt a beautiful baby son named Lucas - (yes, they also face infertility but our causes are unrelated). I was able to meet him when he was only a few weeks old and when it came time to feed him, I was surprised when my sister took him into the other room to breastfeed him. Yes, she who had not physically born this child was able to breastfeed! It is actually possible. I was so fascinated by this discovery and thought some of you would be interested too. I asked how she came to the decision, just how she was able to produce milk and if she believed it was worth it and I'm sharing her story with you today.
In Canada and many other countries, prescription domperidone is regularly used to increase lactation in breastfeeding women with a low milk supply as its side effects. Although there are no medications formally approved for breastfeeding in Canada, domperidone (also sold as name brand Motilum) is generally considered safe and effective.
Doula and breastfeeding advocate Christy Swift has written a number of helpful articles for nursing mothers who need to increase their breast milk supply. In one suite101.com article, Swift talks about increasing milk supply using herbal galactagogues (substances that promote lactation). Herbs that increase lactation include fenugreek, goat's rue, and shatavari. Lactogenic foods that stimulate milk production include fennel seed, barley grass, spirulina and oatmeal.
According to Stephanie Brown, a former About.com Parenting Guide who focuses on babies and toddlers, studies have shown that after breastfeeding mothers consume garlic, their babies nurse longer and consume more milk.
Two burning questions for young women considering breast implants are whether or not they will be able to breastfeed a future child and - if they are able to nurse - whether the silicon from some implants will somehow "leak" into their breast milk and harm the infant.
Tara Zrinski, the local lactation consultant, offers tips how to survive in holidays which can be difficult time in the breastfeeding journey. Domperidone is a drug that has, as a side effect, the increasing of milk flow.
A new study shows that breastfeeding can lead to moderate improvement in mid-expiratory flows in children. This means that a breast-fed child is more likely to have a larger, stronger lung capacity by age 12 than a child who was bottle-fed. This is especially true of children born to mothers with asthma. Although breastfeeding rates are on the rise, many mothers are finding that they are unable to produce enough milk for their child's nutritional needs. If you are finding your milk production rate is lower than needed, talk to your doctor about domperidone, a gastric motility medication that is may have breast milk side effects.
One of the most important tips we hear about breastfeeding is about staying hydrated. It seems to be common sense - you need liquid input to create liquid output. However, a lot of our breastfeeding mamas forget they need to hydrate both themselves and their child. That's a lot of water. One friend of ours brought in a mini-fridge for the nursery, specifically for water and pumped milk. She says having water bottles within easy reach made a huge difference.
According to an article posted on BabyCenter.com, exclusively breastfeeding your child for only 3 months (most doctors recommend trying for at least six months) can drastically reduce the number of ear infections your child has. Ear infections in young children occur often, as they are easily transmitted from other toddlers at daycare or preschool.
Research released by the World Health Organization in 1991 stated that using a pacifier, or a soother, may not be the best encouragement for breastfeeding for babies. However, after many more reputable studies and randomized trials, researchers are saying the opposite.
Reason #1: a rough start. All those beatific pictures notwithstanding, breastfeeding can be hard work, especially at the beginning. It can take a little time for both mom and baby to get the hang of it--and throw in sore nipples and the exhaustion of just giving birth and it's easy to understand why some moms reach for the bottle (of formula).
A new study has recently been published refuting previous studies that showed exercise while breastfeeding could have a negative effect on a mother's breast milk. The previous study's data showed that women who exercised often while breastfeeding had fewer immune antibodies in their breast milk, which may have hindered their babies' growth. Depending on the intensity of the mothers' exercise, the researchers hypothesized that the immune levels also fluctuated from week to week. Doctors thought this may lead to babies of exercising mothers gaining less weight.
We love this LA Times post about nursing mothers. There have been many small incidents about nursing mothers' rights in the news recently. This article and comic give a great description of why that is, and how we can fix it.
As we hit the middle of National Breastfeeding Month, we thought it fitting to pull together a list of useful apps that will help you nursing moms keep track of those feedings, after feedings (after feedings).
Migraine headache is a common neurologic condition affects approximately 15 to 20 percent of pregnant women. A large group of these migraine sufferers also are breastfeeding mothers. There are possible triggers which include allergies, change of weather, dehydration, hormonal changes, sleeping disorders, and stress.
Now that you have decided to breastfeed your baby, you may have a few questions about pumping. After all, there is a first time for everything, and pumping, although a relatively uncomplicated process, may initially be frustrating. There are some good reasons for doing it, however. For moms preparing to return to the work force, it gives them the chance to continue supplying their little one with nature's milk. Even a stay-at-home mom will appreciate a little flexibility in their lives. Preparing bottles of breast milk in advance of a commitment or a leisure activity away from the baby offers enough freedom to make the process worthwhile.