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Mastitis

Having a sore breast can be a painful and alarming experience and can occur when the milk flow in your breast is blocked. Your breast may feel tender, there may or may not be redness or a hard spot or sore lump in your breast. Treat any engorgement promptly to avoid developing blocked ducts or mastitis.Whether you have a sore breast, a blocked duct or a breast infection, the initial care is similar: nurse frequently, rest and apply heat to the tender area.... Read More

Nursing Strikes

If your baby or toddler has been breastfeeding well and suddenly refuses to nurse, it is probably what is called a "nursing strike," rather than a signal that it's time to wean. Nursing strikes can be frightening and upsetting to both you and your baby, but they are almost always temporary.... Read More

Travel

Traveling with a baby can be difficult! In many cases, babies travel well. Bringing your baby with you to a special event can be exciting… or nerve-racking! There are a few things many families have found work when traveling with babies. As always, take what feels right for your family and leave the rest.... Read More

Sleep: Bedshare

Mothers and babies sleeping together is a normal, healthy, shared instinct as old as humankind. But certain situations can make this normal behavior unsafe. Let’s see what it takes to avoid those situations so you can enjoy being with your baby awake or asleep.... Read More

Tongue and Lip Ties

Are you experiencing pain while breastfeeding, possibly combined with slow weight gain for your baby? While the vast majority of such breastfeeding problems can be resolved by adjusting positioning and attachment, and with good breastfeeding management, occasionally tongue tie might be the cause of the problem.... Read More

Growth

It is common to wonder whether your breastfed baby is growing as he should be, and while diaper output is one good indicator of whether he is getting enough milk, progress on growth charts is also a tangible measure.... Read More

Colostrum: General

Colostrum is the earliest breastmilk produced, beginning in mid-pregnancy (12-18 weeks) and is continually produced for the first few days after baby’s birth. It is thick, sticky, concentrated milk and is usually yellow, clear or white, although it could be other colors as well. It is made up of immune factors, protein, sugar, and fats.... Read More

Heating Human Milk

When baby is hungry and human milk needs to be warmed quickly, many caregivers or parents are tempted to warm it in the microwave oven. This speeds the process so that the feeding can proceed more quickly. However… Warming milk in the microwave is never recommended. There are two main reasons to avoid this practice.... Read More

Hypoplasia

Maybe you just need to try a little harder.” “Have you tried fenugreek?” “You’re probably not drinking enough water.” Mothers who struggle with milk production hear advice like this from well-meaning friends and family members (and sometimes, from breastfeeding supporters who should know better).... Read More
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Colostrum: Prenatal /Antenatal Expression

During the first trimester of pregnancy, the breasts begin producing colostrum in small amounts. At the time of the baby’s birth, more colostrum is being produced by the breasts than the baby will need.... Read More