New moms have the go-ahead to pop the cork off that celebratory
champagne once the baby is born. The key to drinking alcohol during
breastfeeding is to control portion size and have the correct timing.
The last time I mentioned my husband’s allergies, she told me he was not
breastfed, but his younger brother was. Could this really explain the
difference in how the two men responded to the changing seasons?
Everyone has at least one thing they judge. It may be shameful, but it
is a reality of being human. There is always at least one person who we
look at out of the corner of our eyes and think disparaging thoughts.
Pregnancy, childbirth and raising a newborn bring up a multitude of
awkward moments for the new mother, especially when she has the
unenviable task of listening to the advice of her husband’s grandmother
discussing her own experiences with those events.
Researchers from the University of York recently published a study in
the Cochrane Database of Systematic Review on the implications of
fortifying breast milk to speed up growth and facilitate
neurodevelopment in preterm infants.
“You have to give your baby a bottle of water every day or he will die!”
I will never forget hearing the woman in the subway wailing that
sentiment to a young mother trying to subtly breastfeed her tiny
From the first weeks after conception, the breasts are naturally
preparing for breastfeeding. While the body is taking care of the basics, you’ll need time to prepare
for the art of breastfeeding.
After nine months of abstaining from alcohol during pregnancy, it may
come as a shock to new moms when an alcoholic beverage is actually
recommended during breastfeeding.
For many mothers who welcome their babies into the world ahead of
schedule, ensuring that their tiny miracles get enough to eat can be an
incredible challenge. For the youngest of the preemies, their digestive
systems are not even developed enough to process milk.
I have become fairly accustomed to seeing women breastfeeding their
babies in public. I never really noticed it before my sister was
pregnant. She was given an assortment of breastfeeding accessories at
her baby shower.
Fertility drugs are not commonly used by breastfeeding women so
there is very little information on safety and efficacy. It is not known
if drugs like Clomid, HCG, FSH and other fertility drugs pass to baby
in breast milk.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) have published the results of a breastfeeding survey in the
journal Pediatrics. Breastfeeding mothers, nearly 1,200 in all, were
followed for a period of one year.
There is a good chance your breast milk supply will decrease during
pregnancy. Some women notice a change in the first few months and others
in the second trimester.
Your ovulation cycles will change while breastfeeding. The pituitary
gland releases prolactin when you breastfeed. Prolactin stimulates milk
At some point in breastfeeding, most mothers are bound to experience
nipple pain. Nipple pain can be associated with something as simple as
improper latching, or as serious as mastitis or thrush.
Milk ducts are present in breast tissue at birth, but they remain small
and unused until puberty. At puberty, hormonal changes cause milk ducts
to grow. During pregnancy, milk ducts are activated and milk production
During pregnancy, leaky breasts are a sign that lactation preparation
has started. Some women experience leaky breasts as early as 20 weeks
gestation and other women experience no early leaking. Your body will
produce breast milk well before you give birth
Infants are fickle creatures that know what they want and often get
what they want with little fight. Breastfeeding is the natural feeding
method preferred by infants, but that does not mean mother and infant
will instantly find peace in the art of breastfeeding.
New mothers are often confused when they are clearly producing
enough milk, but baby just does not want to feed or appears fussing or
squirmy during feedings. Hyperactive letdown can cause a myriad of
symptoms for baby.
One of the hottest topics of debate in the breastfeeding community over
the last decade has been about when to introduce solid foods.
It’s bad enough that you’re heavier than you used to be, disheveled from
sleepless nights and pulsing with leftover hormones when you’re a new
mom, but do you also have to be stinky from body odor?
It is common for women to feel they are experiencing low
milk supply at just the precise moment the female body gets used to
feeding. Over-filled, leaky breasts are replaced with breasts that feel
near normal and rarely leak.
A friend of mine recently stopped breastfeeding because she suddenly
stopped producing enough milk. Though her doctor insisted that she could
still breastfeed if she wanted to by trying to increase her supply, she
graciously took it as nature’s hint.
If it weren’t for the breast pump, babies would have to switch to
formula when mom went back to work. Luckily, that’s not the case.
Though feeding your baby with the milk you produce seems like a very
simple and straightforward process, the milk you are producing is
actually very multifaceted.
Previous studies have proven healthy bacteria present in breast milk
may be a contributing factor in the development of the infant
Researchers from The University of Belgrade recently compared the
effects of breast milk and infant formula on smooth non-vascular muscles
and antioxidant properties of both.
Researchers from the University of Murcia, in Spain, recently published a
study revealing the differences between the level of polyamines in the
breast milk of mothers born to preterm infants and the breast milk of
mothers with infants born term.
There are countless questions and discussions about men being addicted to or in love with breast milk. Behind the discussions are women wondering if sharing breast milk with hubby is the best idea.
For the most part, your breast milk is packed with nutrients for your baby. When you first begin breastfeeding, the milk is going to be thicker because it is essentially a shot of immunoglobins for your baby.