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Zika and Breastfeeding

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If you’re pregnant and haven’t been living in a cave for the past year, you’ve probably heard about Zika. Chances are you’ve been concerned (okay, more like worried sick) about it. Almost all the news about Zika is bad, but there are a few  (sort of positive) things to keep in mind: not all mosquitoes carry the virus (only females …

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Tongue-Tie

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When we hear the term “tongue-tied”, most of us have a mental image of someone who is struggling to speak in public, but is stammering nervously and is at a loss for words. In reality, tongue -tie is a medical condition  that affects many people, and has special implications for the breastfed baby. The medical term for the condition known as …

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Oversupply: Too Much Breast Milk

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Although concern about not having enough breast milk is the number one reason that mothers wean their babies early, having too much milk can also be a problem. When you consider the fact that a small percentage of women don’t have the capacity to produce enough milk for their babies no matter what they do, then having too much milk is …

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Breastfeeding Benefits: How They Add Up

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Many new mothers wonder how long they should breastfeed their baby. While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nursing for at least the first year of life, this may not be a realistic goal for all mothers. It is important to know that even if you only nurse your baby for a few weeks or even a few days, you will both …

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Baby Spitting Up: Is it Reflux?

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Almost all babies will spit up after some feedings, whether they are breastfed or bottle-fed. In a healthy baby who is gaining weight well and has good  urine output (6-8 wet cloth diapers or 5-6 disposable) and at least 3 bowel movements in 24 hours (in babies over 6 weeks old, stooling less often is normal), then spitting up is …

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Introducing Bottles and Pacifiers to a Breastfed Baby

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Many babies switch forth effortlessly between breast and bottle from day one. Others become “nipple confused” if artificial nipples are introduced during the early days of nursing. The mechanics of breast and bottle-feeding are quite different. When a baby nurses, his tongue and jaws must work together rhythmically, cupping his tongue under the areola, and pressing it up against his …

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Breastfeeding and Down syndrome

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One in every 641 babies is born with Down syndrome, making it the world’s most common major genetic condition. Nursing the baby with Down syndrome can be challenging, but with patience and persistence and as the baby grows in strength and muscle tone, breastfeeding often gets easier. In the meantime, both you and your baby can enjoy all the special …

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How Can I Tell if my Baby is Getting Enough Milk?

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Women have two breasts instead of one so that they can nurse twins, so it stands to reason that the average mother with two breasts will be able to produce enough milk for one baby (at least). Since breast milk intake can’t be measured without using  scientific equipment or expressing it and putting it in bottles, it’s important to know …

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