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Milk Blisters

Jun 18, 2013 9:10:53 AM

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If you've ever had a milk blister on your nipple, you most likely remember how painful one can be. Like a paper cut, it makes you wonder how something so small could hurt so much! Improper latching and an oversupply are the most common causes of milk blisters. Here's a helpful overview on what they are and ways to treat them: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/mother/nipplebleb/

Posted in Boob Scoop by Amanda Cole

Starting Solids

Jun 25, 2013 11:41:59 AM

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When you begin to offer your baby solids, you may want to consider breastfeeding first and then offering the solid food. Breastfeeding first helps to keep milk supply steady, follows the recommendation that breastmilk remain the primary source of nutrition during the first year and reinforces a solids rule of thumb: Solids before one, is mostly just for fun! For more great info. on starting solids, visit: https://breastfeedingusa.org/content/article/when-best-time-start-my-baby-foods-other-breastmilk/

Posted in Boob Scoop by Mary Ausman

Spit Up!

Jul 2, 2013 10:32:37 AM

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Boob Scoop: Almost all babies will spit up after some feedings. If your breastfed baby is gaining weight well and has good urine and stool output (6-8 wet ones and at least 3 bowel movements in 24 hours; in babies over 6 weeks old, fewer bowel movements are normal), then spitting up is more of a laundry problem than a medical issue. Most healthy babies will outgrow the spitting up stage within 4-6 months. For tips on how to minimize spit up and to help determine if the spitting up is, in fact, NOT just a laundry problem, check out this helpful link: http://kellymom.com/health/baby-health/reflux/

Posted in Boob Scoop by Mary Ausman

Nighttime Feeding

Jul 9, 2013 2:07:48 PM

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Nighttime feeds are very important for informing the breasts how much milk to make for the next day. The level of a mom's milk-making hormone Prolactin is highest between 2AM and 6AM. This means that if your baby nurses during the night, it will help you release high levels of Prolactin in the night, which will result in more milk the next day. Here are a few other great points that may help you view night feedings in a more positive light. http://breastfeedchicago.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/5-cool-things-no-one-ever-told-you-about-nighttime-breastfeeding/

Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Prolactin Levels

Jul 16, 2013 4:06:17 PM

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Although it may seem more manageable to pump one breast at a time, double pumping tends to yield more milk since a mother's Prolactin levels are highest when both breasts are stimulated. Another way to boost your Prolactic level? Nurse your baby on one side while you pump the other breast. This tip is especially helpful for moms whose babies feed from one breast per feeding. The breastmilk accumulated from the pumped side can be saved to build an emergency stash in your freezer.

Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)Read More »
Posted in Boob Scoop by Mary Ausman

Nipple Cleaning

Jul 23, 2013 10:59:33 AM

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Boob Scoop: When showering, plain water is sufficient to keep the nipple and areola clean. During lactation, natural oils are secreted from the tiny glands on the areola which prevent bacteria from breeding. Soaps can mask or remove the natural oils, which the infant uses as a way to locate the breast. In addition, rubbing some expressed milk on the nipple and air-drying after nursing is also beneficial thanks to breastmilk's anti-infective properties. http://yummymummystore.com/blog/ Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)Read More »

Posted in Boob Scoop by Mary Ausman

Oral Development

Jul 30, 2013 10:55:35 AM

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Boob Scoop: Pediatricians advise parents to wean their baby off the bottle by the end of the first year, in part, because long-term bottle drinking can damage a baby's teeth. The one-year recommendation is not applicable to breastfeeding. In fact, among many other benefits, a longer duration of breastfeeding is linked to better oral development. During breastfeeding the unique motion performed by the tongue and jaw help to ensure that the palate develops in a rounded U-shape, which allows for proper teeth alignment. Having a U-shaped palette also decreases the likelihood of snoring and sleep apnea later on in life. http://yummymummystore.com/blog/ Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)Read More »

Posted in Boob Scoop by Mary Ausman

Feeding Frequency

Aug 8, 2013 11:13:31 AM

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Boob Scoop: After the first few months, you may be surprised that your baby is not nursing as frequently as the early months, which may lead you to question whether something is going on. Well as babies grow and become more efficient with nursing they don't need to be at the breast as often. Feeding frequency varies from baby to baby and is partly dependent on the mother's breast storage capacity (http://yummymummystore.com/blog/Breast-storage-capacity/). But no need to worry - efficiency is usually the driver of your baby's less frequent feeds. http://yummymummystore.com/blog/ Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)Read More »

Posted in Boob Scoop by Mary Ausman

Pumping and Supply

Aug 13, 2013 10:20:58 AM

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Boob Scoop: Mothers are often advised to pump after feedings in order to establish good milk supply. Although this may make sense for some, (because stimulation usually means more supply), pumping after every feed can actually can create an oversupply of breastmilk in many moms. An oversupply can make it very difficult for a baby to nurse (overflowing milk and breasts so engorged that nipples can flatten) and cause the mother to feel engorged and uncomfortable. Pumping after feedings may be advisable for some mothers but certainly not for all. It is always best to consult a Board Certified Lactation Consultant for concerns regarding milk supply. http://yummymummystore.com/blog/ Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)Read More »

Posted in Boob Scoop by Mary Ausman

More than nutrition

Aug 20, 2013 12:33:28 PM

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Boob Scoop: Mothers are often surprised when their growing baby is feeding just as much as they did in the early months. It's important to remember that breastfeeding is more than just a means to acquire food. As your growing baby becomes more aware of his surroundings and is exposed to new experiences, breastfeeding remains a familiar activity, and therefore a comforting one. The numerous experiences of being close to his mother - hearing her voice, smelling her unique scent, receiving the comfort of her warm milk and the biologically specific components of human milk - all work in unison to create the ideal environment for the development and healthy growth of a baby. It's no wonder that breastfeeding is often referred to as a total package mothering tool. http://yummymummystore.com/blog/ Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)Read More »

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