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Thrush

Aug 12, 2014 11:29:39 AM

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Boob Scoop: While it might not be as much fun to talk about as all the cute things your baby is doing, Thrush, which is a fungal infection affecting your breasts and your baby's mouth is more common than you think and an important condition for new moms to know about. Thrush can cause painful tenderness on the nipples and can be passed back and forth from you to your baby if not treated in time. Two great natural therapies for thrush, which have been used successfully by mothers over the years, are oil of oregano and garlic. For topical use, place two drops of oil of oregano in a teaspoon of olive oil and rub on your nipples and your baby's diaper or mouth, where thrush is normally present. To use garlic, chop up 4-5 cloves a day, air out for 20 minutes, and swallow as pills or sprinkle over a favorite salad. (Airing out garlic helps to bring out its antimicrobial powers). Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)/

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Night Weaning

Aug 5, 2014 10:32:31 PM

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Boob Scoop: Kathy Dettwyler, a leading anthropologist who studies breastfeeding and nightwaking from a historical, cross-cultural, and biological point of view, has found that human children are designed to nurse very frequently for their first few years. In fact, it is normal for children to nurse at night up to 3 or 4 years of age. However, since it may not be doable or realistic for some if not most mothers to feed at night for 3 to 4 years, it's helpful to know that there are gentle ways to go about night weaning. For some helpful tips, check out Night Weaning : KellyMom and read a mom's sweet and encouraging experience when it came to weaning her 2-year-old son. Night weaning Jack : KellyMom Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com) http://yummymummystore.com/blog/

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Manual Expression

Jul 29, 2014 5:20:53 PM

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Boob Scoop: If your baby has started to sleep for longer stretches but your breasts are feeling too full to allow you to get much sleep, manual expression or using a manual pump can help ease the fullness. Manually expressing or using a manual pump can be a lot easier than setting up an electric pump during the wee hours of the morning. If you decide to keep the expressed breastmilk in your room, just remember that it can stay out in room temperature for up to six hours. Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com) http://yummymummystore.com/blog/

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Flying with Baby

Jul 22, 2014 12:12:41 PM

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Boob Scoop: When booking a flight and traveling with your nursing baby, try to reserve bulkhead seats for a more comfortable flight. These are the seats located where the airline separates its sections (i.e. business, economy) and typically allow for more legroom, which can make it more comfortable to nurse. If these seats are not available, sitting by a window is another good option. Window seats offer a nice view while you relax and sit back to breastfeed. Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com) http://yummymummystore.com/blog/

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Breast Storage Capacity

Jul 17, 2014 9:57:12 AM

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Boob Scoop: If you speak to other breastfeeding moms, you will quickly learn that all babies feed at different intervals and for different lengths of time. Just as every baby is different, so is every mother's breast storage capacity. Breast storage capacity refers to how much breastmilk a mother can hold in her breast. It is not influenced by a mother's breast size. Due to variations in breast storage capacity, all babies feed differently. As long as your baby is growing steadily, it's best to keep away from rules like "15 minutes on each side" or "every 2 hours." Instead feed your baby when he is hungry and remember that each mom and baby pair is unique. Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com) http://yummymummystore.com/blog/

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Flying

Jul 8, 2014 11:13:51 AM

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Boob Scoop: If taking to the skies this summer, nursing during take-off and landing can help immensely with your baby's ear discomfort that occurs during a flight. The motion of sucking and swallowing accompanied with breastfeeding helps to keep the inside of the ears open and can help with unpopping them during changes in altitude. Breastfeeding can also keep your baby calm during fussy periods, which the crew and fellow passengers will surely appreciate :) Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC

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

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Longer Sleeps

Jul 1, 2014 1:47:32 PM

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Boob Scoop: If your baby begins sleeping longer stretches, your body will adjust to produce less milk during those times. However, if initially the fullness is keeping you awake, it would help to manually express or pump to soften your breasts in order to relieve the fullness. Pumping to empty the breasts would not be recommended since it would keep milk production the same. It can take a few days or sometimes a couple of weeks for production to level off, but just be patient. Eventually your supply will regulate to your baby's needs.

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

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Introducing the Bottle

Jun 10, 2014 4:06:04 PM

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The best time to introduce your baby to a bottle is during the daytime, not the evening. With fussiness and cluster feeding likely to peak during the evening hours, trying a new method of feeding in the evening may not go as smoothly as it might earlier in the day. Once your baby is more comfortable drinking from the bottle, you will figure out what time works best for you and your baby.

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

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Is baby hungry?

Jun 4, 2014 11:03:53 AM

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Boob Scoop: After about the first month of breastfeeding, it can sometimes be tricky to differentiate between a hungry baby and one that has just discovered his hands or is using them for soothing. When in doubt, it never hurts to put your baby to the breast. Breastmilk is always changing in composition and volume throughout the day and these important changes eliminate the concern of overfeeding. If your baby is breastfeeding for soothing you will notice suckling at the breast. If your baby is hungry, you will hear him make "eh" sounds or notice the deep swallows that accompany a feeding. In either situation, your baby will likely be happy to breastfeed since nursing will have met his need to soothe or feed.

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

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Gaining Too Quickly?

May 27, 2014 1:53:44 PM

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Boob Scoop: When it comes to breastfed babies, gaining too quickly is generally not a concern since breastmilk is intended for their growing bodies. Breastfed babies tend to gain more quickly in the first three months (4 - 8 oz per wk) and then begin to lean out as they become more mobile. By the end of the first year, most have tripled or are close to tripling their birth weight. After year one, weight gain slows down but remains steady.

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

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