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Weight Gain

Apr 29, 2014 12:18:07 PM

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Boob Scoop: The average breastfed baby doubles his birth weight by 3-4 months and will weigh about 2 1/2 – 3 times his birth weight by year one. However, steady weight gain is more important than how quickly a baby gains. A baby at the 5 percentile of the breastfeeding growth charts can be as healthy and vibrant as one on the 95th percentile.

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

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Your diet and breastfeeding

Apr 15, 2014 11:55:59 AM

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Boob Scoop: The idea that certain foods, like broccoli or beans, in a mom’s diet will cause gas in her baby is quite common to hear but is not supported by research. If certain foods in moms’ diets were an issue for most babies, we would expect that cultures that emphasize those foods would have more gassy and fussy babies, but fortunately this does not occur. Therefore, rest assured that there is no "list of foods" that every mom should avoid while breastfeeding unless there's an obvious reaction in your baby every time a particular food is consumed.

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

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Boob Scoop: Many full-time breastfeeding moms think that they should be pumping four ounces or more at each pumping session. However, it is not unusual for a nursing mom to need to pump 2-3 times to get enough milk for one bottle feeding. The main reason for this is that if a mother is nursing full-time, "extra" breastmilk that is pumped is more than what a baby needs, and the amount she gets pumping will be small. Moms who can pump more milk per session may have an oversupply of milk, may respond better than average to the pump, or may have been able to increase their output with practice.

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

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How Long to Nurse

Apr 1, 2014 2:56:56 PM

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Boob Scoop: When it comes to breastfeeding, watching for milk transfer is more important than keeping track of how many minutes a baby is at the breast. Like adults, babies vary in how long they take to complete a meal. So put aside your watch and instead watch your baby. Swallowing is signaled when the throat drops like a bull frog and oftentimes when you hear an audible gulping sound.

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

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Keeping Mom Healthy

Mar 26, 2014 11:59:48 AM

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Boob Scoop: It can be difficult to find a moment to eat with a baby in the house. And although breastfeeding does not require that you have three perfect meals a day, you do need nutrients to maintain and increase milk supply, and simply just to maintain good energy levels. Babywearing enables you to enjoy a meal while your baby is sleeping or nursing. It's one of the reasons why hands-free nursing is so life-changing and liberating for a nursing mother. Of course it's also a great way to bond with your baby!

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

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Breastfeeding & Teething

Mar 18, 2014 10:16:15 AM

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Boob Scoop: For some babies, breastfeeding can work like a magic wand to ease the discomfort associated with teething. Others may become fussy at the breast and not nurse as well as they normally do. Cooling the gums in between feedings or right before a feed with a frozen/refrigerated teething ring, or by rubbing ice cubes on her gums, can help. If she pulls off and fusses again, repeat the ice-rub. A breastfeeding popsicle can work very well too!

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

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Twiddling

Mar 11, 2014 4:47:03 PM

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Boob Scoop: Twiddling, a common behavior for babies and toddlers who breastfeed, refers to pinching, patting or pulling the unused breast. Although it may feel awkward for a mother, especially when nursing in public, babies twiddle for good reason! Twiddling the unused breast can enable the baby to get more milk since breastmilk output is increased when both breasts are stimulated. Babies are so smart! But, yes, if the twiddling is getting the best of you, you can reroute your baby's attention by letting him hold a plush toy or by wearing a nursing necklace. http://yummymummystore.com/teething-bling.html

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

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Colostrum

Mar 4, 2014 11:09:21 AM

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Oftentimes mothers don't think they are providing breastmilk until their milk transitions to mature milk, around day four, when it takes on a milky white color. However, breastfeeding begins with colostrum which appears clear or yellowish and is purposely small in amount to accommodate the marble-size stomach of a newborn baby. Interestingly, the concentration of immune-boosting elements is much higher in colostrum than in mature milk. Just like our babies - oftentimes the best things do come in small packages.

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

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Breastfeeding & Travel

Feb 25, 2014 10:18:04 AM

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Boob Scoop: When traveling with baby, it may be easier to nurse for most feedings rather than pump for a host of reasons (schlepping pump, storing milk, cleaning bottles, etc.). However, to help ensure that your baby remain familiar with a bottle, it's advisable to offer at least one bottle of expressed breastmilk in 24 hrs. Many moms chose to bring a lightweight hand pump with them on trips for this very reason.

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

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Doctor Visits & Breastfeeding

Feb 18, 2014 11:37:30 AM

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It can be challenging to time a feeding around a pediatric visit. But it does help to remember that because the composition of breastmilk is changing constantly throughout the day, you never have to worry about overfeeding a breastfed baby. Feeding 30 minutes before you head out the door can help keep your baby calm during your trip to the doctor. And placing her on your breast right after your visit is great for post-doc soothing.

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

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