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Breastfeeding and Bone Density

Nov 18, 2014 11:24:41 AM

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Boob Scoop: A 2011 Finish Study found that mothers who breastfed for 33 months or longer (cumulative lifetime total) had stronger bones than women who nursed for a shorter time. Turns out that the low levels of estrogen during lactation, which keep milk supply steady, also allow for outer bone growth. And when it comes to bone strength, having greater bone diameter is more important than density. This explains why women who have breastfed are less prone to fractures later on in life. Yet another awesome reason to breastfeed. Your bones will thank you!

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

Breastfeeding & Malocclusions

Nov 11, 2014 4:42:34 PM

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Boob Scoop: Bite problems, medically referred to as malocclusions, occur when either the top or bottom row of teeth overextend causing misalignment. In most cases, the treatment for malocclusions is braces. Babies who are breastfeed for more than a year are less likely to have malocclusions thanks to the work done by the jaw, while transferring milk from the breast. The feeding motion during breastfeeding also helps to form a U-shaped hard palate which contributes to proper teeth alignment.

Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)
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Check out Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine's The Lactation Diet article featuring comments from our very own Amanda Cole.

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Colostrum and Supply

Nov 4, 2014 11:05:18 AM

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Boob Scoop: Oftentimes mothers say they didn't breastfeed in the hospital because they felt they weren't making any milk or because of the non-milky look of colostrum, which tends to be clear or yellowish. The good news is that mothers begin making colostrum by the end of the first trimester, so it's already there after birth. Secondly, it's never good to judge milk by its color. Although not white in appearance, colostrum is still milk and is loaded with carbohydrates, protein, antibodies, and properties that prevent jaundice and low blood sugar levels, making it a perfect first food for a newborn. Finally, the more a mother breastfeeds in the early days, the sooner her breast milk will transition into mature milk which is whiter in appearance.

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

Colostrum to Milk

Oct 28, 2014 12:14:25 PM

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Boob Scoop: In the early days of breastfeeding, mothers often think they are not making enough breast milk due to colostrum being small in quantity and their baby's frequent feeding pattern. However, a woman's body knows to produce a small amount of colostrum to match the newborn belly, which is about the size of a marble. Colostrum is low in volume (measurable in teaspoons, rather than ounces) but packed with protein, carbohydrates and immune system factors. Frequent feeds help colostrum transition into mature milk in order to match the baby's growing belly. Therefore, if a baby is feeding well, wetting and pooping, in the early days of life, frequent feeds should be viewed more as the normal course of breastfeeding rather than a milk supply issue.

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

Cranial Bones & Breastfeeding

Oct 21, 2014 10:52:00 AM

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Boob Scoop: Cranial bones are designed to move over one another as a baby descends through the birth canal. However, when forceps or a vacuum are used during labor, they can often cause shifts in the cranial bones that are not easily self-corrected by the baby after birth. Since the cranial nerves control what the baby does with his mouth, affected cranial bones can cause ineffective latching, which in turn can lead to breastfeeding pain. Many mothers find that in these situations, complementary therapies such as chiropractic care and or craniosacral therapy can make a big difference for correcting how well a baby latches. When deciding on such therapies, it is important to choose a provider who is trained and experienced to work with babies. Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com) http://yummymummystore.com/blog

Posted to Boob Scoop by Mary Ausman

Diaper Changing

Oct 14, 2014 10:37:30 AM

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Boob Scoop: Mothers often ask if it's better to change their baby's diaper before breastfeeding or after, in order to assure that their baby feels comfortable during a feeding. My best suggestion is that like nursing, it's best to follow your baby's cues since some babies may be happier nursing first, to quench their thirst or hunger, while others won't nurse well until their diaper is changed. However, if you sense your baby is hungry you may want to nurse first since by the time the diaper change is over, he may have reached the point of being too upset to latch on well. Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com) http://yummymummystore.com/blog

Posted to Boob Scoop by Mary Ausman

Check out Well Rounded's interview with our very own Amanda Cole on breast pump basics. She answers questions on many expectant mothers' minds and gives some tips on how to navigate the process.

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Prolactin

Sep 30, 2014 10:10:09 AM

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Boob Scoop: If you happen to listen to your baby breastfeed during the wee hours of the morning, you may notice that she gulps more than during daytime feedings. The reason for this is that Prolactin, the milk making hormone, goes up at night and in turn increases milk volume. Feeding when Prolactin levels are high also helps to maintain milk supply for a longer period of time. Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com) http://yummymummystore.com/blog

Posted to Boob Scoop by Mary Ausman

Pacifier

Sep 23, 2014 10:02:28 AM

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Boob Scoop: Many moms worry about their baby using the breast as a pacifier. While a pacifier is a good option, some babies refuse it or prefer the breast. Not only is this not a bad thing, it is perfectly normal and great way to comfort your baby. Sucking is a big part of a baby’s development and so they will find a way to fulfill that need, whether it’s at the breast, with a pacifier or by sucking their thumb. Using the breast as a pacifier also has some added perks including: helping to delay the return of your period, never needing sterilization and helping to maintain milk production. In the end, what works for you and your baby is the way to go. Sharen Medrano, Yummy Mummy Support Group IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com) http://yummymummystore.com/blog

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