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Comfort for Teething Babies

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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, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Twiddling

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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. https://yummymummystore.com/teething-bling.html

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Colostrum vs. Mature Milk

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Boob Scoop: Oftentimes mothers don't think they are providing breast milk 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, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Combining Milk

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Boob Scoop: Breastmilk from two separate days can certainly be combined. The only recommendation is that you cool freshly expressed breastmilk before mixing it with a batch from the refrigerator.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Traveling and Nursing

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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 and warming milk, cleaning bottles, etc.). However, to help ensure that your baby remains familiar with a bottle, it's advisable to offer at least one bottle of expressed breastmilk every 24 hrs. Many moms chose to bring a lightweight hand pump with them on trips for this very reason.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Feeding and Dr Visits

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Boob Scoop: 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, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Breastfeeding and X-Rays

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Boob Scoop: The American College of Radiology supports not interrupting breastfeeding for X-rays, MRIs, CAT scans, Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP), ultrasounds or mammograms. For more information visit: http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/meds/radioisotopes/ It is always advisable to check with a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, the LactMed site: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT or Dr. Hale's Breastfeeding and Medications guide when someone suggests that you stop or interrupt breastfeeding.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Combining Milk

Comments  |   Posted in Boob Scoop   |  By Mary Ausman

Boob Scoop: Breastmilk from two separate days can certainly be combined. The only recommendation is that you cool freshly expressed breastmilk before mixing it with a batch from the refrigerator.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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The Milk Making Hormone

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Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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The Fifth Trimester

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THERE’S A FIFTH TRIMESTER–AND THIS ONE’S FOR YOU, WORKING MOM

Contributed by Lauren Smith Brody, founder of The Fifth Trimester movement, which helps new parents and businesses work together to revolutionize workplace culture, and author of the new book, The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby

You know all about the first three trimesters, and probably even about the fourth (those bleary-eyed newborn days), but I’m convinced that there’s actually a Fifth Trimester, too. It’s  when you head back to work after having a baby; it’s when the new working mom is born.

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