Breastmilk Composition

Jul 17, 2018 11:27:48 AM

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, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Breastfed Babies and Gaining

Jul 10, 2018 12:00:57 PM

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, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Your Magic Number

Jul 3, 2018 4:21:31 PM

Boob Scoop: The number of times a mom empties her breasts each day to maintain milk production has been called her "Magic Number." If a mom is not nursing/pumping enough times in a 24-hour period to meet her Magic Number, her body will decrease milk production. For working mothers, more breastfeeding at night means less pumping sessions needed while mom is at work.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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The Weaning Stage

Jun 26, 2018 11:33:51 AM

Boob Scoop: For both nutritional and developmental reasons, it is uncommon for babies to wean on their own before the one-year mark. In fact, most babies won't wean before 18-24 months unless it is encouraged by the mother. Familiarizing yourself with the different ways of weaning can be helpful when deciding how to approach this stage: http://kellymom.com/ages/weaning/considering-weaning/how_weaning_happens/

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Steady Weight Gain

Jun 19, 2018 10:40:08 AM

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Mom's Diet and Baby's Tummy

Jun 12, 2018 4:02:29 PM

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, 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, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Nutrients and Maintaining Supply

May 22, 2018 12:33:13 PM

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, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Teething

May 15, 2018 2:52:09 PM

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 feeding 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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Stay Hydrated!

May 1, 2018 9:48:24 AM

Boob Scoop: Breastfeeding mothers are always advised to drink to thirst in order to maintain good milk supply and for overall hydration purposes. However, during the winter months it can be tricky to gauge whether you've had enough water. A good rule of thumb is to drink the amount of water equivalent to half of your body weight. Therefore, if you weigh 130 pounds, you would drink about 65 ounces per day. This may sound daunting to many, but not to worry. As most nursing mothers can attest, breastfeeding increases thirst substantially so oftentimes listening to your body's thirst queues is all you need to do.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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