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Colds

Comments  |   Posted in Boob Scoop   |  By Mary Ausman

Boob Scoop: 'Tis the season for colds. However, you don't need to stop breastfeeding when sick. It's especially important to continue nursing since your body creates and passes antibodies into your milk in order to fight the infection you or your baby are experiencing. Oftentimes, a breastfed baby will be the only member of the family who doesn't get sick or the one to get a milder version of the bug. Breastfeeding also allows you to get the needed rest to recover since you can feed while in bed. A win-win scenario!

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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Breastfeeding and Your Period

Comments  |   Posted in Boob Scoop   |  By Mary Ausman

Boob Scoop: The return of your period does not mean the end of breastfeeding. During menstruation, breastmilk does not "go bad" or become less nutritious. Some women do notice a temporary drop in milk supply in the days prior to a period and for a few days into one, due to hormonal fluctuations. However, once menstruation begins and hormone levels return to normal, milk supply will boost back up again. Most babies can compensate well for this temporary drop in supply with more frequent nursing.

Sharen Medrano, IBCLC (www.nycbreastfeeding.com)

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10 Tips for Exercising and Breastfeeding

Comments  |   Posted in Mummy Scoop   |  By Olivia Leon

10 Tips for Exercising and Breastfeeding

Contributed by Brittany Citron is a pre/postnatal exercise specialist, and certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and founder of PROnatal Fitness.

If you’ve been nervous about resuming exercise post-baby due to concerns of how it may impact your milk supply, you can relax!  It is a myth that exercise decreases milk production. Studies have shown absolutely no difference in milk production or nutrient composition between mothers who exercise, and those who do not.  Moreover, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that “regular aerobic exercise in lactating mothers has been shown to increase cardiovascular fitness without affecting milk production, composition, or infant growth.”  That said, it’s good idea to follow the 10 tips below to ensure both you and your little one have the best experience possible with nursing.          

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Best Start for Breastfeeding Success

Comments  |   Posted in Mummy Scoop   |  By Olivia Leon

Best Start for Breastfeeding Success

 

Contributed by Elina S. Arulraj, MSPT, IBCLC

Elina leads a weekly breastfeeding support group at the Yummy Mummy Store in NYC every Tuesday at 11:30.

 

Breastfeeding your baby is a different experience for every new or seasoned mom. What works for one mom and baby duo may not for another. For many moms, breastfeeding starts off without a hitch or very little difficulty so it is best not to psych yourself up beforehand!

The best advice I can give to all new mothers is to nest in with your new little one as soon as possible after birth. Do a lot of skin to skin with your baby on your chest which helps both of you to get back in sync with each other after a delivery or c-section.

Feed your baby frequently the first few days in the hospital and if it hurts get help as soon as you can to get the baby latched on deeply and avoid complications down the road.

Try to catch the baby when they demonstrate early hunger signs such as rooting, placing their fingers/hands in their mouth or making cooing sounds. Crying is a late feeding cue and it is always harder to latch a baby properly when they are too hungry or upset.

Take note of the time the baby starts feeding but try to pay attention to baby’s active sucking more than the clock!

 

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Amanda Cole offers tips on breastfeeding in Care.com's article

Comments  |   Posted in In the News   |  By Olivia Leon

Check out Care.com's article on How to Breastfeed Your Baby featuring comments from our very own Amanda Cole.

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