Successful Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can offer your child. Breast milk is the only perfect food he or she will ever have. Breast milk is an amazing substance. It changes with the time of day and the time of year. It even changes to supply what the child needs at the time. Here are some tips to help you build a successful breastfeeding relationship.

First and foremost, get a support group around you. Surround yourself with people who will support you and help you with breastfeeding. Building your support system can be very helpful before you have the baby, as well as after. Breastfeeding can be a learning experience for both mom and baby so having the right support can make a world of difference.

Nurse the baby as soon after birth as possible; with in the first half an hour is ideal. Some babies will crawl to the breast if placed on Mom’s stomach and find the breast on their own. Babies’ natural instinct is to find the breast. 
Avoid artificial nipples of any kind for the first 6 weeks so that the breastfeeding relationship can become established and get on the right track.

Breastfeeding works through demand and supply. The more the baby demands (is at the breast), the more your body knows what to do and how to supply the milk your baby needs.

Be sure to establish a proper latch. 90% of breastfeeding issues can be attributed to an improper latch. The good news is it can easily be adjusted. Position yourself comfortably and bring the baby to you. Align the baby’s ear, shoulder, and hip in a straight line. The baby’s mouth and nose should face your breast. You do not want the baby turning his or her head towards you, as this will cause the baby to slip off and cause improper positioning for nursing. Encourage the baby to open wide. Baby’s tongue should be down, and once latched on, the lips should be flanged, forming a collar around the nipple.

Nurse on demand and allow the baby to nurse as long as he or she wants to. This can take anywhere from 10-45 minutes at a time. Babies should nurse 10-12 times a day in order to establish and maintain your milk supply Having the baby sleep in the same room with you will help you achieve this goal. When moms and babies sleep close together, they establish the same sleep rhythms. This means that mom and dad get better sleep, babies get their needs met sooner, and the nursing relationship is stronger.

Babies show many signs that they are hungry before they cry: the rooting reflex, the hand sucking, the little noises made. Then, if their needs are not met, that is when they cry. Trying to latch a crying baby onto the breast can be overwhelming and tiresome for both of you.
 Remember that this can be a learning process for both mom and baby. Relax, get the support you need to ensure success, and don’t hesitate to contact a lactation consultant or other breastfeeding support person when you feel you need to. I always tell my moms, if you can make it through the first 6 weeks, you can overcome almost any breastfeeding hurdle.

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    1. My baby is also 8 months old. I think every woman is diefnreft. Just think of it as a little surprise from mother nature! There is many factors that make your question hard to pin point an answer (Like how often you are feeding, and are you pumping too) I have not got mine yet. And after my son it took me a good part of 2 months to get it back. And good for you for nursing for so long! You rock!

      1. Oh, beautiful! Were you on a hike? You’re renidnimg me to keep snapping nursing pictures!Lauren @ HoboMama s last [type] ..[]Melodie Reply:October 21st, 2010 at 1:26 pmWe were actually on Hurricane Ridge outside of Port Angeles when this was taken! Have you ever been there?[] Reply:October 21st, 2010 at 3:24 pmI have! With both sets of parents. Which means I’ve almost certainly breastfed up there, too. Lauren @ HoboMama s last [type] ..[]

    2. All women are different. Some get their preiod back within 2-3 months, even with baby nursing often around the clock. Other women don’t get a preiod until baby is completely weaned, even if he’s only nursing a couple of times a day for the last few months.The average’ for getting a preiod back is 9 months, so you could get yours tomorrow, or not for a year or more.

      1. I am this mom! I’m glad to see I’m not alone. I have a small business that proetoms nursing and most of my work is done via the computer. Thank goodness my baby doesn’t mind occasional two hand typing while she’s eating =)[]

    3. Good luck with the baby!As to the question of wheehtr your baby would be able to handle the combination- you can’t be sure until she’s born. Some babies can only handle breastmilk, some can only handle breastmilk if their moms eat a specialized diet, some can only handle specialized formulas. MOST babies will be fine with both.Any breastmilk you can give her will be a benefit (assuming, of course, that she can tolerate it). My advice would be to pump quite a bit in the first few weeks to establish your supply. If you only pump once or twice a day from the beginning, your supply might go away quickly. The first few weeks are really essential for getting it started, and you can freeze any extra for when you return to work. After that- it will depend on your body as to wheehtr or not your supply will keep up- every woman is different. There are herbal supplements and teas that some women swear by to keep their supply up; for most women, pumping only once a day will lead to their milk drying up very quickly. My advice would be to pump as much as you can- it will probably be healthier for your baby, and much much cheaper for you to have more breastmilk than formula available.Also, consider putting her to the breast for the first few days. Before your milk comes in, your body will produce colostrum- a clear, yellowish liquid- that has enormous health benefits for newborns. You shouldn’t have a problem then introducing the bottle if she is only a few days old.Again, good luck and congratulations!

      1. I saw a video about a recall of fmulroa in China. They went inside where they make the fmulroa and they were scientists mixing chemicals in a lab. With masks and all. I’m happy I learned how bad fmulroa really is. I fed it to my son for the first three months and it was what if mostly bud until I looked up what was in fmulroa. He hasn’t had a drop of fmulroa since. His one yr bday is on Saturday if is very very healthy and also doesn’t have his shots.

      2. When they hold onto your breast dnriug nursing thats when its time to stop even if no one is around. That is just wrong. Do you nurse your children when they have friends around. I can just see a 4 year old telling their friend that they have to go have milk and that friend waiting to see a glass but none apears.[] Reply:October 29th, 2010 at 9:19 pmMy (almost) five-month-old holds onto my breast with both hands when we nurse. I guess we have to wean now. =/Amy s last [type] ..[] Reply:October 31st, 2010 at 2:17 pmI was just thinking that even infants hold onto their mother’s breast. And no I don’t nurse her around her friends because she doesn’t nurse very often anymore but I would if she really needed me to. And I would tell them why I was doing it. Luckily all of her friends moms know what I am doing and are supportive. Most of them have nursed until at least age 2.5 if not 4.Melodie s last [type] ..[]

  1. LOVE YOU CASS! If it was not for your continued and tireless help I would probably have quit and gone to formula. I’m grateful every day that my kids are healthy that you were there to help our family. Thank you so much!

    1. I never timed. I would offer one when bub detached I’d burp them then raettach to the same. Bub detaches a 2nd time burp again then offer the 2nd breast. Next feed start on what was the 2nd breast last time.A small safety pin on your bra strap can help keep track of where youre upto.This method helps baby draw out the thicker more filling hind milk from the starting side then a little formilk from the 2nd tops them off helps alleviate any pressure from the 2nd. With #2 I always leaked of the 2nd anyway, with #3 I used to hold a bottle to the other store for backup what poured out. (yes I was blessed the 3rd time around, wish Id had the same for the 1st!)Still feed as often for as long as bub wants. His tummy is still little and breast milk is so quickly digested. Youre also still building your supply.I did it all by the book with #1 and it was hard, with the next 2 I lost the books ditched the clock looked at my babies. Count your 6-8 wet/soiled nappies a day to know hes hydrated, settles relatively well youre on the right track. Remember sleeping like a baby is a fallacy, babies wake up soiled hungry every couple of hrs!Besides bubs so much more enjoyable to look at than clocks or books!

    2. My sister-in-law had a lttlie suprise born in September at 40! She is the first girl in the family! I threw her a mini shower with about 10 of us. I wanted it to be like a shower from the 50/60 s. Lots of pink and white crepe paper. Milk glass and vintage floral china. Pink and white crepe paper nut cups filled with pink and white m m’s. Finger sandwiches. At my baby shower, my mother hung a clothes line with all of my lttlie dresses that she had saved. I know alot of people do that now and ask everyone to bring an outfit and then hang it. What fun

    3. probably true but there is a limit or there should be. i know of one moethr who was breastfeeding her little girl when she was 4 and maybe after that. i have not seen them for years and they live in canada and i live in thailand. i can remember them visiting us and the kid [not her fault i guess] was trying to get into her moethr’s blouse when we were all seated around the pool talking. it sure made me uncomfortable. i suppose many people would say that is my problem. and you’re probably right only i am a dude and i really don’t want to see the breast of my friend’s wife. as i say there should be a time limit on breast feeding.

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    1. You can do which ever you prefer, alhuotgh they both have advantages. You can do either of those, or just offer one breast at each feeding.If you only offer one breast at each feed, your baby will get all the thirst quenching fore milk, then all the rich and satisfying hind milk and will completely empty the breast. However, you may also look lop-sided, with one full breast and one empty breast.You could feed first from one breast, and then from the other breast, but this way your baby may just get the fore milk, and then more fore milk so he may not be as satisfied, unless you let him completely empty the first breast. You can fix this by making sure that your baby feeds really well from the first breast, and then after burping, finishes off on the second breast. You should also start with a different breast each time, left one this time, right one next time!Some mothers prefer one way, other mothers prefer the other way it is up to you and what works best for you and your baby.I breast fed from one side, burped the baby, breast fed from the second side and let them nurse as long as they liked.Good Luck!

    2. Обычно даже если страховка в провинции не с первого дня, все, что касается беременности и родов оплачивается из казны сразу после приезда.Чтобы найти инфу по конкретной провинции, погуглите на манер название провинции health isrnnauce’.Вот что написано для ВС:EligibilityTo qualify for Medical Services Plan (MSP) coverage, you must be a resident of B.C. A resident is a person who:is a citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) of Canada;makes her or his home in British Columbia; andis physically present in British Columbia at least six months in a calendar year.Certain other persons, such as some holders of study and/or work permits, or working permits on working holiday programs, which are issued under the federal Immigration and Refugee Protection Act are deemed to be residents.То есть, по рабочей визе страховка точно такая же.

    3. I breastfed both my kids. I let them prtaly finish one then switched to the other then back again if need be. I also started them on the opposite side then what the baby finished on. That way one breast didn’t get fuller then the other. Or when I produced more milk then the baby needed I let the baby eat from one then pumped from the other. I breastfed one baby till 6 months and the other till 8 months old.Wish you all the best.

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    1. Can’t think of anything off the top of my head at the monemt but I hosted a shower a couple of years ago and as a party favor I did the following bought white chocolate bars from World Market broke them in halves and stacked them on top of each other to make them higher verses flat. Then wrapped them in parchment paper. Tied with pretty ribbon and a small tag saying Sweet Baby Girl . Placed them on a pretty silver plate and placed by the front door so people could get one on there way out. Go to Martha Stewart baby showers. Great ideas.Sarah

      1. the two are the same. My son who was formula fed was alwyas on antibiotics, less now that he eats a balanced diet of natural food, and my daughter fully breastfed has only ever had the common cold which only lasts for a day or 2 max. now i am training to be a breastfeeding counsellor and I would never give formula to one of my babies again, i would rather have donor milk from another human

    2. Short answer is YES thank gooednss! I am currently pregnant with my first but after watching my sister breastfeed both of her’s and seeing how quickly she got back into her regular clothes with out the need for some horrid restricting diet that leave you tired and grumpy I am definitely giving it a shot.Also, I was speaking to my friend (a midwife) yesterday as I am concerned about the size of my *****. They were a 34E UK size before becoming pregnant and are currently squeezed into a 34G but I can’t find maternity bras any bigger in my city. Anyway, the long and short of it is that she told me not to worry too much about after having the baby as ****** feeding will more than likely make them end up smaller than before I got pregnant as I was very large although she did say that women with normal/smaller ******* stay around the same. I am very happy with this as it means I may not need a reduction afterall.Breastfeeding also has lots of health benefits for you too in the longterm such as helping prevent certain cancers so it’s worth a shot.Good luck!Indigoxxx

      1. I am doing the exact same thing right now same computer, same brsaet, only my son was just born on Monday and my milk has been coming in today. This is quite an emotional day it was lovely to see your photo![]

    3. breastfeeding contracts your uurtes back to its normal size much faster and your burn on average at least 500 calories a day- for me yes it helpped a lot. . my ******* are slightly smaller than pre-pragnnacy and which i am glad for- i was a d-dd and then an E when i first started and now i am a small d. i weigh 5 pounds less than i did before i got pregnant. i am very pleased. some might say it did not help but you do burn calories- so if they did not do it they may have been bigger my uurtes went down pretty quick and i was back into my jean 5 days later- they didn’t fit exactly the same but by 6 months i weighed less than i did before i got pregnant and now some of my jeans are big on mealso, i did not get my period for 9 months after i had my son- it was awesome

      1. I AM SUPER PROUD OF YOUR WEIGHT LOSS!!!I am a male, 20 years ancient, and I went from 292 pondus to 202 pondus in about a years time. Diet and exercise was all I did to lose the weight. No pills or formulas. Cardio, weight lift, and diet. You need extreme motivation and determination! Patience is key!I enlisted into the Army and I am going Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

        1. you probablya0missed your daily sheowr. Not only that but you may be feeling quite sensitive about your weight or appearance post-delivery. Not exactly a recipe for romance! Your hormones are all over the place

      2. Congratulations. It *is* a special day. Best of luck as you start your brieatfsedeng journey. Hugs!@Devan @Dionna Yes, I was quite impressed with her photography skills too. And the fact that she sought us out as subjects on her own volition.[]

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    1. Does your friend like vatgine? I am working on a blog entry about vatgine baby showers and hope to have it up tomorrow. You can make the invites and decorations from vatgine images of baby things it is so much fun. Do a search on flickr for vatgine baby to get in the mood. The colors are so wonderful!! Old made in japan baby planters are in the same colors and are darling with little floral arrangements for each table. Do you have glass luncheon plates with the little cups that sit on top? The handles on the cups look adorable with a little pink bow tied on. Bingo with gummy bears is fun and yummy too! Watch for my blog entry for more. Hope it helps Kristin

    2. I always nsuerd my baby on one breast per feeding. She started walking before she was 8 months so I don’t think it screwed her up too terribly. My midwife is also a LC and she suggested one side until the baby came off twice, then burp and switch I never needed to switch, she would never take the second side. I also did not count it as coming off’ it it was a flailing fuss that meant she needed to be burped. Use your instincts, you have them for a reason. Some doctors, nurses and LCs don’t always give the best advice.

      1. Oh, now I’m gonna cry My youngest (1yr) wneead himself out of nowhere .which led to my middle (almost 3) being wneead by association . which breaks. my. heart. *sigh* He was my last baby. I. Love. Breastfeeding!![]

  5. Anywhere from 2 moths to 42 months is cdeniosred normal.Return of fertilityReturn of menstruation following childbirth varies widely between individuals. The closer a woman’s behavior is to the Seven Standards of ecological breastfeeding, the later (on average) her cycles will return. Average return of menses for women following all seven criteria is 14 months, with some reports as soon as 2 months and others as late as 42 months.Although the first post-partum cycle is sometimes anovulatory (this reduces the likelihood of becoming pregnant again before having a post-partum period), subsequent cycles are almost always ovulatory and therefore must be cdeniosred fertile. However, some women find that breastfeeding interferes with fertility even after ovulation has resumed. Luteal phases too short to sustain pregnancy are a common example.Couples who desire spacing of 18 to 30 months between children can often achieve this through breastfeeding alone. Do I need to wean to get pregnant?Probably not. If you are still transitioning to full fertility (as discussed above), breastfeeding may affect the success of implantation. Once implantation is successful, breastfeeding should not affect a healthy pregnancy (see A New Look at the Safety of Breastfeeding During Pregnancy for more information). If your periods have come back and settled into a regular pattern, it is likely that breastfeeding is no longer affecting your fertility.Many moms can conceive without deliberately changing their toddler’s nursing patterns. There is no magic threshold of breastfeeding that will allow you to conceive every mother is different. Some moms need to stretch out nursing frequency and/or shorten nursing sessions to make it easier to conceive babies naturally do this themselves as they get older, so one of your options is simply to wait a bit.Changes that are more abrupt tend to bring fertility back faster (e.g., cutting out one nursing session abruptly, rather than gradually decreasing nursing time at that session) even if you continue to breastfeed a great deal this is why many mothers experience the return of fertility when their child sleeps through the night or starts solid foods. If you decide to make changes to your nursing pattern, the time of day that you make the change (e.g., cutting out or shortening a nighttime nursing session as opposed to a daytime nursing session) should not make that much of a difference. Current research indicates that nursing frequency and total amount of time at the breast per 24 hours are the most important factors, rather than the time of day that the suckling occurs.A few moms do find it impossible to conceive while nursing, but this is not at all common.Many mothers wonder whether breastfeeding will affect the reliability of pregnancy tests. It does not pregnancy tests measure the amount of the hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in blood or urine, and hCG levels are not affected by breastfeeding. The developing placenta begins releasing hCG upon implantation; a pregnancy can generally be detected with a pregnancy test within 7-14 days after implantation.As recommended by the WHO, breastfeeding should ideally continue beyond infancy, but this is not the cultural norm in the United States and requires ongoing support and encouragement.69 It has been estimated that a natural weaning age for humans is between two and seven years.70 Family physicians should be knowledgeable regarding the ongoing benefits to the child of extended breastfeeding, including continued immune protection,71 better social adjustment,72 and having a sustainable food source in times of emergency. The longer women breastfeed, the greater the decrease in their risk of breast cancer.73 Mothers who have immigrated from cultures in which breastfeeding beyond infancy is routine should be encouraged to continue this tradition. There is no evidence that extended breastfeeding is harmful to mother or child. Breastfeeding during a subsequent pregnancy is not unusual. If the pregnancy is normal and the mother is healthy, breastfeeding during pregnancy is the woman’s personal decision. If the child is younger than two years, the child is at increased risk of illness if weaned. Breastfeeding the nursing child after delivery of the next child (tandem nursing) may help provide a smooth transition psychologically for the older child.19The well-protected uterusThe specter of breastfeeding-induced preterm labor appears to spring in large part from an incomplete understanding of the interactions between nipple stimulation, oxytocin, and pregnancy.The first little-known fact is that during pregnancy less oxytocin is released in response to nipple stimulation than when a woman is not pregnant.5But the key to understanding breastfeeding during pregnancy is the uterus itself. Contrary to popular belief, the uterus is not at the beck and call of oxytocin during the 38 weeks of the “preterm” period. Even a high dose of synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin) is unlikely to trigger labor until a woman is at term.6Instead, the uterus must actively prepare in order for labor to commence. You could say that there are two separate states of being for the uterus: the quiescent baby-holder and the active baby-birther. These states make all the difference to how the uterus responds to oxytocin, and so, one can surmise, to breastfeeding. While the baby is growing, the uterus is geared to have a muffled response to oxytocin; at term, the body’s preparations for labor transform the uterus in ways that make it respond intensely to oxytocin.Many discussions of breastfeeding during pregnancy mention “oxytocin receptor sites,” the uterine cells that detect the presence of oxytocin and cause a contraction. These cells are sparse up until 38 weeks, increasing gradually after that time, and increasing 300-fold after labor has begun.6,7 The relative scarcity of oxytocin receptor sites is one of the main lines of defense for keeping the uterus quiescent throughout the entire preterm period—but it is not the only one.A closer look at the molecular biology of the pregnant uterus reveals yet more lines of defense. In order for oxytocin receptor sites to respond strongly to oxytocin they need the help of special agents called “gap junction proteins”. The absence of these proteins renders the uterus “down-regulated,” relatively insensitive to oxytocin even when the oxytocin receptor site density is high. And natural oxytocin-blockers, most notably progesterone, stand between oxytocin and its receptor site throughout pregnancy. 8,9,10With the oxytocin receptor sites (1) sparse, (2) down-regulated, and (3) blocked by progesterone and other anti-oxytocin agents, oxytocin alone cannot trigger labor. The uterus is in baby-holding mode, well protected from untimely labor.4

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