Baby Care Advice » Breastfeeding Positions http://birthpolicy.org Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:21:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 HOW MANY WOMEN KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT CIRCUMCISION? http://birthpolicy.org/508/how-many-women-know-the-facts-about-circumcision/ http://birthpolicy.org/508/how-many-women-know-the-facts-about-circumcision/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 15:58:05 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/508/how-many-women-know-the-facts-about-circumcision/

Question by Scott D:
How many women know the facts about circumcision?

Circumcision is not suggested by any national medical association in the world. Fifteen national and international medical associations have extensively studied infant circumcision and its effects and found no significant evidence to support this practice. In March 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concluded that infant circumcision is not suggested as a routine procedure. The circumcision policy statements of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Doctors have agreed with this position

The prepuce (foreskin) makes up as much as half of the skin system of the penis. It is an extension of the shaft skin that folds over onto itself, absolutely covering and protecting the glans (an internal organ) and provides the mobility of the shaft skin necessary for frictionless intercourse and masturbation. The foreskin has three known functions: protective, immunological, and sexual. It contains about 10,000 highly specialized nerve endings and several feet of blood vessels. An adult male foreskin, if unfolded and spread out, would be about the size of index card (3 x 5 inches), much more than a “little piece of skin.” Many sexually active men circumcised in adulthood report a significant decrease in sexual pleasure and comfort because of the loss of sensitive nerve endings, skin mobility and natural lubrication.

For the care of an intact penis, the AAP recommends, “Leave it alone.” No special care is required – an intact child should have the external surface of his penis (and the rest of his body) washed regularly to keep clean. When a male is older and can retract his foreskin (which typically occurs by puberty), a easy rinsing is all that is necessary. Other cultural myths about special cleaning procedures are just that – myth.

Overall, urinary tract infections (UTI) occur at about the same rate in male and female infants during the first six months of life. Regardless of circumcision status, infants who present with their first UTI at months (or less) are likely to have an underlying genitouninary abnormality. In kids with a normal underlying anatomy, a study found as many circumcised infants with a UTI as those who retained their foreskin. The appropriate treatment for UTI, in males as well as females, is antibiotics, not prophylactic excision of the prepuce. According to the AAP, “Urinary tract infections are usually not life threatening and are easily treated in most cases.” Breastfeeding provides some measure of protection against UTI during the first six months of life.

While circumcision is a relatively swift procedure, it is extremely painful for the infant. The initial part of the process involves a forced separation of the foreskin, which is fused to the glans (head) in much the same way as a fingernail is joined to the finger. The AAP states the following about EMLA cream, one of the most common pain relief methods, “The analgesic effect is limited during the phases associated with extensive tissue trauma…” Even though they can’t remember the pain as adults, circumcised male infants have increased pain response in vaccinations 4 to 6 months later. Circumcision appears to lower the pain threshold.

Circumcision removes the protective portion of mobile shaft skin, which is intended to cover the glans (head) of the penis. The glans is the internal portion of genitalia (for both genders). Circumcision artificially exposes and denudes this highly sensitive tissue, resulting in a buildup of keratin and a dry, densensitized part of the penis. And contrary to popular myth, more sensation does not lead to control problems. Based on reports from men circumcised as adults, just the opposite is true. With more sensation, a man has superior feedback and can superior determine his proximity to the “orgasmic threshold.”

Some studies show that circumcision has a slight preventive effect for AIDS and some STDs; however, other studies show an insignificant or opposite effect, especially for chlamydia. The bottom line: sexual practices have a much greater effect on the chance of becoming infected than circumcision status. If someone acts on the misconception that circumcision alone will protect them, they are taking unwise chances.

why do some women ever think about mutilating their children? It is barbaric, and disgusting.
judging from the responses so far, you have chosen to not educate yourselves on circumcision at all, and are quite comfortable mutilating your kids without any scientific evidence to support your actions.

do you feel the same way about female circumcision?
so how is an unnecessary, and sexually prohibitive surgery, NOT mutilation?

as for copy and pasting, would you like that i had typed it all myself? doesnt it make more sense to copy the FACTS rather than create my own?


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Answer by Noah’s Mommy & Marine Wife.
Blah, blah, blah.

Oh, and just to let you know, my HUSBAND(yes, a male) made the decision with me to have our son circumcised. And I doubt that decision is affecting you, is it? No? Did not think so.

You mind your business and I will mind mine. :)

ETA: Oh no, I educated myself just fine on the subject. I do not think about it “mutilating” him, however, and I bet if you asked him he would not remember a thing about having it done. Duplicating and pasting information doesn’t make YOU an expert on the matter, sorry to inform.

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NIGHT TIME BREASTFEEDING FOR THE WELL ENDOWED? http://birthpolicy.org/456/night-time-breastfeeding-for-the-well-endowed/ http://birthpolicy.org/456/night-time-breastfeeding-for-the-well-endowed/#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 18:59:18 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/456/night-time-breastfeeding-for-the-well-endowed/ Question by reconnermom:
Night time breastfeeding for the well endowed?

I am seeking advice on how to safely and effectively breastfeed my 5 week old infant in bed. I have read that it is easier when you are breastfeeding- that you can just latch the baby on and go back to sleep. However, I was a DD cup before I became pregnant, and when I nurse I have to hold my breast so the fatty tissue doesn’t block the baby’s nostrils. I am scared that if I fall asleep while feeding her in the lying down position, her breathing will become obstructed. I can’t rely on staying aware enough while sleeping to hold my breast the way I do while awake. Does anyone have any advice on making night time feedings easier while laying down? My baby is still waking up about each 2 hours and I am exhausted. If there was a way for me to sleep and safely breastfeed, I would be so grateful.


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Answer by BABIES ÜBER ALLES!
The ‘asymetrical latch’ shown here (video clips)

http://drjacknewman.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18&Itemid=42

might be of use to you.

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WHAT ARE SOME GOOD BREASTFEEDING AND BOTTLE FEEDING POSITIONS FOR THE BABY? http://birthpolicy.org/407/what-are-some-good-breastfeeding-and-bottle-feeding-positions-for-the-baby/ http://birthpolicy.org/407/what-are-some-good-breastfeeding-and-bottle-feeding-positions-for-the-baby/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:49:36 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/407/what-are-some-good-breastfeeding-and-bottle-feeding-positions-for-the-baby/ Question by Adorable Baby:
what are some good breastfeeding and bottle feeding positions for the baby?


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Answer by gvr
upside-down!

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BREASTFEEDING AFTER TAKING MIFIPREX? http://birthpolicy.org/344/breastfeeding-after-taking-mifiprex/ http://birthpolicy.org/344/breastfeeding-after-taking-mifiprex/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:47:56 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/344/breastfeeding-after-taking-mifiprex/ Question by SAHM85:
Breastfeeding after taking Mifiprex?

I have an appointment to take the Mifiprex abortion pill this coming Saturday, it doesn’t matter why, it’s my choice and I’d appreciate answers that do not berate my decision or my lifestyle and most certainly not my mothering, none of you know the background story. Anyhow, I am currently exclusively breastfeeding my 8 month old daughter (she only started solids about 2 weeks ago and is not on a regular schedule) and I have read that after taking the Misoprotol given to you with the mifeprex pill, some of it is present in the breastmilk but the information I have read states that it can only cause a slight amount of diarrhea in an infant, however when I called the facility where my appointment it set, the woman on the phone tells me that I can’t breastfeed and she doesn’t know for how long. I do not have enough pumped breastmilk to last more than a day and my pump just broke yesterday so I can’t pump enough before Saturday to suffice a long period of time, so of course I am concerned. So, in conclusion, I am mostly trying to find someone on here who has been in this position, taken the abortion pill while breastfeeding and what was the outcome for you? Did you have to stop? did you continue? if so, any side effects in the child? Chat were you told to do at the facility where you were administered the pill? I appreciate all any any answers, even if it’s just info you heard from someone you know. Thank you.
What * not Chat*


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Answer by Divine Oubliette
Can you use Mifepristone and Misoprostol if you are still breastfeeding?

It is superior not to breastfeed during the first 5 hours after taking Mifepristone and after using Misoprostol. It is ideal to throw away the milk produced in the first 5 hours.

More scientific information:
It is possible that Mifepristone or the Misoprostol metabolite could be excreted in breast milk, so it is a good idea for women who are breastfeeding to discard milk they have produced during the medical abortion procedure (3)

(3). Taylor, Diana, Ann C. Hwang and Felicia H. Stewart. (2004) Care for Women Choosing Medication Abortion. The Nurse Practitioner 29(10):65-70.

http://www.womenonweb.org/article-303-en.html

~Pro-Choice Momma; Have had an abortion and I have a 12 month old daughter . I believe in protecting my daughter’s choice.

Abortion: There is a Consensus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsSQiazUvgo

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AS YOUR BABY GOT BIGGER WHAT BREASTFEEDING POSITION WORKED FOR YOU? http://birthpolicy.org/251/as-your-baby-got-bigger-what-breastfeeding-position-worked-for-you/ http://birthpolicy.org/251/as-your-baby-got-bigger-what-breastfeeding-position-worked-for-you/#comments Fri, 29 Oct 2010 07:53:38 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/251/as-your-baby-got-bigger-what-breastfeeding-position-worked-for-you/ Question by Amber:
As your baby got larger what breastfeeding position worked for you?

My daughter is 3 months and Im finding if i have her able to make eye contact she wont eat and just look at me giggling and babbling on the breast. Each different way i try she starts to squirm. What worked ideal for you at different ages?


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Answer by HondaRGurl
my son would only EVER eat in the foot ball hold. And actually he only liked one breast. He liked the one that was more difficult to get him to latch onto ut he always pushed away from the other one. But yeah my son only ever liked the football hold. but it made it easier as he got older because a could kinda lay him by my side on a pillow and hold his head up to my breast and he was comfortable like that. Made it so my arms didnt get so exhausted either.

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QUESTION ABOUT BREASTFEEDING WITH SMALL BREASTS VS. LARGE BREASTS? http://birthpolicy.org/207/question-about-breastfeeding-with-small-breasts-vs-large-breasts/ http://birthpolicy.org/207/question-about-breastfeeding-with-small-breasts-vs-large-breasts/#comments Thu, 21 Oct 2010 22:01:18 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/207/question-about-breastfeeding-with-small-breasts-vs-large-breasts/ Question by Dexter is Delicious:
Question about breastfeeding with small breasts vs. massive breasts?

I’m a smaller breasted girl (small B cup) and I plan to breastfeed when I have my child. I have checked out a lot of images about breastfeeding, and it seems that most show women with more massive breasts.

I know size has nothing to do with milk production, but I am curious about positions for breastfeeding. Is it harder to get a baby into position with small breasts? Do bobby pillows or the breastfriend pillow work as well with small breasts? In most of the photos I have seen the moms breasts extend down to the pillows so there is not (at least the way I look at it) as great a need to bring the baby up to the breast. Do your arms get exhausted keeping the baby in position?

I’m sorry if this question seems rude or stupid, but I do not know anyone personally that breastfeeds. All of my friends with infants formula feed and only one family member has.


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Answer by Kelly
You will be amazed at how much larger your breasts will get after baby comes.

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BREASTFEEDING POSITIONS? http://birthpolicy.org/162/breastfeeding-positions/ http://birthpolicy.org/162/breastfeeding-positions/#comments Fri, 01 Oct 2010 00:58:32 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/162/breastfeeding-positions/ Question by Shara:
breastfeeding positions?

I try breastfeeding but baby feels insecure.
I think my breastfeeding positions are wrong. Holding baby is wrong. My back aches. She cries and doesnt like feeding. I keep a pillow but never it works. I am tiny hefty person (180 pounds) and baby is small.

What is the easiest way for right and left breasts? to hold baby, soothe baby.


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Answer by Brandon B
keep the back of its head secure. Support its head, and dont force it to drink.

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MY INFANT DAUGHTER HAS GER, ARE THERE ANY SUPPLEMENTS SHE CAN TAKE TO REDUCE VOMITING? http://birthpolicy.org/110/my-infant-daughter-has-ger-are-there-any-supplements-she-can-take-to-reduce-vomiting/ http://birthpolicy.org/110/my-infant-daughter-has-ger-are-there-any-supplements-she-can-take-to-reduce-vomiting/#comments Fri, 10 Sep 2010 04:03:20 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/110/my-infant-daughter-has-ger-are-there-any-supplements-she-can-take-to-reduce-vomiting/ Question by BPB:
My infant daughter has GER, are there any supplements she can take to reduce vomiting?

I have changed her nursing position, b/c I am breastfeeding, I have also changed my diet. I do not want to put her on an OTC medication if I dont have to.


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Answer by Ryan’s mom
You need to speak to her doctor. Some herbal supplements are not safe for babies or children. My son was on liquid Zantac for his first 6 months for acid reflux due to being born nearly 3 months early and he did really well with it.

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BREASTFEEDING POSITIONS WITH A BIG BABY? http://birthpolicy.org/26/breastfeeding-positions-with-a-big-baby/ http://birthpolicy.org/26/breastfeeding-positions-with-a-big-baby/#comments Fri, 20 Aug 2010 06:59:29 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/26/breastfeeding-positions-with-a-big-baby/ Question by tessy:
Breastfeeding positions with a huge baby?

I am breastfeeding my five month old. She is pretty huge for her age (about 24 Ibs) and it is a tiny awkward positioning her in my lap to nurse. It looks like it’s uncomfortable for her to lie that way! She sometimes will refuse to nurse unless we are lying down on our sides.
Does anyone have any tips for positioning her superior so she can be comfortable nursing without having to go lie down?


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Answer by rurouni
I cannot help much. I pretty much have to be in a reclining position to get my 21 lb seven-month-old to cradle feed. I am starting to comprehend why some mothers stop at one-year-old…it gets awkward to nurse when they get so big. That combined with her kicking and squirming and playing makes it a real adventure, LOL.

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