Baby Care Advice » Breastfeeding http://birthpolicy.org Wed, 15 Dec 2010 19:21:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 QUESTIONS TO MOTHERS WHO ARE ONLY EXCLUSIVELY EXPRESSING YOUR BREAST MILK TO FEED YOUR LITTLE ONE.? http://birthpolicy.org/527/questions-to-mothers-who-are-only-exclusively-expressing-your-breast-milk-to-feed-your-little-one/ http://birthpolicy.org/527/questions-to-mothers-who-are-only-exclusively-expressing-your-breast-milk-to-feed-your-little-one/#comments Mon, 13 Dec 2010 07:22:55 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/527/questions-to-mothers-who-are-only-exclusively-expressing-your-breast-milk-to-feed-your-little-one/

Question by Ice:
Questions to moms who are only exclusively expressing your breast milk to feed your tiny one.?

This question is for the first six months only when you feed your baby by expressing your breasts.

Have you came across any decrease to your milk supply that you had to alternative with formula? If so, how did that go about and for how long did you feed your tiny one formula? Also, if you used formula, did you use the already liquid guide or the powder kind where you mix it with water? Please explain.


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Answer by Tara S
I bottle fed my daughter with 100% expressed breast milk for the first 6 months (she could not latch on properly). When my baby turned 6 months, I returned to work and my milk supply dropped. I think the additional stress had something to do with it. That was when i started supplementing with formula.

Ever since, I have been supplementing each bottle with a tiny bit of powdered formula (enfamil gentlease).

Here’s how it works for us:

My baby drinks an 8oz bottle.
I pump approx. 6oz at a time.
I add 2oz of water & 1 scoop of powdered formula into the breastmilk to make an 8oz bottle.
I shake it up and feed it.

My daughter HATES formula but since the bottles are 6oz breastmilk + 2oz formula, she takes them without a problem!

I hope this helps :)

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NEWBORN BREAST FEEDING – CAN A BOTTLE BE USED IN SMALL AMOUNTS? http://birthpolicy.org/510/newborn-breast-feeding-can-a-bottle-be-used-in-small-amounts/ http://birthpolicy.org/510/newborn-breast-feeding-can-a-bottle-be-used-in-small-amounts/#comments Fri, 03 Dec 2010 17:24:00 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/510/newborn-breast-feeding-can-a-bottle-be-used-in-small-amounts/ Question by Clifford:
Newborn breast feeding – Can a bottle be used in small amounts?

We’ve just returned from five days in the maternity ward and my wife has not slept properly since giving birth. She really needs to have a good six hour stretch. I have read in places that one should avoid using the bottle for 3-4 weeks even with expressed breast milk, due to nipple confusion. Realistically what are the risks if we just do it once or twice. In my opinion, it could be more damaging to have a really worn out mother.


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Answer by Dyot!
You do not have to use a bottle…

“Alternative Feeding Methods”

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/alternative-feeding.html

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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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2.5 WEEK OLD BABY – BREASTFEEDING PROBLEM? http://birthpolicy.org/498/2-5-week-old-baby-breastfeeding-problem/ http://birthpolicy.org/498/2-5-week-old-baby-breastfeeding-problem/#comments Sun, 28 Nov 2010 07:00:05 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/498/2-5-week-old-baby-breastfeeding-problem/ Question by Karla:
2.5 week old baby – breastfeeding problem?

My baby is 2.5 weeks old. I am breastfeeding him and having problems with the left side. He does not latch on properly to the left side and it has caused me to have a crack on my nipple. I am fed up with the pain, as it has been feeling excrutiating ever since he was born. I live in a German talking country so I cannot call a lactation specialist, so I need your help. Should I pump strictly on the left side until it heals and continue nursing on the right side? I have a cream to put on my nipples. What else can I do? I have been dealing with the pain but I cannot take much more of it.


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Answer by keevelish
I would not pump, as it’s not always possible to empty the breast like the baby would. You do not want to risk decreasing your milk supply on that side.

Make sure that you get your son’s mouth open really really wide, like he is yawning, and make sure his tongue is down and over his bottom gums. The key is to get as much of the aereola UNDER the nipple in his mouth as possible.

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WHEN INTRODUCING FORMULA BY ONE FEED AT A TIME AND ALSO EXPRESSING BREAST MILK AM I STILL SUPPOSED TO BREASTFE? http://birthpolicy.org/487/when-introducing-formula-by-one-feed-at-a-time-and-also-expressing-breast-milk-am-i-still-supposed-to-breastfe/ http://birthpolicy.org/487/when-introducing-formula-by-one-feed-at-a-time-and-also-expressing-breast-milk-am-i-still-supposed-to-breastfe/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 03:27:09 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/487/when-introducing-formula-by-one-feed-at-a-time-and-also-expressing-breast-milk-am-i-still-supposed-to-breastfe/ Question by kemin:
when introducing formula by one feed at a time and also expressing breast milk am i still supposed to breastfe?

am i still supposed to breastfeed or am i supposed to just express and dont let my baby get milk from sucking my breast


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Answer by ᵗᶤᵉʳʳᵅ ᵈᵉ ᵐᵅᵈʳᵉ
Why are you introducing formula, you can express and freeze of you can’t always be with baby.

Breastfeed baby when you are with baby, if you know you are going to be away from baby, express enough off to satisfy baby for the time you will be away.

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WHAT ARE THE BEST BRAND OF BOTTLES WHEN FEEDING A BREAST-FED BABY EXPRESSED MILK? http://birthpolicy.org/462/what-are-the-best-brand-of-bottles-when-feeding-a-breast-fed-baby-expressed-milk/ http://birthpolicy.org/462/what-are-the-best-brand-of-bottles-when-feeding-a-breast-fed-baby-expressed-milk/#comments Sun, 14 Nov 2010 13:25:22 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/462/what-are-the-best-brand-of-bottles-when-feeding-a-breast-fed-baby-expressed-milk/ Question by SLIM:
What are the ideal brand of bottles when feeding a breast-fed baby expressed milk?


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Answer by Heather W
brand doesn’t matter, i just used bottles that had the wide nipples on them, they were the most like mother.

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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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BREASTFEEDING PROBLEMS WITH NEWBORN? http://birthpolicy.org/408/breastfeeding-problems-with-newborn/ http://birthpolicy.org/408/breastfeeding-problems-with-newborn/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:49:37 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/408/breastfeeding-problems-with-newborn/ Question by Sonja:
Breastfeeding problems with newborn?

My ideal friend had a baby this morning. This is her 4th. She has bf’d the other 3 for over a year each so is experienced. Her newborn is not sucking correctly with his tongue. How can she instruct him or position him to help him suck correctly?
The baby was born at home and she has called Le Leche League. They offered some tips on position but that did not seem to help and when she lets him suck on her finger his tongue doesn’t seem to be positioned right.


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Answer by stuck in texas save me
I think she would benefit a great deal from a good lactation consultant. You can find one on here ->http://www.ilca.org/.
She might also like to contact the La Leche League.

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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: I AM HAVING PROBLEMS GETTING BABY TO LATCH CORRECTLY? http://birthpolicy.org/345/breastfeeding-i-am-having-problems-getting-baby-to-latch-correctly/ http://birthpolicy.org/345/breastfeeding-i-am-having-problems-getting-baby-to-latch-correctly/#comments Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:47:57 +0000 admin http://birthpolicy.org/345/breastfeeding-i-am-having-problems-getting-baby-to-latch-correctly/ Question by onemviebuf:
Breastfeeding: I am having problems getting baby to latch correctly?

Apparently I messed up a bit between being at the hospital, with lactation help, and coming home. The baby is great at sucking but I am having trouble getting her mouth wide enough to properly latch on. Now my nipples are cracking badly and I dread each feeding but I am determined to breastfeed. I know that the cracks will disappear as soon as she latches correctly cause I did it at the hospital with help. Any advice anyone has would be greatly appreciated.


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Answer by foghnanross
You might try “tickling” her cheek by the edge of her mouth with a finger, or your breast, to make sure she knows “where you are” so to speak, and make sure she is really ready for you. I had a really tough time as well with both my kids, but we persisted, and I am SO glad we did. They are healthy and strong, and we are very close…hang in there! It’s so worth the effort. Good luck!

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