breastfeeding tips

  • Breastfeeding an adopted baby – what you should know

    Adoptive breastfeeding is becoming increasingly common as the society moves towards embracing this new idea.  Not only is it possible to breastfeed an adopted infant but more andmore mothers are interested in the possibility of fostering new-borns. It can be a rewarding experience for both the mother and her adopted child. Adoption can be a long process, and makes each placement irrevocable once the birthmother has signed the consent documents. The actual placement will only take place once the adoptive parents have received a written consent and are medically/financially approved by the adoption agency.     Adoptive Breastfeeding – The Process While it does require some pre-planning, the adoptive breastfeeding process is not much different from nursing a biological child...
  • New Mom? 4 Tips For Making Sure Your Baby Gets The Nutrients It Needs

      This is a guest post by Kara Masterson. She is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys Tennis and spending time with her family.   One of the main concerns of new moms is providing their baby with enough nutrition to ensure that the infant can continue to grow and develop. Those who are breastfeeding may have challenges with feeding and can find it difficult to determine if their baby is healthy. Other mothers may not be aware of how to prepare food properly for little ones. To ensure that your baby gets enough nutrients during the day, there are a few important tips to follow.   Learn How to Breastfeed Although breastfeeding may seem to come easy for some...
  • Foods to Help Maintain a Healthy Milk Supply

    This is a guest post by Milveen Eke-Allen is a freelance writer and blogs about motherhood at glitterandglowmom.ca. She’s a mother of one and enjoys discovering new tips and tricks that empower the journey through parenthood. Foods to Help Maintain a Healthy Milk Supply    There’s no doubt that breastfeeding requires a lot from your body.  After all, your body burns hundreds of calories a day as it produces energy to keep up with the demands of a hungry infant or toddler. For this reason, eating foods that will help increase and maintain your milk supply is key. If you decide to nurse your baby, keep in mind that the more you nurse, the more milk your body produces. In addition to this, certain foods...
  • The Benefits of Using a Lactation Consultant

    This is a guest post by Milveen Eke-Allen is a freelance writer and blogs about motherhood at glitterandglowmom.ca. She’s a mother of one and enjoys discovering new tips and tricks that empower the journey through parenthood. Photo from http://glitterandglowmom.ca/ The Benefits of Using a Lactation Consultant Whether you’re mom to one child or more, the initial stages of breastfeeding can be difficult to master. While your baby might have enjoyed sucking on their thumbs while in the womb, learning to properly latch is completely new to them. The result of this can be a painful experience for moms and an overwhelming desire to call it quits and switch to formula. Don’t give up! The benefits far out weigh the initial discomfort and...
  • 10 tips for Breastfeeding a Newborn

    Top 10 Ways to Help Breastfeeding Start Smoothly 1. Prepare before the birth of your baby You would not give birth without being informed, without seeking answers to your questions, right? Well, I encourage you to do the same for breastfeeding! Go find the answers to your questions. Sort out the overwhelming information with an educated professional.  Discuss your motivations, your fears, problems and solutions with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). 2. Give birth with the least interventions possible Breastfeeding is the physiological result of pregnancy and childbirth. Each step influences the next. Each intervention during labor interferes with the physiological hormone secretion, which disrupts hormone secretion for lactation and the reflexes of the newborn for breastfeeding. The presence of a doula can help manage the pain...
  • My Most Helpful Breastfeeding Tip

    Welcome to The Breastfeeding Cafe Carnival! This post was written as part of the Breastfeeding Cafe's Carnival. For more info on the Breastfeeding Cafe, go to www.breastfeedingcafe.wordpress.com. For more info on the Carnival or if you want to participate, contact Claire at clindstrom2 {at} gmail {dot} com. Today's post is your tips to succeed. Please read the other blogs in today's carnival listed below and check back for more posts July 22nd through August 4th!   The one single most important breastfeeding tip every mom should know By Christine Poirier-Brotchie I’m really glad I attended a breastfeeding class when I was pregnant.  It was given by a certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) at St-Joseph Hospital, in Toronto, and...
  • 6 Breastfeeding Positions worth a try

    I wish I had been shown some of these before the birth of my daughter. It took me months to discover some of them were even possible! It can be useful to know various breastfeeding positions, but it is by no means necessary to try them all during the first week. Changing position can be very useful to empty some parts of your breasts that are engorged. I once heard of a woman who could only feel better when she was breastfeeding "on top" of her baby, resting on her forearms. I would have never thought of that before hearing it! It does make sense, though, that depending on your breast angle, gravity will play its part and some parts of your breasts will...
  • 5 Tips for a Great Breastfeeding Start

    Start Early Get as much skin to skin contact with your baby as you can. Delay unnecessary procedures that may interfere with the first breastfeeding, and get your baby at your breast within the first half hour after birth - the baby may even self attach if you let him do so ! Have frequent, unrestricted feedings Watch your baby, not the clock, and always offer both breasts. Babies have small stomachs and need to be fed frequently. Stay close to your baby You and your baby should room in together during the postpartum stay, including nights, so that you may recognize and respond to the feeding cues and the needs of your little one. Ensure a good position and latch This is the key to maternal comfort...

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