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Is it ok to give your baby a pacifier if you're nursing? Find out more about the pros and cons of pacifier use in the breastfed infant.

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Deciding To Have Another Baby

Thursday March 20, 2014

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Making the decision to try for another baby while you're still breastfeeding can be hard, especially if the child you're nursing is still young. You may feel torn between your desire to continue to nurse the child you have and wanting to get pregnant again. Well, depending on your situation, it may be possible to do both.

If your period has already returned, you can continue to nurse while you try for your next baby. If your period has not yet restarted, you may have to decrease the amount that you're breastfeeding to get your fertility to return, but you shouldn't have to stop breastfeeding altogether. Then, when you do conceive, you can talk to your doctor about breastfeeding while you're pregnant. You should be able to continue nursing as long as your pregnancy is not considered high risk.

The decision becomes a little more difficult if you have to undergo fertility treatments to conceive. Depending on the specific treatment that you need, you may have to wean your child.

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Are You Getting Enough Fluids?

Monday February 10, 2014

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Women are often concerned about their diet while they're breastfeeding, but it's important to think about your fluid intake, too. If you aren't getting enough to drink,  you can still make breast milk, but you might end up dehydrated.

It can be hard for a busy mom to remember to get enough fluids during the day, so try to grab yourself a drink whenever you can. Take a bottle of water with you when you go out and keep a drink by your side when you breastfeed at home.  If you have a glass of water, milk or juice each time you nurse your child, you will be getting in your 8 to 12 glasses a day. That should be enough to keep you hydrated and meet your daily fluid needs.  Read more:  Breastfeeding and Fluid Intake

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New Year's Resolutions For 2014

Monday January 13, 2014

Did you make a New Year's resolution? Many people like to start a new year by making some positive changes in their lives. Some of the common resolutions that people make center around getting healthier. If you are pregnant or nursing, what are some of the breastfeeding resolutions that you can make? Here are a few suggestions:

For more about resolutions, About.com's Stess expert Elizabeth Scott has gathered information from many of the About.com Health experts and compiled it into these three great articles:

About.com Health's Resolutions For A Healthy New Year

Top Resolutions For Getting And Staying Healthy, From About.com Health

Maintain Your New Year's Resolutions! Best Tips From About.com Health

As you make your resolutions, goals and plans for the new year, I wish you health, happiness and success in all that you do.  Happy New Year!

 

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Breastfeeding and Breast Surgery

Wednesday December 4, 2013

Many women of childbearing age undergo breast surgery. The ability to breastfeed after breast surgery depends on the type of surgery and how it is performed. Any surgery that interferes with the milk ducts or the amount of breast tissue in your breast will have a greater impact on breastfeeding.

Talk to your doctor and your baby's doctor if you have had breast surgery. While some women will be able to produce a healthy milk supply after surgery others may not. The pediatrician will monitor your baby's weight to be sure that he or she  is getting enough milk.

If you do have a limited supply you may need to use a formula supplement or donor breast milk, but you can still breastfeed. Any amount of breast milk that your baby receives from you will be beneficial.

 

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