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Ages and Stages

Breastfeeding patterns and habits change as the baby reaches different stages of development. Learn about what to expect from these different stages. Information on introducing solids to your baby. Also included is information on breastfeeding multiples.

Breastfeeding and Infant Growth
What is normal growth for babies? When do growth spurts normally occur?

Breastfeeding and Newborn Urination
A breastfed baby's urination pattern changes during the first week of life. In the first few days the baby is not receiving a large amount of milk, so there are less wet diapers. As the days go on and your milk supply increases, the baby will produce more urine. It's important to understand what is normal in your baby's diaper. Monitoring...

Baby Poop
Baby poop changes in the first week of life from the tar-like meconium stools, to transitional stools and then milk stools. Baby poop is different for breastfed babies and formula fed babies, and it changes again when solid foods are introduced. Diarrhea and constipation can also occur in infants.

Breastfeeding and Infant Spit Ups
Spitting up is normal in all babies. It can happen occasionally or with every feeding. There are some things you can do to help your baby spit up less, but you can't prevent it altogether. Spitting up is different from vomiting, so be aware of the differences and know when to call the doctor.

Baby's First Breast Feeding
If possible, the first breastfeeding should begin within an hour of birth. What will it be like to breastfeed for the first time?

Newborn Breastfeeding Schedule
How often should you breastfeed your baby and how long should each feeding last? Feed your baby on demand whenever he is displaying these signs of hunger.

Feeding Your 8 to 12 Month Old
Breastfeeding, breast milk or formula should account for about half of your baby's diet between 8 and 12 months of age. Here is some information about what your baby can eat at this age along with a sample feeding schedule.

8 to 12 Month Old Feeding Schedule
Here are feeding schedules for 8 to 12 month olds shared by readers.

Breastfeeding Beyond One Year
Breastfeeding does not have to end at six months or even one year. In many cultures it is common to continue to breastfeed for two years or beyond. There are many wonderful benefits to long term breastfeeding for both mothers and children.

Breastfeeding While Pregnant And Tandem Nursing
It is possible to continue to breastfeed if you are pregnant. You can also nurse an older child along with a newborn, this is referred to as tandem nursing.

Comfort Nursing
Is breastfeeding more than just a source of food?

Nursing Through Teething
Teething is a common concern for breastfeeding mothers, but most babies nurse through teething without too much of a problem.

Breastfeeding and Biting
Babies will usually begin to get teeth by six months of age. Along with teeth may come biting. Here are some tips for breastfeeding during this stage.

The First 24 Hours
The first 24 hours of a baby's life are crucial to a positive breastfeeding experience. Here is what to expect and how to deal with common issues.

The First 3 Days
The first 3 days are challenging for a breastfeeding mother. Here you will learn what to generally expect at this stage; common issues for mother and baby; waking up a sleepy baby; establishing a milk supply; and some tips on how to make the smooth transition from hospital to home

Breastfeeding: The First Two Weeks
In the first two weeks of a baby's life, feeding and sleeping patterns are just beginning to find a rhythm, only to culminate in a growth spurt. Breast milk supply should be established, and a mother might encounter issues such as engorgement. Here is how to manage those first few weeks of breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding by Stage
Answers to all questions about the baby's feeding needs by age and stage.

The First Two Weeks - How Were Your First Two Weeks of Breastfeeding
How were your first two weeks of breastfeeding? A snap? So difficult you still can't discuss it? Tell your story here.

Nursing Your Newborn With A Toddler In The House: It IS Possible!
Here are some tips on how to make time for nursing a new baby when you have a toddler at home. Also, how can you get other siblings involved?

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