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11 Things That Can Decrease Your Milk Supply
Are you doing something that might cause a decrease in your milk supply? Without realizing it, you may be jeopardizing your supply of breast milk. Here are some things you can change in your daily routine that can help you make more breast milk.
The Colors of Breast Milk: What's Normal?
Breast milk isn't always white. Foods, vitamins, herbs and other influences can affect the color of breast milk.
How Many Wet Diapers Should A Breastfed Baby...
A breastfed baby's urination pattern changes during the first week of life. It's important to understand what is normal in your baby's diaper. Monitoring urine output will help you to determine if your baby is getting enough milk.
How Does Your Period Affect Breastfeeding?
Is it safe to breastfeed during your period? How does menstruation affect breastfeeding?
Can You Combine Breastfeeding and Formula...
Feeding your baby formula in addition to breastfeeding is called supplementing. There are many reasons women decide to give their children formula along with breastfeeding. Every baby and situation is unique, a combination of breastfeeding and formula may work well for your family.
6 Ways to Naturally Increase Your Milk Supply
Increasing your supply of breast milk should begin by taking these few easy steps.
What Does Breast Milk Taste Like?
It's a common question and a common curiosity, so how does breast milk really taste like and is it ok to try it?
7 Ways to Increase Breast Milk Production
Breastfeeding mothers often reduce feeds or wean earlier than they would like -- sometimes by choice, sometimes not. Here are ways to reestablish milk supply after having taken a lengthy break from nursing.
This supplement can boost your mood and your...
Brewer's yeast is a highly nutritious dietary supplement that is used by breastfeeding mothers to help increase milk supply, increase energy and fight the baby blues.
Will Breastfeeding Interfere With Your Sex Life?
Many couples have concerns about breastfeeding and sex. Here are some of the common issues and tips to overcome them.
What Is Let-Down and What Does It Feel Like?
What is let-down, what does it feel like, what are the signs and what should you do if it's painful, slow or hyperactive?
Is There A Breastfeeding Diet That You Should...
A Breastfeeding Diet: What should you eat if you are breastfeeding?
These 11 Foods May Help Boost Your Milk Supply
What foods can you eat to make more breast milk? Here are some common foods that may help increase your milk supply.
Tips for Feeding and Breastfeeding Your 8 to 12...
Infants can begin to add different types of food into their diet by 8 months old, but breast milk or formula should still be a big part of their diet. Here are some guidelines for what your 8 to 12 month old can eat at this stage.
Your Guide to Breastfeeding During a Baby's...
Learn what a breastfeeding mother can expect from her baby's behavior, and from her milk supply, during a baby's growth spurt.
Safely Handle and Prepare Stored Breast Milk
When it comes to handling breastmilk, it's important to keep in mind how long the expressed milk has been in storage. Also, watch a video that shows proper handling of breast milk.
Can Fenugreek Help Increase Your Breast Milk...
Fenugreek is an herb that has been used to increase breast milk supply for generations. It is often considered one of the most effective herbs used by nursing mothers to help augment their supply of breast milk. It is generally considered safe, but can have side effects. Fenugreek should not be taken during pregnancy.
What You Should Eat While Breastfeeding
What should breastfeeding moms eat to maintain a healthy milk supply? There are so many myths and wives' tales about what breastfeeding mothers can and cannot eat. Here we learn about her true nutritional needs.
How to Pump, Store, Freeze, and Thaw Breast Milk
Breast milk can be collected and stored in a freezer for up to one year. Proper collection, storage and thawing is important to preserve the maximum health benefits of the milk.
Is Your Breastfed Baby Growing Normally?
Is it a growth spurt? This article provides information on growth spurts and the average height and weight of infants.
Dr. Jack Newman’s All-Purpose Nipple...
This is the recipe for Dr. Jack Newman's All-Purpose Nipple Ointment (APNO). It is used to heal nipples and to prevent nipple infection.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Breastfeeding?
Description of many of the benefits of breastfeeding to the mother and baby. Also included are some cons of breastfeeding.
What Breast Changes Should You Expect During...
For your body to ready itself to breastfeed, many different changes occur in your breasts during pregnancy. Major hormonal influences take place.
What Should Your Baby's Poop Look Like?
The changes and stages of your breastfed baby's poop. Baby poop changes during the first week of life, and it's different for breastfed babies and formula fed babies.
Can Fennel Increase Your Breast Milk Production?
Fennel is an herb that has been used for centuries to flavor food, assist with digestion and help increase the milk supply of nursing mothers.
How To Use Cabbage Leaves To Relieve Swollen,...
Cold cabbage leaves can be used as compresses to treat engorgement and relieve painful, swollen breasts, that can sometimes occur during breastfeeding.
6 Nursing Teas That Support Milk Production and...
Make more breast milk with nursing teas. Herbal tea preparations are believed to help increase the supply of breast milk. There are many ways to use teas to promote breastfeeding. You can make your own blend or purchase one of these commerically available products.
Can Beer and Wine Help To Increase Your Supply...
Can drinking beer or any type of alcohol help you to make more breast milk? Do you have to pump and dump if you have an alcoholic drink?
What Can You Do To Make More Breast Milk?
Increase your supply of breast milk: A galactagogue is something that can help bring about lactation or increase the amount of milk that is made. It can be a medication, an herb, a food or an action.
See What Else Breast Milk Can Be Used For
There are other uses for human milk? Breast milk is a complete source of nutrition, disease protection and comfort for infants and children. But do you know what else breast milk can do?
Is Too Much Breast Milk A Bad Thing?
An overabundant milk supply can affect you and your baby. It can lead to breast problems, such as engorgement, plugged milk ducts and mastitis, or cause gas, fussiness and colic in your baby. Here are some things you can do when you have too much milk.
Blessed Thistle and Increasing Breast Milk Supply
Blessed thistle is an herb that is commonly used with fenugreek to help increase the supply of breastmilk.
What to Expect the First 3 Days of Breastfeeding
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
Does Breastfeeding Really Help You To Lose...
Is it safe to go on a diet while you are breastfeeding? Here is some information on postpartum weight loss.
This Herb Of Legend Has Been Used For Centuries...
Milk thistle is an herb used to help nursing mothers make more breast milk. Here is some information on it's safety and use for breastfeeding women.
Can Garlic Increase Your Breast Milk Production?
Garlic has been used for centuries for its health benefits, and it is also thought to be a galactagogue that can help increase the milk supply of breastfeeding women.
How To Tell If Your Baby Is Getting Enough...
Most breastfeeding moms wonder if their baby is getting enough milk. Even though you cannot measure how much milk your breasts are holding, there are many signs you can look for to put your mind at ease.
Is It Safe To Exercise If You're Breastfeeding?
Not only can you exercise if you are breastfeeding, but it's good for you. Light to moderate exercise is healthy and does not affect your breast milk. However, strenuous exercise could cause some problems.
Can Breastfeeding Cause Sexual Feelings?
Is it normal to feel sexual sensations when you breastfeed?
How Often Should You Breastfeed Your Newborn?
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.
How To Care For Your Breasts When You're...
Nursing mothers don't need to do too much to care for their breasts, but here are some tips to help keep you comfortable and prevent some of the common problems that can develop.
The Importance of Breast Assessments When...
There are many possible breast abnormalities that breastfeeding mothers may encounter. Identifying these issues are very important to continue a healthful breastfeeding relationship with your child.
Breast Milk Storage Bags
Here is a list of 6 popular brands of breast milk storage bags along with advantages and disadvantages of using bags as opposed to glass or plastic bottles.
Everything You Need to Know to Get Started...
An explanation of the breast and how it works when breastfeeding; pros and cons of breastfeeding for both mother and baby; what to expect during the first few weeks after birth; the feeding process. Watch a video on general lactation and breastfeeding information.
4 Breastfeeding Positions to Help Your Baby...
What to expect from the baby's first breastfeeding and latch-on. Here are some techniques and tips to make latching-on easy and successful. Also, watch two videos: One will teach you what to expect once your baby is latched on; the other will show you 3 different breastfeeding positions.
How To Heal and Prevent Sore Nipples
Heal and prevent sore, cracked or bleeding nipples. Breastfeeding with nipple pain can be uncomfortable. Here are some of the things you can do to lessen the pain, heal your nipples and prevent soreness.
The Stages of Breastfeeding From Birth to 12...
Answers to all questions about the baby's feeding needs by age and stage.
Is Your Baby Spitting Up or Vomiting?
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.
Does Breastfeeding Cause Saggy Breasts?
Breastfeeding, pregnancy and saggy breasts, what causes droppy breasts and what you can do about it.
The Content and Composition of Breast Milk
Exactly what makes up breast milk? What is in it that makes it so powerful? Here are the facts.
Nursing Moms Need To Drink Enough Fluids. Are...
A nursing mother needs to drink enough water or other liquid each day as part of a healthy diet.
4 Types of Storage Containers For Breast Milk
Breast milk can be placed into glass containers, plastic breast milk storage bags, plastic bottles or breast milk trays. There are pros and cons to each type of container.
Can I Have An Alcoholic Drink If I'm Breastfeed...
Can you have an alcoholic beverage if you're breastfeeding? How much alcohol is passed through breast milk? What are the effects on the baby if you have a drink while you're breastfeeding? Do you have to pump and dump your breast milk after having a drink?
Breastfeeding Nipple Pain: Is It Nipple...
Painful, white nipples can be caused from vasospasms or compression of the nipple. Find out how to treat and prevent nipple blanching.
How This Unusual Herb Can Increase Your Breast...
Alfalfa is a very nutritious herb that is believed to help increase the supply of breast milk.
When Can Prescription Medication Help You Make...
In certain situations, medications can be used to help produce or increase the supply of breast milk. Reglan and Motilium are the two most common medications used for this purpose.
How To Deal With The Common Problems of...
Take the steps to heal and prevent sore nipples, mastitis, plugged milk ducts, engorgement, and thrush. These are some of the common problems of breastfeeding.
Can You Have Coffee, Chocolate, and Soda If...
Coffee, tea, chocolate and soda are often a part of our everyday diet, but are they safe to have while you're breastfeeding?
What to Know About Breastfeeding and Milk...
Milk is the most common allergen affecting infants. What are some signs and symptoms that your breastfed baby has a milk allergy? How do you deal with a milk allergy in a breastfed baby?
What Is A Breastfeeding Latch and Why Is It...
What does latching on mean? The definition of traditional and asymetrical breastfeeding latch techniques.
What Should A Breastfed Baby's Diapers Look Like?
What should a breastfed baby's diapers look like? What is the normal appearance of stools? What do abnormal stools look like? What happens if there is blood in the baby's stool? How often should a breastfed baby urinate? What is brick dust urine?
How To Handle Painful Breast Engorgement
Breast engorgement occurs when your breasts become overfull with milk. Here are the causes, treatments and complications of this common issue.
How Much Breast Milk Should I Put In a Bottle?
If you decide to supplement breastfeeding with pumped breast milk in a bottle, how much should you give? Here is the calculation.
Are You a Breastfeeding Mother? How to Take...
Discussion on the mother's needs while breastfeeding
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.
What Is Thrush and How Is It Treated?
Information on thrush, or yeast infections of the nipple and/or deep breast. Included is the protocol to cure thrush.
When to Consider a Lactation Consultant
If a breastfeeding mother feels at all overwhelmed by the process, she should get in touch with a lactation consultant.
Should You Use Glass Containers To Store Breast...
Can you freeze and store breast milk in glass containers? Here is what you need to know about glass containers, the pros and cons of using glass and 3 brands of food-safe, freezer-safe glass containers.
How to Recognize, Treat and Prevent a Breast...
Understand, treat and prevent Mastitis, a breast infection or swelling of the breast that occurs in approximately 20% of breastfeeding women. Signs and symptoms, causes, treatment, complications and prevention of mastitis.
Goat's Rue and Increasing the Supply of Breast...
Goat's rue is an herb used by nursing mothers to help improve the supply of breast milk.
3 Reasons You Might Be Losing Too Much Weight...
Breastfeeding may help you lose weight, but losing too much weight is not healthy.
Does Nipple Size and Shape Affect Breastfeeding?
What do normal nipples look like? How can the size and shape of your nipples affect breastfeeding?
Everything You Need to Know About Breast Pumping
Information on using breast pumps, storage suggestions, and bottle-feeding. You can also watch a video on pumping, storing and handling breast milk.
Breastfeeding and Jaundice in the First Week of...
Information about jaundice and breastfeeding a newborn baby. What is jaundice? What is bilirubin? Why do newborn babies often become jaundiced in the first week of life? How can you lower your baby's jaundice level? Should you continue to breastfeed if your baby is jaundiced?
Can I Smoke Cigarettes When I’m...
Can or should you smoke cigarettes when you're breastfeeding? What are the risks and health hazards of smoking while you're breastfeeding?
What Shouldn't A Nursing Mother Eat Too Much Of?
If you have an overall healthy, well-balanced diet, then you don't have to stop eating any of the foods that you enjoy just because you are breastfeeding.
How To Deal With Leaky Breasts
Leaking commonly occurs in the first few weeks of breastfeeding. How long should it last, when does it happen, and what can you do about it?
How To Break The Suction Of A Latch And Remove...
Learn to break the suction and remove a baby from the breast without pain and damage to the nipples.
Milk Ejection Reflex
What is the milk ejection reflex? How does it affect breastfeeding?
How To Hand-Express Breast Milk
Here is the Marmet Technique of manually expressing your breast milk. It is a safe, easy alternative to using a breast pump.
How To Alert the Baby for Feeding
Tips and techniques to help awaken a sleepy baby for a feeding
Tips For Breastfeeding on a Vegetarian or Vegan...
What do you need to know about breastfeeding if you are a vegetarian or vegan? Here are some tips.
A Good Latch Vs. A Poor Latch
Can you tell the difference between a good latch versus a poor latch? Here's what to look for when you latch your baby onto your breast.
What is Breast Milk?
Breast Milk: The definition, make-up, types, stages and color of human milk.
Breast Refusal: How to Deal With A Nursing Strike
Sometimes a baby stop breastfeeding, here are some reasons your baby may refuse to breastfeed and some solutions to get through a nursing strike.
What's a bleb and how do you treat it?
A bleb can cause tremendous pain during nursing. What is it and how is it treated?
6 Tips For Breastfeeding After A C-Section
Breastfeeding after a cesarean section can be challenging. Pain, medication and time away from your baby can interfere with getting started and establishing your milk supply. If you are prepared and committed, you can overcome the challenges and successfully breastfeed.
Treating a Headache While Breastfeeding
Treating a headache while breastfeeding
Stinging Nettle and Increasing Breast Milk Supply
Stinging nettle is a very nutritious herb that has been used for generations to help increase the supply of breast milk.
Biological Nurturing: How To Breastfeed Using...
Nurse your baby in an easy, laid-back position. Biological nurturing is breastfeeding based on a mom and baby's natural reflexes.
What Will It Feel Like To Breastfeed For The...
What is it like to breastfeed? The first time you put your baby to breast is a learning experience for you and your baby. Find out how it may feel and what it might be like to breastfeed your baby the first time.
Breastfeeding While Pregnant And Tandem Nursing
If you are breastfeeding and you become pregnant again, you can usually continue to nurse. Many women breastfeed throughout a low risk pregnancy and some women nurse their older child along with their newborn, this is called tandem nursing.
I'm ready to start feeding solids, but I'm...
Breastfeeding mothers are often confused about how to go about starting solid foods with their baby. Questions often arise about whether or not to breastfeed before or after feeding the solids. Here is how to go about this process.
Will You Still Have A Sex Life If Your Partner...
Tips for husbands and partners on resuming sexual relations with your breastfeeding partner.
What's the Difference Between "Nutritive" and...
What is nutritive versus non-nutritive sucking? What is the difference between swallowing at the breast and swallowing on a bottle? Here are details on how the process works.
What If My Baby Ingests Someone Else's Breast...
What will happen if my baby ingests someone else's breast milk?
Can I get a flu shot if I'm breastfeeding?
Can or should you get a flu shot while you're breastfeeding? Is it safe?
Don't Say This To A Nursing Mother
Hold that advice. Here's are 10 things not to say to a nursing mother.
When Should I Alternate Breasts When I'm...
When should you alternate breasts when you're breastfeeding, if at all? Learn more about the benefits of switching breasts.
Rusty Pipe Syndrome
What is Rusty Pipe Syndrome? Is it safe to feed the baby?
Breastfeeding with Eczema, Psoriasis &...
Breastfeeding with certain skin conditions can be painful. Here are some tips for breastfeeding with eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis of the breast, areola and nipples.
Breastfeeding a Sick Baby
Breastfeeding a baby with a cold, stuffy nose, ear infection, or stomach bug can be challenging. Find out what you can do and what you should be checking for.
How To Recognize, Treat and Prevent Plugged...
A plugged milk duct can be painful. What is it and how can it be treated?
Breastfeeding Problems Associated With The...
What is the functional anatomy of the oral and pharyngeal region in an infant? What role does it play in breastfeeding? What are some associated breastfeeding problems? Page 2.
Hindmilk
Detailed definition of the term hindmilk in relation to breastfeeding
The Diabetic Breastfeeding Mother
Whether you have just learned that you have diabetes, or you have had it for some time now, do not feel that you can't breastfeed! It is still good for you and for your baby. Here are the facts.
How This Hormone Regulates Your Ability to...
Details on the hormone prolactin and the role that it plays in establishing milk supply.
Do I Have to Sleep In a Nursing Bra If I'm...
Is it necessary to sleep in a nursing bra when you're breastfeeding? Are there other options?
Do You Have A True Low Milk Supply?
What is a true low milk supply, what are causes and what can you do about it?
Alternative Feeding Methods
Supplementing a breastfed baby can be achieved by using a nursing supplementer, finger feeding, cup feeding or other alternative feeding method.
How can I ship my expressed breast milk home...
Is it possible to sustain your breastfeeding relationship when you're away from your baby for many days? How can you ship your expressed breast milk home?
5 Types of Breast Pads and When You Might Need...
Nursing pads absorb leaks, protect clothing and can help soothe sore nipples. There are different types of breast pads, including reusable, disposable, silicone and hydrogel. You could even make your own.
Nursing Supplementer Devices
A nursing supplementer helps provide a baby with enough nutrition while still being able to breastfeed. Following is some information about the devices and two popular brands.
How To Know If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk
Understanding what is. Breastfeeding.
Should You Continue To Breastfeed After 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.
Infant Digestion
Most new mothers are concerned about what is happening externally, but what is happening with your baby internally?
Can I Take Over-the-Counter Sleep Aids While...
Sleep deprivation common to new parenthood is legendary, but nursing moms do have a built-in advantage because the hormone prolactin aids in peaceful sleep. Lactating mothers should not, however, take combination products containing aspirin, and some experts also advise against the use of naproxen (Aleve). Using antihistamines for long periods to aid in sleep while breast-feeding is also inadvisable.
Vitamins in Breast Milk
What are the essential vitamins present in breast milk?
Can I Have Botox Injections While I'm...
Is it safe to have Botox injections while breastfeeding?
Nursing Footstools
These 5 popular nursing stools make breastfeeding more comfortable by elevating your lap, relieving strain on your back and making it easier to support your baby at the breast. Makes a great gift for a new mother.
Nipple Pain
Causes of sore nipples and remedies to heal and soothe
Is It Time To Wean Your Baby?
Information about changing from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, using a cup, introducing solid foods and other tips.
Top 5 Questions Asked About Production and Care...
The production and care of breast milk are common concerns of breastfeeding mothers 3 weeks postpartum. Here are details on the top 5 most popular concerns moms have about producing and caring for breast milk. Covered issues include: storage of breast milk; handling; how to know the baby's getting enough milk; relactation; and when to consider a lactation consultant (and what to expect during the visit).
How to Tell If Your Baby Is Still Hungry Or...
How can you tell if your baby is hungry or overtired? Many of the signs are similar. Here is a great trick to figure out whether or not your baby is still hungry or simply overtired.
6 Ways To Support Your Breastfeeding Partner
Supporting your partner as she breastfeeds can make a big difference in how successful she will be. Here are some ways you can help a breastfeeding mom.
Plastic Breast Milk Storage Bottles
This article lists 7 popular styles of plastic breast milk storage bottles, along with the pros and cons of using storage bottles, when compared to other storage options.
Foremilk
Details definition of the term foremilk in relation to breastfeeding
Immunoglobulins in Breast Milk
What are immunoglobulins? What function do they have in breast milk?
Storage of Breastmilk
When it comes to storing breast milk, the guidelines depend on how you pump your milk. Reads our storage tips and overview of container options.
How Much Breast Milk In A Bottle Can I Take On...
With federal regulations limiting the amount of liquids we can take on airplaces, what happens with breast milk? How much breast milk can you take on an airplane?
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.
Colostrum
What is colostrum? How does it differ from mature milk?
Oxytocin
What is oxytocin? What role does it play in milk supply?
Nursing Through Teething
When your baby starts teething, you may begin to wonder if you will be able to continue to breastfeed. Here are some tips to help you nurse through teething.
Supplemental Nursing System
A supplemental nursing system is a feeding-tube device used at the breast to provide supplemental milk for the baby and to stimulate supply simultaneously.
Tips For Breastfeeding After Implants or Other...
Breast surgeries -- such as implants, reduction, mastectomy, lumpectomy and biopsy -- can affect breastfeeding.
Is It Ok To Give Your Breastfed Baby A Pacifier?
Can you give your baby a pacifier if you are breastfeeding? The pros and cons of pacifier use and some helpful safety information.
Breast Shells
Breast shells can be used to treat sore nipples, draw out flat nipples, and prevent leaks. Here's what you need to know about breast shells.
Does Your Child Have A Breast Preference?
What can you do if your breastfed child develops a breast preference? Here are some tips for dealing with one-sided nursing.
Is Your Baby Self-Weaning?
What is self-weaning? There are many reasons a child may seem to be self-weaning. Here is some information about baby-led weaning.
The 9 Best Nursing Pillows
Nursing pillows can make breastfeeding easier and more comfortable. By raising the baby's head up to your breast, pillows can assist with a good latch and help relieve strain on your back, neck, shoulders and arms.
Breastfeeding, Fertility and Infertility
How does breastfeeding affect infertility treatments and trying for another baby?
How Many Calories Do You Need Each Day While...
How much food and calories does a nursing mother need to eat every day?
How To Tell When Your Baby Is Hungry
How can you tell when your newborn is hungry is wants to nurse. Here are some feeding cues that you can look for in your breastfed baby.
I Had Breast Cancer. Am I Able to Breastfeed?
Is it possible to breastfeed if you have or had cancer? What are the recommendations?
Is it OK if I decide to pump and bottle feed my...
There are many lactating women who do not want to put the baby to the breast, yet they still want to provide breast milk for their baby. Is it possible to just pump and bottle feed?
Things to Do While Breastfeeding
Aside from sitting, what else can you do while you're breastfeeding? Can you multitask while you're nursing your baby?
Do You Need To Take Vitamins If You're...
Should you continue to take your prenatal vitamin? Are you getting enough nutrition in your diet?
Flat, Retracted & Inverted Nipples
Explanation of how to make breastfeeding successful with flat, retracted, or inverted nipples.
Breast Milk Trays
Breast milk trays are food-safe, covered trays similar to ice cube trays. Here are the pros and cons of breast milk storage trays and 2 different trays that are available.
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