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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.
Colored Breast Milk: Is It 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.
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.
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.
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.
How Does Your Period Affect Breastfeeding?
Is it safe to breastfeed during your period? How does menstruation affect breastfeeding?
What Does Breast Milk Taste Like?
What does breast milk taste like?
Can Brewer's Yeast Help You To Make More Breast...
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.
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.
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.
What Do You Need To Know About Let-Down?
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?
6 Ways to Naturally Increase Your Milk Supply
Increasing your supply of breast milk should begin by taking these few easy steps.
These 11 Foods May Help Boost Your Milk Supply
What foods can I eat to make more breast milk? Here are some common foods that may help increase your milk supply.
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.
Tips for Breastfeeding Your 8 to 12 Month Old
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.
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.
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 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.
Is There A Breastfeeding Diet That You Should...
A Breastfeeding Diet: What should you eat if you are breastfeeding?
Can Fenugreek Help Increase Breast Milk Supply?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
What Should Your Baby's Poop Look Like?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
The Stages of Breastfeeding From Birth to 12...
Answers to all questions about the baby's feeding needs by age and stage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Dealing with the Common Problems of Breastfeeding
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.
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.
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?
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.
Are You a Breastfeeding Mother? How to Take...
Discussion on the mother's needs while 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.
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.
Blebs and Breastfeeding
A bleb can cause tremendous pain during nursing. What is it and how is it treated?
Does Breastfeeding Cause Saggy Breasts?
Breastfeeding, pregnancy and saggy breasts, what causes droppy breasts and what you can do about it.
Milk Thistle and Increasing the Supply of...
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.
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.
What Do You Need To Do To Care For Your Breasts...
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 breast problems that can develop.
How to Prevent a Breast Infection
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.
How To Alert the Baby for Feeding
Tips and techniques to help awaken a sleepy baby for a feeding
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.
Treating a Headache While Breastfeeding
Treating a headache while breastfeeding
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.
Painful, White Nipples
Painful, white nipples can be caused from vasospasms or compression of the nipple. Find out how to treat and prevent nipple blanching.
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.
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.
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.
Can You Have Coffee, Chocolate, and Soda If...
Can you drink coffee and eat chocolate if you are breastfeeding? Does caffeine affect your baby and your milk supply?
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.
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.
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?
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.
Breastfeeding Moms Need Take In Enough Fluids....
A nursing mother needs to drink enough water or other liquid each day as part of a healthy diet.
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.
How To Know If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk
Understanding what is. 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.
Milk Ejection Reflex
What is the milk ejection reflex? How does it affect breastfeeding?
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.
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.
Medications Used to Create, Re-Establish or...
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.
Break The Suction
Learn to break the suction and remove a baby from the breast without pain and damage to the nipples.
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.
Alternative Feeding Methods
Supplementing a breastfed baby can be achieved by using a nursing supplementer, finger feeding, cup feeding or other alternative feeding method.
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?
Breast Milk Storage Bags and Containers
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.
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.
What is Breast Milk?
Breast Milk: The definition, composition, types, stages and color of human milk.
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.
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?
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 Have Botox Injections While I'm...
Is it safe to have Botox injections while breastfeeding?
Rusty Pipe Syndrome
What is Rusty Pipe Syndrome? Is it safe to feed the baby?
Plugged Milk Ducts
A plugged milk duct can be painful. What is it and how can it be treated?
Oxytocin
What is oxytocin? What role does it play in milk supply?
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?
Infant Digestion
Most new mothers are concerned about what is happening externally, but what is happening with your baby internally?
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.
Vitamins in Breast Milk
What are the essential vitamins present in breast milk?
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 This Hormone Regulates Your Ability to...
Details on the hormone prolactin and the role that it plays in establishing milk supply.
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.
Will You Still Have A Sex Life If Your Partner...
Tips for husbands and partners on resuming sexual relations with your breastfeeding partner.
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.
Engorgement
The most common breastfeeding problem. Here is information to help manage the issue and make breastfeeding comfortable. You can also watch a video on engorgement.
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.
Breastfeeding and Skin Conditions of the...
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 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.
Nipple Pain
Causes of sore nipples and remedies to heal and soothe
Nursing Pads
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.
Hindmilk
Detailed definition of the term hindmilk in relation to breastfeeding
3 Reasons You Might Be Losing Too Much Weight...
Breastfeeding may help you lose weight, but losing too much weight is not healthy.
Tips For Breastfeeding After Implants or Other...
Breast surgeries -- such as implants, reduction, mastectomy, lumpectomy and biopsy -- can affect breastfeeding.
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?
What If My Baby Ingests Someone Else's Breast...
What will happen if my baby ingests someone else's breast milk?
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.
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.
Top 6 Nursing Cover-Ups
Here are my favorite six nursing cover-ups. They are all designed for breastfeeding discreetly in public.
Is It Time To Wean Your Baby?
Information about changing from breastfeeding to bottle feeding, using a cup, introducing solid foods and other tips.
Foremilk
Details definition of the term foremilk in relation to breastfeeding
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.
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.
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?
Breastfeeding a Premature Baby
Breastfeeding a preterm baby can be challenging. Their feeding abilities and patterns depend on their gestational age. What can we expect from a very premature baby? What can we expect from a
Lactation Suppression
What is lactation suppression? What happens to your milk supply when a breastfeeding baby dies?
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.
Allergies and Breastfeeding
The incidence of food allergies and allergic diseases is rising at a very steady pace. With so much conflicting advice aimed at breastfeeding mothers, how can you make sense of it all? Here's everything you need to know.
Colostrum
What is colostrum? How does it differ from mature milk?
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.
Two Ways To Latch A Baby On To Your Breast
What does latching on mean? The definition of traditional and asymetrical breastfeeding latch techniques.
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?
Top 5 Nursing Bras
What are the best nursing bras to buy? What makes one different from the other? Here are the top 5 Nursing Bras on the market.
Avoiding Trauma from Breast Pumps
How can you tell if your pump flange is on correctly? Do you have an obvious circle around your areola when you are finished pumping? Here's some information about how to avoid that.
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.
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 Latch a Baby in the Cross-Cradle Position
Detailed description of the cross-cradle position and latch-on.
Proteins in Breast Milk
What are the main proteins in breast milk?
How Many Calories Do You Need Each Day While...
How much food and calories does a nursing mother need to eat every day?
Breastfeeding, Fertility and Infertility
How does breastfeeding affect infertility treatments and trying for another baby?
Breastfeeding and Teens
To a pregnant teen or a new teen mom, the concept of breastfeeding may be very foreign. What are some of the factors involved in a teen making a decision to breastfeed? What do they take into consideration? Why is deciding to breastfeed as a teen mom a different process than deciding as an adult mother?
What Kind of Birth Control Can I Take When...
What kind of birth control can I take when breastfeeding? Is it OK to use a hormonal method of birth control? How does birth control with hormones affect breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding and Vegetarian Diets
What do you need to know about breastfeeding if you are a vegetarian or vegan? Here are some tips.
Top 10 Myths About Breastfeeding
Here's the truth behind the top 10 myths about breastfeeding.
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.
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.
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.
Common Medications Not to Take While Breastfeed...
With thousands of medications on the market, how can you make sense of what's appropriate to take while breastfeeding? Here are some of the most common medications that you should avoid taking while breastfeeding.
Introducing a Bottle to Your Baby
How do you go about offering a bottle to your baby if you're a breastfeeding mom? Introducing a bottle is important if you plan to return to work.
I Had Breast Cancer. Am I Able to Breastfeed?
Is it possible to breastfeed if you have or had cancer? What are the recommendations?
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