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Refusal To Breast Feed

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Sometimes, a baby that is breast fed may suddenly

decide to refuse breast feeding. The baby will

pull away from the breast, then toss his head from

side to side. This can happen at anytime, so there

really is no way to predict it happening.

Reasons why

Refusal to feed from the breast could occur when the

baby is in pain. Normally, this can be due to an

ear infection, sore head from vacuum delivery,

thrush in the baby's mouth, or teething.

The use of dummies, teats or nipple shields may also

contribute to refusal. Some babies actually find

it difficult to feed from the breast and bottle as

the sucking action is very different. Some become

confused, therefore it's always best to avoid using

any type of teats or dummies.

Sometimes, the milk just takes bitter. This can

be due to antibiotics, if you starting or in the

middle of your period, or nipple creams. If the

milk tastes bitter, your baby will normally not

want to feed.

Solving the problems

First, you should always try to identify what may

have caused the breast refusal then begin to treat

the cause. Always remain patient and gentle with

your baby. Be sure to hold your baby next to you,

skin to skin, so that he can take the breast when

he wants to, so that he begins to realize that

breast feeding is both enjoyable and comfortable.

Older babies may suddenly take shorter and fewer

breast feeds, although this can be normal with

some babies. Therefore, it's always best not to

try and make the baby feed longer, but instead let

the baby decide how often and also how long each

individual feeding will last.

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Breast Feeding Toddlers

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Because more and more women are choosing to breast

feed their babies, more and more are also finding

that they enjoy it enough to continue longer than

the first few months they planned on. Breast

feeding to 3 - 4 years of age is common in much

of the world recently, and is still common in

many societies for toddlers to be breast fed.

Because mothers and babies often enjoy to breast

feed, you shouldn't stop it. After six months,

many think that breast milk loses it's value -

which isn't true. Even after six months, it

still contains protein, fat, and other important

nutrients which babies and children need.

The fact is, immune factors in breast milk will

protect the baby against infections. Breast

milk also contains factors that will help the

immune system mature, and other organs to develop

and mature as well.

It's been shown and proven in the past that

children in daycare who are still breast feeding

have far less severe infections than the

children that aren't breast feeding. The mother

will lose less work time if she chooses to

continue nursing her baby once she is back to


If you have thought about breast feeding your

baby once he gets passed 6 months of age, you

have made a wise decision. Although many feel

that it isn't necessary, breast milk will always

help babies and toddlers. Breast milk is the

best milk you can give to your baby.

No matter what others may tell you, breast feeding

only needs to be stopped when you and the baby

agree on it. You don't have to stop when someone

else wants you to - you should only stop when

you feel that it's the right time.

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Avoiding Foods While Breast Feeding

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Many women find that they can eat whatever they may

like during breast feeding. Even though it's true

that some stongly favored foods can change the

taste of your milk, many babies seem to enjoy the

varieties of breast milk flavors. Occasionally,

your baby may get cranky at the breast after you

eat certain foods. If you notice this happening,

simply avoid that particular food.

The most common offenders duing breast feeding

include chocolate, spices, citrus fruits, garlic,

chili, lime, gassy vegetables, and fruits with

laxative type effects, such as prunes and cherries.

You can have a cup or two of coffee a day, although

too much caffeine can interfere with your baby's

sleep and even make him or her cranky. Keep in

mind, caffeine is found in many soda's, tea, and

even over the counter type medicine as well.

It's okay to have an alcoholic beverage every now

and the, although having more than one drink can

increase your blood alcohol level, putting the

alcohol into your breast milk.

If you are planning to have more than one drink

at a time, it's best to wait two hours or more

per drink before you resume any type of nursing

or breast feeding. There is no need to pump

and dump unless your breasts are full and its

time to feed your baby. While breast feeding,

any type of heavy drinking should be avoided.

Before you actually omit any foods from your

diet, you should talk to your doctor. If you

avoid certain foods and it causes a nutritional

imbalance, you may need to see a nutritionist

for advice on taking other foods or getting

nutritional supplements.

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Weaning From Breast Feeding

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When your baby has stopped breast feeding and gets

all of his nutrition from other sources than the

breast, he's actually considered weaned. Even

though babies are also weaned from the bottle as

well, the term weaning often refers to when a

baby is stopped from breast feeding.

When weaning is a mother's idea, it normally

requires a lot of patience and can take time,

depending on the age of your baby or toddler,

and also how well your child adjusts. The

overall experience is different for everyone.

Weaning is a long goodbye, sometimes emotional

and sometimes painful. It doesn't however, signal

fo the end to the intimacy you and your child

have developed during the nursing stage. What it

means, is that you have to replace breast feeding

with other types of nourishment.

Starting weaning

Your the best judge as to when it's the right

time to wean, and you don't really have a

deadline unless you and your child are actually

ready to wean. The recommended time for weaning

is one year. No matter what relatives, friends,

or even complete strangers tell you, there is

no right or wrong time for weaning.

How to wean

You should proceed slowly, regardless of what

the age of your child may be. Experts say

that you shouldn't abruptly withhold your breast,

as they results can be traumatic. You should

however, try these methods instead:

1. Skip a feeding - Skip a feeding and

see what happens, offering a cup of milk to your

baby instead. As a substitue, you can use a

bottle of your own pumped milk, formula, or a

cow's milk. If you reduce feedings one at a

time, your child will eventually adjust to the


2. Shorten feeding time - You can start

by cutting the length of time your child is

actually at the breast. If the normal feeding

time is 5 minuts, try 3. Depending on the age,

follow the feeding with a healthy snack. Bed

time feedings are usually the hardest to wean,

as they are normally the last to go.

3. Postpone and distract - You can

postpone feedings if you are only feeding a couple

of times per day. This method works great if

you have an older child you can actually reason

with. If your child wants the breast, say that

you'll feed later then distract him.

If you've tried everything and weaning doesn't

seem to be working at all, maybe the time just

isn't right. You can wait just a bit longer

to see what happens, as your child and you have

to determine the right time to wean together.

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Breast Feeding In Public

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Babies that are breast fed are very portable and

easy to comfort no matter where your schedule has

you going. Many women however, worry about

breast feeding in public. The worry of nursing

in a public place is normally worse than the

actual experience and often times the only people

who notice you feeding are the other mothers who

are doing the same thing.

Many women find ways to breast feed discreetly.

You can ask your partner or even a friend to

stand in front of you while you lift your shirt

from the waist. When you breast feed, the baby's

body will cover most of your upper body and you

can pull your shirt down to her face to cover

the tops of your breast. Some mothers prefer to

put a light blanket over their shoulders as a

type of cover.

When you are visiting someone else's home, you

may feel more comfortable either leaving the

room or turning away from people when you first

put the baby to your breast. If you would like

more privacy, breast feed in an empty room, car,

or public restroom.

A lot of restrooms are becoming more baby

friendly and they even have a seperate are with

a changing table and a chair. Several shopping

malls now offer special mother's rooms where

the mom can breast feed her baby in privacy,

which will help sensitive babies who are too

distracted by feeding to nurse well in public.

It won't take long at all though, before your

baby will learn to breast feed without any fuss

at all.

An alternative way is expressing or pumping

your milk at home and then offer it in a bottle

while in public. Keep in mind, offering

bottles with artificial nipples in the first

few weeks can and probably will interfere with

breast feeding.

When breast feeding in public, you should always

use what works best for you. During the first

few weeks, it will take some getting used to,

as it will be as new for you as it is for the

baby. With some time, you'll have no problems

at all.

If you don't feel comfortable breast feeding in

a certain location, then you shouldn't. You

should feel a certain level of comfort when you

feed, as the baby can tell when you aren't

comfortable doing something. If you show your

baby that you aren't nervous - you and your

baby will be just fine.

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Returning To Work

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Once you return to work, you can continue to breast

feed. If you live close to work or have an on site

daycare, you may be able to breast feed during

your breaks. If that isn't possible, you have 2


1. Keep your milk supply by using a high

quality automatic electric breast pump to express

milk during the day. Save your milk that you

collect for your baby sitter.

2. If you don't want to or can't pump at

work, you can gradually replace daytime feedings

with formula while your at home but still continue

to nurse at night and in the morning. The milk

your body produces may not be enough to keep your

baby satisfied, even if you only need enough for

2 feedings.

Advantages of pumping at work

Pumping at work will help stimulate your production

of milk, so you'll have plenty available when it

comes time to feed. You can also collect the

milk you pump, so your baby will have the health

and nutritional benefits of breast milk even

when you aren't there. To make things better,

pumping can be an ideal way to feel a connection

to your baby during the work day.

Although it can seem like a hassle, many mothers

find that the benefits of breast pumping far

outweight the inconvenience.

To manage pumping at work, you'll need to have

the following:

1. Breast pump, preferably a fully

automatic electric pump with a double collection

kit so you can pump both breasts simultaneously.

2. Bottles or bags for collecting and

storing the milk.

3. Access to a refrigerator or cooler

to keep the milk cold until you return home.

4. Breast pads to help protect your

clothes if you start to leak.

Make sure that you get used to pumping before

you return to work, so you'll know what to expect

and how it feels. You'll be much more confident

with pumping at work if you already know that

you can produce enough milk.

At work, you'll want to have somewhere that's

away from everyone else when you pump, such as

an empty office or empty room. This way, you'll

be away from everyone else and you can have the

quiet tranquility you need to pump. In most

offices, this shouldn't be a problem.

For the time frame, you'll want to pump every

2 - 3 hours if possible. If you can't, every

4 hours or so will have to suffice. After you

have finished pumping, store the milk in the

bags or bottles, clean yourself up, then go

back to work. When you return home, you can

feed the milk to your growing baby.

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How Breast Milk Is Made

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If you've every been pregnant or if you are pregnant

now, you've probably noticed a metamorphisis in your

bra cups. The physical changes (tender, swollen

breasts) may be one of the earliest clues that you

have conceived. Many experts believe that the color

change in the areola may also be helpful when it

comes to breast feeding.

What's going on

Perhaps what's even more remarkable than visible

changes is the extensive changes that are taking

place inside of your breasts. The developing

placenta stimulates the release of estrogen and

progesterone, which will in turn stimulate the

complex biological system that helps to make lactation


Before you get pregnant, a combination of supportive

tissue, milk glands, and fat make up the larger

portions of your breats. The fact is, your newly

swollen breasts have been preparing for your

pregnancy since you were in your mother's womb!

When you were born, your main milk ducts had already

formed. Your mammary glands stayed quiet until

you reached puberty, when a flood of the female

hormone estrogen caused them to grow and also to

swell. During pregnancy, those glands will kick

into high gear.

Before your baby arrives, glandular tissue has

replaced a majority of the fat cells and accounts

for your bigger than before breasts. Each breast

may actually get as much as 1 1/2 pounds heavier

than before!

Nestled among the fatty cells and glandular tissue

is an intricate network of channels or canals known

as the milk ducts. The pregnancy hormones will

cause these ducts to increase in both number and

size, with the ducts branching off into smaller

canals near the chest wall known as ductules.

At the end of each duct is a cluster of smaller

sacs known as alveoli. The cluster of alveoli is

known as a lobule, while a cluster of lobule is

known as a lobe. Each breast will contain around

15 - 20 lobes, with one milk duct for every lobe.

The milk is produced inside of the alveoli, which

is surrounded by tiny muscles that squeeze the

glands and help to push the milk out into the

ductules. Those ductules will lead to a bigger

duct that widens into a milk pool directly below

the areola.

The milk pools will act as resevoirs that hold the

milk until your baby sucks it through the tiny

openings in your nipples.

Mother Nature is so smart that your milk duct

system will become fully developed around the time

of your second trimester, so you can properly

breast feed your baby even if he or she arrives

earlier than you are anticipating.

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Other Foods While Breast Feeding

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Breast milk is actually the only food your baby

will need until 4 months of age, although most

babies do well on breast milk alone for 6 months

or better. There is really no advantage to

adding other foods or milks before 4 - 6 months,

except under unusual circumstances.


Breast milk is over 90% water. Even in the

hottest days of summer, a baby won't require any

extra water. If a baby isn't feeding well, they

still don't require any extra water - although

they will need the breast feeding problems to

be fixed.

Vitamin D

Although breast milk doesn't contain much vitamin

D, it does have a little. The baby will store up

vitamin D during pregnancy, and remain healthy

without any vitamin D supplementation, unless you

yourself had a problem with vitamin D deficiency

when pregnant.

Exposure to the outside will give your baby

vitamin D, even in winter and when the sky is

covered. An hour or more exposure during the

week will give your baby more than enough vitamin



Breast milk contains less iron than formulas do,

especially those that are iron enriched. Iron

will give the baby added protection against

infections, as many bacteria need iron in order

to multiply.

The iron found in breast milk is utilized well

by the baby, while not being available to

bacteria. The introduction of iron should

never be delayed beyond the age of 6 months.

Breast milk is the best that your can feed

your baby, as it provides everything he will

need for probably the first 6 months. After

the first 6 months, you can introduce solid

foods to your baby if he is taking an interest

to them.

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Breast Feeding And Positioning

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For some people, the process of breast feeding

seems to come natural, although there's a level

of skill required for successful feeding and a

correct technique to use. Incorrect positioning

is one of the biggest reasons for unsuccessful

feeding and it can even injure the nipple or

breast quite easily.

By stroking the baby's cheek with the nipple, the

baby will open its mouth towards the nipple, which

should then be pushed in so that the baby will

get a mouthful of nipple and areola. This

position is known as latching on. A lot of women

prefer to wear a nursing bra to allow easier access

to the breast than other normal bras.

The length of feeding time will vary. Regardless

of the duration of feeding time, it's important

for mothers to be comfortable. The following are

positions you can use:

1. Upright - The sitting position where

the back is straight.

2. Mobile - Mobile is where the mother

carries her baby in a sling or carrier while breast

feeding. Doing this allows the mother to breast

feed in the work of everyday life.

3. Lying down - This is good for night feeds

or for those who have had a caesarean section.

4. On her back - The mother is sitting

slightly upright, also a useful position for tandem

breast feeding.

5. On her side - The mother and baby both

lie on their sides.

6. Hands and knees - In this feeding position

the mother is on all fours with the baby underneath

her. Keep in mind, this position isn't normally


Anytime you don't feel comfortable with a feeding

position, always stop and switch to a different

position. Each position is different, while some

mothers prefer one position, other's may like a

totally different position. All you need to do is

experiment and see which position is best for you.

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