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Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

...s his digestive system matures, and you’ll never know whether it was the food causing his symptoms or not. Probably not, but it won’t hurt you or your baby to cut back on certain foods if your diet meets all your nutritional needs without it. The food that is the most common offender in causing problems with sensitivity and allergies is cow’s milk. It was made for calves, not for human babies, so it doesn’t...

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Establishing Your Milk Supply: Starting Out Right

...eastfeeding. Don’t worry about your baby starving before your milk comes in. Colostrum, the yellow fluid that your breasts start producing during pregnancy, is the perfect first food for your baby and will meet all his nutritional needs for the first couple of days until your milk comes in. Here’s an interesting piece of trivia: in lower mammals, newborns die if they don’t receive the immunities from their mother’s...

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Caregiver’s Guide to the Breastfed Baby

  The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends that for optimal nutrition, babies be exclusively breastfed for at least the first six months. This means no supplemental water, formula, or solid foods. Always check with the baby’s mother before offering ANY food other than her breast milk. Human milk does not look like formula or cow’s milk. It may be a different color or consistency, and it is normal for it to be bluish,...

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Breastfeeding Benefits: How They Add Up

...e time their babies are 3-6 months old than formula feeding mothers who consumed fewer calories, because breast milk production mobilizes the fat you stored during pregnancy, and also uses up about 500 calories each day. See Nutrition, Weight Loss, Exercise and Breastfeeding for more information. By the time you have been nursing for a few months, you have overcome any early obstacles such as engorgement, sore nipples, and marathon cluster...

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Weaning

...are eating a variety of solid foods, and breast milk is no longer their sole source of nutrition. Nursing a child who is no longer an infant is done more out of concern for his psychological and emotional needs than for his nutritional ones, although he does receive protective health benefits as long as he nurses. There are some older babies who make the transition from infancy to toddler-hood without the slightest indication of readiness to...

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What Breastfeeding a 4 Year Old Really Looks Like

.... When they got hurt, were sick, or were feeling disconnected, they sought comfort from nursing. This was a gift for me as their mother, because often times I did not know what else to do. Not only does breastfeeding provide nutrition and immunity benefits for as long as it is done, but it provides emotional connection, too. As we bid farewell to toddlerhood, my children were mostly nursing in the morning and at night. By the time each of my...

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Is it safe to drink diet soda while I’m breasteeding?

...diet soda contains about 46 mg, so you would have to drink 11 cans a day before the levels are considered ‘high’. Since sodas have no nutritive value, it’s a good idea to drink them in moderation, but there is no reason to avoid them completely just because you are breastfeeding. For more information about what is safe to eat or drink during lactation, see the articles Nutrition, Weight Loss, and Exercise, and Drugs and...

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Can I take fertility drugs while I’m nursing?

...ase your milk supply. When you’re nursing a young baby, that can be problematic. When you’re nursing an older baby who is eating solid foods, the effect is minimal. If your supply goes down, your baby can get her nutritional needs met from other sources. It sounds like she really loves to nurse, and the number of feedings is apparently enough to inhibit ovulation. For moms who don’t want to get pregnant, not having periods...

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