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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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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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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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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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Do breastfed babies need extra iron?

...fied cereal at 6 months or they will become anemic. I told her I was nursing and she said “especially when they are breastfeeding.”I am currently taking my prenatal vitamins , and feel my baby is getting the best nutrition possible from my breast milk. My baby is far from malnourished – he is in the 75th percentile for height and 85th percentile for weight at age 4 1/2 months. Answer: The answer to the question “Do...

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Increasing Your Milk Supply

...800 calories each day while you are lactating, and if you eat high quality foods and limit fats and sweets, you will usually lose weight more easily than a mother who is formula feeding, even without depriving yourself. (See Nutrition, Weight Loss & Exercise) Nurse frequently for as long as your baby will nurse. Try to get in a minimum of 8 feedings in 24 hours, and more if possible. If your baby is sleepy, see article Waking A Sleepy Baby....

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