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Nursing Tips for the Large Breasted Woman

Over the past thirty-five years of experience working with nursing mothers whose breasts came in an amazing variety of shapes and sizes, I have discovered that breastfeeding can present special challenges for the large breasted woman. Breast milk production is a function of the glandular tissue inside the breast as well as the baby’s appetite and suckling ability. The fatty …

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Establishing Your Milk Supply: Starting Out Right

While breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, babies are not born knowing how to nurse (although some do get the hang of it sooner than others). Human infants are born with a sucking reflex, but for most mothers and babies, there is a bit of a learning curve. The two of you have to learn the mechanics of breastfeeding together. …

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Teething and Biting

Many new mothers tell me that they plan to nurse their babies for six months, or until they get teeth. With the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) now recommending nursing for at least a year, it makes sense to re-examine our ideas about breastfeeding babies with teeth. I have had two babies out of six who got teeth at four …

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Breastfeeding the Premature Baby: Nursing in the NICU

Worldwide, more than 15 million babies are born prematurely each year. In the US, that number is close to 500,000. Due to the increased incidence of multiple births resulting from fertility treatments, as well as medical technology that has increased the survival rates for extremely preterm babies, the numbers are rising. Between 5% and 18% of babies worldwide are born …

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Breast Changes During Pregnancy

As a woman progresses through the various life stages of puberty, childbirth, and menopause, her body and her breasts go through many changes. Regardless of how she plans to feed her baby, her body will begin the process of preparing for lactation as soon as she becomes pregnant. Her breasts will continue to change all throughout the pregnancy in preparation for her infant’s first feeding. Here are some of the …

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Breastfeeding and Lactose Intolerance

  Mothers are often told that their fussy or gassy babies are ‘lactose intolerant’, but this is rarely the case. Lactose intolerance has become a catch all label for any baby who is fussy, or gassy, or has any kind of intestinal upset. Formula companies love to use this label to their advantage, with ads for products like “Similac Sensitive®: …

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Nursing In Public

In the United States, breasts are considered sexual objects, and while it is just fine to expose them falling out at the pool in a bikini, or  in advertisements for just about any product you can think of, many people feel that there is something disgusting about that same breast when it has a baby attached to it. The previous …

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Small Breasts: Does Size Matter?

I always planned to nurse my babies, but I secretly worried that I wouldn’t have enough milk because of my breast size.  They did get a bit bigger during my pregnancy (AA to B cup), but it seemed impossible that my small breasts would be able to produce enough milk to feed a baby. It was a big relief to me to discover …

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