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Is Your Toddler A Twiddler?

Newborn babies often flail around when they are first getting the hang of breastfeeding. It seems like you need an extra hand just to keep their tiny hands and fingers out of the way. They’ll try to suck on the nipple and shove  their hand in their mouths at the same time. Once the milk lets down and they settle …

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Calming Fussy Baby: Is It Colic?

One of the hardest things for new moms to deal with is a cranky, inconsolable baby. There will be times when you have done all the ‘right’ things: feeding, burping, changing her diaper, making sure she’s not too hot or too cold… And she still isn’t happy. This will happen more than once. It happens more when your baby is …

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Breastfeeding And Postpartum Depression

Many mothers suffer from postpartum depression (PPD) after they give birth. It most often occurs during the early weeks or months, but it can show up anytime during the first year. First time moms are more likely to experience PPD. No one knows exactly what causes it, or why some women get depressed and other don’t. We do know that …

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Weight Gain

One of the biggest concerns all new moms have is whether or not their baby is gaining enough weight, especially when they are breastfeeding. Moms go to their baby’s first few checkups holding their breath when their baby is put on the scale, waiting to see what the doctor’s verdict is. Is their baby in the 50th percentile or above? …

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When Breastfeeding Doesn’t Work Out

During her pregnancy, every mom thinks about how she will feed her baby when he arrives. Moms know that breast milk is the best choice. Most of them know that doctors are now recommending exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and continued breastfeeding for a year or more. Most moms want to breastfeed, and try to nurse. In the …

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Nursing During Pregnancy and Tandem Nursing

The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends exclusively breastfeeding your baby for the first six months of life, with no solids or supplements, and continuing to nurse throughout the first year of life and beyond. During the period of exclusive breastfeeding, it is very unlikely that you will become pregnant. However, as more and more mothers recognize the advantages of …

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Lactation Suppression

Once your milk supply is established, weaning abruptly causes certain physical changes. Your breasts will continue to produce milk for a while, and if some isn’t removed, you may become engorged, and possibly develop mastitis. You will also experience a sudden drop in prolaction levels, which may add to your feelings of depression. Here are some suggestions that may minimize your …

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Flat or Inverted Nipples

Mother’s nipples come in many shapes and sizes. While most nipples protrude and are easy for baby to grasp, there are some variations in size and shape that make it difficult for them to nurse successfully. In order for a baby to nurse effectively, he must be able to grasp the nipple and stretch it forward and upward against the …

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