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Drugs and Breastfeeding

drugs and breastfeeding

As the number of nursing mothers continues to increase, so does the use of drugs, both legal and recreational. As a nursing mother, you should be aware that there are four things we know for sure about drugs and breast milk, in order of importance: Most drugs pass into human milk. Drugs must pass into your bloodstream before they can appear …

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Breast Milk Leakage

Most expectant mothers are aware of the wonderful opportunity they have to enhance the physical and emotional bond with their babies by breastfeeding as soon as possible after childbirth.The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), recommends that a baby be breastfed for at least the first year of life, and for as long after that as the mother and her baby want …

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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 …

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Returning to Work

This is the unfortunate reality for many nursing mothers these days. I say ‘unfortunate’ because I can think of very few nursing mothers I have worked with over the years who really look forward to going back to work and leaving their babies. While I do believe that the optimal situation is for a baby to remain at home with …

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Nutrition, Exercise, and Weight Loss While Breastfeeding

The majority of mothers are aware of the importance of eating nutritious foods while they are expecting a baby.  Assuming that you ate an adequate diet while you were pregnant, you can produce plenty of milk for your baby by keeping up this motivation and making sure that you continue your healthy eating patterns during lactation. While you should attempt …

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Breastfeeding and Birth Control

For the nursing mother who wants to space her pregnancies, there are many birth control options to choose from. Each method offers advantages and disadvantages. As long as the nursing mother is exclusively breastfeeding, (nursing frequently day and night with no supplemental feedings), the baby is younger than 6 months of age, and the mother has not started having periods, …

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Starting Solids: Waiting Is Worth It

Getting Started Good First Foods Foods To Avoid Foods To DEFINITELY Avoid (because babies can choke on them) The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) officially recommends that mothers breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months in order to “to support optimal growth and development”. “Optimal” means the very best, no matter how you look at it.Deciding what to …

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