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Thursday, March 6th, 2008
10:08 am
Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
11:35 pm
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
10:49 pm
Links Post: Preparing to Breastfeed, Establishing Supply, and Getting the Right Start
8:28 pm
Monday, March 20th, 2006
9:21 pm
9:20 pm
9:19 pm
9:17 pm
9:15 pm
8:03 pm
Links Post: Thrush
7:24 pm
Sunday, March 19th, 2006
11:06 pm
Article: What to do if your young baby is biting
this article was written by galadriel2006; reposted here with permission

What to do if your young baby is biting

Young babies, especially newborns, are prone to biting. Being in such a radically different environment can really disorient a baby. Because of this many babies will bite down on the breast when they latch on because they don't want the breast to go away. It's comforting and they're scared. This can easily be missed because since the baby doesn't have teeth a new mother who is unfamiliar with breastfeeding may think that this discomfort and clamping feeling is normal. Often young baby biting can be diagnosed mistakenly on a bad latch (which may also be present) but a feeling of bruised nipples, especially with a fussy baby and pretty bad engorgement indicates that the baby is biting.

When a young baby bites down, the ducts that bring milk to the nipple become compressed, so very little milk gets through. This is painful for the mother because her tissue is repeatedly being squeezed in a way that is not normal and because the lack of emptying the breast can make for very bad engorgement which can in turn lead to mastitis, or breast infection. The baby, on the other hand, because he's compromising the flow of milk will work really hard to get nutrition, not succeed, get tired and still be hungry. Thus biting can cause major problems for both mom and baby and can bring an abrupt, exhausted, unhappy end to a breastfeeding relationship. I almost lost my breastfeeding relationship with my second son due to biting, and I can personally testify to the extreme pain that biting can cause in those first few weeks of breastfeeding.

However, this outcome does not have to happen. With this fairly simple technique babies can be taught to *not* bite. Once the biting stops the resulting problems resolve almost immediately.

Procedure for properly identifying and resolving biting in the young infant:

1. After washing your hands, latch your baby onto your finger (fingernail against her tongue) and see if you feel him/her little gums clamping down. If you feel clamping down at all your baby is biting. You should feel your baby's gums but they should never be clamping down in proper breastfeeding.

2. When she starts to clamp down with her gums you are going to angle your finger (think crowbar) so that she can't clamp down and suck anymore. Your finger tip will be pressing up on the roof of baby's mouth in a "come hither" flexing of your finger.

3. When she releases her clamping down you will release too, returning your finger to the first position and let her start sucking again.

4. When she has been suckling for a few minutes without clamping down, latch her onto your breast. You should feel suckling but not the clamping down anymore.

This should resolve any biting problem in those first few weeks, keeping mom and baby healthy and happy.
Sunday, March 12th, 2006
5:49 pm
Links Post: Breastfeeding and Vegetarian/Vegan Diets

Vegetarian or Vegan DHA and Omega-3 Supplements (these are links to product pages on sites we are not affiliated with)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
2:29 pm
Article: Nipple Shields
this article was written by the_leh and originally posted to adopt_a_mom.

Nipple Shields

I have a love-hate relationship with nipple shields. I love them because they enabled my daughter to latch on in the beginning of our nursing relationship when she might not have otherwise. I hate them because I think they are given out too easily, and without warning the mother about the repercussions of using them.

What they are
A nipple shield is a thin piece of silicone that is placed over the mother's nipple during a feeding. They look a bit like a bottle nipple, but are much thinner and have a wider, thin, flat base.

Why they are used
Nipple shields are used 1) when a baby is having problems latching on due to flat or inverted nipples, 2) when a baby has a very small mouth and the mother has large nipples in comparison (often the case with premature infants) 3) extreme overactive letdown 4) extremely sore, cracked, or bleeding nipples.

Why they can help
Because the shield covers the nipple and areola, it makes it quite difficult to have a bad latch. There really is only one way the baby can suck on the shield. A baby that is having difficultly latching onto a flat nipple can easily latch onto a shield. It can also help a preemie effectively get milk from the breast. Nipple shields reduce milk transfer. The milk has to first collect in the shield before it pours out, so that can help with overactive letdown.

The downsides of using nipple shields
It has been said that nipple shields can cause low milk supply. However, new research has shown that is untrue with today's nipple shields.

Also, nipple shields are inconvenient. Because of a reduced milk transfer, nipple shields increase your risk of getting plugged ducts and mastitis. While it is not definite that they will cause a low milk supply, as a Lactation Consultant I was going to said, "I'd rather not take the risk."

What to do if you are using nipple shields
Make sure you see a Lactation Consultant, the sooner the better. By 12 weeks post partum your prolactin levels go down, and milk production is no longer hormonally based. This is a common time when women's bodies no longer compensate for whatever nursing problems you may have. Your supply can start to plummet around that time. So, it is very important to work on weaning off the shields. Try latching the baby onto the shield first. Then, after a minute or two, take the shield off, and quickly latch the baby to the bare breast.

The LLL actually states that, if you cannot get the baby to latch on to the breast, it is ok to use nipple shields for the entire nursing experience. I personally think that sounds awful!

To get a shield to stay on properly, it is best to flip it halfway inside out, get it wet with water, and then flip it right side out while on your breast. That way, it draws the nipple into it and stays on better.

Also, keep your shields clean. They need to be washed with soap and water after every use. What I used to do is fill up a glass with hot soapy water and use a bottle brush cleaner to scrub the shields.

Never forget that your baby *will* latch on without the shields. I have completely flat nipples, and used shields exclusively for the first six weeks of my baby's life. I started weaning at six weeks and was not fully finished weaning off them until 12 weeks (although I was only using them at night by 10 weeks). Keep a positive attitude, and you will succeed in weaning off shields. If I did it, so can you.

Moms who have used nipple shields and been sucessful weaning from them:

12:19 pm
Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
9:22 pm
Links Post: Co-Sleeping
9:20 pm
9:16 pm
Links Post: Breastfeeding Premature Babies
  • eHow: How to Breast-Feed a Premature Baby
  • BabyCenter: Breastfeeding premature babies
  • ParentingWeb: Breastfeeding the Premature Infant
  • Parents of Premature Babies Inc.(Preemie-L): Breastfeeding Your Premature Baby
  • Kellymom: Links: Breastfeeding a Premature Infant
  • Richmond Health Services: Breastfeeding: Premature Babies
  • Breastfeeding.com Q&A: Nursing a Premature Infant
  • Breastfeeding.com: Breastfeeding a Premie with Success
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital: The Importance Of Breastfeeding Premature Babies
  • ParentingWeb: Finger-feeding a preemie
  • The Early Edition: Expressions: Can I breastfeed my baby?
  • The Early Edition: Expressions: transition to nursing at the breast in the NICU
  • The Early Edition: Expressions: thoughts and advice on breastfeeding...increasing your supply
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    Monday, January 23rd, 2006
    1:01 am
    Links Post - Pacifiers?
    12:58 am
    Links Post - Finding and Getting Help With Breastfeeding
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