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What do I do if my baby bites while nursing?

What do I do if my baby bites while nursing?

Stop the session: It is most effective to immediately stop the feeding session. Do not purposefully yell or scream as this will just scare baby. After a few minutes start nursing again. Babies often bite when they are bored, full or teething. Watch your baby carefully during nursing and if they stop actively sucking take them off the breast. If your baby is teething allow them to chew on washcloths. ...Read more

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My Synthroid level was too high and i became a bit hyperthyroid. I am nursing, should I be concerned about extra hormone passing to my baby?

My Synthroid level was too high and i became a bit hyperthyroid.  I am nursing, should I be concerned about extra hormone passing to my baby?

Should be ok: Levothyroxine is excreted into human milk in small amounts. Levothyroxine, in replacement doses, is not expected to cause adverse effects in the nursing infant. Your doctor will adjust your dose to bring it into the normal range. ...Read more

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What can I do if my baby is not getting enough milk from nursing?

What can I do if my baby is not getting enough milk from nursing?

See below: If you feel your child is not getting enough milk from breast feeding alone, then you can supplement with formula. Discuss specifics with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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What do I do if my baby is biting me while nursing?

What do I do if my baby is biting me while nursing?

Biting: If your baby bites while nursing, immediately put your finger in his/her mouth and remove him from your breast. Minimize distractions, try to remain calm, and allow her to start nursing again. If the biting continues, he/she may not be hungry. Try again later. If babies receive a consistent message that biting equals no more nursing, they will stop. ...Read more

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Is it ok if my baby is only nursing on one side?

Is it ok if my baby is only nursing on one side?

Yes: As long as a baby gets enough milk, whether from one breast or both breasts, the baby will be happy. However, if a mom only feeds from one side, the unused side may lose its milk-making ability and dry up; or it may back up with milk, get swollen and perhaps develop mastitis. ...Read more

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How can I prepare my body for nursing if my baby is premature?

How can I prepare my body for nursing if my baby is premature?

Pump 5 times a day: After a premature delivery, the mom can pump her breasts 5 times a day to get the milk flowing. She can drink plenty of fluids, and try to stay relaxed. Being very anxious or worrying about not having enough milk may cause her to have less milk output. ...Read more

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My baby is constantly nursing. Is this normal?

My baby is constantly nursing. Is this normal?

Yes: This is normal. Most of this is likely true feeding and necessary but some babies will use breastfeeding s a pacifier. Essentially true feeding is vigorous and consistent. Suck, suck, breath... Pacifying feeding is 30-40 minutes later and more like suck, snooooooooze, suck, snoooooze. During this phase of feeding baby isnt eating, just pacifying. That feeding can be stopped. ...Read more

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Why is my baby nursing less?

Why is my baby nursing less?

Lactation consultant: Insurances usually pay for lactation consultation with a lactation nurse. Often lactation nurses come to your home and teach you many great techniques. Ask your pediatrician which one he/she recommends. It can be invaluable....And covered too. Great combo. Good luck and congrats on the newborn. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about nursing careers want to work with babies?

Can you tell me about nursing careers want to work with babies?

Nurse?: First you go to nursing school to be an RN [Registered Nurse] or LPN [Licensed Practical Nurse] Then you can get a job in a pediatric outpatient clinic or a hospital pediatric unit. You may also want to take it further and be a Nurse practitioner. Good luck ...Read more