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Why is my baby having so much trouble latching when I try to nurse her?

Why is my baby having so much trouble latching when I try to nurse her?

Nipples shape,baby: Your pediatrician or obstetrician can tell you if your nipples have problems e.g. Flat, inverted, etc this can prevent your baby from latching on to your breast.That is your nipple is drawn to the back of the baby's mouth and your baby's gums and tongue are compressing on the dark part of your breast(areola). Also if your baby has tongue-tie, (short frenulum, that can prevent a good latch. ...Read more

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Why is my baby having so much difficulty latching?

Why is my baby having so much difficulty latching?

Maternal and infant : Many factors may affect latching on. Mom may be engorged or her nipples flat, making it difficult to latch on. The baby must open wide enough to take in the areola. Ask your pediatrician or lactation consultant to watch you feeding, and give you specific guidance. The rewards of breast feeding are worth the initial effort! ...Read more

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My baby 9mo. Always rubs her nose a lot when i'm trying to put her to sleep and when im trying to feed her too...Is this normal?

My baby 9mo. Always rubs her nose a lot when i'm trying to put her to sleep and when im trying to feed her too...Is this normal?

Nose-rubbing can be: A sign of an itchy nose from food allergies, if there's a strong family history & she has congestion or copious mucus. However, it can also be a self-soothing ritual, which is perfectly fine in infants & young kids. I hope you've established a consistent bedtime & ritual, reading, nursing, brushing her teeth, then putting her to bed drowsy, but awake, so she can self-calm if she night-wakes. ...Read more

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Helo how can i know if my breast milk is enough for my baby? because she always keep crying and her age is 17 days. Thank you

Helo how can i know if my breast milk is enough for my baby? because she always keep crying and her age is 17 days. Thank you

Crying: Babies cry and it doesn't always mean that they are hungry - it is how they communicate. Did you take her to her 2 week checkup? At this visit the pediatrician would check her weight and make sure she was back up to her birth weight. If she is gaining weight as expected, you can rest assured your breast milk is enough. BF babies want to eat often (sometimes every hour), this is also normal. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I gave birth to my son 4 days back. but I am not able to feed him nurse are saying milk is generated even my son is sucking?

What do you recommend if I gave birth to my son 4 days back. but I am not able to feed him nurse are saying milk is generated even my son is sucking?

What to look for: Breast feeding is best, but it's not always easy. It's not easy to assess how much breast milk your son is getting unless you're pumping & bottle feeding. If he's having at least 4 wet diapers/day, not jaundiced (yellow-orange) & isn't losing too much weight (>10% of birth wt), then he's getting enough. See your Pediatrician tmrw for a wt chk & exam. Consider a lactation consult. ...Read more

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Im having a hard time bottle feeding my breastfed baby. What should I do to make her drink from the bottle?

Im having a hard time bottle feeding my breastfed baby. What should I do to make her drink from the bottle?

Have someone else : Offer the bottle.If she can smell you, she doesn't want the back up plan. Have your spouse or a friend offer the bottle when she is hungry & leave the area. After she figures out the idea you may get her to cooperate with you later. ...Read more

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My newborn baby keeps crying, i think she is constipated, what can I do to stop her pain.Please.

My newborn baby keeps crying, i think she is constipated, what can I do to stop her pain.Please.

Crying vs pain: Please do not get into the habit of equating crying with pain. Babies cry for hours every single day. This is how they communicate, stretch out their lungs, get you to come and hold them, get you to feed them. Make sure you are burping well, swaddle baby so they feel more secure, make sure baby getting enough to eat. If questions about normal stool patterns and whether she is constipated, ask doc. ...Read more

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Mother had trouble feeding me when i was a baby and now i notice my breasts seem to have insufficient gland tissue too. How to treat please? Not pregnant

Mother had trouble feeding me when i was a baby and now i notice my breasts seem to have insufficient gland tissue too. How to treat please? Not pregnant

Treat?: Your mothers inability to breast feed you has no impact on your breast development. If you are unhappy with your breast appearance then schedule a visit with a local plastic surgeon to investigate your options. ...Read more

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My 8-month-old just started biting me very hard when i try to nurse him. The pain is too intense to bear. I want to continue nursing but how can i?

My 8-month-old just started biting me very hard when i try to nurse him. The pain is too intense to bear. I want to continue nursing but how can i?

Consistent response: Your baby does not know "right or wrong" yet. So as he starts doing something you do not approve of - in this case biting while nursing- you must have a consistent response. Take him off breast for 30-60 seconds while telling him firmly but lovingly "no biting" and repeat that the zillion times it takes him to get the message. (it won't take a zillion, but the message must be every time he bites). ...Read more

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I pump milk into a bottle but i really want my baby to latch back on and she won't what can I do to get her to latch on? She loves her bottle

I pump milk into a bottle but i really want my baby to latch back on and she won't what can I do to get her to latch on? She loves her bottle

Try skin-to-skin: To engage your baby's rooting reflex, put her skin-to-skin, lying on her tummy, while you're lying back on some pillows. Babies who are skin-to-skin look for the breast and can latch, all by themselves. (see http://www.Biologicalnurturing.Com/video/bn3clip.Html ) you might also work with a lactation consultant to help get reintroduce your baby to the breast. ...Read more

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How can I get my very clingy 16 month old to become more independant? I worry about taking her to daycare as she screams for hours when i leave her.

How can I get my very clingy 16 month old to become more independant? I worry about taking her to daycare as she screams for hours when i leave her.

Be suportive: Don't view the clingy response as a failure on your part or a problem.Separation anxiety & stranger danger issues are common infants between 6m - 2yr. When they can grasp the fact that you don't drop off the earth when you leave, but remain in another space, they relax & become easier to manage. ...Read more

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Im trying to ween my 18 month old from sucking a pacifier. How should I do this. Can i give it to her when she goes to bed.

Im trying to ween my 18 month old from sucking a pacifier. How should I do this. Can i give it to her when she goes to bed.

Techniques vary: You can do it as you suggest, giving it to her at only specific times, but I have found that parents who do that are too tempted to use it at other times, for instance, she bumps her head and is crying and you run and get the paci. If you really want to get rid of it , get rid of it. It just doesn't exist anymore.It will be a tough one week, but then the deed is done. It is much better in long run. ...Read more

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What age should I let my newborn let me know when shes ready to eat I sometimes have to wake her to feed her other wise she'll sleep. Im breastfeeding?

What age should I let my newborn let me know when shes ready to eat I sometimes have to wake her to feed her other wise she'll sleep. Im breastfeeding?

Now! : Feed her every three hours during the day, let her fall asleep on her own.Get her into the habit so it is not something new that she has to do in case she wakes up in the middle of the night.Goal-for you & your baby to sleep thru the night at least 8 hours & no night feedings!you will enjoy your baby much better, always happy & work faster.If you want a life, do it. My moms are very happy! ...Read more

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Why is my 5 month old baby refuses to take right side of my breast when I try to nurse?

Why is my 5 month old baby refuses to take right side of my breast when I try to nurse?

Breast refusal: Hello Abeer, this is actually quite common, and there's a number of possible reasons. Your baby may just be more comfortable on one side; there could be a sore inside your baby's mouth, a blocked nostril, or ear infection, and sometimes milk can taste slightly different in one breast. First consult your pediatrician or midwife, and then try some of the strategies listed below. Hope this helpful. ...Read more

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How do I feed my baby if it is too tired to breastfeed?

How do I feed my baby if it is too tired to breastfeed?

Set a good pattern: One of the best ways to establish an efficient breasting pattern is to do it first. As you get baby up from a nap, start baby at the breast and let him/her use their energy to to their job first. Diaper changes and other maintainance can wait and don't require their assistance. ...Read more

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My 6months old baby cries a lot when she feels sleepy. I think she found difficulty while sleeping. Or may be she don't lnoe how to sleep.What to do?

My 6months old baby cries a lot when she feels sleepy. I think she found difficulty while sleeping. Or may be she don't lnoe how to sleep.What to do?

Normal: Babies cry when hungry, tired, teething etc. I.E. Babies cry a lot. All babies know how to sleep, but many have trouble settling. You need to help baby settle down. Soft lighting, soft music, bedtime routine. You can rock her, walk her, talk to her, coo and cuddle. Make sure she does not have colic--baby will pull up legs to tummy and scream-- for hours at a time. If colic, pediatrician visit. ...Read more

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My newborn is chocking up every time i breastfeed her. Very scary, is anything i can do to make it easier and better for her until she'll learns?

My newborn is chocking up every time i breastfeed her. Very scary, is anything i can do to make it easier and better for her until she'll learns?

Express prior: Your letdown may be too much for your newborn. Try to express some milk prior to feeding to allow the flow of milk to be more steady. Take breaks during feeds to allow her to catch up with your milk flow. ...Read more

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