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Will my baby bite me while breastfeeding?

Will my baby bite me while breastfeeding?

Yes: He won't bite on purpose but it does happen, especially when teething begins. You can remedy this rather quickly by telling him "no biting" and stopping the feed any time it occurs. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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What can I do if my baby bites me while breastfeeding?

What can I do if my baby bites me while breastfeeding?

Interrupt feeds: It is unclear why babies bite, it is however agreed on that they do not intend to displease, so interrupt feeds, indicate to baby that bites are not acceptable, check to be sure baby is well positioned/ latching on well and that milk flow is not too fast. May be a way of letting you know to stop the feeds when full. Be consistent with your response to this behavior and it will pass. ...Read more

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When do babies get the hang of breastfeeding?

When do babies get the hang of breastfeeding?

Instinct: Babies are born with the instinct to breast feed. Even in the womb they have sucking action. Some are born with sucking blisters on their thumbs! moms must learn how to hold their infants in a position that is conducive to the rooting reflex, and to resist the temptation to let baby suck on just the nipple, vs areola. A lacation consultant or pediatrician is invaluable in the early days of brf. ...Read more

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What are Nexium (esomeprazole) effects on a breastfeeding infant?

What are Nexium (esomeprazole) effects on a breastfeeding infant?

See below: There are no data on the excretion of Nexium into human milk. There is a potential for tumorigenicity with "omeprazole" -prilosec-administration has been seen in rat carcinogenicity studies. Because esomeprazole is the s-isomer of Omeprazole which is excreted into human milk, & because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants, a decision should be made to discontinue. ...Read more

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When breastfeeding, should you feed your infant on demand or establish a schedule?

When breastfeeding, should you feed your infant on demand or establish a schedule?

Both.: In the beginning, you should feed on demand - and more often - to help establish milk production. Once you and your baby have your technical skills down, it is a good idea to start to spread out your feeding to every 2-3 hours, gradually if needed, or you may find yourself with a baby who sips...very frequently. Feeding on demand is another model that works - find which fits best for you. ...Read more

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Why did the number of american women breastfeeding their babies drop dramaticly after wwii?

Why did the number of american women breastfeeding their babies drop dramaticly after wwii?

Overlapping issues: This era saw many changes in family life.Many women worked outside the home & needed an easier way to feed the child. Soon after the first antibiotics (wwii), we had staph outbreaks in nurseries with germs that weren't killed by penicillin.Many thought breast feeding spread the germs so babies were wrapped in sterile blankets & bottle fed. A home made formula was promoted & the rest is history. ...Read more

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Why might an infant vomit often after breastfeeding?

Why might an infant vomit often after breastfeeding?

Infants spit up: after eating when they have eaten too much. Other less common reasons include reflux, pyloric stenosis, milk intolerance and more rarely structural anomalies of the GI tract. ...Read more

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Do i need to inform infant doctor that i stopped breastfeeding?

Do i need to inform infant doctor that i stopped breastfeeding?

Not necessarily: I leave it up to moms to decide if & how long they breast feed baby.You should update the doc at your next checkup & call in if you have concerns about your alternative methods. ...Read more

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Should I be giving my breastfeeding infant any vitamin supplements?

Should I be giving my breastfeeding infant any vitamin supplements?

Vitamin D: Breastmilk is a complete source of nutrition for infants with the exception of Vitamin D. Typically Vitamin D is obtained from sun exposure, but because dermatologists recommend avoiding sun exposure for infants, it is best to give them Vitamin D as a supplement. Infant Vitamin D drops or in 'tri-vi-sol' drops which also contain vitamins A&K are both available options. ...Read more