Breastfeeding, breast milk, lactation, the infant's needs, the mother's needs, pumping, storing/freezing, effects on immune system, and more. See also the tags [feeding] and [eating].

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New born seems to be spitting up entire meals. Should I be worried?

We have a baby that is a little over a week old and it seems like after some feedings she is spitting up what looks like her entire meal (breast feeding). I've been weighing her and she still seems ...
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Is it safe to breastfeed through pregnancy?

I have heard 2 arguments against breastfeeding while pregnant, that it causes contractions that can lead to premature labor, and that it can be difficult on the mother to support a developing baby, ...
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How do you know when a baby needs to be burped?

My daughter just turned two, and over the last two years, I've learned a lot. Most parenting skills were easy to learn, but I never figured out burping when she was in the infant stage. In retrospect, ...
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Do I really need to wake my newborn to feed him?

We have a two week old child. He's eating well during the day, eating at least 8 times a day, and is breast feeding. His weight gain has been 'normal' so far, and he regained his original birth weight ...
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Do we need an electronic breast pump?

Since we plan that my wife is going to be a full-time/stay at home mom, do you think she will need an electronic breast pump? We are first time parents. We do not sure if we need the electric one or ...
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What should I do about my 3 month old baby wanting to nurse all night?

I've been too tired to get up every 2-3 hrs to nurse, so I've been sleeping with him attached to my breast... Unfortunately I can't sleep well. What should I do? He doesn't burp well either, and spits ...
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Are vitamin supplements necessary for newborns?

We have been told by various people that babies need vitamin supplements, because "My doctor said so." This seems counterintuitive. Shouldn't formula or breastmilk have all of the nutrients that a ...
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Could green poop be caused by an allergy to breast milk? [closed]

Theoretically speaking, could green poop be caused by an allergy to breast milk for an breastfed infant starting after four months of breastfeeding? I don't know if that is even possible. Infant poop ...
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How often should my wife breastfeed our newborn?

Our newborn is one week old and a boy. When we were still in hospital, the nurse was giving formula milk to our newborn every 3 hours. But since we brought our baby home, we exclusively breastfeed our ...
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Why would my 9 week old refuse to nurse from breast?

My 9 week old has recently started to refuse to nurse from the breast. She will only eat from the bottle (pumped breastmilk). She has successfully breastfed since birth, she also uses the bottle ...
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Are trace amounts of caffeine through breastmilk safe for babies?

I am a student parent and find that coffee helps me study. I drank coffee while pregnant and kept it well under the daily allowed amount. I am unsure what I can have while breastfeeding though. How ...
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Are employers required to accomodate pumping mothers?

It seems like I will be recalled to work after being laid off in the spring. I am a media specialist at an elementary school. The schedule I would be assigned has classes back to back all day other ...
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What could be causing this unusual pain during breast feeding?

My fiancee and I just had our child yesterday, August 17th. This is her second child, and my first. With her first pregnancy, anytime she tried to feed her daughter, she got very strange pain ...
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How can we end nighttime 'comfort' nursing?

My wife and I are just finishing up a 4 week trip home to visit the grandparents (we live in Australia, they in North America). We have introduced the unfortunate habit in our 10 month old daughter ...
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Where/how can I find out about public breastfeeding facilities?

My wife and I were going to plan our first family outing with our newborn. The easiest way for us to breastfeed is still with the breastfeeding pillow and a chair. So no hooter hiders quite yet and my ...
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Does feeding breast milk from a bottle convey the same health benefits as nursing?

Is there's any specific benefit to nursing instead of just pumping and feeding from the bottle? Is there anything intrinsic in the act of nursing that improves baby's health or increases the ...
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When is the best time to pump breastmilk, and for how long should I pump?

I have a baby who's just a few weeks old. I try to pump bottles occasionally, so that my baby will be used to the bottle, and also so that I have some mobility if it's really necessary. I'm having a ...
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How can we make our newborn breastfeed less frequently?

We have a new baby (almost two weeks old). For the past 8-9 days she's had a habit of Breastfeeding every hour during the afternoons. She can spend 30mins feeding, then 30mins active and gurgling, ...
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Is nipple confusion a real thing?

Our baby daughter is breast-fed, but sometimes it would be convenient to supplement with a bottle of formula (mostly so that the mother can sleep a little longer while dad takes care of it). We keep ...
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Should we freeze some breastmilk for later use even if there's no excess supply?

My wife is currently pumping just enough milk to keep up with "demand". Since she'll be going to back to work and won't be able to pump as often as she does now, her milk supply will likely run out ...
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Why does my child squirm so much while bottle feeding?

She used to be fairly intent and placated by feeding (she's 6 months now). About two weeks ago she started squirming around quite a bit while drinking from her bottle. She arches her back and moves ...
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Can pacifier-use interfere with breastfeeding?

I don't really want my newborn to use the pacifier because I'm afraid it will interfere with breastfeeding. The first week I'd nurse her for an hour to an hour and a half - basically until she was ...
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How do you ensure proper nutrition for a child in a vegetarian or vegan household?

I do not yet have children but I am a vegetarian. I am curious to know how vegetarians, and vegans, address the issue of nourishment. If it helps, I am vegetarian more for ethical reasons than health ...
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How long is breastfeeding effective and worthwhile?

I realize that this question can have many personal or subjective viewpoints, so the answer I'm looking for is what the best-known data shows us from two perspectives: Is there an average ...
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What are the pros and cons of feeding on demand?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of feeding an infant on demand? Roughly when should feeding on demand stop and a proper schedule start?
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How do you ween a toddler off of breastfeeding?

All sources I can find agree that breastfeeding should stop slowly and gradually, and most of them say that it often happens naturally once the baby gets used to solid foods. Well, with our baby it ...
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What are the benefits of breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding at 8 months?

At 8 months, our daughter is fed up of breastfeeding. She eats solid food enthusiastically, similarly for formula in a bottle, but seems done with boobs. She'll take breastmilk from a bottle, but ...