Questions tagged [breastfeeding]

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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Is breastfeeding an infant more “healthy” than using expressed milk?

Is breastfeeding an infant more healthy than using expressed milk? With healthy I mean the relative health of mother and child, and with expressed milk I mean milk extracted from the breasts using ...
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What is the best way to stop breast feeding a 3 year old?

My child is 3 years old. I want to know which is the best way to stop breastfeeding? She cries and fights with her mother if her mother refuses to breastfeed her. We also found that it also helps ...
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1-month baby crying when on floor

I am a first time father with 1-month old DS. My wife has been exclusively breastfeeding, 20 mins on each breast every two hours. Currently both my wife and the baby are on a medication because they ...
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Returning to work quickly - how does feeding work?

My partner is looking to return to work soon after giving birth. We both work, so we'll need to find someplace that looks after baby whilst we are out all day. The question we have is how does the ...
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How important is “at night time” as part of a newborn's feeding schedule?

Now that we have conquered jaundice, our doctor has shifted our breast-fed two-week-old daughter's feeding schedule from "every two hours; wake her; no exceptions" to "every two hours; wake her; you ...
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8 month old won't drink anything

Our 8 month old baby girl has been exclusively breastfed until she started solids 2 months ago. Now she is happily eating pureés etc, to which we sometimes add water or juice, but she refuses all ...
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How to get an infant to burp?

How does one get a 5 weeks (and older) breast fed baby to burp ? At the moment the baby just burps randomly. Holding the baby so the chin is on my shoulder while I rub the baby's back gives randomly ...
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Short naps and infrequent feedings

I've been trying to do an eat wake sleep cycle with my 4 month old, but it has seemed impossible as he usually only takes 4-5 45 min naps a day. Doing this I'm feeding him every 2 hours. I struggle to ...
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Small amounts of water mixing with breastmilk

I wash the baby bottles by hand and often let them air dry. Do I have to dry them completely before adding breast milk? I would obviously want to get all of the dish liquid out of the bottles. But I ...
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Does expressing or pumping breast milk during engorgement affect supply?

According to some websites, it does not affect your milk supply if you express breast milk during engorgement, so long as you only express enough to relieve discomfort. Even this medical foundation ...
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Does eating onions while breastfeeding adversely affect the flavor of the breastsmilk?

This is something my wife's aunt, who is a nurse (but not in any maternity or pediatric field) advised us on. She said we should avoid giving onions to my wife (who doesn't like them usually anyway) ...
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Are there any studies about effects of microwave ovens on human breast milk?

With all due respect to passionate parents who type in caps "NEVER HEAT MILK IN MICROWAVE" is there any verifiable scientific study on how bad it is to heat refrigerated milk for 15-20 seconds? Or ...
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Is alcohol transmitted through breastmilk?

We have a similar Question for caffeine, but I could not find one for alcohol, and I'm sure many breastfeeding mothers are interested to know: How much alcohol is transmitted through breastmilk? ...
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Working at home and breastfeeding?

When I get older I will have a job that I can do at home to earn my income(Since I can't really leave my mom or dad or grandparents completely even if I do get more independent than before). Some ...
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How do you slow down a newborn's feeding?

Our newborn (two weeks) is going through a phase of breastfeeding so fast, audibly gulping it down, that he makes himself sick, which is distressing for everyone and counterproductive as he's hungrier ...
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What can cause colic on dairy formula and not on breastmilk?

My 9 day old daughter is experiencing severe colic. The crying and leg stretching usually starts 20 minutes after the bottle with diary formula is finished. It takes around 2 hours after symptoms ...
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How to help a breastfed, 4-month-old child with constipation?

My baby is four months old. He is exclusively breastfed. During the first three months of his life he would dirty four to six diapers per day. It has been a month now that he is not regular anymore. I ...
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Feeding my baby milk that I stored from when he was 3 days old and on

I am strictly breastfeeding and have been pumping and storing milk since my baby was 3 days old. When he turns a month old, I want to introduce bottles with breastmilk so anyone else can feed him if I ...
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How long does breast milk last after taken from the fridge?

There's a lot of information available about how long pumped breast milk can be kept for, generally citing different temperature ranges. From the CDC (though the same reference is also cited by the ...
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How to include Dad in breastfeeding process?

I'm due in two-three weeks. I'd like breastfeed my son exclusively for at least a month or two (circumstance permitting). My question is: how do I include my husband in breastfeeding? We've talked ...
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1 year old baby won't eat in day, drinks milk all night

My baby boy is almost a year old and most of the time doesn't want to eat his food. He occasionally has a good meal but most of the time just messes around, throwing food on the floor, spitting out ...
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Should breastmilk be discarded if mold was found in the breast pump filter?

We just found out that the filter in our Medela breast pump filter has some mold in it. We have pumped and stored about 5 bottles of milk with that filter. Should we throw the milk away?
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How can I make my 3 weeks old to sleep on his own?

I have great milk supply, but these are my issues: My son has barely ever slept more than 30-40 minutes at once during the day. :( (At night time he does sleep for 3 hrs at least once. But ...
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Till what age will an infant keep waking to nurse each 3 hours?

I have twin boys who are 6 weeks old. They breastfeed each 3 hours as an average. However this is making me tired especially during the night. Till what age will they keep waking each 3 hours? Is ...
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Baby doing flips and flopping around constantly while breastfeeding, is he ready to be weaned?

My son is 9 months old and just won't be still while feeding. It's to the point where I can barely get him to stay latched, he keeps turning his head to look at other things, and I can't tell if he's ...
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Tandem nursing infants of different ages

Does a newborn infant of 2 wk get enough nutrition from the breast milk which is also fed to a older child of one year in tandem nursing? Our pediatrician said that the better quality milk made for ...
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What to do when a 3-week-old newborn won't take a pacifier?

Our daughter is 3 weeks old. She is good at both breastfeeding and formula. However, most of the time she won't do a pacifier. She will sometimes take a pacifier (it's a matter of seconds until she ...
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Are there negative consequences to breastfeeding a baby that is older than our newborn?

Our newborn baby is 6 days old and has always been breastfed. Yesterday, my wife breastfed a 3-month-old baby of our friends. Her mother was at the hospital, so my wife breastfed the baby. Now my ...
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What are good ways to help my son sleep without breastfeeding?

My son is 19 months old but still need a breastfeed to soothe him before go to sleep. What are good ways to help him sleep without breastfeeding? And by the way, how bad this could be if I let him ...
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Already in growth phase?

My 3-day-old newborn constantly needs to be fed. It is affecting my girlfriend's sleep. We started pumping and bottle feeding but the baby still demands a lot. I've heard that this is common at the ...
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Baby have acid reflux [duplicate]

My two month old have acid reflux and is on meds, but she still spit up a lot. Is that normal? I'm breastfeeding and was told breastfed babies don't spit up as much. My three year old was breastfed as ...
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How to make an infant stop biting the nipple when breastfeeding?

My seven-month-old son has started to bite his mother's breast nipple when she's breastfeeding him. Any ideas on how to make it stop?
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How to keep jaundiced two-day-old awake during breastfeedings?

I have a newborn that's a couple days old, still on colostrum, and we're struggling to get the baby to breastfeed on the 1-3 hour cadence that our doctor recommends. The complication is that our baby ...
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Extremely fussy and refusing to sleep 12-week-old

My 12-week-old daughter has practically refused to nap during last two days. She is unusually agitated and wants to suck almost all the time. Is something wrong with her?
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9 week old started fussing during evening nursing

Two days ago our 9 - almost 10 - week old breastfeeding daughter started fussing during evening nursing. Yesterday it was better, there was little screaming (though there was some), but today we're ...
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How to resolve blocked milk ducts after weaning

Our 1-year-old has been weaned off breast milk for a little over a week now, which was completely her doing. My wife has been dealing with the engorgement since then, which she says has subsided. ...
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Is it safe to breastfeed an infant while being pregnant?

If a mother gets pregnant within 2 months of a newborn, and wants to continue breastfeeding then what precautions she should take during the later trimesters? Will the newborn or the foetus be ...
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How long is it okay for a baby to remain on just breastfeed? [duplicate]

My daughter is now one and half year old and still refuses to eat anything. She seem to be satisfied by mother's milk itself. Is it okay to remain on breastfeed alone this long, or should we try ...
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What can I do if my 4-month-old baby didn't get enough milk while breastfeeding?

I'm a new mummy and my four-month-old son doesn't get enough breast milk. I weigh him before and after breastfeeding, and found out that he gets only 1-2 oz every 4 hours. He didn't gain that much ...
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Now that I'm working, my milk production can't keep up - What can I do to increase it?

I have returned to work after 8 weeks post-natal (I am now at 10 weeks) and although I pump with a top of the line electric pump, I am just not producing quite enough to keep up with my infant's ...
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What does one do to alleviate the discomfort of mastitis?

Mastitis is an infection that can develop in the breasts during the months while a mother lactates. Once one has mastitis, it can interfere with breastfeeding because it becomes painful to feed the ...
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Once a mom has developed a cracked or chapped nipple, is there anything she can do to lessen the pain?

While nursing, cracked nipples can be excrutiatinly painful. What does a mom do to help alleviate the pain while her nipples heal?
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How do I avoid cracked nipples?

Getting chapped and cracked nipples can be a problem for lactating moms. Sometimes it may be somewhat inevitable, but what are some of the things one can do to avoid the problem in the first place?
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Is blood from an injured nipple harmful to the child?

Nipples sometimes bleed, and some of that blood can be sucked by a child. Is it harmful to the child? What effects can it have?
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Things to do while breastfeeding, other than watch TV

What are some activities that one can do whilst breastfeeding? A quick Google turned up lists that boiled down to "watch TV" or "enjoy doing nothing". I'm interested in some more creative solutions ...
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How can I successfully breastfeed my premature baby?

My baby was born at 32 weeks. He was born without a sucking reflex, so needed to be fed through a nasogastric tube and needed to be in a humidicrib. How can I manage to feed him exclusively on my ...
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For a long flight, would freezing breast milk simplify transporting it?

We have a three-month-old child and several long haul flights coming up (the shortest is five hours, the longest is twelve) and I'm mindful of problems with transporting expressed milk. There are ...
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My newborn is a slow eater, is that normal?

My newborn (about 4 weeks old now) takes hours to feed - this has been the case since birth. When breastfeeding, she can feed for 3, 4 even more hours and then still be hungry when removed from the ...
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Does a heavy diet increase milk production quantity?

I mean if I keep on eating food every two hours, will I produce more milk? OR If I eat less food will the milk supply decrease? Actually, I am a thin girlie with very low appetite (height: 5 feet 5 ...
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How to mimic the infant sucking actions with a manual breast pump?

Doctor gave me some pills to increase breast milk but at the same time told me that those pills won't be effective unless the baby sucks directly from your breast since breast pumps cannot suck like a ...