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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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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 ...
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What would be the appropriate time and duration to perform Kangaroo care?

What would be the appropriate time and duration to perform Kangaroo care (in which baby is supposed to make skin to skin contact) in order to increase breast milk?
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Are the probiotic bacteria from formula the same bacteria present in breast milk?

Nestlé's infant formula contains probiotic bacteria. This formula is expensive, so I was wondering whether these bacteria are the same bacteria (which prevent infections and diseases) present in the ...
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How to preserve the daily extracted breast milk in freezer for a long time?

Baby won't be with me for around 15 days. Is it is safe to add fresh breast milk to already frozen breast milk? If not, then how to preserve the daily extracted breast milk in freezer for a long time ...
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9 Month old vomiting for the first time when waking up in morning then acts normal

I have a 9 month old who woke up at 4:30 AM, hiccuped, then vomited. The vomit was breastmilk white, with some remnants of solids from dinner the previous evening. She is breastfed with the ...
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Is it safe to put the milk left after feeding in the fridge for the next feed?

We use bottle to feed the infant with formula/breast milk. Considering: https://parenting.stackexchange.com/a/8404/2221 Discard any infant formula remaining after a feeding. The mixture of ...
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What's the effectiveness of alternative uses of breast milk?

I have read various articles that promote breast milk as a cure for many infant problems like diaper rash, red eye, sores and mother problems like sore nipples, injuries etc. What is the scientific ...
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What are good strategies to support extended breastfeeding?

We are new parents who would like to go for extended breastfeeding, in our case for 2 years. One threat we see to this is the reduction of breastmilk. I have heard from many mothers that their milk ...
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How to deal with sore nipples resultant from improper breastfeeding?

Sore nipples may discourage the parent from continuing breastfeeding. How to cure sore nipples resultant from improper breastfeeding?
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Does breastfeeding past age two years lead to better future health of the Baby and the mother

Although exclusive breast feeding for 6 months is recommended , Apart from reduction of Obesity, I would like to know what health benefits does extended breastfeeding duration (2yr and beyond) as ...
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Which is the best option electric or a manual breast pump and how to choose the best one

There is a huge number of pumps, as assorted varieties are coming up in the market. How to choose an ideal breast pump, which minimizes wastage, maximizes ease of use, portability and safety? Should ...
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How to properly store breastmilk

My wife need to go to hospital for some hours, maybe day. She can pump out some milk from her breasts but we have no idea how to store it properly, how long we can store it and if we need to do ...
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How to know whether the baby has had her fill while breastfeeding?

She is 24 days old. How to know whether the baby is sucking breasts because she's hungry or because she is entertaining/soothing herself? Accordingly I wish to know when to take the breasts out of ...
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How to latch a newborn properly?

The problem is improper latching, I think. The breastmilk is there. I can see drops when I press the breast. I fed her for approx. 40 min - 20 min. one breast and 20 min. another in a row. This didn't ...
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How to make my son have breastmilk again after several months of weaning?

My wife stopped giving my first child breastmilk when he was around 13 months old, because she was having a second pregnancy. At that time, when my wife kept giving breastmilk to the first child, her ...
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Is feeding the right time to talk and read to a kid?

The kid will be born tomorrow. I wish to know if feeding time is the right time to "talk" to him and read him stories? I am asking this because I have heard that kids fall asleep while breast feeding ...
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Is it okay to restart breastfeeding after a delay, and continue until after a child is 2 years old?

Around six months ago, we stopped breastfeeding my first child after my wife and I found out that my wife was 3 months pregnant. In about 1 month my wife will give birth to our second child. At ...
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2 week old baby is not interested in eating

My 2 week old baby girl is not nursing well. At each nursing, she eats 1 to 1.5 ounces in about 50 to 60 minutes. She often falls asleep immediately afterwards. If we let her, she will sleep for 3+ ...
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How should I schedule the sleep and feeding pattern of my infant so that he gets enough feed when I am at home?

I am a working person. After my child is 3 months old, I will continue to go to my job from morning 7:00 till evening 18:00. I will be coming home at around 14:00 to breastfeed for about half an ...
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Does gluten pass through into breast milk?

We're pretty sure that our 2 month old baby suffers from a gluten intolerance but when we spoke to our doctor she claimed that it was impossible for babies to get gluten from the mother's breast milk. ...
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Does a breast feeding mother's diet affect the breast milk produced?

Example: If during breast feeding, I keep on eating lots of Ghee, Coffee, etc., it may or may not harm me. BUT, - Will those substances have an effect on the milk produced? - Will the baby be ...
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Are there any good suggestions for a soon to be mom about breastfeeding?

I'm looking for information about some of the most common challenges faced by working mothers who are breastfeeding and how to over come those challenges. How does one prepare oneself and the baby ...
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When I should, and should not use manual pump for breast feeding?

Just curious: - Can I start using it from the first day onwards? - Can I continue using it for a very long time? Any side effects? - Any advantages to mother and child when using breast milk stored in ...
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My wife is pregnant again, does she need to stop breastfeeding our son?

We have a 1 year old son, and my wife is now pregnant with our second child. Our doctor says she should stop breastfeeding our son because she is pregnant, because it may harm the fetus. This makes me ...
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What works to get a distracted nurser to eat during the day?

I have a 7 month old baby who has been a distracted nurser since about 3 months. She continues to gain weight appropriately, so she does get enough to eat, but getting her to eat what she needs is a ...
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My one year old son doesn't want to eat. What happened to my son?

When my son was under 11 months old, he ate a lot, but I don't know what changed when he reached 1 year old. It seems like he doesn't like to eat. When we give our son food, sometimes he tries to ...
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What food should I buy for my spouse so that she can produce more natural milk for my toddler?

I was wondering what food should I buy for my spouse so that my toddler gets more volume of natural milk rather than supplementing with milk or formula produced by companies?
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How to help my newborn pass gas

I have a newborn (10 days). She seems to struggle with a lot of gas several times a day (first question, is this too much!?). How do we help her pass the gas more quickly and easily? She does get it ...
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Should my wife pump after feeding to "top her off?"

My question is: Can we trust that the baby will not starve itself and will eat as much as it needs, or is it a good idea to pump and feed the pumped milk to her from the bottle after the next feeding? ...
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Breast milk looks curdled . . . what happened?

My wife pumps and puts the milk in the fridge if it's not time for a feeding. We have to supplement with formula because the baby drinks about 4 more ounces a day than she makes. Feeding from the ...
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Ok to mix breast milk with water?

Our 2 month old breast feeds 90% of the time, but if my wife is away we will use pumped breast milk from a bottle. The other day my wife was out and we only had 1.5 oz of defrosted breast milk. Our ...
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Could the Jadelle birth control be affecting my breast milk?

I got the jadelle a week ago today and my second daughter is 4 weeks old. Family Planning told me it was fine to get it, but for the last two days my daughter has had a higher temperature, has been ...
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Baby breastfeeds for only 5 mins before sleeping again

My daughter is 2 months old and is exclusively breastfed. After drinking for only 5 mins she falls asleep again and wakes up crying again after 30 mins. We have tried different things like tickling ...
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What can be done if a breastfed newborn baby drinks too slowly?

Our newborn baby (7 weeks old, ca. 4 kg) wants to drink at the breast nearly the whole day: He drinks very slowly (one "meal" can take 30..60 minutes), makes a lot of breaks during drinking and mostly ...
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Daughter won't take formula

We need a way to introduce formula to our daughter quick. The backup milk supply we have is no longer good due to a milk allergy so is there any quick ways to introduce formula?
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Gift idea for breastfeeding mom

Can any breastfeeding mothers (or former breastfeeding mothers) suggest a soothing Mother's Day gift? I got my wife and mother of 2 some clothes and other things already but I wanted to throw in ...
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