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Should a toddler who weaned only a few months ago be allowed to see mom nursing younger sibling?

I'm not speaking from either personal experience (my children were all spaced farther apart) or from academic research in this answer. That being said: I think that "hiding" the breastfeeding will ...
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Is it normal that my 2.5-year-old son still likes breastfeeding?

You can understand why babies and toddlers may do that - your body is the source of their comfort and happiness. It is normal for them to do it, although a more common comfort is sucking the thumb, ...
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What is the best way to stop breast feeding a 3 year old?

My wife stopped breastfeeding when our daughter was 3. She did it by repeating often the whole month before she turned 3 that when she will be 3, she will be older, and that she will stop ...
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Giving expressed breast milk at the same time of day that it was expressed

According to the study titled The possible role of human milk nucleotides as sleep inducers published in Nutritional Neuroscience, a link was found between certain levels of nucleotides contained in ...
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Breastfeeding for 3-5 minutes and feeds every hour

The beauty of breastfeeding is that it’s a pretty self-regulating process and that mother and baby adapt to each other quickly. Speaking from experience, I had two very different babies. One would ...
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Is it normal that my 2.5-year-old son still likes breastfeeding?

is [a 2.5yr old breatfeeding] normal? This is largely a cultural question, and without information about your community is unanswerable. However it may be helpful to understand whether it's safe or ...
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Can I still nurse?

No, nothing is too late. I sense some very important things in your favour: Your milk supply matches her needs. Two weeks is pretty early, even in "standard" cases BF is still not that established at ...
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Breastfeeding but periods have started after 2 months. What's going on inside the body?

First, menstruation doesn’t necessarily influence breast milk production. Some women notice a slight drop in supply in the second half of their cycle and an increased sensitivity or discomfort, others ...
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Are there any studies about effects of microwave ovens on human breast milk?

Not to necro post, but I did find a study which seems to directly answer this question: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8889628 Short answer is that they found no significant impact on ...
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Is it ok if my 15-month-old son stops breastfeeding by himself?

Firstly, your doctor is the authoritative voice here. The doctor says your toddler is okay, so I would listen to them before asking strangers on the internet. If you do want some reassurance though, ...
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How can I make my 3 weeks old to sleep on his own?

So this doesn't seem too unusual to me. Many babies prefer to be held, and some more than others. A few suggestions: Have you tried swaddling? The feeling of being wrapped mimics the feeling in the ...
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How to include Dad in breastfeeding process?

What a great question! Congratulations on your first baby and your decision to try breastfeeding. It's much harder than you think, but don't give up because it is very rewarding. Anyway, some ways ...
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Returning to work quickly - how does feeding work?

It is very likely that daycare will allow you to bring refrigerated or frozen breast milk and that your partner will be able to pump at work, but it takes dedication and logistics. I will share my ...
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If an establishment allows breastfeeding, but not outside drinks (juice, etc.), is bottled breastmilk an exception?

I've never seen an establishment prevent parents from giving bottled (as in baby bottle) milk to their kids, whether that is breast milk or formula. Very few places (none?) will be prepared to ...
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How to make an infant stop biting the nipple when breastfeeding?

At 7 months, the various responses are unlikely to have that much affect, so while your wife could try removal from the breast / firm no / etc the problem will have probably fixed itself before they ...
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1 year old baby won't eat in day, drinks milk all night

I feel stuck as I can't see a solution that fits my desired parenting style whilst maintaining my sanity, not being too upset with my son and getting enough sleep to function at work. You are stuck, ...
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Is alcohol transmitted through breastmilk?

My wife did a ton of searching around for answers on this. The general rule of thumb that she found was that breast milk concentration goes as blood-alcohol concentration does. We fully metabolize ...
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Small amounts of water mixing with breastmilk

Breast milk is, essentially, water with a bunch of other nutritious stuff in it. Water intoxication can be a concern if an infant drinks too much plain water in addition to breast milk or formula, ...
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Should a toddler who weaned only a few months ago be allowed to see mom nursing younger sibling?

It's not feasible to try to prevent the child from seeing the new baby nursing. It probably will be hard for her, as will lots of things now, but she will learn to adjust. You'll both just need to be ...
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Are there any studies about effects of microwave ovens on human breast milk?

Well, NHS Choices says: Don't use a microwave to heat up or defrost breast milk as it can cause hot spots, which can burn your baby's mouth. The American Academy of Paediatrics says: Do not use ...
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Feeding my baby milk that I stored from when he was 3 days old and on

To some extent milk is milk, but the nutritional content shifts gradually over time to meet the growth patterns of a baby (and also again around weaning). At about a month, your milk generally has ...
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Returning to work quickly - how does feeding work?

You will probably be able to provide your own milk. Talk to daycare facilities you're considering and find out their policy. Some include formula and diapers as part of their services, some do not. ...
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Is milk supply when pumping not an indication of actual milk supply?

The amount you can pump is 100% definitely not an indication of low supply. First of all: Is baby actually breastfeeding or is your wife trying to exclusively pump? If baby is feeding 'straight from ...
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How do you slow down a newborn's feeding?

By making himself sick do you mean he's spitting up? That's fairly common among newborns, for a variety of reasons. I'll mention a few here, although it's definitely something worth talking about ...
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If an establishment allows breastfeeding, but not outside drinks (juice, etc.), is bottled breastmilk an exception?

In general, while I would be surprised if they did not let you in, the best way to find out is to ask them. Contacting the establishment in question is the appropriate and most accurate way to clarify ...
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Do babies get the benefits of breastmilk, even if they're not exclusively breastfed?

You are asking an incredibly broad question when you say "benefits". There are a number of things that can be beneficial in breastfeeding, for the baby and the mother. So how much of a benefit will ...
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How to make an infant stop biting the nipple when breastfeeding?

The main way that worked for us was any time he bites, take him away and don't let him feed for a few minutes. If he continues, actually put him down on the floor for a few minutes. Say something ...
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What to do when a 3-week-old newborn won't take a pacifier?

You may not like to hear this, but how about not giving her a pacifier? I grew up without ever having one. My daughter is well beyond that age and never had one. My mother always told me (...
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