How to and what not to do when latching baby to breastfeed.
There are many reasons a baby might refuse to latch on. Often there is a combination of reasons. For example, a baby might latch on even with a tight frenulum if no other factors come into play, but if, for example, he is also given bottles early on...
The question of toxins in breastmilk is being addressed in a patient handout because the issue comes up every few months, as regular as clockwork, in the media and frightens many pregnant women out of breastfeeding their babies and many women who are already breastfeeding into stopping.
The first day home with your new baby can be an adjustment on your other family member -- your pet! Jennifer Shryock offers some suggestions on this all important transition in your home.
It's quite possible that herbal remedies help increase milk supply -- almost every culture has some sort of herb or plant or potion. There are several drugs that obviously do increase milk supply, and of course it is reasonable to assume that some plants and herbs might contain similar pharmacological agents.
It is important to get the best latch possible when you have sore nipples. Even if the cause of sore nipples is Candida, improving the latch can decrease the pain. Note that with the "ideal" latch, the baby covers more of the areola.
Domperidone (Motilium™) is a drug that has, as a side effect, the increasing of milk production, probably by increasing prolactin production by the pituitary gland. Prolactin is the hormone that stimulates the cells in the mother's breast to produce milk.
Many women are under the impression that it is necessary to own or use a pump to breastfeed. This is not so. There are very few circumstances under which it is necessary to express your milk. But women are being encouraged to pump their milk and give it to baby via bottle for the most unnecessary reasons...
Most mothers have lots of milk or could have had lots of milk if they had gotten off to a good start and had good hands-on help. Although the following symptoms are not necessarily due to the baby's not getting enough milk flow from the breast, this Protocol can be used to help resolve concerns about:
There are now a multitude of studies that show that mothers and babies should be together, skin to skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket) immediately after birth, as well as later. The baby is happier, the baby's temperature is more stable and more normal...