Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding the Premature Baby

Too often mothers have preventable problems with breastfeeding. Many hospital routines make it difficult for mothers and babies to breastfeed successfully. When the baby is born prematurely, mothers may have even more difficulty with breastfeeding, and this is unfortunate because premature babies need breastmilk and breastfeeding even more than healthy full term babies.

Nursing Strike at 4 1/2 Months?

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
Our 4 1/2 month-old boy, Sam, has been breastfed since he was born. My wife went back to work at 3 months and we out of necessity we started feeding him breast milk from bottles. We occasionally give him formula as well. But over the last week he has been reluctant to breastfeed and for two days has refused to breastfeed completely. He obviously likes the bottle because it is easier to draw the milk from.

Post Weaning Milk & Letdown

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
I have a 4 and 1/2 year old daughter and I still have the feeling of my milk dropping when I hear other babies. I still have the openings on my nipples, no milk coming out. I have not lost any of my breast size since I stopped breast feeding 4 years ago. My physician says its fine, but I thought 4 years is too long. What should I do now?

Thanks for your help.

Should I Start Cereal at 2 1/2 Months?

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
My question is my daughter is 2½ months old. She is only eating breast milk (no formula). Well, people are trying to get me to feed my baby rice cereal but I read that if you start a baby on cereal to early it can cause allergies later on in life. Should I wait until she is 4 months or start her now. She weighs 13 pounds 3 ounces.

Should I Try a Sippy Cup or Bottle?

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Lactation Consultant,
My daughter is 12 weeks old and has been exclusively breastfeeding. We tried introducing a bottle a day at 5 weeks with varied results. She took the bottle at times and flat out refused at other times. We stopped after a couple weeks because I was tired of trying to express milk and frustrated with her resistance. Now I'm trying to introduce the bottle again with even greater difficulty. Now that she is older perhaps I should try cup feeding? Would you recommend a cup that has a lid and spout or an open cup? I don't know what to do.

He Eats More Than I Pump!

Kathleen Tackett's picture

QUESTION

Dear Kathy,
My son is 4 months old. He was not taking a bottle from husband. Since he will now take one, we try to give him a bottle everyday. He will eat 7-8 oz. from the bottle. When I pump at the same time I only get 3 oz. This has been going on for at least a week. It does not seem normal! What can I do? Also I do not believe that he has gained weight for a couple of weeks.

Kendra

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