DHA (short for docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid) is critical for brain, eye and central nervous system development and functioning. During pregnancy, developing babies rely on their mothers to get needed DHA.
When Ola, a thirty-two-year-old artist from New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, describes herself as "stubborn," there's a hint of pride in her voice. If she weren't so stubborn, she says, she would've given up on breastfeeding early on.
At some point, every mother stops breastfeeding. Some start thinking about stopping not long after they've begun. Others find that nursing becomes such an important and rewarding part of their lives that they feel like they could go on forever.
Dear Fitness Expert,
We may decide not to have any more children but if we do I would like to give breastfeeding one more try. The first time I literally did not have enough milk. The baby was not getting wet diapers...I started supplementing my first born with the SNS (little tube) attached to the breast so he would get both the same time. Later I quit that and still breast fed and bottle fed. He weaned himself at around five months.
Mother's nipples come in many shapes and sizes. While most nipples protrude and are easy for baby to grasp, there are some variations in size and shape that make it difficult for them to nurse successfully.
For a nursing mother, making the decision to take medicine to treat this depression is tricky. We know some medicines are not safe to take when nursing; others are okay. For most medicines, there is not enough known to do better than make an educated guess. Most of the antidepressants fall into this last category.
Mothers who have eagerly anticipated a vaginal birth may feel disappointed and inadequate because their expectations haven't been met, and they may even be afraid that because they "failed" at giving birth, they may also "fail" at breastfeeding.
There are very few medical problems that prevent a mother from breastfeeding her baby. There are some situations where nursing must be temporarily interrupted, but if you maintain your milk supply by pumping, you can almost always resume breastfeeding when the medical problem is resolved.
Dear Fitness Expert,
I breastfeed my 14-month-old baby. Ever since my baby born by c-section, I have pain during sex. I went to doctor and she said I have infection. She froze it and gave me some ointment. I am a little better.
I have read that during the time you breastfeed the vagina isn't so well lubricated. Can you suggest ways of compensating that won't be harmful to the baby?
Dear Lactation Consultant,
It's been 10 days since the birth of our baby girl. My breast milk took about five days to come in. Our baby wouldn't latch on to me because of my flat nipples. I was given nipple shells, but she didn't like those either. Since then I've been pumping with a double breast pump and bottle feeding in order to supplement with formula since I wasn't producing enough milk.