Rabu, 19 Juli 2017

Senin, 12 Juni 2017

13 Best Books For Breastfeeding

We all know that breastfeeding is the natural, healthy way to feed a baby. So you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby – what a wonderful choice! However, that doesn't mean that breastfeeding is easy.

Armed with one of these Thirteen breastfeeding books, you'll be well on the way to a more informed breastfeeding journey.

1.    Breastfeeding With Confidence. Breastfeeding is a practical skill, which young women once learned by watching a mother breastfeed her baby. Breastfeeding with Confidence has been designed to take the mystery out of breastfeeding, providing new mothers with the practical skills and insights they need to be successful, is a revised and enlarged edition of Sue Cox's earlier book, ‘Breastfeeding “ I Can Do That,' which is a recognised, authoritative guide to breastfeeding.

2.  Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers. “The one book that saved my life was Breastfeeding Made Simple—the most phenomenal breastfeeding book ever.”—Jenna Elfman, Actress. Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers by Nancy Mohrbacher gives moms a framework for mothering, not just breastfeeding, teaches mothers and mothers-to-be seven natural laws for successful breastfeeding. If you like this author, you might also consider her recently released book, Breastfeeding Solutions.

3.  The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers: The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solving Guide to Breastfeeding. Filled with the same practical advice that made the first edition a must-have for nursing moms, the new edition features updates on:
a.    Feeding a colicky baby.
b.    Breastfeeding premature and special-needs babies.

4.  The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding. Working mothers, stay-at-home mothers, single mothers and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book's range of nursing advice, stories, and information. Interspersed in the technical talk are mother’s stories – a chance to feel that you’re not alone in breastfeeding your baby. The “Tech Support” section is packed with answers to the most frequently asked questions about nursing challenges. While the book is based on the LLLI philosophy of breastfeeding, it isn’t preachy. Want a more philosophical read about mothering through breastfeeding? Try an older edition of this book.

5.    Bestfeeding: How To Breastfeed Your Baby. Mothers will find precisely the information they need to help their babies grow and thrive physically and emotionally as a result of breastfeeding. “For any woman who faces problems with breastfeeding—and anyone wanting to help her—this is the perfect book.” Sheila Kitzinger, author of Breastfeeding Your Baby and The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth.

6.   Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding. From leading midwife and the author of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth comes this deeply compassionate and comprehensive guide to making breastfeeding a joyful experience for both mother and child. Drawing on her decades of experience in caring for pregnant women, mothers and babies, Ina May Gaskin's newest book explores the health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding.

7.  The Nursing Mother's Companion. Breastfeeding may be natural, but it's not always instinctive, provides even more practical, reassuring advice and support for today's expectant and nursing mothers. An appendix on drug safety is a unique feature among breastfeeding books.

8.    Preparing to Breastfeed: A Pregnant Woman’s Guide by Teresa Pitman. By preparing yourself to nurse your baby while you’re pregnant, you can prevent some obstacles that are common after the baby’s birth. This volume is fairly short–at only a bit more than 100 pages–but it is packed with easy-to-read common sense about nursing your baby.

9.   The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk by Diana West and Lisa Marasco is a must-read before you wean your baby.

10.The Breastfeeding Book. If you’re interested in attachment parenting, The Breastfeeding Book by experts Martha Sears and William Sears is for you. Like other authors, they tackle common problems and what to expect with breastfeeding.

11. The Breastfeeding Cafe by Barbara Behrmann is like a breastfeeding support group in book form. You can read about how other mother’s met and overcame challenges and how they found joy in nursing their babies. Sometimes the best way to understand breastfeeding is through women’s lived experiences and this book provides just that.

12. Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More! Thinking about nursing more than one baby can be overwhelming. From the newborn to the toddler, this book will increase your confidence in nursing your babies.

13. Breastfeeding, Take Two by Stephanie Casemore is for seasoned moms who may be breastfeeding for the first time. Women’s stories are included in between chapters about the social milieu of breastfeeding, emotions surrounding mothering, goals and expectations and more.

Read about breastfeeding before and after birth. 

Jumat, 09 Juni 2017

What About Drinking Alcohol and Breastfeeding?

The risks of consuming alcohol while breastfeeding are not as well defined. The information mothers hear about drinking alcoholic beverages while breastfeeding is often contradictory. The effects of alcohol on the breastfeeding baby are directly related to the amount the mother ingests. La Leche League Great Britain recently posted a tip sheet about breastfeeding and alcohol. When the breastfeeding mother drinks occasionally or limits her consumption to one drink or less per day, the amount of alcohol her baby receives has not been proven to be harmful.

Alcohol also freely passes out of a mother's milk and her system. It takes up to 13 hours for a 120 pound woman to eliminate the alcohol from one high-alcohol drink. The effects of alcohol on the breastfeeding baby are directly related to the amount the mother consumes.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs considers alcohol compatible with breastfeeding. Reasonable alcohol intake should not be discouraged at all. The mother can take some alcohol and continue breastfeeding as she normally does. Prohibiting alcohol is another way we make life unnecessarily restrictive for nursing mothers.

The absolute amount of alcohol transferred into milk is generally low. Maternal blood alcohol levels must attain 300 mg/dl before significant side effects are reported in the infant. Avoid breastfeeding during and for 2-3 hours after drinking alcohol.

In an interesting study of the effect of alcohol on milk ingestion by infants, the rate of milk consumption by infants during the 4 hours immediately after exposure to alcohol in 12 mothers was significantly less. Chronic consumers of alcohol should not breastfeed.

Alcohol consumption has not been shown to stimulate milk production. As alcohol leaves the bloodstream, it leaves the breastmilk. Since alcohol is not "trapped" in breastmilk, pumping and dumping will not remove it.

Drinking to the point of intoxication, by breastfeeding mothers has not been adequately studied. Alcohol abuse by the mother can result in slow weight gain. The let-down of a mother who abuses alcohol may be affected by her alcohol consumption and she may not breastfeed enough. If you are concerned that you or someone you know is drinking alcohol excessively, call your doctor.

If consuming alcohol while breastfeeding is concerning to you, consider enjoying a non-alcoholic beverage instead. 

Kamis, 08 Juni 2017

Florida Approves Measure on Right to Breast-Feed in Public

In an action that is being hailed by women's and health groups as an important symbolic victory, the Florida Legislature has enacted what is apparently the first state measure guaranteeing women the right to breast-feed their children in public. By a unanimous vote, the Florida Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that amends the state's statutes on indecent exposure, lewd and lascivious behavior and obscenity to exempt and protect nursing mothers from arrest or harassment by law-enforcement or private security officials.

The bill also endorses breast-feeding as the preferred method of nurturing an infant and condemns "the vicious cycle of embarrassment and ignorance" and "archaic and outdated moral taboos" surrounding the practice. The measure has been praised by organizations like La Leche League, a breast-feeding advocacy group, which describes it as the first instance in the nation of a state's codifying support for breast-feeding. Ms. Baldwin, a Miami lawyer who is a member of the legal advisory council of La Leche League, said that she hoped other states would follow Florida's lead and added that an ordinance supporting breast-feeding was already in place in Kansas City, Mo.

In West Palm Beach, a woman told of being ordered to leave a movie theater when she began to breast-feed her child and in Jacksonville, it emerged, some public libraries had posted signs prohibiting mothers from nursing. The bill states that "a mother may breast-feed her baby in any location, public or private" that she has a right to be "irrespective of whether or not the nipple of the mother's breast is covered during or incidental to the breast-feeding." In debate on the floor of the House of Representatives, some legislators expressed concern that Mr. de Grandy's bill might grant legal protection to women to appear topless in public, either on beaches or in nude dance clubs. Nevertheless, the House approved the bill, 107 to 8, last month. The bill, she added, not only "gives mothers more security," but also helps "raise awareness through all levels of society."

"In Cuban culture, and in Europe, this is normal behavior, and women are encouraged to nurse their children," Mr. de Grandy, who was born in Cuba and has also lived in Spain said. 

Breastfeeding A Premature Baby

Having a premature baby can be a worrying and stressfull time for new parents. Breastfeeding is great for all newborns, but it's even more important if your baby arrives early. Learning to breastfeed a premature baby can be a trying and stressful experience.
Many mothers of premature babies can encounter many challenges in establishing breastfeeding. At many hospitals it's standard practice to start off feeding very premature babies expressed breast milk through a nasogastric (NG) tube (known as gavage). Here are 7 things you need to know about breastfeeding your premature baby:

1.    You'll work closely with the hospital staff overseeing your baby's care on a plan to feed your pumped breast milk to your baby. The breastmilk you produce for your premature baby is different as compared to if your baby was born full term, is important for your baby. Once your baby is able to start nursing at the breast, be prepared to nurse frequently, although preemies may not take in much milk at each feeding until they're closer to term. Formula feeding is associated with lower long term IQ outcomes in premature babies as compared to breastfed premature babies.

2.    Kangaroo care is especially important for your premature baby:
  1. Helps your baby to maintain normal body temperature.
  2. Helps your baby to remain calm.
  3. Gives your baby the opportunity to try to attach to your breast.
  4. Assists with bonding between you and your baby. 
3.    Premature babies typically have less endurance and ability than term babies to feed effectively at the breast. So, while your baby grows stronger and more mature, expressing can form an important part of establishing your supply and providing your premature baby with your breastmilk. Breast massage and compression while expressing and skin-to-skin contact with your baby help to increase the amount of milk you express.

4.  Introducing the breast can vary depending on how preemie your baby is. Some premature babies can breastfeed from 32 weeks gestation, while others take longer than expected.

5.    The underarm or ‘football’ hold, with your baby supported up on a pillow, works well for many mothers with premature babies. Brushing your nipple of your baby’s top lip can encourage her to open her mouth wide. Seeing a lactation consultant can provide you with more tips about positioning and attaching your premature baby.

6.    Using nipple shields can help. Premature babies have immature intra-oral sucking pressures which can reduce the amount of milk they get while breastfeeding. For premature babies, a nipple shield may help with attachment to the breast and can improve the amount of milk they get.

Rabu, 07 Juni 2017

Baby Schedules For 3- And 4-Month-Olds

You'll learn to read your baby's cues to develop a pattern of eating, sleeping, and playing that meets your little one's needs and works for your family. As you're creating a schedule for your baby, keep in mind that at 3 and 4 months most babies need time for playing, developing important muscles, working on new skills and interacting with you.

As your baby learns to sleep for longer stretches at a time, get tips on how you can establish good sleep habits. Baby massage can be a great way to strengthen your baby’s growing muscles. 

16 Breastfeeding Myths—and The Truth!

Here are common myths about breastfeeding—busted!

1.         If you have small breasts, you won't produce enough milk to feed your baby. Truth: Size doesn't matter! "The breast tissue you need to nurse a baby grows in response to pregnancy regardless of your breast size," says Judith Lauwers, I.B.C.L.C., a spokeswoman for the International Lactation Consultant Association. So rest assured that whether you're an A or D cup, your breasts are capable of providing your baby with the milk she needs.

2.         You won't be able to breastfeed if you've had breast-augmentation or breast-reduction surgery. Truth: Not necessarily. "These days, implants are usually inserted near the armpit or under the breast tissue or chest muscle, which shouldn't interfere with breastfeeding," says Carol Huotari, I.B.C.L.C., manager of the Center for Breastfeeding Information at La Leche League International.

3.         You must eat only bland foods while breastfeeding. By the time the foods you eat have been digested and used to make breast milk, the potentially upsetting elements have been broken down and shouldn't affect your baby at all. In other words, if you eat cabbage, it's unlikely that it will make your baby gassy. And if you indulge in some spicy salsa, your baby probably won't refuse to nurse. As Haldeman of The Pump Station says: "Women in India eat really hot curry and their babies still breastfeed. And there is research that shows babies actually prefer garlicky milk." Many breastfeeding moms swear by the wait-and-see approach: Don't alter your diet at all and see if your baby has a problem. "If necessary, keep a food diary, and if your baby is fussy two to 12 hours after you've eaten a certain food, cut it out of your diet for a while," Huotari says.

4.         You need to nurse every two hours around the clock—no more, no less—to make sure that your baby gets enough to eat. You can schedule a weight check with your pediatrician if you're worried that your baby isn't getting enough to eat.

5.         If you give your baby bottles of pumped milk, she will refuse the breast. Truth: Most babies switch between breast and bottle with no problem.

6.         You shouldn't nurse if you have a blocked duct. "It usually happens when the baby's nursing patterns change and the breast becomes overfull," Lauwers says. "For instance, when a baby starts taking longer naps, eating solid foods and sleeping through the night, she may nurse less frequently, which can lead to blocked ducts." Besides frequent nursing, applying heat—in the form of a heating pad—before nursing can help clear a duct. "It's not going to hurt your baby."

7.         A breastfed baby won't sleep through the night until she starts eating solids. Truth: Your baby will sleep through the night when she's ready. That said, breastfed babies do need to be fed more frequently than formula-fed babies in the early months because breast milk is digested more quickly than formula. "As long as your baby is getting enough to eat, she'll sleep for as long as she's meant to sleep."

8.        Breastfeeding is a reliable form of birth control. Truth: If you're not ready to be pregnant again, don't rely on breastfeeding for birth control. However, if you're breastfeeding exclusively, if your baby is younger than 6 months and if your period hasn't resumed, the so-called lactation amenorrhea method can be 98 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. "But if all three of those criteria are not met, or if you're letting your baby use a pacifier [which can make a baby suck less often or less intensely when on the breast, in turn affecting your hormone production], breastfeeding should not be used as contraception," Lauwers says.

9.         Once you go back to work, you'll have to wean. Truth: Hogwash!
"If you commit to pumping, you can give your baby breast milk for as long as you wish," Haldeman says.

10.      Breastfeeding your child for more than one year makes weaning difficult.Babies are individuals, and some just want to nurse longer than others," Lauwers says.

11.      Your boobs will forever look like tube socks. Truth: Some women may notice a change in the shape of their breasts after breastfeeding, but pregnancy, not just nursing, is the culprit.

12.      It'll make your baby clingy and dependent. Truth: Quite the opposite. "Studies have shown that babies who benefit from the attachment of breastfeeding tend to be more independent later in life," says Bettina Forbes, a certified lactation counselor and cofounder of the Best for Babes Foundation, an organization dedicated to changing cultural taboos that surround nursing.

13.      You have to stop if you get sick. In fact, by nursing while you're sick you pass along protective antibodies, helping your little guy stay healthy.

14.      You can't take any meds. Truth: While some medications are verboten because they could pass through your breast milk to your baby, Berens says many are just fine.

15.      Exercise will turn your milk sour. Truth: Not as far as your baby is concerned.

16.      Weaning is the worst. Start by subbing in a bottle of breast milk during your sweetie's least favorite feeding and do it gradually to give both your body and your baby time to adjust.