When it hurts to breastfeed Part 1

Sore nipples are the problem we see most commonly in our clinic, neck and neck with the “baby not getting enough from the breast”, though, of course, unfortunately, the two problems often co-exist.   Sore nipples can almost always be prevented or if they do occur, they...

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Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk? (Part 2)

Our approach to increasing the baby’s intake of breastmilk when the baby is not getting as much as we would like is based on four principles:   1. When breastfeeding goes well it is easy and pleasant for the mother and the baby. When breastfeeding is not...

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Breastfeeding and Maternal Illness Part 2

See also Breastfeeding and Maternal Illness  Part 1   Some infectious diseases   A full discussion of all infectious diseases and breastfeeding could result in a book the size of War and Peace, so I will try to deal, briefly, with only those that seem to cause the most problems...

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Breastfeeding and Maternal Illness Part 1

Mothers are frequently told they must stop breastfeeding if they are sick, either acutely or chronically. In fact, it seems that maternal illness is taken as an opportunity to “give mothers permission to stop breastfeeding” instead of re-assuring them that they can safely continue breastfeeding....

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Breastfeeding the Sick Baby Part 2

When a baby is ill, either with an acute or a chronic illness, it is important to make every effort to ensure that the mother continue breastfeeding him. In fact, it is not only possible, but good for both the baby and the mother to...

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Gastroenteritis in the Breastfed Baby

Gastroenteritis in the breastfed baby (vomiting and diarrhea due to infection)    Because of a whole system of interacting immune factors present in breastmilk, exclusively breastfed babies only rarely get gastroenteritis. If they do get gastroenteritis, it is unusual for it to be severe. And the best...

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Breastfeeding a Toddler

There is no lack of “opinions” about the breastfeeding of a toddler. “If he’s old enough to ask for it, he’s too old.” “If he’s got teeth, it’s nature’s way of saying, it’s time to stop.” And not rarely: “Breastfeed a 1 year old? That’s...

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