Maternal Medications and Breastfeeding

Here is one of the most common questions I receive: “I have been put on drug x and have been told I cannot breastfeed. Is that true?”   The short answer is: Almost no medication taken by the mother requires her to stop or interrupt breastfeeding. The...

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Using a lactation aid to supplement

Supplementing breastfeeding with a lactation aid at the breast   Many mothers feel, rightly or wrongly, that they do not produce enough milk for their babies and end up supplementing their babies with donated breastmilk or formula. Their belief usually starts immediately after birth because in too...

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Breastfeeding the premature baby: Part 3

What about “fortifiers”?   I will start off by saying that when I finished my pediatric training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1981 I was a believer, more or less, in the way we did things with regard to breastfeeding the babies in...

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Breastfeeding the premature baby: Part 2

Premature babies cannot start going to the breast until 34 weeks gestation?   This is simply not true. Experience and evidence from Scandinavia clearly shows that babies can go to the breast well before 30 weeks gestation and as early as 27 weeks gestation.  Not only can...

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Breastfeeding the Premature: Part 1

If mothers and full-term babies do not get good help with the initiation of breastfeeding in most hospitals, and they don’t, mothers and premature babies get even less help and more undermining of breastfeeding.   Part 1: premature babies need to be in incubators?   This is simply not...

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Inducing Lactation

  A person might wish to induce lactation if:   They are adopting a baby They have a gestational carrier for her biological baby If they are in a relationship with another woman who is pregnant and wishes to help in breastfeeding the baby Another relationship, often transgender, where one...

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Breast surgery and breastfeeding (Part 3)

Part 3, evaluation of a breast lump   This article is part 3 of articles which discuss breast surgery done on the breast before the mother has a baby and breast surgery done on the breast at a time when the mother is breastfeeding.   When a breastfeeding mother...

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A Little Girl Breastfeeding

It is common to see little children, both girls and boys, especially if they themselves were breastfed, play pretend games where they breastfeed their dolls as well as many other toys, even cars and dinosaurs which are definitely not mammals.   Children learn by doing. Children's play...

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Breastfeeding After Breast Surgery (Part 1)

PART 1 As with surgery in any part of the body, surgery on the breast should be undertaken only if necessary and only if other tests (ultrasound, MRI, for example) or treatment have not been helpful in defining or solving with the problem. Unfortunately, many surgeons, even...

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