Domperidone

Domperidone can be very useful to increase the mother’s milk supply and, more importantly, milk flow from the mother to the baby.   An important point: If all mothers had the best start with breastfeeding from the very start, as few interventions as is reasonable during labour and...

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When the baby does not yet latch on

When a baby does not latch on, it can be very distressing for the mother, her partner, for the hospital staff, and for the rest of the family. A baby who does not latch on represents the third most common problem we see in our clinic, not far...

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When it hurts to breastfeed Part 2

Breast or nipple pain in a breastfeeding mother is never normal nor should it be dismissed as insignificant or not worth looking into. Breast and nipple pain have a cause – most frequently related to the way the baby latches on to the breast –...

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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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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: 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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