Gastroenteritis in the Breastfed Baby

This article specifically discusses infection of the gastrointestinal tract because it is the most common acute infant illness that too many physicians and other health professionals insist require the mothers to interrupt breastfeeding.  Unfortunately, any and all possible acute infections in their breastfeeding baby or toddler...

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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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Maternal Medications and Breastfeeding

Here is one of the most common breastfeeding 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....

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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 (see references at bottom) from Scandinavia clearly show that babies can go to the breast well before 30 weeks gestation and as early as 27 weeks...

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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 woman who is pregnant and wishes to help in breastfeeding the baby Another relationship, often transgender, where one or...

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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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