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, only with those that seem to cause the most problems...

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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 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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