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Welcome to The Breastaurant FAQ thread. Here we have compiled the answers to some of the most often asked breastfeeding questions. Please feel free to post a new thread if the information you are seeking is not in this thread. We will add to this thread on a continuous basis, so please check back and feel free to pm me or post a new thread with FAQ suggestions or corrections.
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I have small breasts, will I make enough milk?
Yes! Breast size has nothing to do with milk production.
Can I drink alcohol while breastfeeding?
An occasional alcoholic drink while breastfeeding will not harm your baby. Moderation is key when drinking while breastfeeding.
How do I stop my baby from biting while nursing?
It depends on the reason the baby is biting. Are they biting because they're teething, bored, or have fallen asleep. If it's because the baby is teething, watch for change in movement from nursing and swallowing, to moving their teeth towards the nipple. Slide your finger into the mouth and stop the teeth from biting down. Offer a teething ring or a finger to be chewed on in it's place. If the bite happened because the baby is bored, pay attention and end the nursing session when the baby is done eating. If nursing the baby to sleep, make sure to unlatch the baby before he gets to the point of slipping back away from the nipple and biting down. While the baby is biting, the natural reaction might be to pull him off as fast as possible. This could cause greater damage to your nipple. Instead, pull the baby into your breast until they release on their own or slide your finger in and gently push their jaw open.
Why does my baby have green stools?
Green stools are not always a cause of concern, but if your baby is not gaining weight properly green stools could be a problem. Green stools can mean that your baby is getting too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk. One way to ensure that your baby gets enough hindmilk is to feed on one breast per feeding or feed on one breast until it feels empty before switching to the other side.
Does my baby need formula or water supplements while I wait for my milk to come in?
No. Your colostrum is enough. Colostrum,the first milk,is filled with lots of great stuff including antibodies which is why it is often called "nature's vaccine". Colostrum is important to baby and removing colostrum is important to your milk supply. Feeding baby unnecessary supplements could hamper his delicate appetite which could in turn make baby nurse less. It is best to avoid supplements of any kind unless medically necessary.
Does my baby need vitamin supplements?
In most cases, no. Your milk is a "complete" food. Even if your diet is less than ideal, your milk is very nutritious and the vitamins and minerals contained in your milk are readily absorbed in baby's system. Vitamins are not necessary unless your baby is shown to have a deficiency. Below are links that contain information on vitamins, flouride supplements and the vitamin D debate.
Can I nurse my baby while I'm sick?
Yes. Chances are the baby has already been exposed by the time you begin to feel ill. Your baby won't get sick from drinking your milk.
Is it safe to breastfeed my baby after having anesthesia?
In most cases, yes. To quote from medela.com "Many mothers have questions when they require anesthesia for dental and medical procedures and operations. It isnít necessary to delay breastfeeding after local anesthetics are used for dental work. Mothers may also breastfeed immediately after receiving spinal or epidural anesthesia. For general anesthesia, mothers can breastfeed as soon as they are alert enough to handle the baby, as this type of anesthesia also does not affect the milk. Physicians can prescribe post-surgery pain relief medications, both narcotic and non-narcotic, that are approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics for use in breastfeeding mothers."
Is it okay to give my baby a pacifier?
Maybe. If you choose to do so, you should be aware of potential problems. For example, studies have shown pacifier use can lead to early weaning, they can teach baby incorrect sucking(which can lead to sore nipples), regular use can contribute to lowered supply and slow weight gain and regular use can lead to early return of menses. If you choose to use a pacifier be aware of the potential problems they can cause and use it sparingly, especially in the early weeks when nursing often is so important.
What are the symptoms of mastitis?
The symptoms of mastitis are hard to miss. You will experience localized and sometimes intense pain in your breast with redness, sweeling and a hot area. Symptoms come on suddenly and are very flu-like (body aches, fever).
You might have a bacterial breast infection if you have; puss and blood in your milk, red streaks from the site of the infection, a cracked nipple with obvious signs of infection or sudden and severe symtoms with no traceable cause. Antibiotics will take care of a mastitis infection quickly, so it is important to see your doctor at the onset of symptoms.
Breastfeeding Related Recommendations-
Nursing Bras: Bravado, Playtex Expectant Moments
Breast Pumps: Avent Isis (Manual- very efficient & affordable), Ameda Purely Yours, Medela Pump In Style
Breast/Nursing Pads: Curity, Johnson & Johnson, Gerber, Washable 100% Cotton
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The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning
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Breastfeeding Pure & Simple
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The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers : The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solution Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America
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Mothering Your Nursing Toddler
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Dr. Mom's Guide to Breastfeeding
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