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MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information
BREASTFEEDING


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  • Breastfeeding Description
  • Benefits To Infants
  • Benefits To Mother
  • When Should You Not Breastfeed
  • Possible Problems
  • Medications
  • Breastfeeding Instructions
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Breastfeeding Considerations
  • Activity Recommendations & Restrictions
  • Notify Your Midwife or Health Care Provider
  • Breastfeeding-Related Links
  • Recommended Products






  • BREASTFEEDING DESCRIPTION

    New parents want to give their babies the very best. When it comes to nutrition, the best first food for babies is breast milk. More than two decades of research have established that breast milk is perfectly suited to nourish infants and protect them from illness. Breastfed infants have lower rates of hospital admissions, ear infections, diarrhea, rashes, allergies, and other medical problems than bottlefed babies.

    Babies should be breastfed for a minimum of 6 to 12 months. The only acceptable alternative to breast milk is infant formula (be sure to read labels). Solid foods can be introduced when the baby is 4 to 6 months old, but a baby should drink breast milk or formula, not cow's milk, for a full year (however, goat's milk is a good substitute for breast milk or formula since it is easily digested and closely resembles human milk in composition). There are not any rules about when to stop breastfeeding. As long as the baby is eating age-appropriate solid foods, a mother may nurse for 2 years or longer if she wishes. A baby needs breast milk for the first year of life, and then as long as desired after that.





    BENEFITS TO INFANTS

  • The primary benefit of breast milk is nutritional. Human milk contains just the right amount of fatty acids, lactose, water, and amino acids for human digestion, brain development, and growth. Cow's milk contains a different type of protein than breast milk. This is good for calves, but human infants can have difficulty digesting it. Bottlefed infants tend to be fatter than breastfed infants, but not necessarily healthier.

  • Because human milk transfers to the infant the mother's antibodies to disease, breast-fed babies have fewer illnesses. About 80 percent of the cells in breast milk are macrophages, cells that kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Breastfed babies are protected, in varying degrees from a number of illnesses, including pneumonia, botulism, bronchitis, staphylococcal infections, influenza, ear infections, and German measles. Furthermore, mothers produce antibodies to whatever disease is present in their environment, making their milk custom-designed to fight the diseases their babies are exposed to as well.

  • A breastfed baby's digestive tract contains large amounts of Lactobacillus bifidus beneficial bacteria that prevent the growth of harmful organism. Human milk straight from the breast is always sterile, never contaminated by polluted water or dirty bottles, which can also lead to diarrhea in the infant.

  • Human milk contains at least 100 ingredients not found in formula. No babies are allergic to their mother's milk, although they may have a reaction to something the mother eats. If she eliminates it from her diet, the problem resolves itself.

  • Sucking at the breast promotes good jaw development as well. It is harder work to get milk out of a breast than a bottle, and the exercise strengthens the jaws and encourages the growth of straight, healthy teeth. The baby at the breast also can control the flow of milk by sucking and stopping. With a bottle, the baby must constantly suck or react to the pressure of the nipple placed in the mouth.

  • Nursing has psychological benefits for the infant as well, creating an early bond between mother and child. At birth, infants see only 12 to 15 inches, the distance between a nursing baby and its mother's face. Studies have found that infants as young as 1 week prefer the smell of their own mother's milk.

  • Many psychologists believe the nursing baby enjoys a sense of security from the warmth and presence of the mother, especially when there's skin-to-skin contact during feeding. Parents of bottlefed babies may be tempted to prop bottles in the babies's mouth, with no human contact during feeding. But a nursing mother must cuddle her infant closely many times during the day. Nursing becomes more than a way to feed a baby; it is a source of warmth and comfort.

  • MoonDragon's Articles: 101 Reasons To Breastfeed Your Infant
    MoonDragon's Articles: Breastfeeding Advantages A to Z
    MoonDragon's Articles: Pediatric Malnutrition
    MoonDragon's Articles: Infant Formula & High Blood Pressure





    BENEFITS TO MOTHER

  • Breastfeeding is good from new mothers as well as for their babies. There are no bottles to sterilize and no formula to buy, measure and mix. It may be easier for a nursing mother to lose the pounds of pregnancy as well, since nursing uses up extra calories. Lactation stimulates the uterus to contract back to its original size.

  • A nursing mother is forced to get needed rest. She must sit down, put her feet up, and relax every few hours to nurse. Nursing at night is easy as well. No one has to stumble to the refrigerator for a bottle and warm it while the baby cries. If she is lying down, a mother can doze while she nurses.

  • Nursing is also nature's contraceptive - although not a very reliable one for every woman. Frequent nursing suppresses ovulation, making it less likely for a nursing mother to menstruate, ovulate, or get pregnant. There are no guarantees, however. Mothers who do not want more children right away should use contraception even while nursing. Hormone injections and implants are safe during nursing, as are all barrier methods of birth control. The labeling on birth control pills says if possible another form of contraception should be used until the baby is weaned.

  • Breastfeeding is economical also. Even though a nursing mother works up a big appetite and consumes extra calories, the extra food for her is less expensive than buying formula for the baby. Nursing saves money while providing the best nourishment.





  • WHEN SHOULD YOU NOT BREASTFEED

  • There are very few medical reasons why a mother should not breastfeed. Most common illnesses, such as colds, flu, skin infections, or diarrhea, cannot be passed through breast milk. In fact, if a mother has an illness, her breast milk will contain antibodies to it that will help protect her baby from those same illnesses.

  • A few viruses can pass through breast milk, however. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is one of them. Women who are HIV positive should not breast-feed.

  • A few other illness - such as herpes, hepatitis, and beta streptococcus infections - can also be transmitted through breast milk. But that does not always mean a mother with those diseases should not breastfeed. Each case must be evaluated on an individual basis.

  • Breast cancer is not passed through breast milk. Women who have had breast cancer can usually breastfeed from the unaffected breast. There is some concern that the hormones produced during pregnancy and lactation may trigger a reoccurrence of cancer, but so far this has not been proven. Studies have shown, however, that breastfeeding a child reduces a woman's chance of developing breast cancer later.

  • Silicone breast implants usually do not interfere with a woman's ability to nurse, but if the implants leak, there is some concern that the silicone may harm the baby. If a woman with implants wants to breastfeed, she should first discuss the potential benefits and risks with her child's health care provider or midwife.

  • MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: HIV & AIDS
    MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Breast Cancer





    POSSIBLE PROBLEMS

  • For all its health benefits, breastfeeding does have some disadvantages. In the early weeks, it can be painful. A woman's nipples may become sore or cracked. She may experience engorgement more than a bottle feeding mother, when the breasts become so full of milk they are hard and painful. Some nursing women also develop clogged milk ducts, which can lead to mastitis, a painful infection of the breast. Mastitis requires prompt medical care.

  • Another possible disadvantage of nursing is that it affects a woman's entire lifestyle. A nursing mother with baby-in-tow must wear clothes that enable her to nurse anywhere, or she will have to find a private place to undress. She should eat a well-balanced diet and she might need to avoid foods that irritate the baby. She also shouldn't smoke, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea and restlessness in the baby, as well as decreased milk production.

  • Women who plan to go back to work soon after birth will have to plan carefully if they want to breastfeed. If her job allows, a new mother can pump the breast milk several times during the day and refrigerate or freeze it for the baby to take in a bottle later. Or, some women alternate nursing at night and weekends with daytime bottles of formula.

  • In either case, a nursing mother is physically tied to her baby more than a bottlefeeding mother. The baby needs her for nourishment, and she needs to nurse regularly to avoid getting uncomfortably full breasts. But instead of feeling it is a chore, nursing mothers often cite this close relationship as one of the greatest joys of nursing. Besides, nursing mothers can get away between feedings if they need a break.

  • Finally, some women just do not feel comfortable with the idea of nursing. They do not want to handle their breasts, or they want to think of them as sexual, not functional. They may be concerned about modesty and the possibility of having to nurse in public. They may want a break from child care to let someone else feed the baby, especially in the wee hours of the morning.

  • If a woman is unsure whether she wants to nurse, she can try it for a few weeks and switch if she does not like it. It's very difficult to switch to breastfeeding after bottle-feeding is begun.

  • If she plans to breastfeed, a new mother should learn as much as possible about it before the baby is born. Doctors, childbirth instructors, nurses, and midwives can all offer information about nursing. But perhaps the best ongoing support for a nursing mother is someone who has successfully nursed a baby.

  • La Leche League, a national support organization for nursing mothers, has chapters in many cities that meet regularly to discuss breastfeeding problems and offer support. Most La Leche League chapters allow women to come to a few meetings without charge. League leaders offer advice by phone as well. To find a convenient La Leche League chapter, call (1-800) LA-LECHE.

  • MoonDragon's Breastfeeding Index & Resources
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Breastfeeding Problems





    MEDICATIONS

  • Most medications have not been tested in nursing mothers.

  • A nursing mother should advise any health care professional who prescribes a medication for her that she is breastfeeding.

  • Read the instructions on non-prescription drugs to see if they are safe for breastfeeding. Ask the pharmacist or health care provider if unsure.

  • Avoid all drugs of abuse if breastfeeding.

  • Some drugs can be taken by a nursing mother if she stops breastfeeding for a few days or weeks. To maintain milk supply, she can pump her breasts and discard the milk; baby can be fed formula temporarily.

  • Keep in mind, not all health care providers are knowledgeable or supportive about breastfeeding. If you are discouraged by a health care provider to not breastfeed your baby or told that you must stop breastfeeding, for whatever reason... please get a second opinion from another provider of your choice, midwife, or a lactation consultant. Do not be afraid to discuss it with other supportive health care professionals or support group leaders before you decide to quit breastfeeding. There may be other options open to you that have not been explored and you need to make an informed decision.




  • BREASTFEEDING INSTRUCTIONS

    It is helpful for a woman who wants to breastfeed to learn as much about it as possible before delivery. The following tips can help foster successful nursing:

  • Get an early start. Nursing should begin within an hour after delivery if possible, when the infant is awake and the sucking instinct is strong. If the infant is born at home, the midwife will encourage the infant to breastfeed within minutes after the birth as an aid for expelling the placenta and preventing blood loss in the mother. Even though the mother won't be producing milk yet, her breasts contain colostrum, a thin fluid that contains antibodies to disease as well as important nutrients the newly born baby needs the first few days of life. Breast milk usually comes in about the 3rd to 4th day after the birth.

  • Proper positioning is important. The baby's mouth should be wide open, with the nipple as far back into his or her mouth as possible. This minimizes soreness for the mother. A midwife, nurse, or other knowledgeable person can help her find a comfortable nursing position. Women with very large breasts and those with inverted nipples will need extra help in breastfeeding techniques and positioning.

  • Nurse on demand. Newborns need to nurse frequently, at least every two hours, and not on any strict schedule. This will stimulate the mother's breasts to produce plenty of milk. Later, the baby can settle into a more predictable routine. But because breast milk is more easily digested than formula, breastfed babies often eat more frequently than bottlefed babies.

  • No supplements. Nursing babies do not need sugar water or formula supplements. These may interfere with their appetite for nursing, which can lead to a diminished milk supply. The more the baby nurses, the more milk the mother will produce. A mother of twins or triplets are capable of breastfeeding her multiple babies with a little creative ingenuity and support from those around her.

  • Delay artificial nipples. It is best to wait a week or two before introducing a pacifier, so that the baby does not get confused. Artificial nipples require a different sucking action than real ones. Sucking at a bottle could also confuse some babies in the early days. They, too, are learning how to breastfeed.

  • Air Dry. In the early postpartum period or until her nipples toughen, the mother should air dry her them after each nursing to prevent them from cracking, which can lead to infection. If her nipples do crack, the mother can coat them with breast milk or other natural moisturizers to help them heal. Vitamin E oil and Lanolin are commonly used, although some babies may have allergic reactions to them. Proper positioning at the breast can help prevent sore nipples. Soreness can be caused when the baby does not have the nipple far enough back in his or her mouth.

  • Watch for infection. Symptoms of breast infection (mastitis) include fever and painful lumps and redness in the breast. These require immediate medical attention.

  • MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Mastitis

  • Expect engorgement. A new mother usually produces lots of milk, making her breasts big, hard and painful for a few days (nature's way of providing enough milk just in case there were multiple babies born). To relieve this engorgement, she should feed the baby frequently and on demand until her body adjusts and produces only what the baby needs. In the meantime, the mother can take over-the-counter pain relievers, apply warm, wet compresses to her breasts and take warm baths to relieve the pain.
    • I suffered terribly from engorgement with my five breast-fed babies... I swear we must have had some bovine (cow) throwback in our family genetics... I was a literal milk cow when my milk came in going from a small A cup bra size to a full D cup within a matter of a few days... So here are a few tips that I personally used in my breastfeeding experiences:

      I enjoyed taking warm showers and beginning under my arm pits, slowly and firmly apply pressure with both of my hands on each side of my engorged breast in an inward direction I massaged toward the nipple to express extra milk out of the breast while allowing the warm water to spray on the breast.

      Another tip I used to help engorgement was getting the baby to nurse on one side for a few minutes and then switching him or her to the other side for a few minutes. While nursing the first breast, I would apply a clean towel to the breast not being nursed to "catch" milk flow (for me, wash cloths were too small for the amount of milk that would begin to flow) created from the "letting down" reaction of the other breast being nursed (I seriously could squirt milk several feet from me, making a very wet mess... of course my husband thought it was hilarious). I may switch the baby back and forth a few times, easing pressure up on both sides until both of my breasts were comfortably relieved.

  • Eat right, get rest. To produce plenty of good milk, the nursing mother needs a balanced diet that includes 500 extra calories a day and six to eight glasses of fluid. She should also rest as much as possible to prevent breast infections, which are aggravated by fatigue. She should take care of herself and her body with the same attention and dedication as she did when she was pregnant.

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Infant Diet
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Pregnancy Diet
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Guide: Nutritional Content of Human Milk
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Index: Recommendations, Diets, Food Guide, Menus, Recipes

  • Relax and be happy. It is important to have and keep a sense of humor about birth and parenting. A relaxed emotional approach and a non-stressed environment to simply enjoy your new baby will go a long way towards breastfeeding (and parenting) success. The emotional state of the mother will also have effect on the baby. For a relaxed baby, the mother will need to keep herself relaxed. A stressed out mother will have a tense and fussy baby.

  • MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Stress


    Note: This information adapted in part from the FDA Consumer (the magazine of the United States Food and Drug Administration).




    NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments

    Essential
    Free-Form Amino Acid Complex
    As directed on label. To supply needed protein. Soy protein and free-form amino acids are better sources than animal protein.

  • Amino Acid Complex Products
  • Soy Protein Supplement Products

  • Helpful
    Calcium
    1,000 to 1,500 mg daily, in divided doses, after meals and at bedtime. This has a calming effect and needed by both mother and baby. Use calcium chelate forms. Do not use bone meal or dolomite, as these may contain lead.

  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • Magnesium
    500 to 750 mg daily. Needed to balance with calcium.

  • Magnesium Supplement Products
  • Bifidus
    Bifido Factor
    1/2 teaspoon daily, between meals. For mother. Boosts immune system and provides necessary friendly bacteria. Use only unchilled water in preparation.

    Produces lactic and acetic acid which lower the PH of the large intestine and deter undesirable bacteria. Protects the walls of the large intestine from colonization by invading bacteria or yeast. Inhibits bacteria which can alter nitrates into potentially harmful nitrites. Assists in the support of healthy liver function. Produces B vitamins that help the body complete the digestive process and helps to promote regularity. Bifidobacterium Bifidum assists in the absorption of calcium and other vitamins and minerals. Bifidobacteria lives on the intestinal wall, where it discourages undesirable bacteria from taking up residence and helps the large intestine dispose of unused food, helping to minimize elimination concerns. Natren's Milk-Based Formula contains natural lactulose, a specific food for the Bifidobacterium Bifidum which has been found to maximize liver support and proper elimination. The powder begins working in the mouth and gives benefits all throughout the digestive tract as well as the large intestine. Japanese researchers consider Bifidobacterium to be the most important beneficial bacteria for human health.

  • Bifidus & Bifido Factor Supplement Products
  • Life Start
    1/4 teaspoon daily, added to water or juice. For infant. Use only unchilled water in preparation. Life Start is a probiotic designed specifically for infants. It is made from Bifidobacterium infantis, the friendly bacteria most prominent in infants. Using Life Start stimulates better weight gain through nitrogen retention. Life Start may also help prevent a predisposition to allergies and encourage the formation of antibodies against undesirable bacteria and viruses - especially important for babies delivered by caesarean section.

    LIFE START: Life Start is designed specifically for infants, Life Start contains Bifidobacterium infantis, the most beneficial bacteria prominent in healthy infants. Providing 1 billion colony forming units (cfu) of Bifidobacterium infantis, NLS super strain per serving, Life Start encourages healthier weight gain through nitrogen retention. This is particularly important for formula-fed infants and for infants delivered by cesarean section (who do not have the benefit of acquiring beneficial bacteria as they pass through the birth canal). Pregnant women and nursing mothers may take Life Start along with their regular regimen of Healthy Trinity® to give their baby the best start possible. Life Start optimizes the health of infants as well as expectant and nursing mothers. Life Start works throughout your baby’s digestive system: Daily supplementation helps develop healthy bodies. Produces natural lactic, acetic and formic acids, to help promote a healthy digestive environment. Increases nutritional value by producing essential B vitamins. Stimulates optimal immune function in newborns. Assists absorption of calcium, vitamins and other nutrients. Even breast-fed babies need the advantages of Life Start to optimize health.

    LIFE START 2: Thousands of mothers and infants have enjoyed the benefits of the original Life Start. Recent research has proven the same bacteria found in Life Start and Life Start 2, Bifidobacterium infantis, has major benefits for all ages, especially people with abdominal discomfort. Cultured in goat's milk, Life Start 2 is specially formulated to work for adults' more mature digestive tracts. Life Start 2 is available in powder and capsule formulas. Each serving is guaranteed to contain 2 billion colony forming units (cfu) of Bifidobacterium infantis, NLS super strain through the printed expiration date. Life Start 2 probiotic formula is specifically designed and formulated for children, adolescents and adults with immune system hypersensitivity that leads to occasional diarrhea, minor constipation, gas and bloating. Helps relieve constipation, gas and bloating. Cultured in goat’s milk to facilitate easy digestion, particularly important for people with intestinal disturbances. Boosts the immune system. Helps alleviate diarrhea, cramps and abdominal discomfort. Enhances the absorption of calcium, vitamins and other nutrients. Available in powder and capsules.

    HEALTHY TRINITY: Healthy Trinity provides 30 billion colony forming units (cfu) of effective beneficial bacteria per capsule to enhance digestion, improve nutrient absorption, stimulate proper elimination and maximize your immune function. These exceptional probiotic super strains are also found in Natren’s Healthy Start System® of powders or capsules and, individually, in Megadophilus®, Bifido Factor® and Digesta-Lac®. The guaranteed potency and benefits of Natren’s super strains are not available from any other probiotic in the world. Only Natren® uses a unique oil matrix system that micro-enrobes three super strains of beneficial bacteria, keeping them separated, noncompetitive and protected from the stomach’s gastric juices. Healthy Trinity works to support your entire gastrointestinal (GI) system: Discourages attachment of undesirable bacteria in the GI tract. Produces hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which research has proven will inhibit yeast and bacteria. Helps alleviate occasional gas, bloating and upper GI problems. Produces organic acids that promote normal elimination. Enhances digestion of dairy products by assisting lactose metabolism. Helps maintain normal cholesterol levels. Assists digestion of complex carbohydrates and proteins. Produces B vitamins and enhances absorption of calcium and other minerals.

  • Life Start, Life Start 2 & Healthy Trinity Supplement Products
  • Vitamin B complex
    50 mg twice daily. All nutrients are needed by both mother and baby. Needed for production of milk and to relieve stress.

  • Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products
  • Brewer's Yeast
    Start with 1 teaspoon and work up to 1 tablespoon 3 times daily, taken in juice. All nutrients are needed by both mother and baby. Needed for production of milk and to relieve stress. A source of B-vitamins and Iron.

  • Brewers Yeast Herbal Products
  • Plus Extra
    Folic Acid
    400 mcg daily. Good for relieving stress. All nutrients are needed by both mother and baby.

  • Folic Acid Supplement Products
  • And
    Vitamin C
    3,000 mg daily. All nutrients are needed by both mother and baby. Helps immune system.

  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Bioflavonoid Supplement Products
  • Vitamin D
    400 IU daily. All nutrients are needed by both mother and baby. Aids in absorption of calcium and magnesium.

  • Vitamin D Supplement Products
  • MultiVitamin
    &
    MultiMineral Complex
    As directed on label. To supply a balance of nutrients important in formation and metabolism of bone and connective tissue and needed for healing. All nutrients are needed by both mother and baby. Use a high potency formula.

  • Multimineral Complex Supplement Products
  • Multivitamin Complex Supplement Products
  • Prenatal Multinutrient Supplement Products
  • And
    Iron
    As directed by health care provider or midwife. All nutrients are needed by both mother and baby.

  • Iron Supplement Products
  • Manganese
    2 mg daily. Take separately from calcium. Do not take calcium and manganese together, as they compete for absorption.

  • Manganese Supplement Products





  • BREASTFEEDING CONSIDERATIONS

  • Eat right, get rest. To produce plenty of good milk, the nursing mother needs a balanced diet that includes 500 extra calories a day and six to eight glasses of fluid. She should also rest as much as possible to prevent breast infections, which are aggravated by fatigue. She should take care of herself and her body with the same attention and dedication as she did when she was pregnant. Following the same healthy diet she did while she was pregnant is recommended plus the extra 500 calories in the form of protein (this is equivalent to a peanut butter sandwich on whole grain bread).

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Guidelines, Diets & Food Analysis Index
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Pregnancy Diet

  • Relax and be happy. It is important to have and keep a sense of humor about birth and parenting. A relaxed emotional approach and a non-stressed environment to simply enjoy your new baby will go a long way towards breastfeeding (and parenting) success. The emotional state of the mother will also have effect on the baby. For a relaxed baby, the mother will need to keep herself relaxed. A stressed out mother will have a tense and fussy baby.

  • The UCLA Medical School reported that mother's milk kills a tiny parasite (Giardia lamblia) that can cause intestinal disease in children.

  • In recent studies, mothers who consumed Garlic increased their babies' desire for milk, and the babies nursed longer. Garlic is good for both the mother and the infant. Kyolic Garlic from Wakunaga is an ideal way to consume garlic since it is odorless and therefore more "sociable."

  • Almost all drugs have been found to enter a nursing mother's milk, including acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, alcohol, amphetamines, antibiotics, antihistamines, barbiturates, caffeine, cimetidine (Tagamet), cocaine, decongestants, diazepam (Valium), ergotamine, chlordiazepoxide (Librium), marijuana, nicotine, and opiates (codeine, meperidine [Demerol], morphine). Some of the effects these drugs can have on an infant include diarrhea, rapid heart rate, restlessness, irritability, crying, poor sleeping, vomiting, restlessness, irritability, crying, poor sleeping, and convulsions. In addition, some of these drugs may accumulate in an infant's body and cause addiction.

  • In a study of new mothers, those who were trained and sent home from the hospital with a breast pump were found to breastfeed their infants longer than those who were given formula but no pumps.

  • Breastfed babies run a very low risk of ever developing meningitis or severe blood infections. They also have a 500 to 600 percent lower risk of developing childhood lymphoma and suffer from 50 percent few middle ear infections than bottlefed babies.

  • Breast milk contains high amounts of inositol, a B-vitamin that plays a crucial role in survival and infant development.

  • Women who undergo reduction mammoplasty (breast reduction surgery) and subsequently become pregnant can retain the ability to lactate and nurse. However, in one study only 35 percent of such women breastfed successfully, whereas 65 percent either did not breastfeed or discontinued nursing for various reasons. It was not disclosed whether any of these women were actually unable to secrete sufficient amounts of milk to nurse their babies. Women who are considering breast reduction surgery should nevertheless consider this if they wish to have children later on and hope to breastfed.

  • There are resources available to help women learn to breastfeed successfully and to overcome any problems that arise. Certified lactation consultants are practitioners who specialize in this area. Your health care provider, the facility where you give birth, or your midwife should be able to give you a referral. La Leche League is another valuable resource for the breastfeeding mother. This is an organization of nursing women that can serve as both an educational resource and a support group.
    • La Leche League International
      1400 N. Meacham Road
      Schaumburg, IL 60173-4808
      Phone: (847) 519-7730
      Website: La Leche League.org



    RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

  • Garlic & Kyolic Garlic Herbal Products





  • ACTIVITY RECOMMENDATIONS & RESTRICTIONS

  • Rest in bed until fever and pain diminish. Drink plenty of fluids. Breastfeed your baby as often as you can get him/her on the breast to keep the milk flowing out. To prevent plugged ducts, be sure to remove tiny drops of dried milk from the nipples and massage the breasts firmly to stimulate milk flow. If a duct becomes plugged, offer that breast first when sucking is strongest. Mastitis (breast infection) occurs when a plugged duct is left untreated. Mastitis can also occur if there are cracks in the nipple, allowing bacteria to enter. Be sure to wash hands and clean breasts before and after each feeding to help prevent further infection problems. Allow breasts to air-dry after feedings to prevent cracking.

  • Continue nursing on a breast with a blocked or plugged duct or tube. Cessation of nursing can increase the discomfort and endanger milk supply. But go carefully, nurse or pump every hour but just enough to empty the breast.

  • Right before nursing, use any of the warm compresses (see below under herbs) for five to 10 minutes.

  • Be sure to get plenty of rest. The blockage will usually clear within a few hours or overnight. Breast infections are almost always a sign of too little rest. Time to take a daily nap, and ten minute breaks every 2 hours: put up your feet, enjoy a cup of Violet Leaf (Blue Violet) infusion (or other suggested herbal teas seen on this page); relax deeply. It is important to nurse often, keeping the breasts empty to promote prompt healing. Note: The breast infection will NOT make your baby sick.

  • If you have further problems, contact your midwife or lactation consultant for more information and support.


  • RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

  • Violet Leaf Herbal Products





  • NOTIFY YOUR MIDWIFE OR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

  • You have any questions about breast-feeding.
  • You have signs of infection or problems breastfeeding your baby.


  • male breastfeeding





    RELATED BREASTFEEDING LINKS

    MoonDragon's Breastfeeding Index & Resources
    MoonDragon's Postpartum Care Information - Breast Care
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Guidelines, Diets & Food Analysis Index
    MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Breast Abscess
    MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Candida
    MoonDragon's Pediatric Information: Thrush
    MoonDragon's Pediatric Information: Neonatal Jaundice
    MoonDragon's Postpartum Care Index
    MoonDragon's Breastfeeding Information
    MoonDragon's Breastfeeding Problems & Nutrition Information
    MoonDragon's Womens Health Information: Mastitis
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Herbal & Holistic Information
    MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Postpartum Care
    MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Index


    POSTPARTUM CARE INFORMATION

  • Postpartum Care: Index
  • Postpartum Care: Weight
  • Postpartum Care: Diet
  • Postpartum Care: Bowel Movements & Urination
  • Postpartum Care: Bathing
  • Postpartum Care: Breasts & Breastfeeding
  • Postpartum Care: Perineal Care
  • Postpartum Care: Vaginal Bleeding (Lochia) & Menstruation
  • Postpartum Care: Exercise & Back Care
  • Postpartum Care: Sexual Intercourse
  • Postpartum Care: Contraception


  • PostPartum Visit: Day One
  • PostPartum Visit: Day Three
  • PostPartum Visit: Day Seven
  • PostPartum Visit: 4 to 6 Week Visit

  • Baby Care & Concerns
  • Fatigue & Exhaustion
  • Postpartum Depression (The "Baby Blues")


  • MoonDragon's Pregnancy Information: Pregnancy Information & Survival Tips
    MoonDragon's Pregnancy Index
    MoonDragon's Womens Pregnancy Health Information Index
    MoonDragon's Pediatric Information Index
    MoonDragon's Parenting Information Index
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information Index






    POSTPARTUM BREAST & BREASTFEEDING SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS


    Supplements and products for postpartum women (mothers of newborn babies) to help with breastfeeding and breast care for breastfeeding related problems.

  • Acidophilus Supplement Products
  • Alfalfa Herbal Products
  • Almond (Sweet) Oil Products
  • Aloe Vera Herbal Products
  • Amino Acid Complex Products
  • Anise Herbal Products
  • Bee Propolis Products
  • Bifidus Supplement Products
  • Bioflavonoid Supplement Products
  • Blessed Thistle Herbal Products
  • Borage Herbal Products
  • Brewers Yeast Products
  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • Calendula Herbal Products
  • Caraway Herbal Products
  • Castor Oil Herbal Products
  • Chamomile Herbal Products
  • Chaste Berry Herbal Products
  • Comfrey Herbal Products
  • Coriander Herbal Products
  • Cumin Herbal Products
  • Dandelion Herbal Products
  • Dill Herbal Products
  • Echinacea Herbal Products
  • Elder Herbal Products
  • Fennel Herbal Products
  • Fenugreek Herbal Products
  • Folic Acid Supplement Products
  • Garlic Herbal Products
  • Ginger Herbal Products
  • Goat's Rue Herbal Products
  • Hepar Sulphur Homeopathic Products
  • Homeopathic Breast Care
  • Honey Products
  • Horsetail Herbal Products
  • Iron Supplement Products
  • Lanolin Products
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    According to the Materia Medica the following remedies in Breast Help may be administered for the following conditions: Apis mellifica: Excessive swelling; Stinging, burning pains in the breast. Asterias rubens: Nipples retracted; Breasts swell, worse left; Axillary glands sollen, hard and knotty. Belladonna: Mastitis with throbbing, redness, streaks radiate from nipple; Breast feels heavy, hard and red. Bryonia: Breast-feeding disorders; Pain in breasts at menses; Mastits; Breasts hot, painful and hard. Bufo rana: Cancer of breasts; Induration in breast glands; Violent pain in breasts, especially at night. Calcarea carbonica: Breasts tender, swollen before menses; Breast feeding disorders; Deficient breast milk with distended breasts in lymphatic women; Nipples cracked, ulcerated, tender; Severe stitches in breast when nursing. Chamomilla: Breasts sore, nipples inflamed and very tender; Breast milk is spoiled, baby won't suckle. Chimaphila umbellata: Breasts disorders; Pain in breasts, sharp; Suppression of milk. Cinchona officinalis: Breast feeding disorders. Conium maculatum: Tumors after injury, cycts; Stitching pain in nipples; Breasts enlarged and painful before and during menses. Croton tiglium: Inflamed breasts; Nodes in breasts with pain from nipple to scapula; Breasts hard, swollen. Echinacea: Lymphangitis; Abscess; Fevers. Graphites: Breasts swollen and hard; Nipples sore Hamamelis virginiana: Sore nipples Helonias dioica: Breast disorders; Breasts swollen, nipples painful and tender Lachesis mutus: Breasts inflammed, bluish. Mercurius vivus: Breasts swollen Phellandrium aquaticum: Pain in milk ducts intolerable between nursing; Better while nursing. Phosphorus: Breast abscess Phytolacca decandra: Breast disorders; Mastitis, heavy, stony, hard swollen, tender breasts; Old scars Pulsatilla: Breast pain; Ruta graveolens: Chest pains; Bruised, sore Sanguinaria canadensis: Breast tumor; Sore and enlarged breasts at menopause Silicea: Breast abscesses.





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