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Finger Feeding

by Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC Introduction Finger feeding is a technique which allows you to feed the baby without giving the baby an artificial nipple. Finger feeding is also a method which helps train the baby to take the breast. If you want to breastfeed successfully, it is better to avoid the use of artificial nipples before your milk supply is well established. Finger feeding may be used if: » Read more

Diflucan(Fluconazole) Treatment

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One of the Five Percent Coping with Low Milk Supply

With tears in my eyes, I reluctantly gave my son his first bottle of formula. I sat there asking myself why I was crying. It wasn't guilt. I knew I had nothing to feel guilty about. My child was losing weight and my doctor and my lactation consultant both said it was necessary to supplement. It wasn't what other people thought. I was never one to care about what others thought. » Read more

Colic in the Breastfed Baby

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Breastmilk And Booze - Do The Two Mix?

Did you know there’s a new product on the market that enables you to test you breast milk for the presence of alcohol? And did you know that it’s completely unnecessary? Designed by two moms, Milkscreen works as follows: Saturate the test pad with some breast milk, wait two minutes, and if the pad changes color, voila! Alcohol is present in your milk. » Read more

Breastfeeding Starting Out Right

by Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC Breastfeeding is the natural, physiologic way of feeding infants and young children milk, and human milk is the milk made specifically for human infants. Formulas made from cow's milk or soy beans (most of them) are only superficially similar, and advertising which states otherwise is misleading. Breastfeeding should be easy and trouble free for most mothers. A good start helps to assure breastfeeding is a happy experience for both mother and baby. » Read more

Breastfeeding - Handling Criticism

  Feelings about how to parent seem to shift with every generation.  A new way of parenting, sometimes called attachment parenting, has emerged and it challenges many of the rigid teachings of our mother's generation.  Although breastfeeding is on the rise now, women are still dealing with the repercussions of previous generations.  Not too long ago mainstream women did not breastfeed at all and the ones that did were taught to follow strict schedules. » Read more

Breastfeeding in Public

By Elizabeth Pantley, Author of Gentle Baby Care In many parts of the world, the sight of a nursing mother is an ordinary aspect of daily life. In our society, however, some people are still uncomfortable seeing a mother breastfeed in public. Slowly but surely, though, people are coming to see breastfeeding as the natural, normal way of feeding a baby that it is. And thanks to public education campaigns, people are becoming more knowledgeable about the many benefits of breastfeeding. » Read more

Breastfeeding and Other Foods

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Breastfeeding and Jaundice

by Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC Introduction Jaundice is due to a buildup in the blood of bilirubin, a yellow pigment which comes from the breakdown of old red blood cells. It is normal for red blood cells to break down, but the bilirubin formed does not usually cause jaundice because the liver metabolizes it and gets rid of it into the gut. » Read more