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Breastfeeding Basics

Undress For Success

In case you haven’t heard, breastfeeding is a pretty rockin’ way to feed your baby. It’s cheap (no need to buy formula); it’s easy (no mixing or warming necessary); it’s “green” (no formula containers in the landfill); and it’s good for his body and mind (a lower incidence of short- and long-term health threats like diarrhea and leukemia, plus an IQ boost). It’s even good for you, conferring a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

Nursing In Public

The right clothes can definitely make the prospect of nursing in public a bit less stressful, as they’re designed for easy, discreet access to your breasts. Still, it can take some practice—and time—before you feel ready to try it.

Choose The Right Nursing Bra For You

 

Shop early—but not too early Nadine Harding, a certified bra fitter and director of sales and marketing at Bravado Designs, recommends buying in the third trimester. “We want your breasts to be closer to the size you’ll be when you’re actually breastfeeding,” she says.

Five Simple Steps To Breastfeeding Success

You can give your baby one of the greatest gifts possible by making the decision to breastfeed. Relatively minor ailments, such as ear infections and gastrointestinal problems, are less common among breastfed children, but so are long-term, potentially dangerous conditions, such as obesity and some childhood cancers.

Surprising Breastfeeding Benefits

You've likely heard that breastfeeding can confer some pretty impressive benefits to your baby—reduced ear infections and asthma, maybe even a bump in IQ among them. Turns out there are even more perks for your little one, not to mention for you, society and even Mother Earth.

A Smart Start

Breastfeeding is a good—no, great—thing. But as the saying goes, good things don't always come easily. Marathon feeding sessions, engorged breasts and sore nipples are some of the challenges you might face, especially in the first weeks, when you and your baby learn the ropes and your milk supply is established.

Can I Breastfeed

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Common wisdom used to be that breasts of any size are capable of producing ample milk. But new research shows that, while that’s mostly true, certain breasts may have problems—particularly if they don’t expand much during pregnancy, as ample growth typically indicates that the milk ducts are multiplying and growing.

Producing Milk

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This is a common concern among new breastfeeding moms, because unlike with a bottle, it’s difficult to tell just how much milk your baby is drinking. But here’s the good news: If you’re nursing frequently and effectively and taking care of yourself, you shouldn’t have trouble making enough milk.

Spicy foods

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Many a mom has heard that beans, broccoli, chili peppers, garlic and onions should be avoided like the plague while breastfeeding. But if you devoured these foods during pregnancy, they probably won’t bother your baby now, says Ruth Lawrence, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York and chairwoman of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Breastfeeding.

The Milky Way

Planning to breastfeed your baby? You should. Nothing compares to the intimate moments between a mother and her nursing child, and nothing—nothing—helps a baby get off to a healthier start in life. 

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