The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Whether you’re planning to, trying to or nursing your baby as you read this, we can all agree on one thing: Breastfeeding exclusively for six months—as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)—is invaluable for the health of you and your baby.
According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stats, 74 percent of new moms agree and start out breastfeeding their babies. But, by the six-month mark, only 14 percent are still nursing exclusively.
Q: I’m nursing my baby but am struggling with a low milk supply. Are there any natural ways to boost my production?
Even before her baby arrived, Lindsay Miller was planning to breastfeed. After her son was born, the first-time mom was thrilled when he latched on quickly and easily. But he cried so much in the first few days that she suspected something might be wrong.
“I realized after several phone calls to fellow moms and the hospital nurses that he wasn’t getting enough milk from me,” she says. “We gave him a bottle of formula and he sucked it down.”
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During the last month of my maternity leave, I would go to the local mall just to get out of the house. I rarely left my apartment during the first two months of my son’s life, so by the time I was venturing out with him, we had a pretty solid breastfeeding routine.
Breastfeeding is, undeniably, one of nature’s most natural, instinctive and beautiful acts, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with its fair share of challenges and questions. Here’s some confidence-building information that can keep you going when things get tough.
Q| Should I avoid gassy or spicy foods to help prevent gassiness in my baby?
Honest women will tell you that breastfeeding can be challenging, especially at first. While 3 out of 4 new moms begin nursing after giving birth, about 67 percent are no longer exclusively breastfeeding at three months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help keep you on the good end of those statistics, here are some of the more common difficulties you might encounter, along with ways to overcome them.
After Audra Murray’s twins were born at 30 weeks, her breast milk took its time coming in. A hormonal condition, coupled with the fact that the babies were too weak to nurse, wreaked havoc on her supply. “My milk took about two weeks to show up,” says Murray, 37, who lives in Newton, Mass. “I was pumping every two hours every day, but my milk didn’t come in until I took Reglan [a drug that increases the milk-making hormone prolactin].”
When I had my first child 11 years ago, I was confident I wouldn’t have a problem breastfeeding. Not only had my three older sisters proved that the Anderson girls were lactation mavens, but the books and experts told me so: All women are made to breastfeed, they assured me, and all breasts are up to the task. And, sure enough, Dylan latched on like a champ and never let go.