Lesley caught that cold that's been going around—the really nasty one that's been laying everybody up in bed for days. She wrote wondering what she could take that would be safe while breastfeeding. She also wondered how long her breastmilk will last if she doesn't nurse for a couple of days. Wow, she must be sick if she can't even breastfeed. Poor Lesley. You can take ibuprofen and Tylenol for sure. Ask your pharmacist or doctor before you take anything else though.
Chances are you’re pretty well aware of breastfeeding’s benefits. Most likely, your doctor has told you that breast milk is the best form of nutrition for your baby and that breastfed babies get sick less often. She also may have mentioned that nursing burns calories (hooray!) and that it lowers your risk for breast and ovarian cancers. Plus, it promotes bonding with your infant.
Like many pregnant women, Joy Chudacoff fully intended to nurse her baby. To help ensure success, she read two books on the subject and attended breastfeeding classes—all before having the baby. “I thought that I would have Jack, he would latch on and all would be well,” says the 42-year-old mother from Marina del Rey, Calif.
A mother nursing her baby — it’s one of the most beautiful images nature could create. It’s also one of the simplest. Breastfeeding is so natural, in fact, that we’ve been doing it for millions of years. (Indeed, without it, the human race wouldn’t have survived.)
Recently I saw a magazine article illustrating the basics of breastfeeding. It was titled “Breastfeeding Bliss.” I laughed out loud. As the first-time mother of an active 12-week-old boy, bliss wasn’t the first word that came to mind when I thought about my own early efforts to breastfeed.
When Marcie Richardson first developed mastitis, she pretty much took it in stride. As an OB-GYN, she’d treated dozens of women for this painful breast infection and figured this would be her first and last bout. As it turned out, though, it wasn’t—not by a long shot. She had four more cases in 10 months. And she had the infection three times while breastfeeding her second child.
Its normal for babies of this age to get full and gassy, but rest assured that as her intestinal tract matures, shell have a much easier time. That said, I have had great results decreasing a breastfed baby's gastric distress by changing the moms diet. Eliminating dairy products, eggs and peanuts can make a huge difference; these protein-rich foods can make breast milk harder to digest. If you do eliminate dairy and are worried about getting enough calcium, take a calcium-magnesium supplement.
No. If your baby had been allergic to anything in your system, he would have died before birth. Perhaps what your doctor meant is that your baby is allergic to a particular food in your diet. Your breast milk can contain protein fragments from foods, and if your baby is allergic to them, they can cause gas, rashes, reflux or other problems. To figure out if this is the case, eliminate from your diet the foods that are most likely to cause allergic reactions--dairy products, eggs, peanuts and soy--for two weeks. Then slowly add each one back in while monitoring your baby's reaction.
Reflux is a fairly common condition in which food and digestive juices back up into the esophagus from the stomach, often causing excessive spitting-up and, rarely, vomiting. Since your baby is breastfed, you may want to try eliminating such common allergens as dairy, eggs, wheat and peanuts from your diet; some women say they've had good success with this approach. If it doesn't help, your doctor may choose to prescribe medication for your infant.
Pregnant women often worry that breastfeeding will spoil the appearance of their breasts. Even in developing nations, where international agencies actively promote nursing, the fear of sagging breasts often prevents new mothers from following the recommendation to breastfeed, says Brian Rinker, M.D., an assistant professor of plastic surgery at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Studies have shown that any breast surgery, including biopsy, reduction or augmentation, may result in inadequate milk supply. Experts aren't sure why augmentation might have this effect, but there's speculation that the surgery could cause damage to the milk ducts or that pressure from the implants could harm the breast tissue. Whether the implants are saline or silicone doesn't seem to affect nursing success, but the incision location does.
Despite your best intentions, you're ready to give up: Breastfeeding has rendered your nipples a cracked and painful mess, and you can't take it anymore. Instead of treasuring those intimate moments of nursing your baby, you've come to dread them. But it doesn't have to be this way.
When I started a new job in the early '90s, Something stunning happened at my first staff meeting: A co-worker discreetly pumped her breasts during the half-hour gathering. This was no act of boldness, I later learned--simply business as usual at this particular office. After my son was born a few years later, I knew I could return to work and keep nursing without difficulty, given that pumping would be convenient (extremely so, obviously!) and no big deal to my co-workers.