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Breastfeeding Problems

Natural Ways To Boost Milk Production

Q: I’m nursing my baby but am struggling with a low milk supply. Are there any natural ways to boost my production?

Beating The Breastfeeding Booby Traps

The Best for Babes Foundation is the only mainstream nonprofit dedicated to Beating the Breastfeeding Booby Traps(R)the barriers that prevent millions of moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals.  Most moms want to and can breastfeed, they just need the right help to do it!  Co-Founders Danielle Rigg and Bettina Forbes will be answering your questions in our live Facebook expert day breastfeeding chat about how navigate and avoid the Booby Trapsfro

Help Wanted

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.

Keeping Abreast

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?

The Best Ways to Prevent and Treat Sore Nipples

Anyone who’s suffered from sore nipples can attest: It hurts. A lot. So much so, in fact, that despite your best intentions (not to mention a healthy dose of biting the proverbial bullet), you’re ready to give up. Don’t do it!

Booby Blunders

Though you and your partner may be thrilled at your breasts’ morphing form, their fundamental, most basic purpose is to provide sustenance to your offspring. Alas, the irony is that while nursing may be the most natural act in the world, it isn’t always easy.

Milk Duds

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.

Other Mothers’ Milk

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].”

Low Milk Supply

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.

Why Women Quit Breastfeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends women exclusively breastfeed for the first six months and continue breastfeeding (while introducing solid foods) for a full year. Hands down, breastfeeding provides the best nutrition and immunity support for babies and endless health benefits for mothers. Breast is best and most women start out strongly committed to doing their best.  And yet, the majority won’t make it to six months.