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Teary Eyes

Teary-Eyes

Your son has a blocked tear duct. The first line of therapy is to massage the duct five to 10 times each day (use your little finger to gently stroke the inside corner of the eye, right next to the nose, using a circular motion). You'll also need to flush the eye several times a day. If possible, use expressed breast milk, as it contains antibodies to ward off infection. You also can use saline solution (make sure it has no thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative). If infection does set in--usually characterized by a red or swollen lower eyelid--call your pediatrician.

Smoking While Breastfeeding

Smoking-While-Breastfeeding

No! It's true that if you smoke, nicotine and other garbage will end up in your milk and may cause harm to your baby, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. (Secondhand smoke isn't good for your child, either, so if you're going to smoke, make sure you do it when you're not around her.) Also, do not smoke two hours prior to breastfeeding, if possible. But the benefits of breastfeeding--higher IQ and reduced risk of ear infections, diarrhea and some childhood cancers, to name just a few--far outweigh the negative aspects of smoking while nursing.

Breastmilk Toxins

breastmilk-toxins

Absolutely not. Granted, breast milk does contain trace amounts of the same chemicals found in cow's milk; our air, food and water supply; our very own bodies; and, yes, in formula. Yet it is still the "cleanest," best food you can feed your baby. And because of its newest additives, while formula may seem better for your baby than breast milk, it's not. So don't let your concern keep you from breastfeeding. Just eat the healthiest foods possible and drink clean water (bottled or filtered, if necessary).

Slow Weight Gain

Slow-Weight-Gain

No. I'd like to make three important points: First, children grow at different rates. Second, my impression is that most babies start to "resemble" the family's body type in the first year of life. Third, studies show that breastfed babies tend to be leaner than their formula-fed counterparts.

Heart Murmur Worry

Heart-Murmur-Worry

A heart murmur is a quiet extra sound that usually comes from turbulent blood flow through a tiny hole between the heart chambers or from the sound blood makes as it flows through the valves.

More than 50 percent of children have audible heart murmurs at some point in childhood; almost all of these conditions are innocent. An experienced pediatrician usually can determine that this type of murmur will cause no harm and that the child does not need to see a cardiologist.

Preventing RSV

Preventing-RSV

RSV is one of the nastiest respiratory viruses around, so I'm pretty comfortable recommending preventative shots for preemies and higher-risk babies, such as those with cardiac disease, immune system problems or asthma. While it rarely endangers healthy full-term babies or toddlers, they still can be at risk. So follow these prevention tips for all children:
•Make sure everyone washes his hands before touching your baby.
•Avoid people who are coughing and sneezing, and minimize your childs exposure to toddlers.
•Stay out of crowds.

Cold Sores

Cold-Sores

Cold sores are a strain of herpes, meaning they are extremely contagious and can recur, says Susan Grant, M.D., an OB-GYN in New York City. They can appear at any time, especially when your body is under stress or going through hormone fluctuations, making pregnancy a prime time for outbreaks. You may feel (but not see) a bump or notice a tingling on your lip, indicating that an outbreak is about to occur. But because it is a localized infection, there is nothing to worry about and no way for the herpes virus to pass through the protective placenta to your growing fetus, Grant says.

Soothing Baby's Tummy

Soothing-Babys-Tummy

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.

Period of Adjustment

Period-of-Adjustment

It can take anywhere from about seven to 10 weeks for nonlactating women to resume menstruation and up to six months for fully breastfeeding women, says Sean S. Daneshmand, M.D., clinic director of maternal-fetal medicine at the San DiegoPerinatal Center, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women. Why the difference? The babys suckling promotes the release of prolactin, a hormone that keeps you from ovulating, Daneshmand explains. But a woman must be nursing a minimum of every three hours around the clock, with at least 15 minutes per feeding, for ovulation to be prevented.

To Binky or Not to Binky

To-Binky-or-Not-to-Binky

Contrary to what many mothers and other experts fear, I don't think pacifiers interfere with breastfeeding; babies are smart enough to recognize that nothing comes out of them. Granted, a baby may choose a rubber nipple over a live one because its easier to get milk out of, but he wont choose a pacifier over a breast. Furthermore, when it comes to oral-comfort issues, introducing a pacifier is far more convenient than constantly offering your finger or breast; the latter also can lead to overfeeding.

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