Many mothers wonder if they are latching their babies correctly and how to position their babies most effectively. Latch is how the baby attaches to the breast and it is important to get a a good latch so that the baby will be able to get milk effectively and prevent nipple soreness.
I received Florence Williams’ book, Breasts, for Mother's Day last year. It’s a fascinating book, whether or not you are someone (like me) who works with women and their breasts on a regular basis. Breasts turn out to be an incredibly complex topic which she explores from a variety of angles. I cannot do this incredible book justice in a blog post, but hope to share with you some of the information I found most interesting and surprising.
Many families wonder what to do when those first baby teeth come in. Can babies really get cavities? Should we brush our baby’s teeth? If so, should we use toothpaste? Floss? How often? If my baby does get cavities, then what?
I do not have all the answers, but hope that the tips and links below will be enough to get parents pointed in the direction of useful resources as they begin to explore this topic.
The big question - does breastfeeding cause tooth decay? - is not as straightforward as it might seem. From various sources I have compiled the following:
As we work to promote and encourage breastfeeding, a lot of emphasis is given to all of the reasons breastfeeding is great for babies. I will make that the topic of a future post, but today I want to focus on why breastfeeding is great for moms.
There are many things families can do to prepare for breastfeeding. While we never know exactly how the birth and other events in the early days are going to go, here are some things partners and other family members can do that will generally help get breastfeeding going smoothly.
There are many things moms can do to prepare for breastfeeding. While we never know exactly how the birth and other events in the early days are going to go, here are some things moms can do that will generally help get breastfeeding going smoothly. (My next post will be about how partners can help get breastfeeding off to a great start!)
Sore nipples are unfortunately a very common experience in the early days and weeks of breastfeeding. What is even more unfortunate is that many women believe it is something that they just have to live with and that it will go away on its own at some point. Sore nipples may be common, but should be taken as a warning sign that something is not going right. Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt! Most often, nipple pain and soreness can be alleviated with improved positioning of the baby for latching.
The early days and weeks breastfeeding a newborn are challenging in many ways. Especially for first time mothers, breastfeeding is a completely new experience and can feel very awkward. Add to that all the hormonal changes her body is going through to recover from birth and prepare for breastfeeding, and a baby who needs to be fed every few hours, including at night, and many new parents find themselves exhausted and wondering if they are doing this right.