Plagiocephaly and lactation

Plagiocephaly and lactation

What is plagiocephaly? Plagiocephaly is an asymmetry of the baby’s head that occurs in about 10% of breastfed babies. Within the normal check-ups of the infant, several tests are performed to identify certain asymmetries such as the folds of the thighs among others. The same occurs in the head, where in addition to measuring the circumference to determine its correct growth in size, an asymmetry can be detected in its oblique axes, which is called postural plagiocephaly or occipital plagiocephaly,…

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Tattoos and piercings during lactation

Tattoos and piercings during lactation

A recurrent consultation at LactApp refers to the compatibility of tattoos and piercings with breastfeeding.   Breast Piercings   Let’s start with the piercings which is easier and shorter. During breastfeeding or pregnancy is not recommended to perform any type of perforation in the nipple, because of the risk of infection and the pain it can cause. If you have a piercing in the nipple and want to breastfeed, do not have doubts, the answer is yes, you can breastfeed….

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How can I know that breastfeeding is already established?

How can I know that breastfeeding is already established?

“Hi, I’m a new mother and I have a doubt: how can I know that breastfeeding is already established? All those we consult tell us what happens between the fourth and sixth week of the baby’s life, others that after 15 days it is already established… How can we know?” We will try to explain to you what we mean by the concept of “established lactation”. The first thing we need to know is that babies learn to breastfeed in…

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Tubular breasts: what they are and how they can affect breastfeeding

Tubular breasts: what they are and how they can affect breastfeeding

Tubular breasts are a structural malformation of the mammary gland that leads to an atypical mammary structure and can affect a woman’s ability to produce breast milk. How to identify tuberous breasts? The breasts that develop in this way can be identified with the naked eye by asymmetry and shape, because the breast can develop in a conical shape, with a clear scarce breast tissue in the lower part of the breast and areolas exaggeratedly prominent or ringed. The breast…

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How to know that everything is going well the first few days

How to know that everything is going well the first few days

Any mother could feel anxious about the first days of breastfeeding, when everything is new, and we are invaded by doubts and fears. In this post, we talk about what we can pay attention at the first few days after the birth of our baby and that it will let you know how things are going. Pain: For the first 15-17 days, when your baby latches on to your breast you may feel a pinching sensation, which should not last…

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My exclusive pumping with my two babies

My exclusive pumping with my two babies

Before becoming pregnant I had already been reading about breastfeeding, but I had read little about offering expressed breast milk until we were told that we were going to be parents of two babies. Researching about tandem breastfeeding, I began to see things about pumped breast milk, especially to give a little break to the mother with two babies. At that time I didn’t completely rule this possibility, but I did continue to be in the lead in doing exclusive…

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Colostrum, a treasure

Colostrum, a treasure

Many cultures have considered —and some still do— that colostrum is useless or bad and should therefore be avoided. In these cases, the baby is left for several hours, sometimes days, without eating anything at all or is fed with traditional preparations. But nothing could be further from the truth, since colostrum is a unique food adapted to the specific needs of a newborn baby.   Colostrum begins to occur between 12-16 weeks of pregnancy and sometimes its presence is…

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Is breastfeeding a mother-and-baby thing only?

Is breastfeeding a mother-and-baby thing only?

Breastfeeding is not a type of parenting. Breastfeeding is the natural way to raise your baby, the first 6 months exclusively, from there with other foods.   What does this mean? It means that, although the breasts are the mother’s and the sucking belongs to the baby, breastfeeding must be 100% supported by the couple, the family and society as a whole. Why? Because it is a question of humanity. Because that is what human biology wants, because breastfeeding in…

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Expressed milk – pumping vs breastfeeding

Expressed milk – pumping vs breastfeeding

There are multiple circumstances in which a mother decides to pump instead of breastfeeding directly, this means to express her milk either manually or mechanically and offer it to the baby in a bottle or other container.   When this option is considered, it can make it easier for us to know the hole process and some of the situations that can occur:   Is breastfeeding directly the same as giving expressed milk with a bottle?   We could say…

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All about nipple shields

All about nipple shields

A few years ago, nipple shields were kind of like the devil. The rule was “take out the nipple shields” and we encouraged all mothers to remove them as soon as possible. The nipple shields that were used a few years ago have nothing to do with today’s nipple shields, and that type of nipple shield did endanger breastfeeding.   Why? The oldest nipple shields were made of materials as varied as glass, silver or ivory. Nipple shields from the 70s…

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