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How to prevent sore nipples when breastfeeding

How to prevent sore nipples when breastfeeding

It seems that most women assume that breastfeeding is painful during the first few days or even believe that it is necessary to wait for the nipples to “toughen up” but this is not the case at all. Nipple damage should not be part of breastfeeding as well as pain should not be part of breastfeeding.   What are sore nipples? Sore nipples from breastfeeding are wounds of bigger or smaller size to the nipple: at the front, sides or…

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Your baby’s three-month growth spurt: questions and answers

Your baby’s three-month growth spurt: questions and answers

As many of you know, a growth spurt, or sometimes also called a breastfeeding crisis, is a response to a clear increase in milk demand from the baby, who asks to breastfeed at all times and may be nervous, irritable and seemingly insatiable. Coincidentally, these increases in demand occur around the same time to all babies. This shows that it is a common, biological and necessary behaviour, that most of us go through. Some mothers may not notice it, but…

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Your baby’s growth spurt at 15-20 days

Your baby’s growth spurt at 15-20 days

If you have a baby between 15-20 days, you may notice that she is more restless and very fuzzy at the breast, doesn’t let go at all or wants to feed all the time, she may even have a milk reflux from the large amount she is drinking. It is very likely that you feel that something out of your control is happening and you feel confused or scared by this behavior of your newborn. Maybe you are imagining the…

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What is a growth spurt?

What is a growth spurt?

Your baby suddenly wants to feed all the time, is more irritated and fuzzy, cries, seems to want to feed constantly, but is struggling at the breast… And maybe you are thinking: Am I running out of milk?  But wait… maybe your baby is going through a growth spurt! Babies usually go through several growth spurts (some call them frequency days, in Spanish we even call them breastfeeding crisis) during the first 12 months of life, when their demand for…

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Bronchiolitis and breastfeeding

Bronchiolitis and breastfeeding

Bronchiolitis is a rather frequent lung infection during winter months in infants and toddlers. It causes inflammation and congestion in the smaller branches of the bronchial airways (bronchioles). In most cases bronchiolitis is caused by a virus. It begins as a cold (mucus, sneezing, sore throat, slight fever) and from the fourth day on, it spreads to the bronchi. This stage usually lasts between 5 and 7 days, although sometimes the cough persists for another week or two. What can…

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What is nipple confusion and how can it be solved?

What is nipple confusion and how can it be solved?

There has been a debate whether nipple confusion (or sometimes called nipple-teat confusion) exists or whether it is a myth. In reality, evidence and our experience in supporting thousands of breastfeeding mothers shows, there are all types of babies: those who can suck a teat, a pacifier/dummie and at the mother’s breast interchangeably without any problems and other babies, who are given one single feed from a bottle and seem to no longer know or want to breastfeed. There are…

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Breast engorgement

Breast engorgement

In another post from a few months ago we explained the coming in of mature milk after colostrum: this is a physiological process and takes place 24-48 hours after birth. But this process can come with complications and become a painful problem. Today we will talk about breast engorgement and how to solve it.   But let’s start from the beginning: What is breast engorgement? An engorgement is an accumulation of liquids: liquid, blood, plasma… in your breast in the…

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First hours after C-section

First hours after C-section

Currently, one in five babies is born by C-section in the world and although there is increasing knowledge about postpartum after this type of intervention, it is true that mothers may face similar difficulties and myths may appear that could affect the good start of breastfeeding. We are going to resolve the main doubts that mothers may have about the start of breastfeeding after a caesarean section.   If I am anaesthetised, do I have to wait to breastfeed? No,…

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Breastfeeding after a C-section

Breastfeeding after a C-section

The hospital routines in many countries still do not allow in many cases to humanize cesarean sections and make them less traumatic for the new family. The presence of the couple at birth by caesarean section is normally not allowed, nor is it possible to maintain a first contact with the skin that promotes a suitable start to breastfeeding. Mothers are transferred to recovery where they can be a few hours without their babies. And the parents may end up…

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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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