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Feeding Your Baby

Learn about the general guidelines for feeding your baby, whether it be from the breast or the bottle.

9 Tips to Simplify Pumping Breast Milk at Work

Having a newborn at home is work enough — pumping breast milk at work shouldn't add to your stress. If pumping is on your agenda after you return from maternity leave, follow these steps for a successful experience. read more

A Guide to the New Rules of Parenting: Why Babies Can't Sleep on Their Stomach and More

Parenting practices, trends, and tools are always evolving. If you're an expectant mom or grandparent who's more familiar with parenting trends from the disco era, use this list to catch up on today's written and unwritten rules of raising a baby. From the latest equipment safety guidelines to new feeding and sleep recommendations, quite a few things have changed in the past few decades! read more

Adding Cereal to Baby Formula

Adding cereal to a bottle to help a baby sleep is a myth. read more

Advantages of Breastfeeding to Society

Advantages of Breastfeeding to SocietyBreastfeeding is more than a personal or family matter, and the decision to breastfeed affects more than an individual mother-baby pair or a single family. Breastfeeding rates have a powerful impact on the whole society by affecting the health of mothers and babies, the economy, and the environment. read more

Advantages of Breastfeeding to the Father and to Siblings

Advantages of Breastfeeding to the Father and to Siblings You might not have considered the many ways your baby's father can benefit from being part of a breastfeeding family. Although fathers often worry that they will feel left out of the breastfeeding experience, the truth is that fathers are positively impacted when their babies are breastfed. The father of a breastfed baby will reap the benefits of a healthier partner and healthier infant. read more

Answers to Breastfeeding Questions

Answers to Breastfeeding QuestionsNew mothers want to know how often they should breastfeed. When your baby is just learning to nurse, it's best not to think about how far apart to space "feedings." The very term implies meals being consumed at predictable intervals. But an early breastfeeding session is less a meal than it is a learning experience that needs to be repeated at frequent intervals. You and your baby each have a lot to learn, and the way you learn is by practice. You are learning how to position your baby and how to present your breast. read more

Appetite and Growth Spurts in Your Breastfed Baby

Appetite and Growth Spurts in Your Breastfed BabyAn appetite spurt is the name given to describe a period of increased frequency of demand feedings by an apparently hungry baby. Other names for appetite spurts are "growth spurts" or "frequency days." These episodes occur with some predictability at approximately three weeks, six weeks, and three months, although they can happen at any time during breastfeeding. Unless a mother is forewarned about the occurrence of appetite spurts, she is likely to interpret her baby's hunger cues to mean she no longer has enough milk to satisfy him. read more

Autistic Four-Year-Old Still Using Bottle

Certain situations may warrant keeping a four-year-old on a bottle. read more

Babies and Solid Foods

Learn what types of solid food are appropriate for a ten-month-old. read more

Baby Food: To Buy or To Make?

Baby Food: To Buy or To Make? Homemade or store-bought? For some parents, the decision is easy: stock up on small jars of pureed fruits, vegetables, and meats. Others opt to do it themselves, preparing baby food at home. Even though time is spent in planning and preparation, homemade baby food cuts costs. But homemade foods for baby aren't necessarily nutritionally superior. read more

Baby's 'Daily Food and Symptom Diary

Use this chart to keep a record of your baby's food intake and any uncommon reactions. read more

Barriers to Breastfeeding

Barriers to BreastfeedingAlthough most new mothers in the United States begin breastfeeding, relatively few presently manage to fulfill the AAP's infant-feeding recommendations. Despite strong lip service in favor of breastfeeding, numerous societal barriers prevent women from beginning and continuing to nurse their babies. read more

Basics for Nursing Mothers

Basics for Nursing Mothers Although nursing is a natural instinct for both mother and baby, it is not unusual to feel clumsy at first. If you are open-minded, your baby can actually teach you how to nurse without much prior knowledge on your part. Just put the baby's little mouth near your nipple and he or she will find a way. read more

Birth Control After Baby: 5 Options for Breastfeeding Moms

Life with a newborn is wonderfully chaotic, so becoming pregnant again is probably the last thing on your mind. While safe for your baby, birth control that contains estrogen, including combination pills, Nuvaring, and the patch, can lower milk supply, so women who are breastfeeding are recommended to avoid these. If you want to leave your options open for more kids in the future, find out which non-permanent birth control methods are safest for breastfeeding moms, and discuss your options with your doctor to find one that works for you and your partner. read more

Birth Control While Breastfeeding

Birth Control While BreastfeedingMany women who relied on oral contraceptives before starting a family feel at a loss when it comes time to think about birth control again. We believe that oral and injectable hormonal contraceptives should absolutely not be used by nursing mothers. The estrogens contained in oral contraceptives can dramatically diminish the quality and quantity of a mother's milk. We recommend against other hormonal forms of contraception as well. read more

Bottle at Bedtime

Find out what you need to do to get an 18-month-old to give up her bedtime bottle. read more

Bottle Feeding 101: Everything You Need to Know

Bottle Feeding 101: Everything You Need to Know Need some tips and guidelines on bottle feeding your baby? Whether you plan on breastfeeding or formula-feeding, your baby will probably need a bottle at some point, even if it's just so Mom can have some "me time," or so Dad can take over night duty. Here's a helpful breakdown of bottle feeding from start to finish. What kind of bottles should I use? Let's talk equipment. read more

Bottles and Baby Teeth

Find out how to break your child of the need for a bottle to get her to fall asleep. read more

Bottles and Milk Production

The more often you put the baby to the breast, the more breast milk you'll make ("demand and supply"). read more

Breaking Away From Bottles

Breaking Away From BottlesI always dreamt that my babies would go directly from breastfeeding to drinking out of a cup, with no bottles in between. Well, it never happened that way. Tom and I were left with the task of weaning three children, all of whom loved their bottles and did not give them up readily. Everybody has to do things that he or she is loathe to do as a parent. Mine was taking away my children's baby bottles. Why? It comes down to convenience. read more

Breast Milk vs Formula

Breast Milk vs FormulaOne of the very first decisions new parents make, even before the baby is born, is how to feed their infant. Many health experts agree that breastfeeding is the ideal way, for optimum nutrition. Specifically, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for the first six months and then breastfed with complementary foods for at least twelve months. For those women not able to breastfeed or who choose not to, today's infant formulas provide a good, nutritious alternative. read more

Breast-Feeding Schedule

More frequent nursing will increase your milk production to meet the changing needs of your infant. read more

Breastfeeding 101

Your baby's first year is full of rapid growth and development, which require adequate amounts of calories and nutrients. One of the first decisions parents have to make about their new child's nutrition is whether to breastfeed or bottle feed. If you decide to breastfeed, these tips and suggestions will help make this bonding experience easier on you and your baby. read more

Breastfeeding and the Law: Know Your Rights

Breastfeeding and the Law: Know Your Rights A Massachusetts law will go into effect in April 2009 allowing a mother to bring a civil suit against any "person or entity" who violates her right to breastfeed in public. Although breastfeeding in public was not banned before this law was approved, no laws were previously in place in Massachusetts that actually protected mothers from harassment or penalties, according to La Leche League International (LLLI). read more

Breastfeeding and the Working Woman

Breastfeeding and the Working Woman Controversy still swirls around the issue of breast- versus bottle-feeding. If you're not sure which method to use, you can try starting with breast-feeding and switching later. Once you decide to bottle feed, however, you'll lose the breast-feeding option because your milk supply will dry up without the stimulation of your baby's sucking. Your success with breast-feeding once you return to work will depend upon your confidence with your decision, and how well you organize it. Combining Breast-Feeding and Working read more

Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding Basics If you've decided to try breastfeeding, start as soon after your baby's birth as possible. read more

Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding Basics Breastfeeding is a pretty tricky business for most new moms. How do you get that small squirming creature to behave? Plus, you can't "see" what's going in. I found reassurance in taking constant notes: what time my son ate, for how long, from which side, and how many wet diapers he had.Looking for reassurances? Dr. Hank Bernstein, a top pediatrician at Boston's Children's Hospital, answers basic questions about breastfeeding below. read more

Breastfeeding Benefits: Breast Milk's Nutrients and How They Help Your Baby Grow

Breastfeeding Benefits: Breast Milk's Nutrients and How They Help Your Baby GrowGrowth of Breastfed Infants read more

Breastfeeding Chart

Use this chart to record the number of minutes of suckling on each side, and the number of wet and dirty diapers your baby has each day. read more

Breastfeeding Diet and Health Basics

Breastfeeding Diet and Health BasicsTime Out for Mom With all that you have to do in a day, it's easy to see why you put taking care of yourself at the bottom of the list. Yet, ignoring your needs is actually counterproductive, especially for nursing mothers. Successful breastfeeding depends largely on how Mom treats herself. A poor diet, too little sleep, and too much stress can reduce the quality and quantity of your milk supply. Here are the basics of self-care for postpartum women. read more