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Breastfeeding a Toddler

Because more and more women are now breastfeeding their babies, more and more are also finding that they enjoy breastfeeding enough to want to continue longer than the usual few months they initially thought they would. UNICEF has long encouraged breastfeeding for two years and longer, and the American Academy of Pediatrics is now on record as encouraging mothers to nurse at least one year and as long after as both mother and baby desire. Even the Canadian Paediatric Society, in its latest feeding statement acknowledges that women may want to breastfeed for two years or longer and Health Canada...

Will Breastfeeding Give Your Child Cavities?

Breastfed children have far fewer dental cavities than those who are bottle-fed. This includes nursing caries as well as other cavities. The unfortunate term "nursing caries" refers to a typical pattern of dental decay seen when juice, formula or breast milk sits in the mouth frequently for extended periods. Nighttime snacks are highly cavity-causing because saliva is not very mobile during sleep, leaving baby without its rinsing and antibacterial qualities. Juice bottles by far promote the greatest number of nursing caries and should never be given at night. Both breastfed and bottle-fed infants have a need for comfort nursing. The...

Breastfeeding Trial

Moments after he was born, I lifted my newborn son to my breast. He nursed beautifully for fifteen minutes, the perfect end to the perfect birth. Ha! Somewhere in those blissful first hours, the nursing know-how came and went, because he didn't nurse again for three days. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. We didn't worry much about his lack of interest for the first twenty-four hours or so, but as my breasts became increasingly engorged, and he grew increasingly hungry, it looked as though something ought to be done. I was propped up comfortably in a quiet, dimly lit...

Breastfeeding - Starting Out Right

Breastfeeding is the natural, physiologic way of feeding infants and young children, and human milk is the milk made specifically for human infants. Formulas made from cow’s milk or soybeans (most formulas, even “designer formulas”) are only superficially similar, and advertising which states otherwise is misleading. Breastfeeding should be easy and trouble free for most mothers. A good start helps to ensure breastfeeding is a happy experience for both mother and baby. The vast majority of mothers are perfectly capable of breastfeeding their babies exclusively for about six months. In fact, most mothers produce more than enough milk. Unfortunately, outdated...

Equal Opportunity for Babies: Breastfeeding as a Strategic Priority

In March 2005 in Canberra, three MPs decided to breastfeed their babies while in Parliament House. This could have stimulated wider understanding of the far-reaching importance of breastfeeding for human health and well-being. Yet despite some stir in the media, the underlying issue of equal opportunity for babies was not recognized. These infants (officially "strangers in the House") could have reminded legislators of all those who are disadvantaged at their most vulnerable ages by social policies that effectively prevent their mothers from breastfeeding them. For long-term national and individual well-being, we should support mothers who wish to follow this natural...

Breastfeeding Baby Refuses Bottle

I understand your concerns - in fact I remember when I had this same question years ago. I'll try to give you the information that helped me to better understand and to meet my son's needs. It can be worrisome for loving parents to think that their baby may be in a situation in which an important need such as hunger cannot be satisfied. However, a bottle is not a good solution. Many babies will suck only from one or the other, breast or bottle. One reason for this is that the sucking method is, surprisingly, quite different. A baby...

Some Breastfeeding Myths

1. Many women do not produce enough milk. Not true! The vast majority of women produce more than enough milk. Indeed, an overabundance of milk is common. Most babies that gain too slowly, or lose weight, do so not because the mother does not have enough milk, but because the baby does not get the milk that the mother has. The usual reason that the baby does not get the milk that is available is that he is poorly latched onto the breast. This is why it is so important that the mother be shown, on the first day, how...

Returning to Work or School

Once you successfully make it through the early weeks of breastfeeding, and manage to overcome any problems you may have had in the beginning (soreness, engorgement, hormonal rushes, etc.) you usually experience a ‘honeymoon period’. Just at the point when you are beginning to get the hang of this whole mothering thing and are settling into a routine, it is time to go back to work or school. Although many working mothers used to nurse for a few weeks and then wean before they returned to work, more and more moms are choosing to continue to nurse after they return...

More Breastfeeding Myths

1. A breastfeeding mother has to be obsessive about what she eats. Not true! A breastfeeding mother should try to eat a balanced diet, but neither needs to eat any special foods nor avoid certain foods. A breastfeeding mother does not need to drink milk in order to make milk. A breastfeeding mother does not need to avoid spicy foods, garlic, cabbage or alcohol. A breastfeeding mother should eat a normal healthful diet. Although there are situations when something the mother eats may affect the baby, this is unusual. Most commonly, "colic", "gassiness" and crying can be improved by changing...

Breastfeeding and the Children and Families Commission

Children are born healthy: Breastfeeding (through lactational amenorrhea) is nature's way of providing optimal child spacing, thereby improving the chances for a healthy pregnancy and healthy, full term infant. Promoting and supporting breastfeeding can help reduce unwanted pregnancies. Learning about breastfeeding includes learning about nutrition, childcare, health and a woman's own body - all of which contribute to a healthier family. Children remain healthy: Research has confirmed that breastfed infants have fewer infections, less chronic diseases, less need for hospitalizations, medications and other healthcare resources. The components of breastmilk have been shown to both fight infection directly and to play...