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Hand Expression of Breastmilk

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    Breastmilk is the best nutrition you can give your baby.  In fact, breastfeeding gives you the power to protect your baby from many illnesses.  However, sometimes new moms need to start off by hand expressing their breast milk for various reasons.
   There are many reasons why new moms should learn to manually express their own breastmilk. Hand expression can give you as much breastmilk as a manual or electric breast pump.  It takes a bit of practice however, you will get a good amount of breastmilk.  If your breasts are too full, you can hand express some out and then allow the baby to latch on.  Some moms find hand expressing easy while others find it more challenging. 
   There are many benefits for a breastfeeding mom to know how to hand express your own breastmilk.   You can hand express when you feel:  baby is too tired, feel engorged, have Mastitis or many clogged milk ducts.   Find a comfortable place to sit to hand express your breastmilk.  Start off by washing your hands .  Find a container that is sterile to catch your breastmilk.  Massage your breast by stroking downwards toward the nipple.   Support your breast from underneath.  Press your thumb and finger towards your chest.  Space your fingers under your breast making a big C shape around your breast, about an inch behind the nipple.  Roll your thumb and fingers towards the nipple to drain your breastmilk. Do this a few times.  Squeeze then release.  Keep the rhythm going.  You can try to squeeze your breasts in different directions. Experiment seeing where to squeeze and how much milk comes out. By squeezing you breasts, you are stimulating your milk ejection reflex, releasing the hormone Oxytocin.  Once you finish expressing, you can give the baby the breast milk or save it for another time, putting your breast milk in the refrigerator or freezer.
     When babies end up in the NICU, some moms choose to hand express their breastmilk.  Try to sit near your baby because the baby stimulates your hormones that help with milk production.  Some babies are too tired at first therefore, hand expression your first milk, Colostrum makes sense.  Additionally, what may seem like a small amount of breastmilk is liquid gold for your baby, packed with lots and lots of nutrients.  A nurse or Lactation Consultant can help you learn the technique of finger feeding so you can do this in the hospital and even at home. 

     In conclusion, when hand expressing, remember practice makes perfect.  Have patience and slowly you will learn the technique of hand expressing.  Good luck and I hope it all worked out for you.

Tips For Traveling While Breastfeeding Your Baby

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      Breastfeeding is best for your baby.   Sometimes, a mom needs to travel with her baby while she is breastfeeding. It can get very tricky if you are breastfeeding and flying.  If a mom needs to travel without her baby, that can get even harder.  In fact, pumping and storing are real important while traveling.  Therefore, traveling while breastfeeding should be well planned out.
     Call your airline company before you travel.  Ask them about regulations about traveling with a baby.   The Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, recommends that babies under 40 pounds, be secured in a car seat.  However, it is not mandatory.
     Breastfeeding on an airplane can be done.  Make a list of what you need to bring.  Try to board early, so you can get situated where you will sit on the plane etc... 
     I liked to breastfeed and sit in a window seat.  I used something to put over me while I breastfed.  I know that other moms prefer an aisle seat, so they can get up and down more easily.  
     Here are a few tips that I recommend: Wear loose clothing so you can easily pull it up to breastfeed your baby.  Make sure to drink plenty of water and liquids while flying. Wash you hands before and after you breastfeed.  Be prepared to have some expressed breast milk available in case you need it.  Change your baby's diaper before the flight.
     Breast milk falls into the same category as liquid medications.  Tell the security officer at the counter that you have pumped breast milk.
      Some moms find it beneficial to breastfeed while taking off and landing.  This helps the baby's ear get unplugged and can ease the pressure in their ears.
     Bring extra spare parts for your pump.  Sterilize them before bringing them with you.  Keep them in a sealed bag.  
     Make sure that anywhere you travel, your baby is caught up with their immunizations.  Don't let too many people touch your baby unless they have washed their hands.
     A sling or soft baby carrier is helpful when you travel.  Try to book a flight when less people are on.  Off peak hours is a good choice if possible.  Help your baby out if your baby is crying inconsolably.  Get up and walk to the back of the plane to help soothe the baby if necessary so the baby crying will not disturb too many people.
     If a mom has to go on a business trip and cannot bring her baby, try to pump on a schedule that is similar to your baby's feeding schedule as possible.  Put the milk in a cooler immediately and refrigerate when you get to a hotel.
     In conclusion, be prepared before you travel.  If you stay organized, your trip will be more fun.  Breastfeeding a baby on a plane is possible.  Taking a business trip while breastfeeding can happen, as long as you are organized.  Enjoy and have a safe flight.

Check TSA for latest regulations:http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/traveling-children

Help Defeat Breast Cancer

     Please like my page and facebook page.  Thank you for stopping by to read my post.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.   Therefore, I decided to write another post on Breast Cancer.  I am sending my love and blessings to everyone around the world.                                 

     There are so many cancers in the world.  It is so frightening when one is diagnosed with cancer.  That is why it is important for every women to help yourself.  Helping yourself means getting mammograms when needed and recommended. Early detection saves lives.
      We have come a long way learning the signs and getting early detected to help cure this cancer and live a long life.   Breast cancer is most treated before it spreads and advances.  Simple changes in you life can help.  Eating fiber and antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables are important in your daily diet.  Maintaining a healthy weight helps.  Try to limit your alcohol consumption.  Don't smoke or if you do stop.  Try to get at least 30 to 45 minutes of daily physical activities.  Do regular breast exams in your twenty's and thirty's.  Get annual mammograms as recommended by your doctor.  Some recommend you starting in your mid 30's.  Though it is less common, 1% of breast cancer are seen in men.
     Family history plays a big part of when a women should begin so discuss this with your doctor.  Because of your family history, a genetic tendency or certain other factors, you may need additional testing such as an MRI,  Talk with your doctor to see what is the best course of action for you.
     Other things that influence getting breast cancer are:  using menopausal hormones.  This is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer.  The FDA recommends using medications at a low dose as possible for a short period of time possible because of this association to breast cancer.   Data also shows that women benefit to having children in their 30's or younger.  Some studies have shown breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of developing breast cancer.
     The Komen Organization urges women to watch out for these eight warning signs of breast cancer:
1.  A lump or hard knot thickening in the breast or under your arm area.
2.  Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
3.  Change in size or shape of your breast
4.  Dimpling or puckering of the skin.
5.  Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple.
6.  Pulling in of the nipple or other part of the breast.
7.  Nipple discharge that starts suddenly.
8.  New pain in one spot that does not go away.
     We have come a long way helping fight breast cancer.  There are trials going on to find a vaccine.  We are improving ways to assess risk in young girls with family history.  There are many groups designing weight loss programs.  There are new survivor groups so you can share your story and inspire others.  Many other trials are happening today.  Evelyn H. Lauder helped establish The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which is dedicated to advancing the world's most promising research to help eradicate breast cancer.

     In conclusion, maintaining a healthy weight throughout your lifetime is something that you can control. Try to exercise daily.  Eat a healthy diet filled with lots of fruits and vegetables.  Get regular mammograms.  Check your breast by doing your own exam to see if you feel any lumps.  Report any changes to your doctor.  Hopefully in our lifetime, we can see a cure for Breast Cancer.  Together lets defeat Breast Cancer.  To all the women fighting Breast Cancer, remember to take it one step and day at a time.  

     I am sending my love and prayers and I am thinking about all of you as you undergo chemotherapy or radiation etc...  I have been on this path of cancer with one of my sons, who is a cancer survivor so I know the pain.  If you ever want to reach out to me, you can send me an e mail at breastfeedingwithlove@hotmail.com.   Please take care of yourselves.  You are important and your family loves you.

Breast Cancer Support Groups

National Cancer Institute- 1-800-422-6237

MD Anderson Cancer Center- 1-855-302-5821

Susan G.Komen 1-855-276-9813

Breast Cancer.org

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome,PCOS and Breastfeeding

     Breastfeeding is best for your baby.  It provides the right nutrients for your baby to grow.  Even women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS, can breastfeed.  In fact, it is important that women who want to breastfeed with PCOS, make sure they are educated about PCOS, while pregnant and breastfeeding.  
     What is PCOS?  PCOS is is an endocrine disorder in females.  Women can experience many signs of PCOS.  Early detection is important because women with PCOS can develop diabetes and high cholesterol.  Women with PCOS can experience cysts in their ovaries, high levels of testosterone, which is a male hormone.  High levels of testosterone can lead to Hirsutism, which is male pattern baldness or excessive hair growth.  A high level of testosterone can also prevent ovaries from releasing an egg each month.
    PCOS is related to a number of possible reasons for Lactation problems.  Insulin, progesterone and estrogen are all essential hormones for the breast to development and successfully breastfeed your baby.  These three hormones can be imbalanced in women with PCOS.  They can range from insulin resistance, which is a physiological condition, where cells fail to respond to normal actions of the hormone insulin, hypothyroidism, which is under active thyroid, where your thyroid doesn't make enough hormones, hyperandrogenism which is  an excess levels of androgen  and too much estrogen and insufficient mammary tissues.  Androgens, which are typically high in PCOS women, can also interfere with and bind to prolactin.   
      Moms with PCOS,  need to prepare themselves if they want to successfully breastfeed.  Finding a good latch and position for your baby is crucial.  PCOS moms need to pump in order to help with their breast milk supply.  Skin to skin is important.  Make sure you continue taking Metformin, if you have been on it since pregnancy and before.
     I am hoping one day to do a study with women who are breastfeeding and PCOS.  One Lactation Consultant who has done a study is Lisa Morasco.  According to Lisa Morasco, "Some women with PCOS,may experience inadequate milk supply, because the breast tissue fails to undergo physiological changes, during pregnancy , needed to prepare for lactation,prior to pregnancy."  Some women with PCOS have lower levels of progesterone.  Progesterone is needed for alveolar growth and breast tissue  development.  Other PCOS women have lower levels of progesterone.  Progesterone is needed for alveolar growth and breast tissue development.  Other PCOS women have insulin resistance, which plays a role in milk production.
     It is important to find a Lactation Consultant who knows about PCOS.  I actually have PCOS myself.  I am very knowledgeable with PCOS because I struggled to breastfeed my own babies.  I have come to realize that any breast milk I gave my babies was amazing.  Some of my children, I breastfed longer.
     Managing your PCOS is important. Medical management as well as lifestyle modifications are the best way to manage PCOS.  Work with your doctor while you are pregnant as well as breastfeeding, to maintain normal levels of your hormones and develop a plan.
     In conclusion, understand your own body and health.  Early detection of PCOS and proper education is crucial.  While many women with PCOS have no problems with breastfeeding.  Other struggle to keep their milk supply up.  Speak to your doctor and seek out a professional Lactation Consultant, one who understands PCOS well.  I hope each and everyone of you enjoy breastfeeding your baby and have an easy journey with great success.

Lactation Cookie Recipe To Help Boost Your Milk Supply

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     It can be frustrating when you milk supply while breastfeeding remains low.  Many of my patients have turned to creative ways of boosting their milk supply. Baking cookies is one of them.  Often when I visit my patient, they are baking cookies.VHere is one recipe I found and refined.  It has brewer's yeast, flax seed and oatmeal as well as chocolate chips in it.

    Oatmeal, brewer's yeast and flax seed helps with milk production.  This recipe calls for oatmeal, brewer's yeast and flax seed.
Lets talk about these three ingredients.

OATS-   They are the key ingredient to boost milk because of the iron.  Oats are also a great source of fiber.

BREWER’S YEAST – It is a good source of Vitamin B.  There is a boost of energy with brewer's yeast. 

FLAX SEED- It is a great form of fiber.  Flax is a powder with omega 3 in it.  Omega-3 is great for the human body and brain. 

3 cups whole natural oats (not quick oats)
1 1/2 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour
5 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
3 tablespoons ground flax seed (milled flax seed comes in a bag or box)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter softened
4 tablespoons unrefined organic virgin coconut oil
 1/2 cup brown sugar and ½ cup regular sugar
2 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups dark chocolate chips/chunks
1 cup chopped almonds or walnuts
2/3 cup water
optional-3/4 cup raisins

Directions on baking cookies for a better milk supply while breastfeeding.
Preheat the oven the 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, yeast, flaxseed, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt.
In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the butter and coconut oil on medium speed until creamy. Add in the sugar and beat on medium to high speed until fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed. Add in the egg and egg yolk, beating until combined, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined again. Gradually add in the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined and mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips,raisins, with a spatula until they are evenly dispersed.
Scoop the dough into 1-inch rounds (I use an ice cream scoop so they are fairly uniform in size) and place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until the bottoms are just golden. Let cool completely before storing in a sealed container.

Place the cookies on a pressed cookie sheet.  Scoop onto the sheet and press down each ball of dough lightly with your hand or a fork.
Makes 20 to 22 cookies. Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Breastfeeding My Baby- Is This Normal?

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     Breastfeeding is best for your baby.  It has just the right nutrients and vitamins your baby needs.  However, sometimes a baby can experience too much gas or develop reflux after breastfeeding.  Additionally, some babies experience diarrhea or constipation and are not happy.  They begin to cry for different reasons.  As you get to know your baby, you will begin to recognize your baby's different cries and know what your baby wants and needs.  In this blog, I will discuss what is normal as far as crying, colic, constipation and diarrhea and spitting up go for your baby.
     Why is my baby crying?  A crying baby is trying to tell you that something is wrong. Your baby can be hungry, have a dirty diaper, needs more sleep, wants to be held, has tummy problems, such as gas, needs to be burped or is too hot or too cold.  
     Hunger is the number one reason a baby cries.  Recognize hunger cues such as:  fussiness, a baby smacking of his lips, turning cheek to find food, rooting,or putting hands in their mouth. Reflux, stomach flu, milk allergy, lactose intolerance and constipation can be other reasons your baby is crying.  

      What causes constipation and diarrhea and what can you do as a parent to help your baby?  Diarrhea can be caused by an infection.  It can also be caused by your baby's inability to digest nutrients in the foods moms eat.  Call your doctor if you notice blood, pus  or mucous in the stool, your baby has fever, your baby is more irritable or does a lot of vomiting.  Also, be aware of your baby refusing to eat, have a darker urine or decreased or increased activity of bowel movements.  Call the doctor if the baby has a dry sunken eyes or dry mouth. Your baby can get dehydrated and need medical attention.  If constipation is not that severe, you can try to exercise your baby's legs or gently massage your baby's stomach.  Normal color for bowel movements can be yellow, green or brown.  The consistency can be a little watery to a little hard.
     Babies can experience gas.  They can sometimes swallow too much air, if the burp is not burped back up.  If the burp gets trapped as it passes through the digestive tract, the baby can get very uncomfortable. Therefore, try to burp the baby when you switch from one breast to the other while breastfeeding.
      You just fed your baby breast milk and your baby spits up.  Spitting up is normal however, a lot of spit up is not.  Some babies experience gastroesophageal reflux, called infant reflux.  Call your pediatrician if you are concerned.  Remember to keep the baby upright for 20-30 minuted after feeding.  Try to feed your baby in smaller more frequent meals.  If the baby isn't gaining weight because of too mush spitting up, speak to your pediatrician.  Your doctor may prescribe medicine.
     A baby crying can be colic.  Colic is inconsolable crying at least 3 hours a day for at least three days a week.  It starts at about 2 to 6 weeks old and can last 3 to 4 months.  Colic can be from a baby who has gas, too much hormones causing a stomach ache, a baby who is sensitive to light or noise etc....  The baby's nervous system is continuing to develop, possibly causing colic.
     I had many babies who were colic.  It can get rough.  Just remember to take it one day at a time and nap if you can during the day.  Now they have anti gas drops that your pediatrician can recommend.  I heard for some babies they work well and for others they don't work so well.  
      Here are a few things you can try for a baby experiencing colic:  Try to play calming music for your baby, rub your baby gently, swaddle your baby, hold your baby upright.
     Breast milk oversupply can cause colic.  Ask a Lactation Consultant for advice on what to do.  I have helped many new moms in my private practice to help slow down oversupply and find the right position to breastfeed.
     In conclusion, if you are concerned about your baby, call your doctor and get a full exam to find out the cause of your baby crying or fussiness.  Respond early to signs of hunger.  If you see that your baby is uncomfortable, try to move to a quieter room with less visual stimulation.  Additionally,normal range of bowel movement varies from baby to baby.  Call your doctor if you feel something is wrong with your baby and your baby may be experiencing constipation or diarrhea.  Always follow your heart and motherly instinct and call your doctor if you feel you need to.  As your baby grows older, their body will improve.  Be patient and things will get better.

Another Breastfeeding Benefit: Preparing Baby's Belly For Solid Food

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     Breastfeeding is best for your baby.  It provides all the nutrition and vitamins your baby needs.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should be breastfed for the first 6 months of life and continue to be breastfeed, along with solid foods to 12 months. 
     Breast milk is the only food your newborn needs.  However, by age 4 to 6 months, most babies are ready to begin to eat solid foods.  Exclusive breastfeeding seems to really smooth out the transition to solid foods says Amanda Thompson, an associate professor in the anthropology department of the University of North Carolina.  In fact, breastfeeding may prepare your baby’s intestines to handle the introduction of solid foods.
     A baby’s diet of breast milk has a profound and amazing influence on the composition, diversity and stability of their gut microbiome.  The gut microbiome are microorganisms, living organisms such as bacteria, fungi or viruses that reside in many places in our body.  Gut microbiomes play a major role in helping us digest our food properly.  It also helps fights pathogens, which are organisms that cause a disease in another organism of our body. All these factors influence the baby’s ability to transition from breast milk to solid foods.
     Solid foods are meant to compliment your baby’s overall nutrition, not replace breastfeeding.   You should continue to breastfeed your baby as usual.  Then start with iron fortified cereal or pureed vegetables and fruits.  Ask your pediatrician what is right for your baby before starting solid foods.  Most babies start with one or two teaspoons of iron fortified baby cereal or pureed vegetables or fruits.  You can put your own breast milk in the cereal that you give your baby.  Every baby is different.  Watch for certain signs, and developmental cues that will help you know when your baby is ready for food. 
     Babies need solid foods to help them learn to chew.  Additionally, by introducing foods to your baby, you are helping your baby accept different tastes of foods, develop skills to eventually feed themselves and be a part of your family, sharing meal times together.  By giving your baby one kind of food at a time, you will be able to tell which food caused an allergic reaction, if one occurs.
     In conclusion, breast milk is the best food for most babies for the first year of life.  Breastfeeding helps babies prepare their stomachs for digestion of solid foods.  Discuss with your pediatrician, when the right time is for your baby to begin solid foods.  Good luck.  I hope this transition of adding solid foods to your baby’s diet goes smoothly.


Breastfeeding With A Nipple Shield

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     A nipple shield is a device that a mother places on her nipple, areolar surface prior to nursing her baby.  It is used to help latch the baby onto her breast.  It covers all or part of her areola, the pigmented area around the nipple.  It is a tool many breastfeeding moms love.  Furthermore, over the years mothers have heard conflicting advice about nipple shields. If you need to use it, your milk flows right through the holes in its tip. You should use it.  As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, I recommend a nipple shield for various reasons.  Of course, I try very hard not to use it because then you need to wean your baby off.  Let’s talk about reasons why a mom may need one.
     Nipple shields are thin, silicone, nipple cover. I like the one that is only half shape, not totally circular, which many hospitals give out.  This nipple shield shape does not flap on the baby’s face while breastfeeding. The baby can breathe better.  I call them, “the half moon,” nipple shield. They are used to help a baby latch onto the breast.  Nipple shields are used for many reasons.  One is for moms who have flat or inverted nipples, in order to make it easier for a baby to latch on.   
     Nipple shields are also used for moms who have cracked nipple, sore or bleeding, to protect damaged nipples while they heal. (If your nipples are really bad and bleeding, I tell my patients to pump one or two sessions to let the nipples heal.)  This way mom will avoid interrupting breastfeeding.
      The nipple shield is also used to transition a baby back to breastfeeding after using a bottle.  Nipple shields help moms who are suffering from engorgement temporarily help latch their baby on until the engorgement goes away.  They help babies who suffer from a tongue tie latch on better.  Nipple shields also help a premature baby transfer milk better, helping the baby with a disorganized suck.
     Studies have been done on preemies who need to use a nipple shield. Rinse the nipple shield with warm water so it will be a little more flexible for you baby especially a preemie. The premature baby may have a tendency to fall asleep faster at the breast, therefore, a shield will help the baby suck more efficiently.  In fact, the baby has a short ineffective burst of sucking, and has trouble maintaining longer bursts of sucking.  With the shield, you give a preemie a firmer surface to grasp and hold in their baby’s mouth, so your baby will suck better and longer therefore, transferring more breast milk.
     Anytime a nipple shield is used, the baby’s urine and stool input should be checked.  Additionally, the baby’s weight gain should be closely monitored.
     Some mothers have heard and are concerned that nipple shields can cause a significant reduction in the amount the milk that the baby receives from the breast, resulting in a drop of milk production and lowered birth weight.  Actually, in some cases, nipple shields actually increase milk intake.  It is better to use the shield so you and your baby experience a positive feeling while breastfeeding rather than having a negative one because you are struggling so badly.
     Some moms are worried that with a shield, the baby is not getting enough to eat.  A mother does not have to pump after she feeds her baby with a shield if the baby shows signs of active sucking, satisfaction after feeding, and has a normal urine and stool output.  Some of my patients buy an inexpensive scale to weigh their baby before and after feeding, to know the baby’s intake per meal.  You can also monitor your baby’s weight.
     Wean the baby from the nipple shield by gradually starting the baby with the shield then slipping it off towards the end on the breastfeeding session, while the baby is sucking and swallowing well.  Use the shield for a couple of minutes, take it off and on and eventually wean your baby off.  Baby’s readiness to wean off the shield is just as important as the mom’s readiness.  I have helped many moms with this process.  It takes time and patience.  It may take a few days.
In conclusion, try your best not to use the nipple shield.  However, if you have to use it, do it wisely and with the guidance of a professional, such as a Lactation Consultant.  Use it to preserve breastfeeding and increase your baby’s effectiveness on your breast.  Then, slowly take it off.  Use it to protect your bleeding nipples temporarily.  Anytime the nipple shield is used, the baby’s urine and stool output should be checked as well as the baby’s weight gain.  I am so proud of every mom that attempts to breastfeed your baby.  Keep up the good world.  You are all doing an amazing job.

Breastfeeding And ADHD: Could Nursing Be Protective?

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     Breast milk is best for all children.  It has many beneficial components to it.  It has many natural protective ingredients too.  In fact, breastfed children are less likely to develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, later in life.  Additionally, breastfeeding may lower the risk of ADHD.
     What is Attention, Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD?  Web MD says that ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder of children.  Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable to control their impulses.  They may have trouble paying attention.  Their behavior may interfere with their school work and home life.  ADHD is usually discovered in the early school years.  Children can be greatly helped with proper treatment such as medicine, therapy and a good educational plan.  This will help manage their symptoms.
     Breast milk contains nutritious ingredients for your baby’s body. “As we know that breastfeeding has numerous other biological advantages, we suggest that prevention at least partial, of ADHD may be added to this list,” said Dr. Aviva Mimouni- Bloch, head of pediatric neurology and development unit at Lowenstein Hospital Rehab Center and professor of medicine at Tel Aviv University.  She continues by saying that breastfeeding has a positive impact in child development and health, including protection again illnesses.
    Ruth Lawrence, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Breastfeeding Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine, said:  "Breastfeeding has been shown to have a positive impact on child development, good health, and protection against illness. Now, another possible benefit of breastfeeding for three months and especially six months or longer has been identified. This study opens another avenue of investigation in the prevention of ADHD."
     Dr. Andrew Gerber, an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University commented how breastfeeding and bonding with your baby and can have an important implication on development, both intellectually and emotionally for your child. 
     In conclusion, new moms are always encouraged to breastfeed.  It provides optimal nutrition for the newborns.  Breast milk is easily digested and contains hormones and antibodies that help protect against illness. Breastfeeding can protect against ADHD.  I am so proud of all new moms that attempt to breastfeed.  Keep up the good work and enjoy breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding And Sage Tea

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     Sage Tea has been associated with potent healing powers.  In fact, there are many species of sage, which is part of the mint family. It can be used for many reasons.   It is the best herb used to decrease breast milk production. However, Sage Tea has to be used cautiously.
  If you have any questions or concerns about Sage Tea, Please contact the Infant Risk Center at 1-806-352-2519.
     Sage Tea should not be used in large quantities because it can be toxic in large amounts. But to be safe, it is always best to ask your doctor before using Sage Tea. 
     Sage Tea can be purchased from a health food store or you can make some from powdered sage.  You can use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of powdered sage in 1 cup of hot water, three times a day for 1-3 days.
     When you make a decision to stop breastfeeding, your breast will continue to produce milk for a while.  You may feel engorged.  Your level of prolactin hormones may decrease.  Prolactin is one of your milk production hormones.  You can apply ice to help with breast pain for 10 to 20 minutes when you are trying to wean your baby.  Additionally, take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Advil (Ibuprofen) as directed for discomfort.  Don’t wear tight clothes or bind your breasts during weaning.  It may cause plugged ducts or Mastitis.  Wear a good supportive bra and drink plenty of fluids.  By slowly expressing less often, your milk will decrease without causing much physical problems.  Weaning usually takes 2-3 weeks.
     Never stop breastfeeding quickly.  Start by cutting out a feeding session and replacing it with a bottle of expressed milk or formula or use a sippy cup.  This will help the breast tissue to gradually adjust so you won’t get engorged. I spoke the other day to a company, Earth Mama Angel Baby Organics, who puts out a fabulous product for this reason Organic No More Milk Tea.  It is ruby red, mint, refreshing and delicious, USDA Certified 100% Organic, Certtified Kosher and Non GMO.  It is a blend of herbs traditionally used to naturally reduce the production of breast milk.  They suggest drinking up to three cups a day.  They also told me that many moms buy this product, unfortunately, when they have had a miscarriage and want their milk production to decrease and stop.  Therefore, I highly recommend this product.
     In conclusion, if gradual process of weaning is right for you, do it slowly and safely.  Contact your doctor before choosing to use Sage Tea.  Best of luck to all of you on your breastfeeding and weaning journey.