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The Alpha Parent: Timeline of a Breastfed Baby

The Alpha Parent: Timeline of a Breastfed Baby
All babies reach milestones on their own developmental timeline. A multitude of factors influence the rate of each baby’s individual growth such as genetics, form of delivery, gestation at delivery, medical issues, effectiveness of the placenta prior to delivery, and so on. However there is a persistent and understandable demand from first-time mothers for information on what is considered ‘the norm’. Breastfed babies are not the same as formula fed babies. What follows is a timeline detailing the journey of the average breastfed baby. At Birth: Given enough uninterrupted time skin-to-skin, your baby may move towards your breast and begin feeding without assistance.The first feed helps to stabilise baby’s blood sugars and protect baby’s gut (NCT).Most babies will nurse better at this time than they will for the next couple of days. During your baby's first 24 hours, he might wet his nappy only once or twice (Fredregill 2004). Day 3: Feel that you are having a tough time? Day 4: 3 months: Related:  benefits of bfNewborn

Breastfeeding and Fertility By Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC How can I use breastfeeding to prevent pregnancy? The Exclusive Breastfeeding method of birth control is also called the Lactational Amenorrhea Method of birth control, or LAM. Myth #1 – Breastfeeding cannot be relied upon to prevent pregnancy. Myth #2 – Any amount of breastfeeding will prevent pregnancy, regardless of the frequency of breastfeeding or whether mom’s period has returned. Exclusive breastfeeding has in fact been shown to be an excellent form of birth control, but there are certain criteria that must be met for breastfeeding to be used effectively. Exclusive breastfeeding (by itself) is 98-99.5% effective in preventing pregnancy as long as all of the following conditions are met: Your baby is less than six months oldYour menstrual periods have not yet returnedBaby is breastfeeding on cue (both day & night), and gets nothing but breastmilk or only token amounts of other foods. How can I maximize my natural period of infertility? Probably not.

Winter Maternity Session Dec Winter Maternity Session Things have been going non-stop since September and I realized I have NOT kept up this blog at all. I do not like Facebook's resolution so I hope I can stay on top of this so that clients and friends can see my photos in better quality! Yesterday I had a fun and easy going Maternity session with soon to be first time parents M and S. Posted 29th December 2010 by Melissa Champagne Labels: maternity Add a comment Champagne Photography Magazine Loading The Fourth Trimester - 8 Ways To Create A Great One For Your Baby The Fourth Trimester Imagine what the third trimester of pregnancy would be like for a baby: tightly cocooned in a warm, dark, comforting place. There are no hunger pains or thirst, no need to pass painful wind, no strange smells, no feeling the hot or cold — just a perfect environment tailor made for a baby. I’m sure you can also imagine suddenly being born into a world with of all these things can be quite a rude shock! A newborn isn’t born being able to fend for themselves and still has much developing to do – they can’t escape if they sense danger or fear, go and find mum or dad for security or a cuddle, nor can a baby chase mum for a feed whenever hunger or thirst calls… they completely rely on us for every single need. A gentle adjustment into their new world in the form of a fourth trimester (which is named that way in order to be perceived as an extension of the third trimester) can make a huge difference to how baby feels and how mum and dad cope with parenthood. #1: Wear Your Baby

An Explanation of The Enteromammary Secretory Host Immune System: How A Mother's Immune System is Shared Through Breast Milk - Native Mothering™Native Mothering™ As people who work in the lactation field, we are sometimes presented with a situation that requires us to review the collective knowledge available on how the immune system works. A question about the protection breast milk offers may lead to a complicated query into how a mother’s body is able to share the antibodies it makes. A mother might ask, “Is it okay to nurse while I’m feeling ill?” At its best, the explanation of the shared immune system can be simple and direct. Why Is the Maternal Immune System Shared? How is the Immune System Shared? When speaking with a mother about how the Enteromammary Secretory Host Immune System works, you could consider beginning the conversation with a description of how the maternal immune system protects the mother from “germs” in her own environment. A pathogen is “a specific causative agent (as a bacterium or virus) of a disease.” What If There is Exposure to Grave Illness? What Area In the Body Does the Information About Infection Come From?

Concept to Reality: Jackson’s Nursery | small shop [a brand styling studio] by Erika Brechtel A nursery fit for a little king Many thanks to Paloma Contreras and High Gloss Magazine (pages 48-49) for the opportunity to share with their readers all the fun I had with the baby shower and nursery for the cutie pie! He did arrive into the world bright blue eyed on May 13th, 2011, all safe and sound!! As a follow up, here are a few photos we took of the nursery, and the original concept board. Didn’t his mommy do a fantastic job bringing it all to life? For sources, please visit the original post here. [ snuggly bedtime reading spot ] [ Melanie of Plum Cushion always does a beautiful job ] [ the little lion's mane mirror and giraffe-like lamp are perfect! [ great IKEA hack! [ a Lucite tray in tan zebra from Erin Condren couldn't be more perfect ] [ an animal in the kingdom ;o) ] [ the little king ] We just finished up his baby announcement, and I’ve got a few others to share in a post to come! Photos and styling by Erika Brechtel

Breastfeeding your newborn — what to expect in the early weeks By Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC Image credit: jcgoforth on flickr The First Week How often should baby be nursing? Frequent nursing encourages good milk supply and reduces engorgement. Aim for nursing at least 10 – 12 times per day (24 hours). Nurse at the first signs of hunger (stirring, rooting, hands in mouth)–don’t wait until baby is crying. Is baby getting enough milk? Weight gain: Normal newborns may lose up to 7% of birth weight in the first few days. Dirty diapers: In the early days, baby typically has one dirty diaper for each day of life (1 on day one, 2 on day two…). Wet diapers: In the early days, baby typically has one wet diaper for each day of life (1 on day one, 2 on day two…). Breast changes Your milk should start to “come in” (increase in quantity and change from colostrum to mature milk) between days 2 and 5. Weeks two through six Frequent nursing in the early weeks is important for establishing a good milk supply. The following things are normal: Milk supply? Breastfeeding Logs

The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am Not nearly enough people know about this mind-blowing characteristic of breast milk: It changes daily based on signals from the baby. lily padula To produce breast milk, mothers melt their own body fat. Are you with me? We literally dissolve parts of ourselves, starting with gluteal-femoral fat, aka our butts, and turn it into liquid to feed our babies. Before and after giving birth to my daughter 10 months ago, I was inundated with urgent directives from well-meaning, very insistent health practitioners, parenting book authors, mommy bloggers, journalists, and opinionated strangers that "breast is best." But breast-feeding is more than being a good mom. Breast-feeding leads to better overall health outcomes for children, which is why the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that babies be exclusively breast-fed for a minimum of six months. I made the choice to breast-feed around the same time I was offered a full-time job writing about food.

Sidetracked: Nursery Fun! | small shop [a brand styling studio] by Erika Brechtel Already coming into the world in style Recently a dear friend asked me to help her with the nursery for her bun-in-the-oven. Knowing that this friend is particularly stylish (and particular), I was excited about the challenge. We have much the same taste, with hers trending more traditional and classic. With that in mind, I set out to create a world for the little lucky guy that was A) playful yet sophisticated, B) easy to obtain (i.e. retail options with few custom options as they will be moving a month after he is born), and C) budget-friendly. Our jumping off point: a large giraffe stuffed animal received for Christmas. 1. The walls will most likely be a warm tan, and curtains will be white with the mustard yellow velvet trim. OK, now back to my real job!!

When Baby Does Not Yet Latch Why Would A Baby Not Latch? There are many reasons a baby might refuse to take the breast. Often there is a combination of reasons. For example, a baby might latch on even with a tight frenulum if no other factors come into play, but if, for example, he is also given bottles early on, or if the mother’s nipples and areolas are swollen from fluid from the fluids she received during the labour and birth, this may very well change the situation from “good enough”, to “not working at all”. Some babies are unwilling to nurse, or suck poorly as a result of medication they received during the labour. Narcotics are responsible for many such situations, and meperidine (Demerol) is particularly bad as it stays in the baby’s blood for a long time and affects the way he sucks for several days. There is no evidence that a healthy full term newborn must feed every three hours (or two hours, or whatever) during the first few days. But The Baby Is Not Latching On! Okay, so how long can we wait?

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