Is Baby Weaning or Is It a Nursing Strike?

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
Your baby has been nursing well for months, then suddenly begins refusing the breast. What does it mean? Is there something wrong with your milk? Is baby sick? Is baby ready to wean?
When a baby refuses to breastfeed, it may not be because he or she is ready to wean. If the […]

Breastfeeding in Public

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
Despite decades of research proving that “breast is best,” we still live in a bottle-feeding society. As many nursing mothers discover, everything from hospital feeding schedules to weight gain charts are based on artificial feeding as the norm. Another reflection of this bottle-feeding bias is the current debate on breastfeeding in public […]

Dad and the Breastfeeding Baby

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
For most couples, the weeks and months after the birth of a baby are some of the most joyful and stressful times of their lives. Along with the miraculous wonder of staring into a newborn’s eyes, comes the fatigue of sleepless nights and the emotional vulnerability of changing roles and shifting relationships.
During […]

Plugged Ducts, Breast Infections, and Mastitis

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
Some women breastfeed without problems. Obviously breastfeeding is a process that tends to work, or the human race would not have survived until this century. But if a breastfeeding problem does arise, information and support are available to help overcome it, almost always without sacrificing breastfeeding in the process.
A plugged duct or […]

Approaches to Weaning

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
Weaning is one of the few experiences all breastfeeding mothers have in common. It begins when the baby takes food or drink other than mother’s milk and ends with the last nursing. Although weaning is often thought of as an event, it is actually a process. Depending on the approach the mother […]

When a Nursing Mother Gets Sick

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
When a mother gets sick, the whole household may be disrupted. And when the mother is also breastfeeding, she not only has her own health problems to contend with, but she may worry about how her illness or her medication will affect her nursing baby.
Even during the mother’s illness, […]

Handling Night Nursings

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
Of all the advantages of breastfeeding, many mothers are most grateful for the ease nursing brings to night feedings. With no preparation or waiting time, baby is calmed immediately and siblings’ sleep is not disturbed. If mother keeps baby close at night, she may not even have to get out of bed […]

Can There Be Breastfeeding After Weaning

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
Many women are surprised to hear that it is possible to begin breastfeeding again after a baby has weaned. Although this is now considered unusual, it was once commonplace in our society and in other parts of the world. Called relactation, this is the process of rebuilding a mother’s milk supply after […]

Breastfeeding with Silicone Breast Implants: Are There Risks?

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
My own silicone breast implant was inserted twenty years ago. Since then I have breastfed three children, and during the past nine years La Leche League International has referred calls and letters to me from women from all over the world who want to be put in touch with someone who […]

Breastfeeding Right from the Start

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
You may envision breastfeeding as a Madonna-like experience, with you and your baby snuggled close as she contentedly nurses at your breast. In reality, breastfeeding doesn’t always start out so smoothly. It might take several tries before your newborn learns to take the breast into her mouth, and you may be unprepared […]

Choosing a Pro-Nursing Doctor for Your Baby

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
During pregnancy, expectant parents tend to focus most of their attention on choosing the mother’s doctor and preparing for the birth. But choosing the baby’s doctor is just as important, especially when breastfeeding is the plan. While it may seem easiest to pick a doctor recommended by the obstetrician, the hospital, or […]

Mothers Who Forgo Breastfeeding for Pumping

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
Not long ago, one of the mothers in my private practice arrived at my door with her husband. Like many new parents I see, they beamed with pride at their robust seven-and-a-half-month-old son, Bradley, who was growing and thriving on mother’s milk alone. Unlike most other new mothers I see, however, this […]

Nutrition, Breastfeeding, and “Diet Rules”

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
Have you heard that a breastfeeding mother should eat a perfect diet or that she should avoid certain foods? In her book, Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession, Ruth Lawrence, MD, says:
“Most writings for the nursing mother…set up complicated ‘rules’ about dietary intake…Thus one barrier to breastfeeding for some women […]

Weight Gain and the Breastfeeding Baby

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
If a breastfeeding baby is not gaining weight normally–either not gaining enough or gaining what seems to be too much–it is natural for a mother to worry. Karen’s baby boy was born full-term and healthy. Although he was exclusively breastfeeding, he was not gaining as much weight as he should. At his […]

How Breastfeeding Benefits Add Up

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
How long should you breastfeed your baby? Only you and your baby will know for sure. Even if you breastfeed for just a few days, you baby will receive invaluable protection from infection. The health effects of breastfeeding accrue over time, so the longer you breastfeed, the better for your baby. Breastfeeding […]

Are Used Breast Pumps a Good Option? Issues to Consider

by Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
What new mother wouldn’t like to save money on a breast pump? That’s why we are often asked: “Do you have used breast pumps available?” Some mothers have friends or relatives offering to lend them a used pump. Is a used pump a good option?

Open Systems vs. Closed Systems
Some mothers […]

Choosing a Breastpump

Not all nursing mothers need a breastpump. If breastfeeding goes smoothly and a mother chooses to take her baby with her wherever she goes (or if the baby nurses at predictable intervals so that the mother can slip out for a time without having to worry about missing a feeding), she may never feel […]

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