I am currently pregnant and would like to purchase some nursing bras. My current bras don’t fit me well anymore, but I still have 6 weeks before my baby arrives. What size nursing bra should I purchase?
You should always purchase a bra that is going to fit you now. If your current . . . → Read More: How Do I Know What Size Nursing Bra To Get?
Dear Judy. So as you know we recently moved. The move allowed us to put our two older boys in the same room, giving the baby his own room. So the other night we set his crib up and let him sleep there. He ended up sleeping from 9:30 pm to 9 am! . . . → Read More: Ask Judy: Has My Baby Weaned?
Dear Judy, I noticed that your signature says you are a doctor and since your blog is about breast feeding do you mind if I pick your brain a little? I was wondering if you had any info on starting to nurse a baby at four months old – we are adopting and expect the baby to come home at about four months old since I had an oversupply when my daughter was born I have worked at keeping it up and know i have enough milk but I wonder how easy/difficult it will be for the new baby to latch and nurse. Do you have any thoughts?
Thanks for writing to Mommy News & Views! How exciting that you will be getting an adopted baby and how wonderful that you will be able to breastfeed him. Most of the difficulties that moms have with adopted babies is getting their milk supply established – so you already have that one figured out. I would suggest calling your local LLL or a lactation consultant for tips on getting the baby to latch on. Since he will be 4 months old, he is going to be used to taking a bottle and it may be difficult for him to latch. I would recommend the following tricks:
1) The taste of breastmilk is going to be different than formula, so he may not like it at first. Try giving it to him in a bottle first to see if he minds the taste at all. If he does, you may have to gradually get him used to it by mixing it 50-50 with formula and then slowly lowering the amount of formula and increasing the amount of breastmilk.
2) When you feed him with the bottle, hold him close and tilt him toward you so that he gets used to the position he would be in if he were nursing.
3) Try to get him to latch. He probably won’t know how to. You can start by making sure his lips are flanged well on the bottle and get a good latch there and then try on your body. He may take to the breast without a problem, but it is more likely that he won’t recognize the texture and may not even know to suck. You may need to resort to using a nipple shield (read these two posts for more info: Does My Son Have Nipple Confusion Continue reading Ask Judy: Breastfeeding An Adopted Baby
So I know that at 10 months, my daughter does not physically “need” to be fed during the night, but I have a dilemma. She is in bed early at 6pm. I nurse right before bed and she is put in the crib awake and usually goes to sleep without much protest. She . . . → Read More: Judy’s Advice: Use Gradual Adjustments To Alter Your Baby’s Sleep Times
My son has been supplemented with the bottle pretty much since birth. I let his dad help me with feedings. We have used the same slow flow nipples this whole time. He hates any other nipples. I had been pumping and he did pretty well latching on as well. At our night feedings . . . → Read More: Ask Judy: Does My Son Have Nipple Confusion?
Dear Judy, I’m about to go on my first trip WITHOUT baby. I’m nervous about pumping and getting my milk home. Any advice?
Thanks for writing in. Traveling without the baby can make mom very nervous. The most important thing to remember is that you will want to pump about as often as . . . → Read More: Ask Judy: Tips For Traveling Without Baby
Judy, do you have any tips for biting? My baby keeps biting me when we nurse. She even laughs when I scold her.
It can be difficult when your baby bites you while you are nursing. The best thing to do is to take her off of your breast immediately and tell her . . . → Read More: Ask Judy: My Baby Keeps Biting Me, What Should I Do?