Fussiness At The Breast: Lets Find the Cause

Many babies are just cranky at the breast. There can be many reasons for this , so Mamas do not give up. Try some of these solutions and see if any of them helps you. There are many babies who may cry or come off the breast while breastfeeding; especially around 6-8 weeks. This is a popular time but it can happen at any time.

I am certain many of you who have had babies before have experienced fussiness. Nothing is so frustrating like wanting your baby to breastfeed and he or she is just refusing. We are going to explore some of the issues that might be causing the problem. Here is a list you can use to figure out which category the baby is in:

Age: Growth Spurts

The majority of babies experience fussiness during growth spurts which occurs during the first few days, then 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months. So recognize when these growth spurts occur can help you be more tolerable with your baby and the breastfeeding experience.

Developmental Changes

Babies take time to adjust to the outside world

Many babies appear shocked by arriving into the world. They once were in a quiet environment, with no loud noises, no touching, no lights, and one stable environment in the amniotic fluid. Once your baby is born, he/ she has to adjust to their new world. All babies adjust differently. Babies are learning their environment and learning takes time. Babies only response to discomfort is crying. They cry for different reasons. As your baby grows, you will get to know why they are discomforted.

Take Note of The Times When Baby is Fussy

I would like for you to observe the times your baby is fussy. Babies can be fussy at different times. Babies can get fussy :

  • During breastfeeding
  • Is it in the morning?
  • In the evening?
  • Have you given the baby formula for a short time and decided to go back to breastfeeding?
  • Are you giving your baby more bottle feeds than breastfeeds?

These are very important questions that may solve this fussy issue.

Let Down

Sometimes, babies come off the breast due to fast let down. The flow can be tremendous for some babies and actually choke them. Try hand expression if baby is showing signs of over milk supply. One breast is always faster than the other. Allow baby to feed off the slower breast first.

Burping After Feeds

If the baby’s fussiness comes after a feed, you may need to burp your baby. Breastfed babies often do not swallow as much air as bottle fed babies, but they still can swallow some air. Air can get trapped and cause discomfort for your baby. Burping is necessary.  Try taking a burping break after every 2 or 3 ounces if you’re bottle-feeding, or when your baby switches breasts if you’re nursing. It is ok not to burp if baby falls asleep, or seems contented during or after feeding. Many babies outgrow the need to be burped by 4 to 6 months old because they don’t swallow as much air as they become more efficient eaters. Additionally, they are also more active which provides for the air to come up automatically.

Three ways to burp a baby

There’s more than one way to get the job done. Here are three different burping methods you can try. Experiment to find the one that’s most comfortable and effective for you and your baby.

(1) On your chest or shoulder

  • Put a cloth over your shoulder (and even down your back) to protect your clothes from spit-up.
  • Hold your baby against your chest so her chin is resting on your shoulder.
  • Support her with one hand and gently pat or rub her back with the other.

Or try this as an alternative when your baby has more head and neck control:

  • Hold your baby farther up on your shoulder – high enough that your shoulder presses lightly on her belly, creating gentle pressure that will let out the burp.
  • Support her with one hand and gently pat or rub her back with the other.
  • Make sure your baby is able to breathe comfortably and isn’t slumped over too far. A quick peek in the mirror to check her head placement can be helpful.

(2) Sitting on your lap

  • Put a cloth bib on your baby or a cloth over your lap to catch any spit-up.
  • Sit your baby on your lap facing away from you.
  • Use one hand to support his body, the palm of your hand supporting his chest while your fingers gently support his chin and jaw. (Make sure you’re not putting your fingers around his throat.)
  • Lean your baby slightly forward and gently pat or rub his back with your other hand.

Note: If you don’t get a burp after a few minutes, try a different position. If that doesn’t work, it’s fine to stop – your baby simply may not need to burp. There have been times when my babies did not burp. Not all the times after feeding do babies need to burp, but it is good to try at all times.

(3) Face down across your lap

  • Put a cloth over your lap to catch any spit-up.
  • Lay your baby face down on your legs so she’s lying across your knees, perpendicular to your body.
  • Support her chin and jaw with one hand. Make sure your baby’s head isn’t lower than the rest of her body so blood doesn’t rush to her head.
  • Pat or rub her back with the other hand.

Wake Baby Up When It’s Time To Feed

Always wake baby for feeds if 3-4 hours or more

Mamas, always wake baby up for feeds when oversleeping, because it can cause your breasts to become too full and a really fast overflow. Waking baby on time for feeds during the first three months is important.

Are You Eating Something Different?

Some babies do not like the changes in their mother’s breast milk. If you are eating something. If this is the case try not eating the food for a week and see if any changes.

Determine If Baby Is Sick

Sometimes your baby can be sick or teething. Observe your baby for any signs of sickness e.g. fever, stuffy nose, thrush, allergies, vomiting, irritability, restlessness, or tongue tying. Sickness can affect how your baby feeds.

Are you Bottle feeding More Than Breastfeeding?

Many babies if they are bottle feeding more than breastfeeding, your baby might prefer the bottle than the breast because it is less work and easier just to suck than to pull harder on the breast.

If baby is getting bottles you might consider putting them away, at least for a while. When you must use a bottle, only use a newborn nipple for as long as baby will tolerate it so that she never gets a really fast flow of milk from the bottle, but has to work a little more to get the milk.

Is Baby Ready For A Routine Change?

Some babies have preferences of changing their breastfeeding routine. Babies become very efficient at the breast with growth and maturity. They can milk the breast in a lot less time per feeding session than they required before. Baby’s frustration may just be a sign that she’s finished and wants to move on. Some babies are impatient with the flow of their mother’s breast. This cause some mothers to give up breastfeeding for fear that their babies are not satisfied.

A good way to determine if baby is getting enough milk is asking these 3 questions:

  • Is baby gaining weight?
  • Is baby passing urine?
  • Is baby passing stools? Seek your healthcare provider if you are not sure about what is going on with your little star. Try offering a pacifier @4 weeks during these fussy times. Babies love to suck .

Check Baby’s Diaper Regularly

Always check baby’s diaper for a smooth feeding session

Most babies do not like being fed in dirty diapers, so make sure you check your baby’s diaper before feeds and change soiled diapers right away . Soiled diapers can cause diaper rash from irritated skin.

Skin to Skin Helps To Keep Baby Interested In Breastfeeding

Fussiness at the breast can have many causes. It can also be very frustrating for mom who wants her baby more than anything to breastfeed. These are some of the common causes. If you really want your baby to adjust to the breast, try skin to skin to keep baby interested in breastfeeding. I hope you were able to find out the real cause as to why your little star does not want to suck your breasts. Thank you for stopping by and do come again. Leave a comment below if you have a concern. I would be happy to hear from you and I wish you every success in your breastfeeding journey.

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The Best Breastfeeding Foods And Weight Loss: For New Mothers

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Choosing the best foods for your breastfeeding journey is key to having a happy, and healthy baby and Mama!

Breastfeeding your baby is indeed a good decision to make for your baby’s future. Eating the right type of foods make a big difference. Breast milk has so many great benefits. Congratulations on your new arrival. Some mothers have new challenges during the initial phase. I hope you are doing well in your breastfeeding journey. If you are having difficulty, I recommend that you find an expert to help you along as soon as you start to experience .

Breastfeeding requires a healthy nutrition to enjoy the full benefits of breastfeeding your little star. Ensuring that you are eating a diet rich in nutrients is priority in getting the best results for you baby because your baby needs to grow and develop properly. Even though vitamin D is deficient in breast milk, it has all of the other nutrients your baby needs for a great development at least for the first 6 months of life. So what you eat can affect the quality of your milk. Many women may feel hungry during or after breastfeeding. I remember feeling really hungry and thirsty after breastfeeding my little ones. It can take a toll on your health production. Research has shown that breast milk is actually 87 percent water, 3.8 percent fat, 1.0 percent protein, and 7 percent carbohydrate and provides 60 to 75 kcal/100ml.

Eating the right foods goes a long way in a richer health!

Unlike baby formula, the calorie content and composition of breast milk varies. Breast milk changes during each feeding and throughout your lactation period, in order to meet the needs of your baby. Did you know the taste of your breast milk changes based on what type of foods you eat. Many women think that the first milk, colostrum is not very valuable. Colostrum is valuable and needed as your baby’s first food because it is the right consistency for easy digestion. Isn’t God amazing! A few days after colostrum comes in then you have a heavier milk solution we call hind milk which has more fat and more nutrition.

It is important that your baby empties your breast before swapping to the other.

At the beginning of a feeding, the milk is more watery and usually quenches the baby’s thirst. The milk that comes later (hindmilk) is thicker, higher in fat and more nutritious. In fact, according to a research this milk may contain 2 to 3 times as much fat as milk from the beginning of a feeding, and 7 to 11 more calories per ounce. Therefore, to get to the most nutritious milk, it’s important that your baby empties one breast before switching to the other.

Nutrient-Filled Breastfeeding Foods: Really Super for the Best Nutrition

Oatmeal the super breastfeeding food!

In fact, it’s estimated that your energy needs during breastfeeding increase by about per day. The need for specific nutrients, including protein, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, B12, selenium, and zinc go up as well.

This is why eating a variety of nutrient-dense, whole foods is so important for your health and your baby’s health. Choosing foods rich in the above nutrients can help ensure that you get all the macro- and micronutrients you and your little one need.

Here is a list of foods that are nutritious and delicious food choices to include in your food plan when breastfeeding:

  • Fish and seafood: salmon, seaweed, shellfish, sardines
  • Meat and poultry: chicken, beef, lamb, pork, organ meats (such as liver)
  • Fruits and vegetables: berries, tomatoes, bell peppers, cabbage, kale, garlic, broccoli
  • Nuts and seeds: almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds
  • Healthy fats: avocados, olive oil, coconut, eggs, full-fat yogurt
  • Fiber-rich starches: potatoes, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, beans, lentils, oats, quinoa, buckwheat
  • Other foods: tofu, dark chocolate, kimchi, sauerkraut
Chocolate in moderation to reduce over stimulation in babies

I sure hope you are loving this list . Just know that this list can be much bigger. I just wanted to give you a starter. We’re loving this list so far, but breastfeeding parents are not limited to these foods.  We will explore more foods that are super healthy for you at this unique stage of your life. Check out this list Remember that you can still enjoy your favorite foods, even if they are not as healthy as the foods above. Once in a while would not hurt too much. Watch your intake of fast, sugary foods as much as much as possible. These foods if taken in large amounts can cause you to gain weight.

Great Vitamins to Take While Breastfeeding: Get As Much From Your Food Sources

Group 1 nutrients

Here are the group 1 nutrients and how to find them in some common food sources:

Make your nutrition colorful like the rainbow

  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): fish, pork, seeds, nuts, beans
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): cheese, almonds, nuts, red meat, oily fish, eggs
  • Vitamin B6: chickpeas, nuts, fish, poultry, potatoes, bananas, dried fruit
  • Vitamin B12: shellfish, liver, yogurt, oily fish, nutritional yeast, eggs, crab, shrimp
  • Choline: eggs, beef liver, chicken liver, fish, peanuts
  • Vitamin A: sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens, organ meats, eggs
  • Vitamin D: cod liver oil, oily fish, some mushrooms, fortified foods
  • Selenium: Brazil nuts, seafood, turkey, whole wheat, seeds
  • Iodine: dried seaweed, cod, milk, iodized salt

Group 2 nutrients

Red meat is a rich source of iron

Here are the group 2 nutrients and some common food sources:

  • Folate: beans, lentils, leafy greens, asparagus, avocados
  • Calcium: milk, yogurt, cheese, leafy greens, legumes
  • Iron: red meat, pork, poultry, seafood, beans, green vegetables, dried fruit
  • Copper: shellfish, whole grains, nuts, beans, organ meats, potatoes
  • Zinc: oysters, red meat, poultry, beans, nuts, dairy

Keep in mind that having enough group 1 nutrients is important for both you and your baby, while getting enough group 2 nutrients is mostly just important for you. If your body is deficient in any nutrients, know that your baby will get what he/she needs. Amazingly, your body will adjust by depleting your body stores . Hence, if you are not getting enough, you must replenish with your diet or supplements.

Adding Supplements to Your Diet: A Vital Necessity


I believe all new Moms should include a multivitamin can be a wonderous choice for increasing your intake of important vitamins and minerals. It is normal for all women to become deficient in nutrients after delivery; so it is extremely important for them to replenish their system immediately after postpartum. I recommend taking a multivitamin daily.

Here is a list to help you along:

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B-12 is a super important water-soluble vitamin that is essential for your baby’s health, as well as your own health, during breastfeeding.

Plus, many women — especially those following mostly plant-those who’ve had gastric bypass and women who are on certain medications (such as acid reflux drugs) — are already at an increased risk of having low B-12 levels.

If you fit into one of these categories, or if you feel that you don’t eat enough B-12 rich foods like fish, meat, poultry, eggs, and fortified foods, then taking a B-complex or B-12 supplement is a good idea.

Keep in mind that a most high-quality multivitamin and prenatal vitamins contain enough B-12 to cover your needs.

Omega-3 (DHA)

Omega-3 fats are all the rage nowadays, and for good reason. These fats, naturally found in fatty fish and algae, play essential roles in both maternal and fetal health.

For example, the omega-3 fat DHA is critical for the development of your baby’s nervous system, skin, and eyes. Plus, concentration of this important fat in breast milk largely depends on your intake levels.

What’s more, shows that babies who are fed breast milk with high levels of DHA have better vision and neurodevelopment outcomes.

Because breast milk concentrations of omega-3s reflect your intake of these important fats, it’s essential that you get enough. We recommend that nursing mothers take in 250 to 375 mg daily of DHA plus EPA, another important omega-3 fat.

Although eating 8 to 12 ounces of fish, especially fatty fish like salmon and sardines, can help you reach the amount you need, taking a fish oil or krill oil supplement is a convenient way to cover your daily needs.

Vitamin D: Essential for All Newborns

Vitamin D is a necessary nutrient after birth!

Vitamin D is only found in a few foods, like fatty fish, fish liver oils, and fortified products. Your body can also produce it from sunlight exposure, though it depends on many factors, like skin color and where you live.

 It plays many important roles in your body and is essential for immune function and bone health.

Vitamin D is usually only present in low amounts in breast milk, especially when sun exposure is limited. I encourage you to take walks in the sun sometimes with your baby.

Therefore, supplementing with 400 IU of vitamin D per day is recommended for breast-fed babies and babies consuming less than 1 liter of formula per day, starting during the first few days of life and continuing until they are 12 months of age, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

According to research, supplementing with 6,400 IU daily can help supply your baby with adequate amounts of vitamin D through breast milk alone. Interestingly, this amount is much higher than the present recommended vitamin D intake of 600 IU for breastfeeding moms.

Vitamin D deficiency is extremely common amongst breastfeeding women. And deficiency can lead to negative health outcomes, including postpartum depression. That’s why supplementing with this vitamin is recommended.

Ask your healthcare provider for specific dosing recommendations based on your current vitamin D levels.

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Drink plenty of water: It Goes a Long Way!

Drinking water while breastfeeding prevents dehydration & prevents constipation

Mama, drinking lots of while breastfeeding is essential to help you stay hydrated and less fatigue during this exciting

journey. I do not know how it will affect you, but have something to drink while breastfeeding and always drink when you are thirsty. Never put it off. Drinking more fluids also helps to prevent constipation which can occur while on multivitamins and taking iron.

When your baby latches onto your breast, your oxytocin levels increase. This causes your milk to start flowing. This also stimulates thirst and helps ensure that you stay properly hydrated while feeding your baby.

It’s important to note that your hydration needs will vary depending on factors like activity levels and dietary intake. There’s no one-size-fits-all rule when it comes to how much fluid you need during breastfeeding.

As a rule of thumb, you should always drink when you are thirsty and until you have quenched your thirst.

But if you feel very tired, faint, or as if your milk production is decreasing, you may need to drink more water. The best way to tell if you are drinking enough water is the color and smell of your urine.

If it is dark yellow and has a strong smell, that’s a sign that you’re dehydrated and need to drink more water.

Foods and drinks to avoid while breastfeeding

Try to avoid high mercury fish

Most foods and drinks are safe during breastfeeding, but there are a few that should be limited or avoided. If you think something may be impacting your baby negatively, ask your healthcare provider for advice.

To be real it’s safe to eat just about any food while breastfeeding, unless you have an allergy to a specific food.

And, although some flavors from food, spices or beverages may change the taste of your breast milk, shows it’s unlikely that this will impact your baby’s feeding time or make them fussy.

Another common misconception is that “gassy” foods like cauliflower and cabbage will cause gassiness in your baby, too. Although these foods may make you gassy, the gas-promoting compounds do not transfer to breast milk, per this 2017 researchTrusted Source.

Caution! These foods have special safety considerations

  • Fish: Avoid high-mercury fish.
  • Alcohol: It’s safest to abstain. Be sure to time any occasional drink.
  • Herbs: Check with your doctor.

These foods can bother some babies:

  • Chocolate: Too much could overstimulate your baby.
  • Cow’s milk: Your baby could have a food intolerance to a protein in cow’s milk.
  • Soy: Your baby could have a food intolerance to a protein in soy.

Most breastfeeding moms can eat whatever they like without it affecting their babies. Foods that make you gassy won’t make your baby gassier than usual.

But every baby is different. If you notice that your baby seems to be fussy, gassy, or sleepless after you eat a particular food, talk to your baby’s doctor about whether the cause could be your diet or something else.


Too much coffee can overstimulate your baby causing fussiness!

About 1 percentTrusted Source of the caffeine you consume is transferred to breast milk, and research says it takes babies much longer to metabolize caffeine. Drinking caffeinated beverages like coffee have not been shown to cause harm, but they may affect the baby’s sleep.

Therefore, it’s recommended that breastfeeding women limit their coffee intake to about 2 to 3 cups per day. It’s a bummer, we know, but at least some coffee is allowed, right?


Alcohol can also make its way into breast milk. The concentration resembles the amount found in the mother’s blood. However, babies metabolize alcohol at only half the rate of adults.

Nursing after drinking just 1 to 2 drinks can decrease your baby’s milk intake by up to 23 percentTrusted Source and cause agitation and poor sleep.

Because alcohol intake too close to breastfeeding can negatively impact your baby’s healthy, the AAP says alcohol intake should be limited during breastfeeding.

The AAP suggests no more than 0.5 grams of alcohol per kilogram of body weight, which for a 60-kilogram (132-pound) mother, equals 2 ounces of liquor, 8 ounces of wine, or 2 beers.

Although it’s perfectly find to enjoy an alcoholic beverage as a breastfeeding mom, it’s best to wait at least 2 hours after drinking to breastfeed your baby.

Cow’s milk

Although uncommon. Some babies may be allergic to cow’s milk. And if your baby has a cow’s milk allergy, it’s important that you exclude all dairy products from your diet.

Up to 1 percentTrusted Source of breastfed infants are allergic to cow’s milk protein from their mother’s diet, and may develop rashes, eczema, diarrhea, bloody stools, vomiting or baby colic.

Your healthcare provider can give you advice on how long to exclude dairy from your diet for, and when it’s safe to reintroduce dairy. I remember my baby girl having lactose intolerance, we had to use this liquid formula for her. It helped her feeds to be tolerated.

Breastfeeding and weight loss: A Wonderful Combination

Be patient with yourself, losing weight takes time & patience!

You might be tempted to lose weight quickly after delivery, but weight loss takes time and it’s important to be kind to your body during this transition.

With the many hormonal changes that take place during breastfeeding and the calorie demands of making breast milk, you may have a bigger appetite during breastfeeding.

Restricting calories too much, especially during the first few months of breastfeeding, may decrease your milk supply and much-needed energy levels.

Fortunately, breastfeeding alone has been to promote weight loss, especially when continued for 6 months or longer. (That said, losing weight during breastfeeding doesn’t happen for everyone!)

Losing approximately 1.1 pounds (0.5 kilograms) through a combination of a healthy diet and exercise should not affect your milk supply or milk composition, assuming that you are not undernourished to begin with.

It is recommended that as a breastfeeding Mom you should take the right calories by choosing the more healthier foods with high calories if you are overweight. But if you’re underweight, you would do the opposite by eating healthy foods with high calories. Meeting you caloric needs will help to improve your milk supply. Learning to read labels on food is also good to control and monitor your calorie intake.

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I want you to be patient with yourself, and do not become discouraged. Be persistent! It took months to put on the weight for a healthy pregnancy for both you and your baby, and it may take you months to lose it — I encourage you to be patient. You will not lose your weight overnight.

The most important thing to remember when trying to lose pregnancy weight is that restrictive diets are not good for overall health and don’t work for long-term weight loss.

Following a nutritious diet, adding exercise into your daily routine, and getting enough sleep are the best ways to promote healthy weight loss.

Adding A Smoothie Can Be A Winning Experience: Postpartum

Every pregnant woman should want to know that they are getting all of the needed quality nutrients for a healthy and rich lifestyle. Making a smoothie can be a treat , something different and also delicious, and nutritious. When you are considering adding a smoothies to your food list make sure that all of the above valuable nutrients are included. These include antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, electrolytes, and healthy fats are all important to consume while pregnant.

The best ingredients for pregnancy smoothies are:


Ginger is a wonderful ingredient for pregnancy because it is a great anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory spice and provides antioxidants.

Dark Green Vegetables

Nuts + Seeds
Adding nuts and seeds to your smoothies is a great way to get protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seeds and hemp seeds are some of the most nutritious seeds for your pregnancy smoothies.

Here are some great recipes you can try:

1. The Amazing Supercharged Smoothie

This is the ultimate smoothie for pregnancy, containing as many essential nutrients as a smoothie possibly can. It’s perfect to drink for lunch throughout your whole pregnancy and even postpartum while you’re breastfeeding.

The ingredients are:

  • 1 organic banana
  • 1 ½ cups organic frozen berries
  • 1 generous serving of organic greens
  • 2 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp organic flax/hemp seeds
  • 6-8 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk

All you do is blend all ingredients well and enjoy!

2. Mango Ginger Power Smoothie

This recipe will help ease morning sickness and provides protein, probiotics, and many essential nutrients.

The ingredients are:

  • ⅓ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 4 small pieces of crystallized ginger

Blend this up for a nausea-relieving, nutritious treat!

3. The Wholesome Green Smoothie

The Mega Green Smoothie gives you all the green fruits and vegetables you could possibly need! It also contains ginger to help with morning sickness.

The ingredients are:

  • 1 ¼ cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup frozen green grapes
  • ¾ cup cucumber chunks (not peeled)
  • ½ ripe avocado, cut into chunks
  • ½ cup baby spinach or baby kale
  • ¼ tsp ginger, peeled and grated
  • Agave nectar to taste

Blend well and enjoy!

4. The Nuttier Delicious Smoothie

This recipe utilizes the protein and fiber found in nuts and seeds paired with vitamin- and mineral-rich banana and avocado.

The ingredients are:

  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 tablespoons ground walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax
  • 8 ounces almond milk

Blend well and enjoy the flavor!

5. Carrot-Citrus Booster Smoothie

This simple twist on carrot juice makes an even more nutritious and delicious smoothie! Carrots provide beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A to support your baby’s eyes, lungs, and heart. With a citrus flavor, anyone can enjoy this drink even if you don’t like carrot juice.

The ingredients are:

  • ¾ cup lemon sorbet
  • ¾ cup carrot juice
  • 8 ice cubes

Blend to enjoy a delicious, bright-orange treat!

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We have come to the end of our topic on the best breastfeeding foods and weight loss for mothers. I have also included some helpful tips to help you long. Breastfeeding is hard work! Your body requires more calories and nutrients to keep you and your baby nourished and healthy.

If you’re not eating enough calories or nutrient-rich foods, this can negatively affect the quality of your breast milk. It can also be detrimental for your own health.

It’s more important than ever to eat a variety of healthy, nutritious foods and limit processed foods. Avoid excess caffeine and alcohol consumption, and stick to the recommended intakes to keep your baby healthy. Thank you for stopping by and do come again. I hope you are making progress in your breastfeeding journey.

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Yeast Infections In Infants: All You Need To Know

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Yeast infections occur commonly in the mouth by a fungal germ called Candida. This fungus lives in our mouth, vagina, gastro intestinal tract. Even though it occurs in adults, it can also occur in babies and can dissuade mothers from breastfeeding. Mothers can become infected and spread to their baby or babies can have it and spread it to their mothers. Candida infection happens in all age groups. I want nothing to deter you from breastfeeding, if that is your intention. I remember when I was working in the public clinics in my community in the Beautiful, sunny Bahamas, I used to see this condition quite frequently. One of the things about oral thrush in infants is that it is easily controlled and treated.

Causes of A Yeast Infection

Some conditions puts you at risk for a yeast infection .You are likely to get a yeast infection if:

  • You are pregnant
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Hormonial changes-birth control
  • Broken skin
  • Antibiotics use
  • On steriods

Yeast infections can also cause

  • diaper rash, and oral thrush in infants
  • Sore nipples in the breast
  • vaginal yeast infections
  • Jock itch infections

Signs Of A Yeast Infection (Thrush)

Getting the right treatment as soon as possible is key

  • White spots on inside of baby’s cheeks, tongue, or gums.
  • Sore nipples that last more than a few days, even after your baby has a good latch. Mothers can transfer the germ to their babies.
  • Achy breasts or shooting pains deep in the breast during or after feedings.
  • raised white lesions that resemble cottage cheese on your tongue, inner cheeks, gums, the roof of your mouth, and tonsils
  • mouth redness or soreness
  • mouth bleeding
  • loss of taste
  • feeling like your mouth is full of cotton
  • difficulty eating and swallowing if lesions spread to your throat or esophagus
  • Pink, flaky, shiny, itchy, cracked, or blistered nipples.
  • Baby may not be sucking well

If you have concerns of a fungal infection, call both your doctor and your baby’s doctor. That way, you both can be correctly diagnosed and treated at the same time. This will help keep you from passing the infection back and forth.

Can I Give My Baby Breast Milk If I Have A Yeast Infection?

Fungal Infections can spread rapidly

Many mothers are concerned they might have to loose their dozens upon dozens of breast milk they saved for their babies while they acquired a yeast infection. Yes Mamas, you can give your baby breast milk if you are on treatment for this infection. This is awesome news!

While you and baby are being treated for yeast, your refrigerated and fresh milk may be given to baby without a problem.


Remember that it’s recommended that you continue thrush treatment until one to two weeks after all thrush symptoms have disappeared (Amir 2002).

Prevention Of A Yeast Infection

  1. Wear breathable underwear.( Paid link) Cotton is your best choice. It doesn’t hold onto heat or moisture. It will help keep you dry.
  2. Keep things loose. Make sure your jeans, skirts, underwear, yoga pants-Paid link, tights, pantyhose, etc. aren’t too snug. They can boost your body temperature and increase the amount of moisture around your private parts. That raises your chances for a yeast infection.
  3. Don’t douche.(Paid link) “Feminine hygiene products” like douches can disrupt the balance of bacteria in your vagina by removing some of the good bacteria that’s supposed to be there to fight off infections.
  4. Skip the scent in feminine products.(Paid link) This includes bubble baths, soaps, sprays, tampons, and pads.
  5. Avoid hot tubs and extra hot baths. Hot and damp are never your friends.
  6. Change out of wet clothes. Don’t sit in a wet bathing suit( paid link) after you go swimming or damp workout gear after the gym. Change into dry clothes right away.
  7. During your bath, always wipe from front to back.
  8. When on your period, change your tampons, pads, and panty liners often. (Paid link)
  9. Manage your diabetes. If you have it, be sure to keep an eye on your blood sugar levels and keep them under control.
  10. Use antibiotics only when you have to. You don’t need them for conditions like a cold, because they don’t do anything against a virus. If you don’t have to, don’t take them. They are usually required only if you have a high fever

Mother’s Milk Helps To Protect Against Yeast Infection: Great News!

Mothers do not have to waste their precious breast milk

Mother’s milk may actually help to protect baby against candida overgrowth, as some studies have shown a greater incidence of thrush in babies who are formula fed (Zollner 2003, Hoppe 1997). Components of human milk, including sIgA and lactoferrin, are active against Candida albicans (Riordan 2004, Morrill 2003, Andersson 2000, Goldman 1998). In fact, because human milk inhibits the growth of candida, it can be difficult to culture candida in milk without the use of special techniques (Morrill 2003). In addition, human milk encourages the growth of “good bacteria” such as lactobacillus in baby’s GI tract, which helps to limit fungal growth (Riordan 2004). These inherent defenses against candida overgrowth may help to prevent thrush in a healthy baby who drinks expressed milk containing candida from a previous outbreak.

Did you know expressed milk that has been frozen should still be protective against candida overgrowth? Lactoferrin and sIgA are two of the primary components of milk that are active against candida, and both sIgA and lactoferrin activity in human milk are unchanged after 3 months of freezing at -15°C (May 2005).

Minimize any risk of using milk frozen during a thrush outbreak by :

  • One option is to dilute the defrosted “thrush” milk by mixing it with milk expressed at a different time.
  • Another option is to heat treat the defrosted “thrush” milk to kill most or all of the candida present.
  • Per Amir and Hoover in Candidiasis and Breastfeeding (p. 3) and per Odds in Candida and Candidiasis: A Review and Bibliography, 2nd ed. (p 14), candida usually dies within minutes at a temperature of 122°F (50°C).

How To Get Relief From A yeast Infection: 9 Tips

You may be wondering if there is any relief for you during a yeast infection. There are many home remedies you can try. It is important to know that these remedies does not treat a yeast infection ; only brings some relief only to the adults, not the infants children. These remedies have worked well for some women. You will still need to see a doctor for antifungal treatment. In the process of your treatment you can use these remedies to get some comfort:

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C the immune booster is great relief

Vitamin C (also called ascorbic acid) is necessary for proper immune system function. It does this by encouraging white blood cell productionTrusted Source, which helps protect your body against infection.

It also helps these cells function more effectively and protects them against harmful molecules.

A healthy immune system helps bring balance back to your body. Increasing your intake of vitamin C if you’re deficient may help boost your body’s ability to beat the infection.

2. Apple cider vinegar

People with dentures have a higher risk of getting oral thrush. Dentures that don’t fit properly or that aren’t cleaned well provide the ideal environment for Candida to thrive. This may cause a condition similar to thrush called denture stomatitis.

According to a 2015 in vitro study, apple cider vinegar has antifungal properties against Candida and may be a good alternative treatment option for people with denture stomatitis. Here is a paid link to some apple cider vineger.

To use:

  • Add 1 teaspoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water.
  • Swish the rinse throughout your mouth for at least 15 seconds.
  • Spit out the mixture.

3. Clove oil

People have used clove oil as a folk remedy for oral problems for centuries. It’s still used in dentistry today as an antiseptic and pain reliever.

According to a 2005 in vivo and in vitro study on immunosuppressed rats, the main compound in clove oil (eugenol) was found to be as effective in treating oral thrush as the antifungal drug nystatin (Mycostatin).

Further research on humans is still needed, but it could work for you as a beneficial addition to your treatment.

To use:

  • Take clove oil as a dietary supplement as directed by the manufacturer or your doctor.
  • You can also make a clove mouth rinse by steeping 1 teaspoon of whole ground cloves in 1 cup of boiling water for at least 5 minutes.
  • Strain the solution, keeping the liquid.
  • Swish the liquid around your mouth.
  • Spit out the solution.

Cloves may cause an allergic reaction or a numbing effect in the mouth in some people.

4. Turmeric

Turmeric gets its vibrant yellow color from curcumin. Curcumin is a powerful compound thought to have anti-inflammatory abilities.

According to a 2010 study on mice, curcumin may treat oral thrush. The study found curcumin to be an antifungal against both albicans and non-albicans species of Candida, especially when combined with piperine.

Piperine is a compound found in black pepper that helps the body absorb turmeric. Further research is needed on humans. Here is a paid link to some tumeric

To use:

  • Make “golden milk” by combining 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon turmeric paste (store-bought or homemade) with a dash of black pepper and 1 cup of filtered water or milk of your choice.
  • Heat in a saucepan until warm.
  • Swish the mixture throughout your mouth as you drink it.

5. Lemon juice

Lemon juice is thought to have antiseptic and antifungal abilities that help it fight against the fungus that causes thrush.

According to a small 2009 study, lemon juice was found to be a more effective treatment for oral thrush than gentian violet among people with HIV. Since the study is small, more research is needed.

To use:

  • Add the juice of 1/2 a lemon to 1 cup of warm or cool water.
  • Drink the mixture, or use as a mouth rinse.

Some people apply lemon juice directly to thrush lesions, but the lemon’s acidity may cause burning and irritation.

6. Gentian violet

Gentian violet is a synthetic, violet-colored dye with antifungal propertiesTrusted Source. It’s a common home remedy for oral thrush.

You can buy gentian violet without a prescription at most pharmacies or online.

To use:

  • Apply gentian violet to the affected area with a cotton swab two or three times daily, or as directed by your doctor.

 7. Yogurt

Probiotic yogurt contains live, “good” bacteria cultures that may helpTrusted Source treat oral thrush.

The cultures don’t kill Candida. Instead, they stop its growth. They may also help restore the proper balance of good to bad bacteria in the mouth.

Since it’s soft, yogurt is also a great food to eat if you’re having trouble swallowing due to painful mouth and throat lesions. Here is a paid link for some yogurt.

To use:

  • Eat yogurt a couple of times daily at the first sign of oral thrush.
  • Choose unsweetened varieties since Candida thrives on sugar.
  • If you don’t like yogurt, you can get the same benefits by taking a daily probiotic supplement.

8. Baking soda

Rinsing your mouth with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) may help treat oral thrush.

In a 2009 study, researchers looked at the effectiveness of sodium bicarbonate as a disinfectant of Candida albicans adhered to acrylic resin. The test was meant to simulate the daily disinfecting of dentures.

Researchers concluded that, although not the most effective form of disinfectant, baking soda was a “viable alternative.” Here is a paid link to some baking soda. Remember baking soda has several house hold uses.

To use:

  • Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of warm water.
  • Swish the rinse throughout your mouth.
  • Spit out the rinse.

9. Salt-water

Salt has antiseptic, cleansing, and soothing properties. This makes it a common home remedy for many oral problems.

Rinsing your mouth with saltwater could help relieve symptoms of oral thrush.

To use:

  • Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water.
  • Swish the solution throughout your mouth.
  • Spit out the salt solution. Here is a link to some saline mouth wash.(Paid link)

When to Seek Help?

Contact your doctor right away at the first signs of oral thrush if your immune system is weak.

Other conditions mimic oral thrush, such as oral hairy leukoplakia and lichen planus. See your doctor for a proper diagnosis before self-treating.

Since most home remedies have been researched on animals — not humans — it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before trying them.

Breastfed babies with oral thrush may spread the infection to their mother’s breasts. If you’re breastfeeding and develop redness around your nipples or pain, see your doctor. It probably is oral thrush.

As you can see this germ Candida can cause our lives to be uncomfortable. It affects all ages. We must do our best to ensure that we are not putting our lives at risk .Let us follow the protocols for prevention of this condition. I hope you enjoyed this session and most of all learned something. I hope you continue to have a wonderful breastfeeding journey. I would love to hear from you. You can leave a comment below.

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Nipple Variations And Solutions: Normal, Flat, Inverted

Many women are experiencing abnormal nipple function

Flat nipples can cause problems with breastfeeding. I never knew that so many women have or had this issue. I have also helped many women to breastfeed who never thought they would have had such an opportunity. Flat nipples are a problem for many new moms.

Most women (90%) have what are known as common nipples, which are those that protrude at rest and, because they’re loaded with nerve endings, become erect due to stimuli like cold, touch, and sexual activity. The remaining 10% of women have flat or inverted nipples (paid link).

Di you know that there are even differences among these nipple types. Yes differences in their positions; as some face front, while others point sideways. Many women have a mismatched pair—for instance, maybe one nipple is higher than the other, or only one is inverted or flat.

Knowing this may come as a relief if you are concerned that your nipples are not “normal.” That said, there are some nipple differences that signal a potential problem, and they, too, are worth learning more about.

About 1% to 5% of people have an extra nipple or nipples, which are known as supernumerary nipples. These extra nipples don’t cause any problems, though they may lactate if you breastfeed. I have seen this about three times during my practice.

The Normal Nipple:

Inverted nipples does not have to stop breastfeeding

This type of nipple is the normal nipple where it protrudes out from the areola and baby is able to latch on easily.

Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipples are those that are drawn and does not protrude like a normal breast. Nipple inversion is an hereditary condition, meaning a condition you’re born with. They respond to cold or arousal. The inverted nipples looks like a a slit or a fold and should be graded by function, not appearance.

It usually occurs when breast tissue adheres tightly to the base of the nipple, enough to prevent it from sticking out, or due to shortening of the milk ducts themselves, which pass through the breast and open into the top of the nipples. There are 3 different grades of inverted nipples:

Grade 1

These are easily pulled out by baby sucking or a breast pump

Grade 2

This type is easily pulled out while baby is sucking or you are pumping, but does not sustain the protrusion once you are not pumping or baby is not breastfeeding.

Grade 3

These ones are difficult or impossible to pull out. (Flat). Grades 1 and 2 nipples become everted overtime with breastfeeding, hand expression, or pumping. You can also milk express as an adjunct to breastfeeding.


With grade 3 nipples, there is the risk of poor milk production and failure to thrive. Mothers who are trying breast shields must observe their babies for signs of not having sufficient calories.

Signs that baby is calorically deprived:

Watch your baby’s energy level
  • The baby sleeps more and acts satisfied when he needs to feed.
  • Watch baby’s diaper changes:

In mild cases, the nipples are occasionally inverted, but will spontaneously become erect with stimulation. In more severe cases, the nipple cannot be made to protrude manually.

If you’ve had them all your life, inverted nipples are usually harmless, though they can sometimes make breastfeeding more difficult.

However, if they occur later in life or are a change from your normal protruding nipples (known as acquired nipple retraction), they can sometimes be a sign of a medical condition  and should be checked out by your doctor.

Nipple sensitivity varies from person to person, but inverted nipples should be as sensitive as nipples (paid link), that point outward.

Some women find the appearance of inverted nipples very distressing. There are several options for reversing the direction of these nipples.

For mild inversion, various devices for self-retraction and vacuum approaches have been used. The results of these treatments, however, are usually modest at best and are not usually a long-term solution.

What Can Be Done?

Breast shells are useful tools for this problem

Breast shells are very helpful temporary tools for women who have:

  • inverted
  • sore
  • or leaky breasts

They are made up of two silicone or plastic parts that are worn over the breasts. You place the round bottom ring over your areola allowing your nipple to stick through a hole in the center. This piece puts a gentle pressure at the base of your nipple. It shouldn’t be painful. A second dome-shaped piece fits over the bottom ring to protect your nipple and collect any breast milk that may leak from your breasts while you’re wearing the breast shells.

  • Breast shells are worn to help correct flat nipples, retracted nipples, or inverted nipples. If you wear breast shells between feedings, they may help to draw out your nipples and make it easier for your baby to latch on well.
  • Breast shells can protect sore, cracked nipples from rubbing up against your nursing bra or breastfeeding clothes. Since they help to prevent further pain and irritation, your nipples may heal more quickly.
  • Wearing breast shells can relieve mild breast engorgement. They put slight, constant pressure on the nipple and that lets some of the breast milk drain slowly out of your breasts and into the outer shell. 
  • Since breast shells can collect breast milk, they can prevent embarrassing leaks and protect your clothing from stains.
  • Breast shells can be worn to collect the dripping breast milk from one breast while you breastfeed or pump on the other breast.
  • You should not be wearing breast shells because they can cause premature labor because they stimulate the breasts.

Plastic surgery can be done to reverse inverted nipples. A number of different procedures have been used. If you’re considering this, find a plastic surgeon who has experience in treating nipple inversion.

Ask if you can see any before and after pictures of other women who’ve had the procedure done. You may want to get a second opinion as well.

Flat Nipples: Little or No response to stimulation

Flat nipples are not raised. They appear to lay even with the areola, the ring of pigmented skin surrounding the nipple, and the skin on the rest of your breast. They don’t respond to cold or arousal.

Many women have nipples that appear flat most of the time, but then become erect when they’re exposed to cold temperature or sexual stimulation. These are not truly flat nipples.

Women with flat nipples who plan to breastfeed should not have any issues, as their nipples will likely protrude outward during pregnancy. If women with flat nipples don’t like how they look, they can try the same remedies that are used to reverse inverted nipples.

  1. You can wear a product called breast shells between feedings.2 Breast shells put pressure on the base of your nipple to help them stick out more. Just remember to remove the breast shells before you breastfeed your child. Unlike nipple shields, you cannot wear breast shells while you’re nursing.
  2. Try using a breast pump right before you nurse your baby. The suction of a breast pump can help to draw out and elongate your nipples.3 There is also something called a nipple averter that can help pull out flat nipples.
  3. If your nipples are flat due to breast engorgement, you can try to remove a little bit of breast milk before you put your baby to the breast. Hand expressing or pumping some breast milk before feeding helps to soften engorged breasts and makes it easier for your baby to latch on.3 However, you should only pump a little bit of breast milk. Remember that when you remove too much breast milk, your body will make more and engorgement could get worse.
  4. Use a V-hold or a C-hold to gently squeeze your breast and present your nipple and areola to your baby. These holds compress the breast like a sandwich so the baby has something to latch on to. Learning how to hold and offer your breast to your baby can help to encourage a good latch.
  5. If you are having trouble getting your baby to latch on, or if you’re not sure if your baby is latching on correctly, have your baby’s latch evaluated by your doctor or a breastfeeding specialist. A trusted health professional with breastfeeding experience can recommend the best ways to deal with your specific circumstances.
  6. To be sure that your baby is breastfeeding well on your flat nipples, look for the signs that he or she is getting enough breast milk. (paid link) Keep track of your baby’s wet diapers and be sure to take your baby to all her scheduled well-visits for weight checks.

What Can Be Done?

Nipple Shields (paid link) are great-Seek the assistance of a breast professional for guidance and sizing; it is only a temporary use and can reduce your milk supply. As baby latches, the nipples can be stretched to accommodate a good latch and discontinued after latching on is established.

Wearing a nipple shield while breastfeeding is helpful for women having problems with their babies latching on. Unlike the shell, it is used while breastfeeding. They come in assorted sizes and are of different brands.

Hairy Nipples

There are hair follicles surrounding your nipples, so it’s normal to have at least a little hair around them. And yes, it’s safe to remove unwanted hair by tweezing, waxing, shaving, or getting laser treatments.

That said, if the hair growth is excessive, you’re also experiencing hair growth in other areas (for instance, on your face), or you also have other symptoms like irregular periods, acne, and obesity, see your doctor.

These can be signs of an underlying problem like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common medical condition caused by hormonal imbalance,7 or Cushing’s syndrome, a disorder that occurs when the body is exposed to too much of the stress hormone cortisol.

Getting Help

If you have any concerns about your nipples or if you are having difficulty latching your baby on to your breast seek help as soon as possible. A lactation consultant, your doctor, your baby’s doctor, or a local breastfeeding group can provide assistance (paid link).


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We have come to the end of our session of nipple variations. If you are a woman with flat or inverted nipples, I hope you are still able to breastfeed using the suggestions here. Make sure to get some expert advice from your breastfeeding professional to ensure that you a doing the right thing for your situation. Thank you for stopping by . I hope you succeed in your breastfeeding journey. You can leave your email address below. I would love to hear from you. If you have comments or questions, I will be happy to answer them below.

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Poor Breastfeeding Latch: Getting the Best Latch

Getting the best latch is every breastfeeding Moms dream

Breastfeeding, you have heard it said is best for babies. You have heard it said that the benefits are the best compared to formula feeding. Yes it is but it can come with challenges like poor latching.

Mama did you know that getting a good latching is a big deal when it comes to breastfeeding? Yes it is! If you do not get a good latch for your baby, you could end up with so many problems you did not ask for. I am so honored to to help you get the very best out of your breastfeeding moments. Congratulations you have come to the right place.😊 Lets get started:

A good latch means that the bottom of your areola (the darker area around the nipple) is in your baby’s mouth and your nipple is back inside his or her mouth, where it’s soft and flexible. A shallow latch happens when your baby does not have enough of your breast in his/her mouth or is too close to the end of your nipple. A shallow latch can make the nipple sore, cracked, and bleeding. This can be very painful and you can also end up with a breast infection like mastitis.

For breastfeeding to be sustained, you must have a good latch. Some new moms give up early. I recommend getting professional help if needed before giving up. Here are some steps to getting a good latch- Baby led feeding:

1. Try Different Breastfeeding Positions

Finding a latch that sustains breastfeeding is key

If you had a C-section, the cross cradle or football hold are the preferred methods because they are easier on the abdominal wound. These positions might not work out too good for you. What ever one works best you go girl!

Baby led feeding is recommended because it allows baby to feed when he wants it , and not when mama wants him to feed.

A good latch means that the bottom of your areola (the darker area around the nipple) is in your baby’s mouth and your nipple is back inside his or her mouth, where it’s soft and flexible. A shallow latch happens when your baby does not have enough of your breast in his/her mouth or is too close to the end of your nipple. A shallow latch can make the nipple sore, cracked, and bleeding.

Letting your baby begin the process of searching for the breast may take some of the pressure off you and keeps the baby calm and relaxed. This approach to learning to breastfeeding is a more relaxed, baby-led latch. Sometimes called biological nurturing, laid-back breastfeeding, or baby-led breastfeeding, this style of breastfeeding allows your baby to lead and follow his or her instincts to suck.

Keep in mind that there is no one way to start breastfeeding. As long as the baby is latched on well, how you get there is up to you.

2.Create a calm environment first Prepare!


Preparation is key to success

Recline on pillows or other comfortable area. Be in a place where you can be relaxed and calm. Have everything you might need nearby .e.g. cell phone ,computer, water, juice, tea, pillow, snack. Nothing should disturb your breastfeeding moments.

3.Hold your baby skin-to-skin. 

Skin to skin with your baby keeps them interested in breastfeeding

Hold your baby, wearing only a diaper, against your bare chest. Hold the baby upright between your breasts and just enjoy your baby for a while with no thoughts of breastfeeding yet.

4. Let your baby lead.

 If your baby is not hungry, she will stay curled up against your chest. If your baby is hungry, she will bob her head against you, try to make eye contact, and squirm around. Learn how to read your baby’s hunger signs.

5. Support your baby, but don’t force the latch.

 Support her head and shoulders as she searches for your breast. Avoid the temptation to help her latch on.

6. Allow your breast to hang naturally.

 When your baby’s chin hits your breast, the firm pressure makes her open her mouth wide and reach up and over the nipple. As she presses her chin into the breast and opens her mouth, she should get a deep latch. Keep in mind that your baby can breathe at the breast. The nostrils flare to allow air in.

Baby Led Not Working?

If you have tried the “baby-led” approach and your baby is still having problems latching on, try these tips:

  • Watch for your baby feeding cues
Responding to your baby’s feeding cues is a blessing for breastfeeding!
  • Tickle the baby’s lips with your nipple to encourage him or her to open wide.
  • Pull your baby close so that the baby’s chin and lower jaw moves in to your breast.
  • Watch the baby’s lower lip and aim it as far from the base of the nipple as possible so that the baby takes a large mouthful of breast.

Signs of a good latch include the following:

  • The latch feels comfortable to you and does not hurt or pinch.
  • Your baby’s chest rests against your body. Your baby does not have to turn his or her head while drinking.
  • You see little or no areola (the darker skin around the nipple), depending on the size of your areola and the size of your baby’s mouth.
  • When your baby is positioned well, his or her mouth will be filled with breast.
  • The baby’s tongue is cupped under the breast, so you might not see the baby’s tongue.
  • You hear or see your baby swallow. Some babies swallow so quietly that a pause in their breathing may be the only sign of swallowing.
  • You see the baby’s ears “wiggle” slightly.
  • Your baby’s lips turn outward like fish lips, not inward. You may not even be able to see the baby’s bottom lip.
  • Your baby’s chin Touches Your Breast.

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  • You’re in pain. Many moms say their breasts feel tender when they first start breastfeeding. A mother and her baby need time to find comfortable breastfeeding positions and a good latch. If breastfeeding hurts, your baby may be sucking on only the nipple, and not also on the areola (the darker skin around the nipple).Gently break your baby’s suction to your breast by placing a clean finger in the corner of your baby’s mouth. Then try again to get your baby to latch on. To find out if your baby is sucking only on your nipple, check what your nipple looks like when it comes out of your baby’s mouth. Your nipple should not look flat or compressed. It should look round and long or the same shape as it was before the feeding. Get answers to common questions about breastfeeding and pain.
  • You or your baby feels frustrated. Take a short break and hold your baby in an upright position. Try holding your baby between your breasts with your skin touching his or her skin (called skin-to-skin). Talk or sing to your baby, or give your baby one of your fingers to suck on for comfort. Try to breastfeed again in a little while.
  • Your baby has a weak suck or makes tiny sucking movements. Your baby may not have a deep enough latch to suck the milk from your breast. Gently break your baby’s suction to your breast by placing a clean finger in the corner of your baby’s mouth. Then try to get your baby to latch on again. Talk with a lactation consultant or pediatrician if you are not sure if your baby is getting enough milk. But don’t worry. A weak suck is rarely caused by a health problem.
  • Your baby may be tongue-tied. Babies with a tight or short lingual frenulum (the piece of tissue attaching the tongue to the floor of the mouth) are described as “tongue-tied.” The medical term is ankyloglossia (An-ke-low-GLAH-SIA). These babies often find it hard to nurse. They may be unable to extend their tongue past their lower gum line or properly cup the breast during a feed. This can cause slow weight gain in the baby and nipple pain in the mother. If you think your baby may be tongue-tied, talk to your doctor.

What are some typical breastfeeding holds? Keep practicing!

Cross cradle position is mostly used by most women

Some moms find that the following positions are helpful ways to get comfortable and support their babies while breastfeeding. You can also use pillows under your arms, elbows, neck, or back to give you added comfort and support. Keep trying different positions until you are comfortable. What works for one feeding may not work for the next feeding.

  1. Clutch or “football” hold: useful if you had a C-section or if you have large breasts, flat or inverted nipples, or a strong let-down reflex. This hold is also helpful for babies who like to be in a more upright position when they feed. Hold your baby at your side with the baby lying on his or her back and with his or her head at the level of your nipple. Support your baby’s head by placing the palm of your hand at the base of his or her head.
Cross cradle hold

2. Cross-cradle or transitional hold: useful for premature babies or babies with a weak suck because this hold gives extra head support and may help the baby stay latched. Hold your baby along the area opposite from the breast you are using. Support your baby’s head at the base of his or her neck with the palm of your hand.

3. Cradle hold: an easy, common hold that is comfortable for most mothers and babies. Hold your baby with his or her head on your forearm and his or her body facing yours.

4. Laid-back hold (straddle hold): a more relaxed, baby-led approach. Lie back on a pillow. Lay your baby against your body with your baby’s head just above and between your breasts. Gravity and an instinct to nurse will guide your baby to your breast. As your baby searches for your breast, support your baby’s head and shoulders but don’t force the latch.

5. Side-lying position: useful if you had a C-section, but also allows you to rest while the baby breastfeeds. Lie on your side with your baby facing you. Pull your baby close so your baby faces your body.

This side lying position has helped many women!

We have come to the end of another exciting session of breastfeeding. I hope you learned a lot. Practice these positions to master the art of breastfeeding. If you have comments or questions , please feel free and comment below. It is my hope that you succeed in your breastfeeding journey.

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Plugged Ducts And Mastitis: Getting Comfort And Relief!

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Plugged ducts are one of the problems that many breastfeeding moms have experience. It can occur so frequently. For you to know if you have a clogged duct it feels small slightly painful lump you can feel in your breast. It does not usually come with a fever. However, if you do have a fever, it probably a breast infection.

A plugged duct is a breast drainage issue. What happens is pressure from milk builds up and the nearby tissues get inflamed. Often it only occurs in one breast at a time. Never both. Properly emptying the breast is so important to prevent this issue. Ensure after breastfeeding or pumping, you ensure that your beasts are empty. You can do this by manually expressing milk out of your breast after feeding or pumping.

What Are Your Risk Factors?

Risk factors are great in determining your risk

Some persons are more prone to clogged ducts than others. Here we go with the risk factors:

  • history of mastitis while nursing
  • cracked skin on the nipples
  • inadequate diet
  • smoking
  • stress and fatigue

A plugged duct happens when a milk duct does not drain properly. Pressure then builds up behind the plug, and surrounding tissue gets inflamed. A plugged duct usually happens in only one breast at a time. You just might be able to unclog this duct. right at home. Something has to be done to prevent escalating and becoming a breast infection like mastitis. Now mama, we want to make sure that this is actually a clogged duct. Here are some signs and symptoms:

  • a lump in one area of your breast
  • engorgement around the lump
  • pain or swelling near the lump
  • pain that subsides after feeding/pumping
  • discomfort during letdown
  • milk plug/blister (bleb) at the opening of your nipple
  • movement of the lump over time
  • Your milk supply may decrease and you may see your milk getting thicker.

What you can do?

  • Breastfeed on the side with a plugged duct as often as every two hours. This will help loosen the plug and keep your milk moving freely.
  • Aim your baby’s chin at the plug. This will focus his or her suck on the duct that is affected.
  • Massage the area, starting behind the sore spot. Move your fingers in a circular motion and massage toward the nipple. Use a warm compress on the sore area.
  • Continue breastfeeding. The idea is to continue draining the breast frequently.
  • Start feeds with the affected breast to ensure it gets the most attention. Babies tend to suck the hardest on the first breast they’re offered (because they’re hungrier).
  • Consider soaking your breast in a bowl of warm water and then massaging the clog.
  • Change your breastfeeding positions to encourage your baby’s suction to adequately reach the clog.
  • Rely on others to help you get extra sleep, or relax with your feet up to help speed healing. Often a plugged duct is a sign that you are doing too much.
  • Try as much as possible to avoid getting sore nipples by getting a good latch while breastfeeding your baby. Poor latching can cause clogged up your ducts.
  • Wear a well-fitting, supportive bra that is not too tight, since a tight bra can constrict milk ducts. Consider trying a bra without an underwire.
  • If you have plugged ducts that keep coming back, get help from a lactation consultant.
  • asking your doctor about lecithin supplements (some women say they help with recurring issues)


If you develop a fever with this plugged duct, you probably have developed mastitis. If you develop mastitis you may need to see a doctor for antibiotics.

  • Medications may be given for a 10-day period. Please take all of your medication, because mastitis can reoccur, it is important that you take the medication until all is completed. See your doctor if symptoms recur.
  • There are some pain medications that your doctor may prescribe i.e. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil /Motrin.

Cracked nipples and milk duct openings may provide an easy entryway for bacteria from your skin or baby’s mouth to enter your breast, leading to mastitis. So, be sure to keep your breasts clean and dry, and try using something like lanolin cream to protect cracked nipples.

And while it may seem impossible — especially if you have a newborn — take care of yourself as much as possible.

Ask for help if you need it and get adequate sleep and rest.

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It was a pleasure to give you helpful information to help you navigate through the challenge of having a plugged duct mastitis . Please feel free to comment or ask any questions below. Thanks for stopping by and visit again🥰

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