Infertility: A Cause For Concern


Infertility can create so much conflict in relationships

Infertility is a condition that affects 10-15% of couples in the United States. Many couples are busy trying to find ways to have a baby.

Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant despite having frequent, unprotected sex for at least a year for most couples.

Infertility may result from an issue with either you or your partner, or a combination of factors that prevent pregnancy. Fortunately, there are many safe and effective therapies that significantly improve your chances of getting pregnant. We will discuss them here in this post.

The main symptom of infertility is that you do not get pregnant. There may be no other obvious symptoms. Sometimes, a woman with infertility may have irregular or absent menstrual periods. In some cases, a man with infertility may have some signs of hormonal problems, such as changes in hair growth or sexual function.

Most couples will eventually conceive, with or without treatment

Is infertility a male or female issue?

Couples can often become overwhelmed & begin the blame game which does not help

Infertility results from female factors about one-third of the time and male factors about one-third of the time. The cause is either unknown or a combination of male and female factors in the remaining cases.

Female infertility causes can be difficult to diagnose. There are many available treatments, which will depend on the cause of infertility. Many infertile couples will go on to conceive a child without treatment. After trying to get pregnant for two years, about 95 percent of couples successfully conceive.

Many couples struggle with infertility and seek help to become pregnant, but it is often thought of as only a woman’s condition. However, in about 35% of couples with infertility, a male factor is identified along with a female factor. In about 8% of couples with infertility, a male factor is the only identifiable cause.

Almost 9% of men aged 25 to 44 years in the United States reported that they or their partner saw a doctor for advice, testing, or treatment for infertility during their lifetime.

What is the ratio of infertility?

An estimated 1 in 10 women between the ages of 15 and 44 have trouble conceiving.

Women who have pregnancy problems may lose the baby:

What are the 2 types of infertility?

Types of infertility include:

  • Primary: A woman who was never pregnant and who can’t conceive after one year of not using birth control.
  • Secondary: Secondary infertility occurs when a woman can’t get pregnant again after having at least one successful pregnancy.

What are risk factors for infertility in all genders?

These factors increase the risk of infertility in all genders:

How is infertility managed in medicine?

Infertility can be treated with medicine, surgery, intrauterine insemination, or assisted reproductive technology

Often, medication and intrauterine insemination are used at the same time. Doctors recommend specific treatments for infertility on the basis of

  • The factors contributing to the infertility.
  • The duration of the infertility.
  • The age of the female.
  • The couple’s treatment preference after counseling about success rates, risks, and benefits of each treatment option.

What are some of the causes of infertility in women?

Infertility issues in women can be many. In order for women to conceive, they must be able to have working ovaries, fallopian tubes . Conditions affecting any one of these organs can contribute to female infertility. Some of these conditions are listed below and can be evaluated using a number of different tests.

Disruption of ovarian function (presence or absence of ovulation (anovulation) and effects of ovarian “age”)

A woman with irregular periods is likely not ovulating.

How is ovulation predicted?

Ovulation can be predicted by using an ovulation predictor kit and can be confirmed by a blood test to check the woman’s progesterone level on day 21 of her menstrual cycle. Although several tests exist to evaluate a woman’s ovarian function, no single test is a perfect predictor of fertility. The most commonly used markers of ovarian function include follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) value on day 3 to 5 of the menstrual cycle, anti-müllerian hormone value (AMH), and antral follicle count (AFC) using a transvaginal ultrasound.

Disruptions in ovarian function may be caused by several conditions and warrants an evaluation by a doctor.

What are some of the reasons for female infertility?

I tried to keep it simple so you can understand.

Each of these factors is essential to become pregnant:

  • You need to ovulate. To get pregnant, your ovaries must produce and release an egg, a process known as ovulation. Your doctor can help evaluate your menstrual cycles and confirm ovulation.
  • Your partner needs sperm. For most couples, this isn’t a problem unless your partner has a history of illness or surgery. Your doctor can run some simple tests to evaluate the health of your partner’s sperm.
  • You need to have regular intercourse. You need to have regular sexual intercourse during your fertile time. Your doctor can help you better understand when you’re most fertile.
  • You need to have open fallopian tubes and a normal uterus. The egg and sperm meet in the fallopian tubes, and the embryo needs a healthy uterus in which to grow.

For pregnancy to occur, every step of the human reproduction process has to happen correctly. The steps in this process are:

  • One of the two ovaries releases a mature egg.
  • The egg is picked up by the fallopian tube.
  • Sperm swim up the cervix, through the uterus and into the fallopian tube to reach the egg for fertilization.
  • The fertilized egg travels down the fallopian tube to the uterus.
  • The fertilized egg implants and grows in the uterus.

In women, a number of factors can disrupt this process at any step. Female infertility is caused by one or more of the factors below.

Ovulation disorders

Ovulation disorders, meaning you ovulate infrequently or not at all, account for infertility in about 1 in 4 infertile couples. Problems with the regulation of reproductive hormones by the hypothalamus or the pituitary gland, or problems in the ovary, can cause ovulation disorders.

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS causes a hormone imbalance, which affects ovulation. PCOS is associated with insulin resistance and obesity, abnormal hair growth on the face or body, and acne. It’s the most common cause of female infertility.
  • Hypothalamic dysfunction. Two hormones produced by the pituitary gland are responsible for stimulating ovulation each month — follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). Excess physical or emotional stress, a very high or very low body weight, or a recent substantial weight gain or loss can disrupt production of these hormones and affect ovulation. Irregular or absent periods are the most common signs.
  • Premature ovarian failure. Also called primary ovarian insufficiency, this disorder is usually caused by an autoimmune response or by premature loss of eggs from your ovary (possibly from genetics or chemotherapy). The ovary no longer produces eggs, and it lowers estrogen production in women under the age of 40.
  • Too much prolactin. The pituitary gland may cause excess production of prolactin (hyperprolactinemia), which reduces estrogen production and may cause infertility. Usually related to a pituitary gland problem, this can also be caused by medications you’re taking for another disease.

Damage to fallopian tubes (tubal infertility)

Damaged or blocked fallopian tubes keep sperm from getting to the egg or block the passage of the fertilized egg into the uterus. Causes of fallopian tube damage or blockage can include:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection of the uterus and fallopian tubes due to chlamydia, gonorrhea or other sexually transmitted infections
  • Previous surgery in the abdomen or pelvis, including surgery for ectopic pregnancy, in which a fertilized egg implants and develops in a fallopian tube instead of the uterus
  • Pelvic tuberculosis, a major cause of tubal infertility worldwide, although uncommon in the United States

Endometriosis

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Endometriosis occurs when tissue that normally grows in the uterus implants and grows in other locations. This extra tissue growth — and the surgical removal of it — can cause scarring, which may block fallopian tubes and keep an egg and sperm from uniting.

Endometriosis can also affect the lining of the uterus, disrupting implantation of the fertilized egg. The condition also seems to affect fertility in less-direct ways, such as damage to the sperm or egg.

Uterine or cervical causes

Several uterine or cervical causes can impact fertility by interfering with implantation or increasing the likelihood of a miscarriage:

  • Benign polyps or tumors (fibroids or myomas) are common in the uterus. Some can block fallopian tubes or interfere with implantation, affecting fertility. However, many women who have fibroids or polyps do become pregnant.
  • Endometriosis scarring or inflammation within the uterus can disrupt implantation.
  • Uterine abnormalities present from birth, such as an abnormally shaped uterus, can cause problems becoming or remaining pregnant.
  • Cervical stenosis, a narrowing of the cervix, can be caused by an inherited malformation or damage to the cervix.
  • Sometimes the cervix can’t produce the best type of mucus to allow the sperm to travel through the cervix into the uterus.

Unexplained infertility

Many unknown cases have somehow resolved on its own

Sometimes, the cause of infertility is never found. A combination of several minor factors in both partners could cause unexplained fertility problems. Although it’s frustrating to get no specific answer, this problem may correct itself with time. But, you shouldn’t delay treatment for infertility. Seek specialized help to get to the root of this problem.

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Risk factors

Certain factors may put you at higher risk of infertility, including:

  • Age. The quality and quantity of a woman’s eggs begin to decline with increasing age. In the mid-30s, the rate of follicle loss speeds, resulting in fewer and poorer quality eggs. This makes conception more difficult, and increases the risk of miscarriage.
  • Smoking. Besides damaging your cervix and fallopian tubes, smoking increases your risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. It’s also thought to age your ovaries and deplete your eggs prematurely. Stop smoking before beginning fertility treatment.
  • Weight. Being overweight or significantly underweight may affect normal ovulation. Getting to a healthy body mass index (BMI) may increase the frequency of ovulation and likelihood of pregnancy.
  • Sexual history. Sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea can damage the fallopian tubes. Having unprotected intercourse with multiple partners increases your risk of a sexually transmitted infection that may cause fertility problems later.
  • Alcohol. Stick to moderate alcohol consumption of no more than one alcoholic drink per day.

Prevention

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For women thinking about getting pregnant soon or in the future, these tips may help optimize fertility:

  • Maintain a normal weight. Overweight and underweight women are at increased risk of ovulation disorders. If you need to lose weight, exercise moderately. Strenuous, intense exercise of more than five hours a week has been associated with decreased ovulation.
  • Quit smoking. Tobacco has multiple negative effects on fertility, not to mention your general health and the health of a fetus. If you smoke and are considering pregnancy, quit now.
  • Avoid alcohol. Heavy alcohol use may lead to decreased fertility. And any alcohol use can affect the health of a developing fetus. If you’re planning to become pregnant, avoid alcohol, and don’t drink alcohol while you’re pregnant.
  • Reduce stress. Some studies have shown that couples experiencing psychological stress had poorer results with infertility treatment. If you can, find a way to reduce stress in your life before trying to become pregnant.
  • Limit caffeine. Research suggests that limiting caffeine intake to less than 200 milligrams a day shouldn’t affect your ability to get pregnant. That’s about one to two cups of 6 to 8 ounces of coffee per day.

What are some of the reasons for male infertility?

These factors can cause male infertility:

Bottom Line

Unfortunately infertility is a part of our society. The most important thing is for couples to take good care of themselves ensuring that they are doing those things that would give them a head start in beginning the process. Many couples are desperately trying to find ways to make their dream of having a baby a reality. If you are reading this and are experiencing this condition, I truly hope that you get good results in your quest. Remember not to blame your partner because both of you can be having issues that contribute to not getting pregnant. I say still trust in God to give you the desires of your heart. Thanks for stopping by today. and do visit again. Feel free to comment or ask a question below.

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Morning Sickness: Remedies to Give you Relief


Morning sickness is one of the commonest ailments of pregnancy with more than 80% women sufferers. Most women do pretty well

What exactly is morning sickness? Morning sickness is nausea and vomiting that happens when you’re pregnant. I remember during my pregnancies, I suddenly had some strange things happening to me. I hated my best cologne, soap, and gravy. It was so amazing. These things I loved were all o a sudden making me sick. And lets not forget the waking up to brush your teeth. Sometimes before you go you feel your mouth watering and you pray oh no I do not want to vomit. As you brush your teeth, you begin to become nauseous and then the vomiting begins.

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Can any of you identify with me? Since your sense of smell is extra keen when you’re expecting, you may also have strong aversions to certain foods and smells. It generally begins  and ends between weeks 12 to 16 of pregnancy, with symptoms at their worst between weeks 10 to 16. 

The “morning” part of this pregnancy symptom, however, is quite a misnomer. If you’re among the estimated three in four expecting moms who suffer from morning sickness symptoms, you know that nausea and vomiting can actually hit at any time of the day or night. My husband would first break the news because he would have the symptoms before me! Some women actually experience this bad feeling all day and to the end of pregnancy. Morning sickness usually occurs during the first 3 months of pregnancy which we call the first time

What are the signs and symptoms of morning sickness?

Typical symptoms of morning sickness include:

  • A nauseous, queasy feeling in the first trimester of pregnancy that many pregnant women liken to seasickness or carsickness
  • Queasiness that often comes in the morning but can surface at any time of the day or night
  • Strong aversions to certain smells and foods that are so powerful they can make you sick to your stomach
  • A seasick feeling that’s often either accompanied or immediately followed by hunger pangs
  • A nausea that strikes after eating, while brushing teeth
  • A nausea that’s so strong it can lead to vomiting

When should I consider seeing a doctor?

You should consider seeing a doctor if:

  • The nausea or vomiting is severe
  • You pass only a small amount of urine or it’s dark in color
  • You can’t keep down liquids
  • You feel dizzy or faint when you stand up
  • Your heart races

Morning sickness itself doesn’t harm your baby. However you should see your doctor if you can’t keep foods or liquids down and are starting to lose weight. Your doctor will want to rule out hyperemesis gravidarum, or serious morning sickness that may require medical attention and possibly hospitalization to protect you and your baby. If left untreated, severe nausea and vomiting can cause dehydration, an electrolyte imbalance, decreased urination and hospitalization. 

What causes nausea and vomiting in pregnancy?

No studies have proven what causes morning sickness but there are some scientist who believe that hormonal increase is the culprit.

How does one prevent morning sickness?

Spicy foods can trigger nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

There’s no way to completely prevent morning sickness. There are however different ways you can help to relieve the symptoms. However, avoiding triggers such as strong odors, excessive fatigue, spicy foods and foods high in sugar may help.

Bottom line

Morning sickness is a minor ailment of pregnancy . Most women experience these symptoms and recover very well . You can try out some of the suggestions. I hope you recover quickly and safely. May God bless and keep you and yours always. Feel free to like, comment, or question if you’d like and please visit again.

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Is Gripe Water Safe For Babies? Lets Get The Real facts And Precautions


Gently massaging your baby’s stomach may ease symptoms of colic. This soft pressure can relieve discomfort because it helps your baby burp or pass gas.

I remember using gripe water for my kids. I did not used it for a long time , but I always wondered about the effects of it on my babies. Drowsiness was a major symptom. I was surprised to see how quick they fell asleep. I never gave them the required dose because I did not think they really needed it. They always fell asleep with just the under dose. But really, how safe is gripe water for babies. Lets get a deep dive into it’s affects. I remember alcohol being a main ingredient. Things have changed since my era -1994.

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Today the ingredients consist of agave, ginger and purified water. Sugar water has been used in hospitals as a way to soothe babies and reduce pain during procedures, but it’s never used in regular doses over long periods of time. Other ingredients might include herbs like

  • fennel
  • ginger
  • chamomile
  • licorice
  • cinnamon
  • lemon balm

preservatives, or sodium bicarbonate (salt).

Many parents are struggling to find ways to allow their little star to sleep without medication. Babies cry a lot. Growth spurts are an important reason for that. These growing seasons in your baby’s life can last up to 9 months after birth. This situation can make you as a mother or father very anxious and uncomfortable giving rise to the urge to giving formula.

This is also an opportunity for mom to increase her milk supply. You can use these times to breastfeed often and bond with your baby. The main reason why parents give their babies gripe water is to catch up on some well needed rest or to put a damper during the fussy period.

What is gripe water?

Gripe water is very common in many households. The ingredients in gripe water can vary based on the brand and where you buy it. There are many different types available. Previously, gripe water consisted of sugar and alcohol, sometimes in startlingly high amounts. Today, it tends to consist of ingredients such as agave, purified water, and ginger flavor.

How safe is gripe water?

No standardization of gripe water

There is a lack of standardization and regulation of herbal products, including gripe water. Most companies claim to be alcohol-free, not all forms of gripe water are alcohol-free. One study found that gripe water sold in India, for example, did contain alcohol.1 Also, gripe water containing sodium bicarbonate can lead to alkalosis and milk-alkali syndrome, if given continuously in large amounts. So we see here that there is no standardization on the market for gripe water.

Increased vomiting and constipation

Other potential risks of gripe water include increased vomiting and constipation in babies. The Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics also notes that gripe water can put a baby at an increased risk for exposure to harmful things like bacteria and allergens.3 Gripe water, because it generally contains high levels of sugars, may also lead to early-onset issues with developing teeth.

Malnourishment, and teeth decay if given too often

One of the biggest issues with gripe water is not necessarily what gripe water does to babies, but what it takes away from them. More specifically, if you are giving your baby a lot of gripe water throughout the day or night, he or she might be getting full just from gripe water.This can be dangerous. Your baby needs nutrients more than the gripe water.

If babies drink too much gripe water, they may not be hungry for breast milk or formula. Gripe water does not have any nutritional value, so babies miss out on the key nutrition and ingredients that they need to grow and develop. If this happens consistently, your baby may develop problems such as delayed or slowed growth or inadequate weight gain. It may also interfere with the microbes in the digestive system that may play a role in digestion and overall health. Good bacteria are helpful for our bodies, especially in babies, whose immune systems are still developing

Is gripe water good for anything?

Absolutely! Since the herbs in gripe water theoretically help with digestion, this remedy is thought to help with colic caused by gassiness. Gripe water is also used for teething pain and hiccups. However you must be careful about the ingredients. Stay away from the sugar and alcohol as these can be very dangerous to your little star.

Mama, it’s important to only use gripe water that’s designed specifically for babies.

Make sure you read the ingredients listed on the package. Some forms of gripe water also contain sodium bicarbonate and peppermint.

Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, shouldn’t be given to colicky babies unless prescribed by a doctor. Sodium bicarbonate can interfere with the natural pH level in your baby’s stomach. This can cause too much alkalinity and worsen colic symptoms.

Watch out for gripe water containing peppermint. It could potentially worsen a baby’s reflux symptoms. You should also avoid gripe water containing gluten, dairy, parabens, and vegetable carbon. No study has proven that gripe water works for any of its intended purposes. In fact, all of the studies that have been done have shown that gripe water does not seem to be effective at all.

Although gripe water is generally safe, it’s not recommended for babies younger than 1 month. The digestive tract is sensitive and still developing at this age. You can check here for grip water or any purchase

How to give gripe water to a baby

Mama please do not give your baby gripe water without first reading the instructions, and only give your baby the recommended dosage. Never more.

If your baby suffers from colic, the pain may come in waves and worsen after each feeding. You can give gripe water immediately after feedings to help your baby avoid gas pain.

Gripe water typically has a good taste, so some babies don’t mind taking a dose. You might be tempted to mix gripe water with your baby’s formula or breast milk. That’s perfectly safe, but for maximum results you should give your baby gripe water by itself.

Are there any side effects from gripe water?

Gripe water is generally safe, but it’s important to keep an open eye for signs of an allergic reaction. Allergy symptoms can vary.

After giving gripe water to your baby, check for:

  • hives
  • watery eyes
  • swelling of the lips or tongue
  • vomiting
  • itchiness
  • a change in breathing

If you suspect an allergic reaction, discontinue use and contact your doctor.

How can I sooth my fussy baby?

Breastfeeding and skin to skin are great ways to calm your fussy baby

You can also use gripe water in conjunction with other soothing techniques.

For example, colic symptoms occasionally may be caused by a particular formula. Some babies are more sensitive to formulas containing cow’s milk.

Switching to a soy-based formula may soothe their stomachs and reduce symptoms, though this has only been shown in a few small studies. Talk to your baby’s doctor before changing formulas.

Gently massaging your baby’s stomach may ease symptoms of colic. This soft pressure can relieve discomfort because it helps your baby burp or pass gas.

Swaddling babies in a warm blanket and rocking them back and forth may also calm fussiness, as well as soothing background noise.

Make sure your baby is upright during feedings to ease gassiness. If you’re breastfeeding, removing certain foods from your diet might also reduce fussiness in your baby, though studies do not show a definite link.

Foods to eliminate from your diet can include:

  • peanuts
  • dairy
  • soy
  • fish
  • wheat

Talk to your doctor before changing your diet.

You can also change up your baby’s bottle to see if you notice a difference. Choose bottles with a disposable, collapsible bag. These bottles lessen the amount of air your baby swallows and reduce gas.

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Bottom line

If you choose to give your baby gripe water, be sure to talk with your doctor about how to best use it and watch your baby carefully after administering gripe water for any potential side effects.

It’s especially important to make sure you never use gripe water as a substitute for feeding because using it on a regular basis could lead to your baby missing out on important nutrients he or she needs to grow and develop in a healthy way. 

If you have a baby who seems unusually fussy, has problems with digestion, or you suspect has colic, it is best to work with a pediatrician or doctor to try to find a solution.

There may be an underlying medical condition, such as acid reflux or food sensitivity, that can be treated. You can also try other solutions, such as cutting common irritants out of your diet if you are a breastfeeding mother, including caffeine and dairy.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you learned something to help you during your baby’s colicky days. Read your labels and avoid the toxic ingredients mentioned. Remember you still get good results if you use less than recommended. Watch out for teething times. I wish you every success in your motherhood journey. Please like this post if you did and feel free to comment below.


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Essential Oils For Pregnancy And Breastfeeding: Excellent Tips To Stay Safe


There are essential oils that are safe or breastfeeding and pregnancy. There is no doubt, some oils are safe and some are not. The more you use, the more you absorb, so don’t use essential oils every day during pregnancy. Reserve essential oil use for health support, such as relieving nausea, calming anxiety, or supporting sleep. By minimizing use, essential oils can be safely used in times of need.

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How to use essential oils

  • Skin application – properly diluted – is a preferred method of use because the essential oils are slowly absorbed over time
  • Diffusion is another preferred method of use because the amount absorbed is relatively small
  • Steam inhalation is sometimes considered appropriate, but it should only be used for short periods of time
  • Internal, rectal, or vaginal use is not recommended
  • Absolutes and solvent-extracted oils should be avoided because they may have residues in them that could be harmful

What dilution is best for pregnant and breastfeeding mamas?

About 1% (3 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil) is recommended for whole body use while pregnant or breastfeeding, and no more than 4% (12 drops per tablespoon of carrier oil) is recommended for smaller areas. (Source: Essential Oil Safety) Many aromatherapists recommend using essential oils on an as-needed basis rather than routine daily use.

Safe oils for women during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Here is a list of essential oil that are safe for you at this time:

  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) – Bright, clean, uplifting citrus scent. Bergamot is phototoxic unless you purchase one that is filtered to be bergaptine-free. If not using bergaptine-free, a maximum dilution of 0.4% (about 5 drops in 4 tablespoons carrier oil) is recommended to avoid phototoxicity. (source: Essential Oil Safety)
  • Black pepper (Piper nigrum) – Helpful for relaxing muscles
  • Blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum) -Also called Moroccan blue chamomile, this oil has skin soothing properties. Calming. May also promote feelings of being clear-headed when pollen counts are high.
  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria) – Relaxing. Supports restful sleep. Also very useful in homemade bug spray.
  • Cedarwood Atlas/Atlantica (Cedrus atlantica) – Calming. Helpful for relaxing muscles
  • Cedarwood Virginian (Juniperus virginiana) – Lovely woodsy scent, relaxing and beneficial for skin. It’s also one of the recommended oils in my homemade vapor rub.
  • Chamomile/German (Matricaria chamomilla L) – Relaxing, helpful for sleep, may support clear thinking when pollen counts are high
  • Chamomile/Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) – Relaxing, helpful for sleep, helpful for relaxing muscles
  • Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus) – Great addition to homemade bug spray. Can also be used to make outdoor citronella candles.
  • Copaiba balsam (Copaifera officinalis) – Supports healthy respiratory function and helps relax muscles
  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) – Can be helpful for soothing a mild upset tummy. Calms emotions.
  • Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) – Supports healthy respiratory function. Thought to have an emotionally grounding effect during challenging experiences.
  • Dill weed (Anethum graveolens) – Supports digestion and immune function.
  • Fir needle (Abies sibirica) – Supports healthy respiratory function
  • Frankincense carteri (Boswellia carteri) – Immune support, helpful for soothing cuts, bruises and other injuries, relaxing, also thought to promote youthful looking skin
  • Frankincense frereana (Boswellia frereana) – Immune support, helpful for soothing cuts, bruises and other injuries, relaxing, also thought to promote youthful looking skin
    Frankincense serrata (Boswellia serrata) – Calming, thought to promote youthful looking skin. Supports healthy respiratory function and digestion.
  • Frankincense sacra (Boswellia sacra) -Calming, thought to promote youthful looking skin. Supports healthy respiratory function and digestion.
  • Geranium bourbon (Pelargonium x asperum) – Very helpful in homemade tick spray, relaxes muscles
    Ginger root CO2 extract (Zingiber officinalis) – Helpful for soothing symptoms associated with nausea and heartburn, supports overall digestion. Relaxes muscles.
  • Grapefruit/Pink (Citrus x paradisi) – Uplifting. Can cause photosensitivity. Maximum recommended topical use is 4% (4 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil)
  • Helichrysum italicum (Helichrysum italicum) – Considered one of the top oils for promoting youthful skin, helpful for scars, and supportive of the immune system. Rare and somewhat expensive.
  • Juniper berry (Juniperus communis) – Calming, supports healthy respiratory function
  • Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia)- Calming, helpful for soothing bug bites, sunburns, and other skin irritations. Relaxes muscles, helpful for sleep.Studies, including this one from 2016, have shown that when used properly, lavender is an excellent aromatherapy treatment that encourages relaxation, especially during labor and delivery — a stressful moment.
  • Lemon/cold-pressed (Citrus x limon) – Mood lifting, supports immune function. Can cause photosensitivity (a heightened/abnormal reaction of the skin when exposed to light, especially sunlight). Maximum recommended topical use is 2% (12 drops in two tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Lemon eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora) – Mood lifting, supports healthy respiratory function, and can also be used in homemade bug spray
  • Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) – Calming
  • Marjoram/Sweet (Origanum majorana) – Relaxing, helpful for sleep.
  • Neroli (Citrus x aurantium var.amara) – Often used in skincare products due to it’s ability to promote beautiful skin. Thought to be helpful for easing emotional tension.
  • Orange, Blood (Citrus sinensis) – Mood lifting
  • Orange, sweet (Citrus sinensis) – Mood lifting
  • Patchouli (Pogostemon Cablin) – Thought to promote youthful skin. Great addition to men’s personal care products, like homemade deodorant or body wash.
  • Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)–Supports digestion and relaxes muscles. Okay for pregnancy but avoid during breastfeeding because it may reduce milk supply.
  • Petitgrain (Citrus x aurantium) – Thought to be beneficial for skin, especially oily skin.
  • Pine (Pinus Sylvestris) – Supports healthy respiratory function and relaxes muscles
  • Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia) – Supports healthy respiratory function (similar to eucalyptus), relaxes muscles
  • Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) – Mood lifting, soothing for minor scrapes and skin irritations.
  • Sandalwood/Australian (Santalum Spicatum) – Calming, thought to be helpful for oily skin
  • Spearmint (Mentha spicata) – Helpful for digestion. Maximum recommended topical use is 1.7% (about 10 drops in two tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Spruce Black (Picea Mariana) – Supports healthy respiratory and immune function.
  • Tangerine (Citrus reticulata) – Immune support. Bright, uplifting citrus scent
  • Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) – Immune support, helpful for cuts and scrapes. Also considered helpful for acne-prone skin.
  • Thyme linalool (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Vetiver (Vetivereria zizanoides) – Calming
  • Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata) – Relaxing. Helpful when you’re in de-stress mode.

Essential oils to avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding

  • May chang, Litsea cubeba – Maximum recommended dilution is 0.8% (about 5 drops in 2 tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Melissa, Melissa officinals – Calming and uplifting, supports immune function. Maximum recommended dilution is 0.9% (about 11 drops in 4 tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Myrtle (honey), Maleleuca teretifolia – Maximum recommended dilution is 0.9% (about 11 drops in 4 tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Myrtle (lemon), Backhousia citriodora – Maximum recommended dilution is 0.7% (about 4 drops in 2 tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Nasturtium absolute, Tropaeolum majus – Maximum recommended dilution is 0.26% (about 3 drops in 4 tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Tea tree (lemon-scented), Leptospermum peteronii – Maximum recommended dilution is 0.8% (about 5 drops in 2 tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Thyme (lemon), Thymus lanuginosus var. citriodorum – Maximum recommended dilution is 3.7% (about 22 drops in 2 tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Verbena (lemon), Aloysia citriodora – Maximum recommended dilution is 0.9%  (about 11 drops in 4 tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Basil (lemon), Ocimum x citriodorum – Maximum recommended dilution is 1.4% (about 17 drops in 4 tablespoons of carrier oil)
  • Boswellia papyrifera – Maximum recommended dilution is 1.7% (about 10 drops in 2 tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Champaca (orange) absolute, Michelia champaca – Maximum recommended dilution is 17.5% (about 105 drops in 2 tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Lemon balm (Australian), Eucalyptus staigeriana – Maximum recommended dilution is 3.4% (about 41 drops in 4 tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Lemon leaf, Citrus x limon – Maximum recommended dilution is 1.2% (about 7 drops in 2 tablespoons carrier oil)
  • Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus – Uplifting, works well as an addition to homemade citronella candles. Maximum recommended dilution is 0.7% (about 4 drops in 2 tablespoons carrier oil).

Guidelines for using oils while pregnant

The first trimester is of course the most vulnerable, so avoid using essential oils during the first trimester. The first trimester is the most critical period during pregnancy, and any risk of exposing the fetus to a toxic substance should be avoided at all costs.

But in your second or third trimesters, keep the following safety protocols in mind when you’re using approved essential oils.

Don’t ingest essential oils

Even if you aren’t pregnant, essential oils aren’t meant to be taken orally unless under the direct supervision of an expert or physician. Many essential oils can pose toxicity risks when ingested — for you and potentially your baby.

Focus on aromatherapy

For the most part, medical experts agree that aromatherapy is a safer option for pregnant women as opposed to topical applications. This simply means that you should use your essential oils in a diffuser rather than applying them to your skin.

Lets mix it right

Regardless of whether you’re pregnant or not, if you do decide to use oils topically, you’ll need what’s known as a carrier oil to do so safely. This is because essential oils are very concentrated and can irritate skin when applied directly without being diluted.

Common carrier oils include:

  • jojoba
  • coconut
  • sweet almond
  • apricot

Pregnant women should always speak with their physician or homeopathic expert before attempting to use them topically.

Don’t exceed dosage recommendations

While there aren’t any studies showing that normal use of essential oils is dangerous, exceeding the recommended dosages can be — especially if you’re using them topically. Carefully dilute the oils.


Bottom line

Essential oils are a beautiful part of our lives. They are good. As a pregnant or breastfeeding or pregnant mama, you should be aware of what is safe and what is not. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope your breastfeeding journey is going very well. I wish you a safe pregnancy and breastfeeding experience. Please like or comment if you like.


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How to Successfully Breastfeed And Pump for your Baby: Making Life Easier


Did you know breast-feeding is based on supply and demand. The more you breast-feed your baby — or pump while you’re away from your baby — the more milk your breasts will produce. Are you ready to start a breastfeeding and pumping schedule, but you’re not quite sure where or how to plan a routine that will work for the many different scenarios you have whirling around in your head?

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Here are some tips to help you breastfeed and pump effectively:

Believe in yourself: You can do it

A positive mindset and determination for breastfeeding can do wonders for you. If you can believe it, you can achieve it. Thinking good about breastfeeding can be beneficial for you and your baby. Babies will know if you do not want to breastfeed or not. They will sense it right away. Hence, a good mindset is necessary for good success. Determination is being willing to try everything you need to get success.

Always look out for number one

Eat a healthy diet, including plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Include physical activity in your daily routine. Sleep when the baby sleeps — and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

Also consider your birth control options. Breast-feeding itself isn’t a reliable form of birth control, and birth control pills that contain estrogen can interfere with milk production. While you’re breast-feeding, you might want to use condoms or other forms of birth control.

Breast-feeding is a commitment, and your efforts to maintain your milk supply are commendable. If you’re having trouble maintaining your milk supply or you’re concerned that you’re not producing enough milk, ask your doctor or lactation consultant for other suggestions.

 Avoid smoking

Smoking can reduce your milk supply, as well as change the taste of your milk and interfere with your baby’s sleep.

Secondhand smoke also is a concern. Secondhand smoke increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and respiratory illnesses. If you smoke, ask your doctor for options to help you quit. In the meantime, avoid smoking just before or during a feeding.

Limit alcohol

Not drinking alcohol is the safest option for breastfeeding mothers. Generally, moderate alcohol consumption by a breastfeeding mother (up to 1 standard drink per day) is not known to be harmful to the infant, especially if the mother waits at least 2 hours after a single drink before nursing. However, exposure to alcohol above moderate levels through breast milk could be damaging to an infant’s development, growth, and sleep patterns. Alcohol consumption above moderate levels may also impair a mother’s judgment and ability to safely care for her child.

Drink lots of fluids

Water, juice and milk can help you stay hydrated. Limit soda, coffee and other caffeinated drinks, though. Too much caffeine might lead to irritability or interfere with your baby’s sleep. If you choose to have an occasional alcoholic drink, avoid breast-feeding for two hours afterward.

Relax and be happy

Sleep / rest when baby sleeps

Stress can hinder your body’s natural ability to release breast milk. Find a quiet place to pump. It might help to massage your breasts or use warm compresses. You might want to think about your baby, look at a picture of your baby or listen to relaxing music.

Pump often and effectively

The more you pump, the more milk you’ll produce. If you’re working full time, try to pump for 15 minutes every few hours during the workday. If you can, pump both breasts simultaneously. A double breast pump helps stimulate milk production while reducing pumping time by half. Gently pressing on your breasts while pumping may help empty them.

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When you’re with your baby, breast-feed on demand: skin to skin

The more you breast-feed your baby when you’re together, the more milk you’ll produce when you pump. Depending on your schedule, try more-frequent evening, early morning or weekend feedings. If you have a predictable schedule, you might ask your baby’s caregivers to avoid feeding your baby during the last hour of care — so that you can breast-feed your baby as soon as you arrive.

Also practice skin to skin to keep baby interested. You can practice lying down or standing up. You can practice baby led feeding by lying down and allowing baby to lie down for a perfect latch.

Avoid or limit formula feedings

Formula feedings will reduce your baby’s demand for breast milk, which will lower your milk production. To maintain your milk supply, it’s important to pump anytime your baby has a feeding of formula or expressed breast milk.

Remember, the more you breast-feed your baby or pump while you’re apart, the more milk you’ll produce. You might also pump extra milk — either after or between breast-feeding sessions — and freeze it for future use.

Be aware of your baby’s growth spurts

All babies have growth spurts that occurs between 2 weeks and three months. During this time you will notice that your little star is very fussy. This is shown by constant crying , and irritability. Many mothers are easily persuaded to give up breastfeeding or compliment feedings with formula. This does not have to happen. New moms you can breastfeed when baby is constantly crying and fussy. You can breastfeed on demand. This will allow you to produce more milk as your breasts are stimulated by your little star. More breastfeeding equals more milk.

How often should I pump?

If you want to be successful in your breastfeeding and pumping journey, you must make pumping after breastfeeding a priority. You should aim to pump 8 -12 times per day. If this is too much for you, you could try just doing the best you can. That is what God requires of us – our best.

Bottom line

Breastfeeding and pumping can really raise your breastfeeding increases. If you are going to pump effectively, there are many things you can do. One of the first is believing in yourself; that you can breastfeed and pump effectively. Very ew people get anything done if they do not believe. Taking good care of yourself is another good thing you can do. Avoid smoking and limiting the use of alcohol is paramount in succeeding in your pumping sessions. Do not forget to also drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated. Breast Fed Is Best will receive commissions from paid links at no extra cost to you.

Pumping often and realizing that growth spurts can be used as a tool to further increase your milk supply. Most of all make breastfeeding and pumping a smart way to love your baby more. Thank you or stopping by today and do come again. I hope your breastfeeding journey is going great. Please like and give a comment below. I would really appreciate it.


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Breastfeeding And Supplementing: Proven Strategies That Work


Mamas out there it is not a crime to supplement and breastfeed!

You may be wondering what is breastfeeding and supplementing? It is giving your baby breast and formula feedings. Many new moms feel guilty that they did not go the whole breastfeeding route. Mamas, it is perfectly fine if you want to supplement your baby as opposed to exclusively breastfeeding. Many moms make this change because it it better for their family, they might be experiencing low milk supply or it can simply be a personal choice. This is safe for baby and should not pose any danger provided the necessary prevention o infection strategies are in place.

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As a health professional I always encouraged new mothers to do whatever is best for the family.

The most common reason parents decide to supplement is concern for nutrition, especially in the first few days. You’re just getting used to breastfeeding, and it may feel like your baby isn’t getting enough to eat, especially at night. Keep in mind that it can take time for both mom and baby to adjust to their new routine, and supplementing should only be started after consulting with your healthcare provider. Breastfeeding is a learned skill.

Introduce the Breast And Establish Breastfeeding

Babies suck differently on a bottle than the breast, and some will not latch as well at the breast if they’ve had bottles (this is called nipple confusion). This risk decreases if breastfeeding is well established before a bottle is introduced. Babies have to work harder on the breast. If you can breastfeed and bottle-feed with no restraints, it is best to wait until breastfeeding is established.

Should I Supplement with Formula?

Parents may also wonder if they should supplement during babies’ ‘growth spurts,’ which happen around two to three weeks, six weeks and around two to three months of age. At these times, babies want to feed more often and even though you are making enough milk, your breasts may feel soft. During a growth spurt, you may feel like you’re feeding all the time.

That’s OK. By breastfeeding more, the baby is helping to increase your milk supply. Try not to supplement with formula if you really want to breastfeed. Supplementing with formula does not mean that it is the end of breastfeeding. Many moms give up after trying everything with breastfeeding, even to the point where they experience sore nipples and other challenges. This I know is hard or moms who really wanted to breastfeed.

Here Are Some Great Tips For Supplementing

Supplementing at the breast by using a tube that is inserted into your baby’s mouth while he breastfeeds means the breasts get the “make more milk” message even as the baby gets formula, and he associates the breast with food.

If you’re using a bottle to supplement, West recommends giving it first and then finishing the feeding at the breast. It seems counterintuitive, but because your baby feels satisfied when he’s at the breast, he can enjoy nursing more. Breastfeed first and he may begin to prefer the bottle because he associates it with that full, happy feeling.

  • Consider pumping regularly, which can increase your milk supply significantly. You should be pumping 8 -12 times per day. I know that sounds like a lot, but do the best you can.
  • Talk to a health professional and expect some trial and error in determining the amount of supplement to use.
  • The medication domperidone can also be prescribed to boost milk supply.
  • Allow your baby baby to eat until he’s not hungry anymore. 
  • Even though it’s easier to measure how much baby is eating when bottles are in the mix, try not to obsess about exactly how much baby is getting of either breast milk or formula. Your baby will eat more when he’s hungry and less when he’s not. It’s better to make sure that your little one is gaining weight appropriately than to be fixated on whether he’s eating a consistent amount of milk at every feeding.
  • Space out the formula-feeding sessions. Introduce a bottle of formula an hour or two after breastfeeding when your little one is ready to eat but not starving. Add in an additional daily bottle-feeding session a few days later. Taking a moderate approach can keep your milk supply up if you’re trying to continue breastfeeding, and it can keep you from getting a clogged milk duct or breast infection if you’re weaning baby off the breast.
  • Switch sides. As you would move from breast to breast, switch sides when you’re formula-feeding, and burp baby between sides.
  • Have some skin-to-skin contact. Be sure to look into your baby’s eyes and give her lots of cuddles during each feeding session.
  • Be consistent.
  • Ensure that all bottles and accessories are properly sterilized to prevent infection.

Will supplementing with formula affect baby’s poop?

Exclusively breast-fed babies have poops that are mustard-like in color and consistency, sometimes loose or even watery, and seedy, mushy or curdy. Those who are formula-fed, at least in part, have stools that are soft but better formed than a breastfed baby’s, and anywhere from pale yellow to yellowish brown, light brown or brownish green. They can have a stronger odor, too. Your baby’s stools should not be hard or very loose.

What About formula for breastfed babies?

Choosing the right formula can be overwhelming. With so many different types, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

Some formulas are designed specifically for supplementing because they contain lutein, an essential nutrient found in breast milk, as well as prebiotics designed to keep baby’s stool soft, similar to that of exclusively breastfed babies. It’s best to discuss your options with your pediatrician to figure out which one is best for your baby. Most healthy babies do well with a milk-based, iron-fortified formula (all infant formula in the U.S. is fortified with iron).

In general, don’t think that just because it’s “specially formulized,” it’s somehow healthier for your little one. Your budget will probably play a role, too. Organic formulas are free of antibiotics, hormones, genetic modification and synthetic pesticides, but they’re also pricey.

Should I Be Concerned About Nipple Confusion?

 Don’t worry about nipple confusion if you’ve decided that both breastfeeding and formula are right for you. There’s a good chance your baby won’t show any signs of it at all. Nipple confusion is often overblown or even nonexistent, and most babies do fine going back and forth between breast and bottle.

Bottom line

Many mothers have no other choice, but to breastfeed, while others make a personal choice. You can follow or try some of the strategies above . Choosing the right formula is essential to ensure that your baby is developing well. Don’t worry about nipple confusion. There is no evidence that it happens. Mamas there is no way you should feel like you did not succeed as a parent if things did not work out as planned with your breastfeeding goals. Thank you for stopping by today and I wish you every success.


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How To Relax As A Breastfeeding Mom: You Deserve It!


The post partum period can definitely be challenging for any new mother. If you have not had your little star as yet, let me warn you that if you do not prepare for it ,it can be daunting. I want to help you out today by informing you of some of the relaxing ways you can breastfeed to make it more enjoyable. For many nursing moms, relaxation techniques can play a dramatic role in breastfeeding success.

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Mothers who get breastfeeding support that includes relaxation therapy may feel less stressed and have babies who eat and sleep more than women who don’t get this extra help, a small experiment suggests. I remember when I had my babies. I was flustered at times because there were times when everything seemed to be going so fast at the time . You have to make time to plan what needs to be done. My husband who was a great support at the time and still is, did everything to ensure that I was as comfortable as possible. I hope you have the same benefit from your partner relative, or friend. Here are some relaxation tips that any breastfeeding mom can try, no matter how busy your day may be. Use breathing and relaxation techniques. All breastfeeding moms should master these tricks, because you can use them anywhere. Anytime you feel stress getting the best of you (don’t worry – we’ve all been there), take a moment to focus on this breathing technique:

Practice prayer

Prayer changes things

Prayer is powerful because it connects us with our creator God who is willing to help us in our journey through life. He told us to in everything by prayer and supplication to make our requests known to Him. (Philippians 4:6)

Try Progressive Muscle Relaxation(PMR)

  1. Close your eyes and begin taking deep breaths.
  2. Start at your toes and flex that muscle group for 10 seconds as you inhale
  3. Exhale as you relax the muscle group for 25 seconds.
  4. Gradually move up your body as you flex and relax one muscle group at a time.
  5. Continue for 25 to 30 minutes, until you make it up your entire body. OR YOU CAN:
  1. Take a deep breath through your nose until you feel your stomach rise and chest expand.
  2. Hold that breath for one to two seconds.
  3. Exhale slowly through your nose for at least 4 seconds.
  4. Repeat as needed.

Go see a movie or watch one that makes you laugh

A nice relaxing bath can do wonders for your mental and physical health

Ask for help. 

To say you have a lot on your plate is an understatement, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have older children, teach them about responsibility and assign some of your everyday tasks to them. You can even come up with some interesting ways to make chores fun. Don’t feel guilty about asking for support from friends and family either. Just think about it as giving yourself some time to rejuvenate so you can be the best mom you can be.

Use breathing and relaxation techniques.

 All breastfeeding moms should master these tricks, because you can use them anywhere. Anytime you feel stress getting the best of you (don’t worry – we’ve all been there), take a moment to focus on this breathing technique:

Pediatricians recommend exclusive breastfeeding until infants are at least 6 months old because it may bolster their immune systems and protect against obesity and diabetes later in life.

For the experiment, researchers offered 64 new mothers who were exclusively breastfeeding traditional help including educational pamphlets and information on support groups and lactation specialists. In addition, 33 of the women received audio recordings that encouraged relaxation through deep breathing and offered positive messages about breastfeeding and mother-baby bonding, which they were instructed to play while they nursed.

Did you know mothers who listened to relaxation therapy while breastfeeding reported less stress than women who didn’t get the audio recordings, researchers report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “Mothers should use methods that they know work for them to help relax, such as listening to music, reading, meditating or using mindfulness.

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Bottom line

As a breastfeeding mother, you deserve to be relaxed if you are breastfeeding. You have to decide what works for you. I have given you the options that you can choose from. I hope something works. Breastfeeding is hard work and you deserve some relaxation. Thanks for stopping by and do come again. I hope you were able to enjoy our topic and I wish you every success.

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Breastfeeding: Amazing Tips When Introducing The Bottle?


Breastfeeding from a bottle is not always easy for all babies

Hello Mamas! We are going to learn about when it is a good time to introduce a bottle to your baby. Most professionals recommend that

once breastfeeding is going well, your baby can begin drinking your breast milk from a bottle. You should avoid bottle feeding your baby if there are any problems with nursing at your breast because it can confuse your baby and increase the breastfeeding difficulties.

Many babies prefer drinking from certain bottles and nipples; you may need to try a few brands before you discover your baby’s preference. There are many options for nipple size and shape. The flow rate is determined by the size of the hole at the tip of the nipple; the slower flow bottles have a smaller hole. It is best to start with the slow flow (smallest hole).

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It’s Just A Small Developmental Step Which Will Pass

Early success isn’t necessarily an ironclad guarantee that your baby will always take a bottle. Many babies who have been getting bottles all along suddenly decide they simply prefer breastfeeding and don’t want a bottle anymore. And why not? Breastfeeding is warm, cozy, and involves their favorite person – Mom.

But don’t worry: For most babies, this is just a short-lived developmental step. If your baby suddenly refuses to take a bottle, talk to your child’s doctor to rule out a medical reason then try reintroducing it at another time.

Best Tips to introduce the bottle to a breastfed baby

Sucking milk from a bottle requires different mouth and tongue movements than breastfeeding, so it may take your baby a little time to get used to the change. Try these tips for a smooth transition:

To introduce the bottle it’s best to hold baby in an upright, almost sitting position that is similar to your sitting position. Hold the warmed bottle at an angle tilted just enough to fill the nipple. This tilt allows baby to keep control of when and how fast the milk comes.

When Do I Begin Introducing The Bottle?

 Begin introducing the bottle 1-2 weeks before you return to work or school. Your baby will need time to learn this new skill.

If you are returning to work or school, plan ahead and do a trial run or rehearsal of the new routine. Plan to leave your baby for 1-2 hours before you go back. Head to the grocery store or gym and leave your baby with the chosen caregiver. You can return early if you need to, but this helps you and your baby prepare for the new routine.

Your baby may not eat very much when you aren’t home and may begin waking more frequently at night if you’re apart all day. Don’t be surprised if this happens, and just take advantage of these quiet and intimate times to reconnect with your baby

  • Avoid wearing your baby in a sling at this time. This will make the little star clingy for feedings. No skin to skin contact should be allowed.
  • Continue breastfeeding as often as you can, and pump only when needed. Nursing your baby stimulates your body to produce more milk, so putting your baby to the breast keeps your milk supply strong.
  • Offer him a bottle in the evening after his regular feeding to get him used to the nipple. Start with a small amount of breast milk – about half an ounce. If she sucks on a latex pacifier, use a latex bottle nipple (rather than a silicone one) and vice versa. Warm the nipple with water to make it feel more appealing.
  • Try paced (or responsive, or cue-based) feeding, which mimics breastfeeding. Use a slow-flow nipple, keep the bottle horizontal, pause frequently during feedings, switch sides as you would when breastfeeding, and stop feeding your baby when he shows signs of being full.
  • Let someone else feed him the first bottle. If you try to give your baby his first bottle, he may wonder why he’s not getting your breast. He may be less confused if someone else makes the introduction. Ask your mother, your partner, a childcare provider, or a friend to help.
  • Try to be out of the house. A baby can smell his mother, even from a distance, so he may know that you (and your breasts) are just in the next room.
  • Try letting your partner feed baby.

Suggestions For The Resistant Baby

Not all babies will willfully take a bottle. Here are some things you can try. I hope some of them work for you:

  • Try some breast milk on the nipple. When your baby tastes it, she may start sucking to get more. (Don’t use honey, which can cause infant botulism in children younger than 12 months.)
  • Let your baby play with the nipple so she can familiarize herself with it. If she just chews on it, let her for now. She may actually start sucking on it soon.
  • Hold her in a different position: Put her in an infant or car seat so she is semi-upright, and then feed her the bottle while facing her. Or try feeding her on your lap with her back to your chest. Once she is used to taking a bottle, you can hold her as you usually would for feedings.
  • Try different temperatures. It could be your baby prefers her milk slightly warmer or colder than you’ve been giving it to her. Experiment with different temperatures to see what she prefers. You might also see if there’s a difference between giving her fresh milk or milk that’s been frozen.
  • Offer the bottle at other times of day. If your baby won’t take the bottle during the day, try offering it during a nighttime feeding or vice versa.

What To Do If My Baby Is Really Not Cooperating?

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Remember Mama, your baby needs time to get used to new sensations, so stick with the same nipple, bottle, and feeding technique for a while before trying something new. Constantly changing the feeding position or switching out new nipples may just end up confusing (and frustrating) him.

Make sure you have lots of time to take it slow during this process. If your baby starts crying and pushes the bottle away, back off, comfort him, and then try again. If you’ve tried offering the bottle and your baby has refused three times, let it go for now. (Wait at least five minutes before breastfeeding – that way he won’t associate refusing the bottle with immediate gratification.)

Offer the bottle again in an hour or two, when your baby is alert and receptive but not seriously hungry.

What If I Want To Wean My Baby Off The Breast?

Congratulations! if you’ve decided to wean your baby, or to nurse only before and after work, you deserve congratulations and support for having given your baby weeks or months of breast milk. Just be sure that your baby gets the same one-on-one, physically nurturing and affectionate time with you during bottle-feeding that she did with breastfeeding. For more information on easing this transition, see our article on how to wean your baby.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your weaning is successful. Be patient and remember it is only a developmental step towards a greater goal. As you go through the process ask God to help you and have faith that you will get what you have asked. Visit again and like my post.I would like to hear from you. Comment if you like.

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Self Breast Exam: Expert Tips That Can Save Your Life


Performing a self breast exam can be one of the things that can save your life

Self breast-exam, or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find a breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully. While no single test can detect all breast cancers early, Breastcancer.org believes that performing breast self-exam in combination with other screening methods can increase the odds of early detection. The thing is the earlier cancer is detected, the better are treatment options.

Many medical professionals still believes that breast self-examination is a useful and important screening tool, especially when used in combination with regular physical exams by a doctor, mammography, and in some cases ultrasound and/or MRI. Each of these screening tools works in a different way and has strengths and weaknesses. Breast self-exam is a convenient, no-cost tool that you can use on a regular basis and at any age. It is recommend that all women routinely perform breast self-exams as part of their overall breast cancer screening strategy.

A breast self-exam is a screening technique you can do at home to check for breast lumps.

A breast self-exam can help screen for:

  • tumors
  • cysts
  • other abnormalities in the breasts

When Is The Best Time To Do A Self Breast Exam

The best time to do a breast self-exam is a few days after your monthly menstrual cycle ends. Hormonal changes can affect the size and feel of your breasts, so it’s best to perform the exam when your breasts are in their normal state.

Women who don’t menstruate should choose a certain day to perform the exam, such as the first day of each month.

You should also keep a journal of your self-exams. This will help you track and record any changes you have noticed in your breasts.

How Do I Do A Self Breast Exam?

In front of a mirror

Start by standing topless in front of a mirror with your hands at your sides.

Visually inspect your breasts for the following:

  • changes in size, shape, or symmetry
  • dimpling
  • inverted nipples
  • puckering
  • asymmetrical ridges at the bottom

Check for these signs with your hands at your sides. Then, with your arms over your head, and again when lifting one breast at a time.

In the shower

  • Using the pads of your fingers, not the tips, inspect your breasts while lying down and again in the shower. The water and soap in the shower will allow your fingers to glide easily over your skin.
  • Using varying pressure and taking your time, massage your fingers over your breasts in a spiral pattern starting at the nipple. Make your way up to the top of your breast near the collar bone, to the center by your breastbone, and to the sides near your armpits. Do this by putting one arm over your head while massaging your breast with the other hand.
  • Now, gently squeeze your nipples to check for discharge.

Risks of a Breast Self-Exam

There’s no medical risk involved in a breast self-exam. Finding a lump in your breast can be alarming, but a majority of breast lumps aren’t malignant, or cancerous. They’re typically caused by other, benign conditions.

Breast self-exams have also been associated with an increase in unnecessary breast biopsies, which are procedures that involve the surgical removal of breast tissue.

Because most abnormalities in breast tissue are noncancerous, the extra surgical procedures put women at risk for rare complications, such as bleeding and infection.

After a Breast Self-Exam

If you find a lump or abnormality, don’t panic. Remember that the vast majority of breast abnormalities turn out to be benign, or noncancerous.

Besides cancer, breast lumps can be caused by:

This doesn’t mean that you should ignore a lump or abnormality. If you find a lump, make an appointment with your healthcare provider to have your breast professionally examined.

Bottom line

In spite of the fact that some professionals do not see breast exam as important as other tools in detection for breast abnormalities it is still just as important like other tests. It can be the first indication that something is wrong. It compliments breast cancer screening but it is not a substitute for it. Thank you for stopping by today. I encourage all of you beautiful ladies out their to perform your breast self exam regularly. Those of you who may be diagnosed with any breast ailments, I speak healing to your body in Jesu name. The name that is above every name! I wish you every success in your life. If you have comments or questions comment below.

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Breastfeeding And Cancer :Getting The Real Facts


Caring for a newborn is stressful as it stands. Is it possible to breastfeed while battling cancer? Lets find out

Breast cancer occurs in about 1 in 3,000 pregnancies and is the most common type of cancer diagnosed during pregnancy, after birth while breastfeeding, or within a year of delivery. The good news is that breast cancer doesn’t appear to harm your unborn baby. However, cancer treatment may interfere with your plans to breastfeed afterward.

Caring for a newborn baby can be stressful. So can going through breast cancer treatment. But juggling both at the same time? Women who are breast-feeding are often acutely aware of how their breasts feel so they will usually notice any physical changes. It is common to find breast lumps during lactation, which can lead women to worry about breast cancer. This invites an entirely new level of anxiety.

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Most doctors recommend women who are about to be treated for breast cancer stop (or not begin) breastfeeding, a heartbreaking directive for many new mothers. But you may not have to give up breastfeeding forever. Women who know they have breast cancer are likely to have concerns about the safety of breast-feeding and may wonder whether their cancer treatment could affect the baby.

Here are some guidelines to help you know what to expect as you approach treatment (covering chemotherapy, surgery and radiation) and to give you peace of mind that you’re keeping your baby safe while taking care of your own health.

How Safe Is Breastfeeding During Chemotherapy?

No. For the safety of the baby, breastfeeding isn’t recommended during chemotherapy. Many chemotherapy drugs, especially cyclophosphamide and methotrexate, may appear in high levels in breast milk and could potentially harm your nursing baby.

To protect your breastfeeding child, you may choose to wean your baby prior to beginning chemotherapy. You may also decide to pump during chemotherapy and throw away the milk. By pumping, you will continue producing milk so you can resume breastfeeding once your oncologist assures you it’s safe to do so.

Should You Breastfeed Before and Immediately After Surgery?

Absolutely no. If you’re planning to have surgery for breast cancer, stop breastfeeding in order to reduce blood flow to your breasts. This reduces the risk of infection and also helps prevent breast milk from collecting in the biopsy or surgery areas.

If you’re nursing, you may want to pump before you have surgery and store a supply of breast milk. This way, you’ll be able to continue feeding your baby breast milk while you’re separated during surgery and recovery. You may need to wait a little while after surgery to resume breastfeeding, because the anesthesia may get into your breast milk and harm your baby. Ask your surgeon how long the anesthesia will stay in your body and when you can safely go back to breastfeeding.

Can You Breastfeed During Radiation?

It depends on your oncologist whether it’s safe for you to breastfeed while you’re undergoing radiation. Breastfeeding during radiation may be safe, depending on what type of radiation you’re receiving and what part of your body is being treated. External beam radiation is usually safe for nursing mothers unless they’re getting chemotherapy concurrently. There are exceptions to this rule, however, so be sure to consult your oncologist. As for internal radiation, it may be dangerous to your baby while you’re breastfeeding, so again, talk to your oncologist. Pray also and ask God to heal your body and give you wisdom . He has told us to in all our ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.(Proverbs 3:5)

Will Your Baby’s Health Suffer When You Don’t Breastfeed?

Many women feel guilty if they can’t breastfeed and may worry that their baby’s health or intellectual development will suffer as a result. But the current research on the effects of breastfeeding is inconclusive. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants be fed only breast milk for the first six months due to the nutritional superiority of breast milk to infant formula. However, one 2014 study of 1,773 sibling pairs — one fed breast milk and one fed formula — found no significant differences between the breast-fed and bottle-fed babies on any of the 11 measures of health (including obesity and asthma) and intellectual competency (including math ability and memory-based intelligence).

Talk with your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your baby’s health while you’re undergoing breast cancer treatment. If breastfeeding is going to pose too much risk to your baby, ask your pediatrician to recommend an infant formula. And remember, don’t let guilt get in the way of your recovery and being there for your child, now and for many years to come.

Are There Any Symptoms Of Cancer While Breastfeeding?

Women should speak with a doctor if they have any concerns about their breast health.

Several factors can make it more difficult for women who are lactating to get a breast cancer diagnosis These include the following:

  • Breast-feeding can cause issues that are very similar to the symptoms of breast cancer because the symptoms are similar e.g. they can also develop engorgement, mastitis, plugged ducts, and sore nipples.
  • Doctors may not think to test a woman for cancer if she finds a lump while breast-feeding as there are other possible causes.
  • In most cases, the doctor will recommend that a woman stops breast-feeding following a breast cancer diagnosis.
  • Many breast cancer treatments can affect a woman’s milk supply or negatively impact on the baby.
  • The doctor will help to determine which treatment is best for an individual with breast cancer, as this can vary from person to person.

Possible treatments include:

  • Surgery: Surgery may be necessary to remove a lump or cancerous growth. In some cases, this can involve a mastectomy (removal of the breast) or a double mastectomy (removal of both breasts). The extent of the surgery will determine whether or not the individual can continue breast-feeding.
  • Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses strong medications to destroy cancer cells within the body. Women who are having chemotherapy will need to stop breast-feeding.
  • Radiation: Some women undergoing radiation treatment may be able to continue breast-feeding, depending on the specific type of therapy. A doctor will be able to explain the risks to allow the individual to make an informed decision.

Breast-feeding during cancer treatment may be possible, but it is essential to speak to your doctor before to determine if you can.

Bottom line

Developing breast cancer while breast-feeding is rare, but it is possible. Women should not hesitate to see their doctor if they have any concerns about their breasts.

In the event of a breast cancer diagnosis, the woman should discuss her options with the doctor, including whether or not she can continue to breast-feed. God is faithful . He loves you and He has healing benefits for you. If you are diagnosed with cancer I recommend that you seek Him first and all things will be added to you. I wish you God’s speed in Christ Jesus. Thank you for stopping by today and do come again. Please like my page if you do. I wish you every breastfeeding success. You can comment below if you like. so you know, Breast Fed Is Best Academy may earn commissions from shopping links.


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Breastfeeding And Conscious Sedation


Great news! Medications used for the operating room is not harmful for breastfeeding mothers and their babies

Many breastfeeding mothers have intravenous sedation from time to time. The safety of these drugs need to be evaluated to ensure that mother, baby, and breast milk are safe.

Often times, discontinuing breastfeeding for a surgical or diagnostic procedure requiring sedation is the only alternative suggested to a nursing mother. Discontinuing breastfeeding is typically not necessary.

Today, many women, armed with knowledge and assertiveness, search for other ways or other practitioners who are willing to work with them as they have their procedure with sedation and continue nursing. They know that for most medications, very little of the drug is transferred to their milk. Additionally, very few medications have adverse effects in breastfed babies because the dose transferred to the milk is in such a low dose or it is poorly bioavailable to the infant.

The medications often used for sedation procedures in dental offices include:

  • Triazolam (Halcion)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Phenergan
  • Decadron
  • Fentanyl
  • Versed
  • Propofol

Many medical professionals use these same or similar drugs for other surgical or diagnostic procedures requiring sedation.

Oral Agents

Triazolam and diazepam are used as oral pre-operative sedatives, often taken one hour prior to a procedure with a sip of water. If a patient is breastfeeding, the oral sedative of choice would be triazolam with a half life of 1.5-5.5 hours compared to diazepam’s half life of 43 hours. Some pediatric concerns of poor suckling, lethargy and sedation have been reported with Valium. The milk to plasma ratio with Valium has been reported to be as high as 2.8.

Inhalation Agents

The inhalation agent of choice in dentistry is nitrous oxide blended with oxygen, also know as “laughing gas”. A nitrous oxide/oxygen blend helps to reduce anxiety and works as a sedative. In the dental office, the patient breathes the gas through a nasal mask. Patients describe a sense of well being and relaxation. It works quickly and wears off quickly, making it a good choice for breastfeeding mothers and breastfed babies. Its half life is less than 3 minutes.

Agents Used for IV Sedation include:

Benzodiazepines

  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Midazolam (Versed)

Narcotic Analgesics

  • Alfentanil (Alfenta)
  • Fentanyl (Sublimaze)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Morphine

Barbiturates

  • Methohexital (Brevital)
  • Thiopental (Pentothal)

Sedative/Hypnotics

  • Propofol (Diprivan)

Reversal Medication

  • Flumazenil (Romazicon)
  • Naloxone (Narcan)

IV sedation is a great alternative for breastfeeding mothers undergoing surgical or diagnostic procedures.  The IV medications listed above produce quick, effective sedation.  Recovery time from these sedative agents is also short.  The majority of patients tell us they were comfortable and do not remember much if anything about the procedure.

The  IV medications listed above have a very short half life and the milk to plasma ratio is low for most of these drugs, except Valium and Morphine.  The half lives of these drugs are quite long and the milk to plasma ratio is somewhat higher than the other drugs listed.  Some references suggest using caution with these drugs, and some do not. My advice is to use caution when using these drugs with the breastfeeding mother, or even better, chose a more appropriate alternative besides diazepam or morphine.

More guidelines

These medications often used for sedation procedures in dental offices include:

  • Triazolam (Halcion)
  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Phenergan
  • Decadron
  • Fentanyl
  • Versed
  • Propofol

Many medical professionals use these same or similar drugs for other surgical or diagnostic procedures requiring sedation.

Oral Agents

Triazolam and diazepam are used as oral pre-operative sedatives, often taken one hour prior to a procedure with a sip of water. If a patient is breastfeeding, the oral sedative of choice would be triazolam with a half life of 1.5-5.5 hours compared to diazepam’s half life of 43 hours. Some pediatric concerns of poor suckling, lethargy and sedation have been reported with Valium. The milk to plasma ratio with Valium has been reported to be as high as 2.8.

Inhalation Agents

The inhalation agent of choice in dentistry is nitrous oxide blended with oxygen, also know as “laughing gas”. A nitrous oxide/oxygen blend helps to reduce anxiety and works as a sedative. In the dental office, the patient breathes the gas through a nasal mask. Patients describe a sense of well being and relaxation. It works quickly and wears off quickly, making it a good choice for breastfeeding mothers and breastfed babies. Its half life is less than 3 minutes.

Agents Used for IV Sedation include:

Benzodiazepines

  • Diazepam (Valium)
  • Midazolam (Versed)

Narcotic Analgesics

  • Alfentanil (Alfenta)
  • Fentanyl (Sublimaze)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Morphine

Barbiturates

  • Methohexital (Brevital)
  • Thiopental (Pentothal)

Sedative/Hypnotics

  • Propofol (Diprivan)

Reversal Medication

  • Flumazenil (Romazicon)
  • Naloxone (Narcan)

IV sedation is a great alternative for breastfeeding mothers undergoing surgical or diagnostic procedures.  The IV medications listed above produce quick, effective sedation.  Recovery time from these sedative agents is also short.  The majority of patients tell us they were comfortable and do not remember much if anything about the procedure.

The  IV medications listed above have a very short half life and the milk to plasma ratio is low for most of these drugs, except Valium and Morphine.  The half lives of these drugs are quite long and the milk to plasma ratio is somewhat higher than the other drugs listed.  Some references suggest using caution with these drugs, and some do not. My advice is to use caution when using these drugs with the breastfeeding mother, or even better, chose a more appropriate alternative besides diazepam or morphine.

Bottom line

There is great news Mamas! It is important for the health care professional to inform the mother of the risks and benefits, possibilities and options given the evidence available about the safety of breastfeeding and using the medications discussed in this article.  It is not appropriate for health care professionals to advise ALL mothers to discontinue breastfeeding or to “pump and dump” for surgical or diagnostic procedures requiring oral, inhalation or intravenous sedation because most medications used for oral, inhalation and IV sedation are compatible with breastfeeding.  They have no effect on milk supply and very minimal or no effect on the infant.

With breastfeeding mothers, the health care professional should consider avoiding diazepam and morphine as sedative agents for a surgical or diagnostic procedure because of their long half life and higher milk to plasma ratio.  Alternative medications that do not impact the breastfeeding relationship are readily available for sedation for surgical and diagnostic procedures.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this post. It is not a very common topic, but I think you need to know how safe it is for you, your breast milk and your baby. If you have any comments feel free to comment. I wish you a successful breastfeeding journey Mama and I encourage you dad to support Mama as much as possible. May God bless you all. Please like and join in the fun of following!

Breastfeeding And Spitting Up: Resolving the Issue


All babies at some point during a feed will have a spit-up. This often occurs when young babies spit up sometimes, since their digestive systems are immature, making it easier for the stomach contents to flow back up into the esophagus (the tube connecting mouth to stomach).

Babies often spit up when they get too much milk too fast. This may happen when baby feeds very quickly or aggressively, or when mom’s breasts are overfull. The amount of spitup typically appears to be much more than it really is. If baby is very distractible (pulling off the breast to look around) or fussy at the breast, he may swallow air and spit up more often. Here are some reason your baby may spit up:

  • when they are crawling
  • when they are teething
  • or when they are starting solid foods

According to research babies:

  • Spitting up usually occurs right after baby eats, but it may also occur 1-2 hours after a feeding.
  • Half of all 0-3 month old babies spit up at least once per day.
  • Spitting up usually peaks at 2-4 months.
  • Many babies outgrow spitting up by 7-8 months.
  • Most babies have stopped spitting up by 12 months.

If your baby is a ‘Happy Spitter’ –gaining weight well, spitting up without discomfort and content most of the time — spitting up is not a serious issue. This term is used by doctors to describe a baby who spits up, but is generally comfortable, has no breathing problems, and is thriving and growing well.

What are some of the reasons for babies spitting up?

  • Breastmilk oversupply or forceful let-down (milk ejection reflex) can cause reflux-like symptoms, and usually can be remedied with simple measures.
  • Food sensitivities can cause excessive spitting. The most likely offender is cow’s milk products (in baby’s or mom’s diet). Other things to ask yourself: is baby getting anything other than breastmilk – formula, solids (including cereal), vitamins (fluoride, iron, etc.), medications, herbal preparations? Is mom taking any medications, herbs, vitamins, iron, etc.?
  • Swallowing air during feedings: A baby who is drinking very quickly is also gulping air along with the milk. This is especially true if you have a strong let-down reflex or an overabundant milk supply.
  • Babies with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) usually spit up a lot (see below).
  • Although seldom seen in breastfed babies, regular projectile vomiting in a newborn can be a sign of pyloric stenosis, a stomach problem requiring surgery. It occurs 4 times more often in boys than in girls, and symptoms usually appear between 3 and 5 weeks of age. Newborns who projectile vomit at least once a day should be checked out by their doctor.

Reflux can cause considerable discomfort in some babies.

Symptoms of GERD include:1

  • Gagging, choking, coughing, wheezing, or other breathing problems
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Poor growth due to vomiting (rarer)

Discuss your baby’s spit-up patterns with your pediatrician to figure out if GERD could be the culprit. If so, medication and other measures may be necessary.2

Best Tips s to Reduce Spit-Ups

Burping is important to prevent spitting up

Always burp baby during and after feeds

Try to burp your baby during and after each feeding to remove air from her belly. Some breastfed babies do not need to burp after every feeding, as they tend to swallow less air than bottle-fed babies. However, if you have an abundant milk supply or a very fast flow of milk, that may not be the case. Sometimes babies spit up because they are burped. Still, this is a worthwhile measure. Mamas believe me when you burp your baby , you are doing wonders for your baby. When your baby is burped, you are helping release the air swallowed during the feeding. After a burp, your baby will be more comfortable. Removing air may also make more room in your baby’s stomach to continue the feeding.

Relieve Engorgement Before Feeding

Hand expression before breastfeeding can be a solution to your engorgement issue

If you have too much milk or your milk supply has not yet adjusted to your baby’s needs, your breasts might be engorged. This can make your breasts full and hard, making it difficult for your baby to latch properly and get a good seal around your nipple. As a result, your baby will take in air as he tries to nurse.

Use a pump or express some milk before feeding your baby to soften the breast. This will help your baby to latch on properly.

What if my little star does not burp?

If your baby does not burp right away here are some things you can do to help,but keep in mind that not all babies will have air in their tummies after a feed:

  • Burp in between feeds. (mid- feed)
  • Try a different position with baby to burp
  • Use infant message. Little babies will find a nice rubdown super-relaxing. “You will get a lot of different answers on what techniques are best, but the most common are gently pressing down on the babies abdomen and massaging in a clockwise motion, laying the baby flat on their back and holding their knees together then flexing them up toward their tummies, or bicycling the legs,” explains Dr. Oller.
  • Gently pat on the left side where the stomach is.
  • Sit baby up tall/ straight. Here’s a little modification to the classic burping pose that just might help your little one. “Holding the baby upright on your shoulder or in a sitting position (so that their spine is straight) and firmly massaging upwards along their backs — from belly to neck — is also a great way to encourage a burp to come out,” explains Sauers. Experiment with this upright pose and see if it works for your baby, too.
  • Observe for feeding cues to avoid swallowing air.

Experiment With Different Positions

Try different breastfeeding positions to see if some are more comfortable than others for your baby. And after a feeding, try to keep your baby’s head upright and elevated for at least 30 minutes.

Keep Feedings Calm and Quiet

Try to limit distractions, noise, and bright lights while you are breastfeeding. Calmer feedings may lead to fewer spit-ups. Don’t bounce or engage in very active play immediately following a feeding either.

Feed Your Baby More Often

If you wait too long between feedings and your baby is very hungry, she may feed too quickly and take in excess air. Stick with the same recommended quantity of milk over the course of a day, just consider adjusting your feeding schedule. If breastfeeding give when ever baby is ready. If bottle feeding give breast milk if it not 3 hours as yet for formula.

Manage a Strong Let-Down

If you have a forceful let-down reflex, your milk may be flowing too fast for your baby. Try to nurse in a reclined position so that your baby is taking in the milk against gravity. You can also pump or express some milk from your breasts before beginning a feeding to help slow down the flow.

When should I seek medical attention?

When your baby spits up, milk usually comes up with a burp or flows gently out of his mouth. Even if your baby spits up after every feeding, it is not usually a problem.

Vomiting is not the same. Vomiting is forceful and often shoots out of your baby’s mouth. A baby may vomit on occasion, and that’s OK. But if your child is vomiting repeatedly or for longer than 24 hours, and/or if the vomit is green or has blood in it, contact your pediatrician. It could be a sign of illness, infection, or something more serious.1

Other signs that it is time to call your baby’s doctor includes concerns that your baby:2

  • Appears to be in pain and is inconsolable
  • Loses weight or is not gaining weight
  • Not keeping any feedings down and is showing signs of dehydration
  • Spits up too much or too often

Bottom line

Mamas and dads out there you see it is not always necessary to become overly alarmed at your baby spitting up. This condition is not always serious. However, it is important for you to be aware of signs and symptoms of real problems. Please note the signs of danger and know when to seek help for your little star. Also understanding why it can occurs . Burping after feeds helps out quit a bit. Try to avoid allowing your baby to cry for prolonged periods. This is where your baby can swallow lots of air which can get trapped in the stomach or intestines. Keep in mind that your baby will not always burp, after a feed. If you have tried all the above methods and nothing works, gently rest baby on back with head turned to one side if asleep. Thank you for stopping by today

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Breastfeeding And Herbal Safety: Everything Yo Need To Know


Be ware herbal substances can cause side effects to breastfeeding moms

Hello to all new Mamas out there. Congratulations on your new arrival and decision to breastfeed! This post is a safety precaution for you to be aware of side effects that could happen to you and your baby while you may be breastfeeding. Did you that because a substance is labeled “herbal” it does not meant you will not get an allergy. Yes Mamas, I want you to know that it is important for you to know that you can actually have side effects from natural herbs or any medication. You still need to be aware because there is not been any in depth study as it relates to breastfeeding’s.

Reminders for breastfeeding moms

Know your side effects

  1. The nursing mother should know the use and side effects for all constituents of a formulation before using it. You should be aware of potential side effects and she should be able not only to monitor herself for side effects, but also to monitor the nursling for these side effects or unusual changes in behavior.
  2. The nursing mother should take the lowest dose possible. She should always avoid extra-strength or long-acting formulations. Combination products present a special hazard.
  3. The nursing mother should take oral medications immediately following nursing, or right before the infant’s longest sleep to avoid nursling exposure to a drug at its peak plasma level.
  4. Avoid the pharmacologically active herbal teas. Drink any herbal teas only in moderation.
  5. Limit intake of any herbal preparation that combines several active ingredients.
  6. Always check the label. Even vitamins and simple echinacea may contain herbs that should not be used by breastfeeding mothers.
  7. Use only reliable brands that have ingredients and concentrations clearly marked on the label, as well as the expiration date and the name of the manufacturer and distributor.
  8. Be sure to check with your physician before taking any natural remedy, since it could interact with other medications you take or need.
  9. Avoid the pharmacologically active herbal teas. Drink any herbal teas only in moderation.
  10. Limit intake of any herbal preparation that combines several active ingredients.
  11. Always check the label. Even vitamins and simple echinacea may contain herbs that should not be used by breastfeeding mothers.
  12. Use only reliable brands that have ingredients and concentrations clearly marked on the label, as well as the expiration date and the name of the manufacturer and distributor.
  13. Be sure to check with your physician before taking any natural remedy, since it could interact with other medications you take or need.

Side effects of natural herbs

The side effects of herbal medicine depend upon the herbal remedy, the dosage, and any pharmaceutical medications taken by the patient. Many alternate health treatments, such as adjusting the diet or taking homeopathic remedies, are quite safe. Yet some herbs are tricky and must be taken in the proper amounts for optimal health and wellbeing. Herbs, like any substance ingested in the body, are not without side effects.

As with all medical information, please speak with your physician or healthcare provider to discuss any specific concerns or questions regarding drug interactions.

Photosensitivity

Individuals taking St. John’s wort to treat depression or anxiety may find their skin becoming more sensitive to the sun. They may burn more easily. Typically, fair-haired and light-skinned Caucasians have the highest incidence of photosensitivity, but this herbal side effect is thankfully rare. Typical cases of photosensitivity occur when people take very high doses of St. John’s wort, or take it over a long period of time. If taking St. John’s wort, avoid too much sun exposure.

Skin Irritation

Topical herbal antifungal and antibacterial agents such as tea tree oil and lavender may cause rashes or skin irritation, especially if used at full strength. Before using any topical herbal product, try a skin patch test. Place a small amount of the product on the inside of the elbow on one arm only. Wait a few days. If the area remains clear, proceed with using the herbal product.

Sleepiness

Everyone’s body is different, and some people are more sensitive to herbs than other people. Herbs used to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia may cause excessive daytime sleepiness in certain individuals. These herbs include chamomile, valerian and kava kava, with valerian and kava being the most likely culprits. Avoid driving or using machinery until you’re sure of the effects of the herb.

Here’s your guide to popular herbs and their side effects

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RAYMOND J. COGHLAN, PHARM.D. CoMed- He talks about which herbals are safe to take while breastfeeding. Here’s a guide to popular herbs and their potential risk to nurslings here


Bottom line

Breastfeeding and herbs can be a great combination, providing there are no side effects. Knowing the side effects and learning about them can can help you to when it is or is not working. Learn the tips to help you succeed while taking herbs. and remember to consult your doctor regarding your intake of herbs. As always God is with you. I wish you every success in your breastfeeding journey. Thanks for stopping by and do come again. Please like, share and sign up. I would love to hear from you.

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Breastfeeding And Prescription Drugs To Increase Milk Supply


When all other methods have failed for increasing your milk supply, prescription drugs can help

Hello Mommies! I hope you are all doing well. Oh I should not leave out the great dads who may be reading this. I hope you are fine too. We are going to discuss the prescription drugs used to increase breast milk supply. These drugs are usually recommended if all other methods have failed due to low milk supply, or if some women want to relactate a baby that was weaned. In some cases, a woman might want to breastfeed an adopted baby.

Did you know that these medications cause an increase in the level of prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production, so they have the side effect of making breast milk.1 Under the direct supervision and monitoring of a doctor, these medications have been prescribed to help create, re-establish or increase the supply of breast milk for nursing mothers.

Our Amazing Bodies Can do It

Thanks to God, it is possible for non-pregnant women to lactate. Historically, the motivation for women who have not just given birth to lactate has been to feed an infant whose mother died or was unable to breastfeed. More recently, women who adopt infants and want to breastfeed them are also seeking ways to induce lactation. And of course, some couples who find breastfeeding erotically exciting are exploring these strategies as well. The most successful cases of women who haven’t just given birth lactating usually include a combination of hormone therapy and physical stimulation of the breasts and nipples.

Lets look at what happens during pregnancy

During pregnancy, elevated levels of the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and prolactin prepare the breasts for milk production. After delivery, there is a dramatic decline in estrogen and progesterone, but prolactin levels remain high and initiate the onset of lactation. Women who aren’t pregnant but who wish to lactate can take a daily regimen of hormones to mimic these processes that occur during pregnancy. Typically, hormone therapy is discontinued shortly before breast-feeding begins. At that point, the baby’s suckling is thought to stimulate and maintain milk production.

Maintaining milk flow

Regular stimulation of the breasts and nipples can also help to produce and maintain milk flow. Some experts suggest pumping both breasts with a hospital-grade electric breast pump every three hours, beginning about two months before you hope to begin breast-feeding. You can also manually stimulate the breasts and nipples (this is where partner participation may come in handy).

Breast stimulation can encourage the production and release of prolactin. A qualified lactation consultant(link is external) may provide you with specific techniques for stimulation and hormone therapy. You could also contact a local hospital or clinic to see if they have lactation consultants on staff, or visit your primary health care provider for a consultation.

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The most common prescribed galactagologues

1. Domperidone (Motilium)

  • Domperidone, is used to treat gastric problems.4 It’s not available in the United States but is commonly used in Canada and other countries to stimulate the production of breast milk.
  • Outside of the U.S., domperidone is believed to be safer than metoclopramide, with fewer side effects for nursing mothers. It’s also considered to be safe to take long-term. Side effects such as headache, stomach cramps, and dry mouth can occur but tend to be uncommon.
  • In the United States, the FDA has not approved domperidone for any condition.5 It warns against the use of this drug for anyone, especially breastfeeding women.
  • Reports of serious heart problems and sudden death have been associated with the intravenous (IV) use of this medication, so the FDA has deemed it unsafe.6 Therefore, in the US, it is illegal to import, sell or compound domperidone except for specific patients with severe stomach issues, and only after a doctor submits a special request to the FDA.

2.Metoclopramide (Reglan)

  • Metoclopramide is a medication used to treat stomach issues such as reflux, nausea, and vomiting.3 It is the most commonly used medication for lactation induction and increasing a low supply of breast milk in the United States.
  • Results can usually be seen in a few days, and will typically last as long as the medication is continued. The supply often dwindles again once the medication is no longer being taken.
  • Metoclopramide does travel to the baby through breast milk, but it hasn’t been shown to cause any problems in breastfed infants.
  • The common side effects of metoclopramide are sleepiness, headache, or restlessness.3 Less common, but more severe side effects have also been reported with the use of this medication.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that depression and tardive dyskinesia, a condition that causes tics, tremors or uncontrollable movements of the face and body, could result from taking metoclopramide in high doses over an extended period of time.3 In some cases, the involuntary movements do not resolve even after the medication is stopped.
  • Metoclopramide should not be taken for longer than 12 weeks, and should not be used by anyone who suffers from depression, a seizure disorder, asthma or high blood pressure.

Other Medications- Not Recommended due to Risks Vs Benefits

Tranquilizers such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine) and haloperidol (Haldol), and the blood pressure medication methyldopa (Aldomet) are some of the other prescriptions that can increase the level of prolactin in the body and potentially increase the supply of breast milk.7 However, side effects of these drugs can be very dangerous. The risks these medications pose to nursing mothers outweigh the benefits, so they are not used to enhance the milk supply.

What if I need to lactate but do not wish to take these drugs?

If hormone therapy or breast stimulation treatments are not the ways you’d like to go, you can check out a feeding aide that delivers formula or milk through a device that attaches to your breast (supplementary aid). For an erotic alternative, you could also drizzle milk on your breasts and invite your partner to imbibe that way.

Bottom line

Prescribed medications sometimes are necessary in the need for increased milk supply. Healthcare providers must be aware of the risks involved before prescribing. When these drugs are used for the right reasons, they can bring joy to the lives of many families. I hope you learned something to help you if you fall into one of the categories above. Please like, or comment on this post if you like. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all the best in your breastfeeding goals.

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Delicious, Breast Milk Increase Recipes: Boosting Your Supply


Here you can find the best ingredients to give you the best lactation boost

Breastfeeding is an amazing food! It offers crucial nutrients to your child that formula cannot provide, but not all moms are able to breastfeed. Some female bodies do not produce enough milk to adequately satiate a child, and breastfeeding can lead to problems like soreness and mastitis. Breastfeeding is even more wonderful when you can create delicious food to help boost your milk supply.

Did you know certain positions are better for breastfeeding because they allow for better milk flow? Even changing the locale where you breastfeed to promote calmness in both you and your baby can improve your breastfeeding experience. 

Caring for babies costs a lot of money, from paying for the birth to buying clothing and furniture. Breastfeeding can save you money as you simply have to eat healthy to feed your child – no need to purchase expensive formulas. Buying a breast pump can be a daunting experience, but with the right advice you’ll know what to look for. Soon you’ll be storing milk so you can take a little time to yourself and pass off the wonderful feeding experience to a trusted loved one.

Fortunately, there are many quick and easy-to-prepare recipes made with ingredients that may help improve your milk supply. Plus, these recipes are packed with nutrients you need as a breastfeeding parent.

Here are some tasty recipes that can help keep you energized and may give your milk supply a boost. I suggest you give them a try:

Eating Oatmeal to Increase Breast Milk

Oatmeal is considered a galactagogues, or a food that can naturally increase milk supply. This food is usually a pantry staple, is easy to make, and can be used in countless delicious recipes.

Oatmeal is also a good source of iron, which can naturally help replenish iron stores following childbirth. Low iron levels in breastfeeding mothers has been connected with decreased milk supply, so adding iron-rich foods to the diet can be a natural way to boost breastmilk.

If you are a breastfeeding mama looking for ways to naturally increase and support your breastmilk, you can simply add in a warm bowl of oatmeal to your diet each day. Here is a group of 12 delicious recipes for your total enjoyment.

1.Overnight lactation oats

Ummm, ummm, so delicious!

You will need:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup sliced mixed fruits (raspberries, apple, mango, and kiwi)
  • 2 tbsp chopped nuts and dried fruits
  • 1tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1tsp jaggery powder
  • ½ tbsp chia seeds

How to prepare: 

  1. Blend all the ingredients, transfer into a jar, and close the lid. Store the sealed jar in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. The next morning, open the jar, add a dash of milk and eat.
  3. You can add more seasonal fruits and different milk types to prepare healthy and tasty recipe variants.

2.Fruit, nut, lactation shake


You will need:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup papaya (chopped)
  • ½ cup mixed berries (chopped)
  • 1 banana (chopped)
  • 2tbsp fig and Medjool dates (finely chopped)
  • 1tbsp toasted nuts (chopped)
  • 1tsp seeds trail mix
  • 1tsp jaggery powder

How to prepare: 

  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend into a smooth-flowing, lump-free shake.
  2. Pour the shake into a glass and enjoy.
  3. You can add more seasonal fruits and dried fruits to this recipe to make its delicious variants.

Lactation-boosting recipes are foods and beverages that offer you umpteen nutrients. The consumption of these dishes, as part of a well-balanced diet, could aid in your postpartum recovery and improve your milk flow and supply. Besides, all these dishes and beverages are delicious and could help address your hunger pangs in a healthy way.

 3.Creamy golden milk smoothie

You will need:

  • 1 cup ripe banana (sliced)
  • 1 cup fresh carrot juice
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds (finely chopped)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper powder
  • Pinch of fresh nutmeg powder

How to prepare:

  1. Put the banana, coconut milk, turmeric powder, ginger, cinnamon powder, black pepper powder, and nutmeg powder into a blender and blend into a lump-free, creamy liquid.
  2. Add carrot juice and blend again. Adjust consistency by adding water, if needed.
  3. Enjoy the smoothie in the breakfast with peanut butter toasts or midday with a bowl of cooked sprouts.

 4.Chicken quinoa casserole

You will need:

  • 1 cup chicken (cooked and shredded)
  • 2 cups quinoa
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • ⅓ cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • cream of chicken soup (condensed)
  • ½  cup bell pepper (diced)
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • ½ cup broccoli (chopped)
  • ½ cup mushroom (chopped)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1tsp chili powder

How to prepare: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190.5°C).
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. As the oil heats, put all the veggies into the pan and cook for about five to eight minutes until they turn tender.
  3. Once done, remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add cream of chicken soup, milk, cheese, Italian seasoning, and chili powder. Mix well.
  5. Stir in chicken, quinoa, and veggie mix. Pour the mixture into the casserole dishes and put them into the oven.
  6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the casserole’s crust turns golden brown and the cheese bubbles.

5.Easy, Delicious, lactation muffin

You will need:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1½ cups milk
  • ½ cup walnuts (chopped)
  • ½ cup toasted almonds (chopped)
  • ¾ cup raisins (sliced)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 1½ tbsp Brewer’s yeast
  • 1½ tbsp flaxseed powder
  • 1tbsp baking powder
  • 1tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1tsp salt

How to prepare:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (218.3°C). Grease a muffin tray and set aside.
  2. Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix everything well using a spoon. Ensure the batter is smooth and not too thick or runny.
  3. Pour the batter into the muffin tray and bake for 12 to 13 minutes until they rise and their crust turns golden brown.
  4. Once done, remove the muffin tray from the oven set aside on the wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
  5. Enjoy these yummy muffins as an occasional snack during midday or early evening.

6.No-bake Crunchy lactation bites

You will need:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ cup Rice Krispies
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup flaxseed powder
  • ½ cup dried fruits
  • 1tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • ⅔ cup jaggery powder
  • 1tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1tbsp coconut oil

How to prepare:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well until everything is well combined.
  3. Using a scoop or spoon of your choice, put small balls of the mixture on the cookie sheet.
  4. Once all the balls are ready, refrigerate them for two to three hours.
  5. Then, transfer the balls into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  6. You can eat these delicious no-bake balls as a quick snack during the day or late in the evening to get instant energy.

7.Veggie delight soup

You will need:

  • 4 cups homemade vegetable broth
  • 1 large can (28oz.) tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 white onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 cups seasonal vegetables (chopped)
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tsp salt
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano and thyme
  • 2 cups water

How to prepare:

  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat.
  2. As oil bubbles, add chopped onion, carrot, celery, seasonal vegetables, and salt. Cook the mixture for about eight minutes with occasional stirring.
  3. Add garlic, curry powder, oregano, and thyme. Cook for about a minute and add diced tomatoes with their juice. Cook the mix for two more minutes, stirring often.
  4. After two minutes, stir in vegetable broth, water, and bay leaves. Increase the flame to high and bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Once the soup boils, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 25 minutes. Turn off the heat and remove the bay leaves.
  6. Transfer the soup into a soup bowl and stir in the lemon juice when you are ready to eat. Enjoy the soulful, easy-to-digest dish in the dinner.

8.Tasty Tuna and avocado sandwich

You will need:

  • 2 multigrain bread slices
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • 1 (5oz.) can solid white tuna
  • 1 tomato (sliced)
  • 2tbsp Feta cheese
  • 2tbsp homemade avocado sauce
  • 1tbsp minced red onion
  • 1tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

How to prepare: 

  1. In a small mixing bowl, mix tuna, Feta cheese, Dijon mustard, avocado sauce, oregano, red onion, salt, and pepper with a fork. Set aside.
  2. Put a lettuce leaf on one bread slice and spread a thick layer of the tuna mixture onto it.
  3. Place two tomato slices over the layer and cover it with another lettuce leaf. Put another bread slice on lettuce and press it gently. The sandwich is ready.
  4. Relish this nutrient-rich sandwich in the breakfast with a fruit and nut shake, or eat it as a quick snack in the evening with a cup of low-sugar lemonade.

10. Healthy and hearty lactation cookies

You will need:

  • 2 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup brewers’ yeast
  • 2tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1tbsp wheat germ
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ tsp salt

How to prepare: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176.6°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the flaxseed meal with water and let the mixture sit for five minutes.
  3. In another bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until you get a semi-creamy mix. Add egg yolks and vanilla bean paste, and beat well.
  4. Add the flaxseed mixture and stir everything together well. The flavor base is ready.
  5. In another bowl, mix wheat flour, cream of tartar, wheat germ, baking soda, salt, and yeast. Stir in this mixture to the flavor base until everything combines well.
  6. Add oats into the final mixture, and the cookie dough is ready.
  7. Dust your hands with some flour and begin rolling the cookie dough into plum-size balls. Place these balls onto the baking sheet with each piece at least two inches apart.
  8. Put the baking sheet into the oven and bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes until the cookies turn light brown and their edges are firm and golden.
  9. Once done, let the cookies cool down on a wire rack and later store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
  10. Enjoy these delightful healthy cookies with a cup of warm milk or green tea in snacks or whenever you crave a healthy snack.

11.Nursing omelet

You will need:

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 red onion (peeled and chopped)
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • ¼ cup chopped chives
  • ¼ cup zucchini (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup cheddar (grated)
  • 4-5 olives (finely chopped)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

How to prepare: 

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk two eggs until they foam thickly. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over low heat. As the oil begins heating, sauté onions until they turn translucent.
  3. Add tomatoes, chives, and zucchini and fry everything for three to four minutes until zucchini shrinks and tomatoes turn mushy,
  4. Sprinkle salt and pepper as per taste over the veggies and stir-fry for a minute.
  5. Pour whisked egg over veggies while rolling the skillet in a circular motion. Cook the omelet from both sides until they turn golden brown.
  6. Sprinkle grated cheddar and olive on the omelet and cover the skillet with a lid. Cook the egg for an additional one to two minutes until the cheese begins melting.
  7. Turn off the heat and transfer the egg onto a serving plate. Eat hot with multigrain bread and a cup of warm milk.
  8. You can add more seasonal veggies, such as carrots, French beans, baby spinach, and corn, to this recipe and up its nutritional value. Alternatively, you can also experiment with different types of healthy cheese and bread.

12. Pumpkin oatmeal lactation smoothie

You will need:

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 1 apple (chopped)
  • ½ banana (sliced)
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1tbsp mixed nuts (chopped)
  • 3-4 blueberries (sliced, for garnish)

How to prepare:

  1. Put all ingredients, except nuts and berries, into a blender. Blend until you get a smooth, free-flowing, lump-free liquid.
  2. Pour into a glass, sprinkle chopped nuts, and garnish with blueberry
  3. You can add more seasonal fruits, such as mango and orange, to this recipe. Add one teaspoon of chia seeds and let the smoothie sit for at least an hour to relish a more sumptuous variant.

Bottom line

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