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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