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May

I have heard that breastfeeding babies often take longer time to sleep all night. Should my son do this?

First, remember that “sleeping all the night” at this age actually means 5 or 6 hours, not 8 or 9 hours. Second, every baby is different from another. Some babies will start sleeping a lot at 3 months of age, others will not until grower. “Babies sleep all the night when they are ready, even if they were breastfed or not”, explains Panchula.

Description: Babies sleep all the night when they are ready, even if they were breastfed or not.

Babies sleep all the night when they are ready, even if they were breastfed or not.

In fact, because breast milk is digested faster that powder milk, breastfed babies usually require feeding - and thus he/she wakes up - more often than infants who drink powder milk. (Tip: do not look at the clock! Keep feeding the baby whenever he/she hungry, whether day or night).

June

My child seems ready to eat solid food. When should I feed these foods for my son? And how?

Description: When should I feed these foods for my son? And how?

When should I feed these foods for my son? And how?

“Breast milk is the most important component of your baby’s diet at this age, so let the baby breastfeed before you feed him/her cereal or other foods”, Debi Page Ferrarello, R.N, M.S, I.B.C.L.C, director of family nutrition and education at Pennsylvania - the University of Health System, said. When you fed the baby hard food, start with rice cereal and gradually add fruit and cooked or pureed vegetables. (Some pediatricians think it’s good when you start with pureed fruit, or even purees meat; let check with your doctor to see what they recommend). You need to wait 3 to 5 days before introducing other foods, so that you can track the cause any allergy.

July

Can I take the pills if I’m a breastfeeding mother?

“Yes. Remember to choose the mini pill, which just contains progestin, because estrogen-containing drug can reduce the secretion of milk”, said Ferrarello. Depo-Provera - injecting drug using in 3 months - is a safe progestin pill to use while breastfeeding. Let wait six weeks after giving birth to use them.

August

My milk ducts are clogged. What causes this problem and what can I do to treat it?

“One of the risk factors leading to clogged ducts is the change in your baby’s milk feeding”, explains Ferrarello. “If your baby is nursing less because he/she is eating more solid foods, too much milk is in the chest can occur and clog the ducts”. The best way to treat clogged ducts are nursing or sucking milk from the affected breasts frequently, use warm gauze, drink much water, and rest. If you have a fever, let see your doctor, you may have mastitis, an infectious disease that needs antibiotics.  

September

My child bites me! What can I do to stop it?

Let stop the child from the breast when he/she begins to bite, and say “no bite”, then keep the baby away from the breast until the next feeding time. We alert: biting usually occurs in the end of breastfeeding, so if you know your your baby is going to finish nursing, let take the baby out of your breast before he/she bites.

October

My child seems not to like nursing. Is it normal?

“This is completely normal at this age”, Harvey said. “The children are curious about their world and they start exploring right now”. Your toddler may be distracted by any noise that he/she heard, which causes children to stop nursing, or your baby is crawling, in this case he/she really wants to explore. While this may be frustrated time with you, it will pass soon; it does not mean your baby is ready to wean.

November

My child is eating a lot of solid foods. How many times should I feed him a day?

“At least 4 times a day is what we expect”, Harvey said. “A child at this age should have 16 to 20 ounces of mother milk every day”. At the end of first year, a half of baby's calories should come from mother milk.

December

I’m not sure if I am ready to let the baby wean or not. Is there any appropriate reason to breastfeed more than 1 year?

Description: I’m not sure if I am ready to let the baby wean or not.

I’m not sure if I am ready to let the baby wean or not.

There are many reasons to continue breastfeeding, but one of the best reasons is the health of your baby: breast milk not only protects the baby from many diseases but also helps him/her recover faster after sick”. “As long as your baby is drinking mother milk, he/she has all immune benefits that breastfeeding offers”, Harvey said.

But there are still many other reasons. “Mother and child have a special relationship, and there is no reason for woman to weaned quickly”, Harvey said. “As long as mother and the baby are happy, there is no reason to wean”.

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