You need to know what is normal weight loss for the first 4 days. You need to learn what is normal weight gain the first 2 weeks and beyond. New mothers need to know what babies act like when they are exhibiting normal newborn breastfeeding behavior. You need to learn what normal output is. So many times I hear parents tell me that their babies doctor is okay with several days of no stooling. As long as the baby is peeing several times a day. For my regular listeners I know I sound like a broken record. We get new listeners every day to this show and I feel this bears repeating. If your newborn baby is not stooling every day, this is a major concern. Saying that it is okay is bad and inaccurate information, which can be very harmful to the mom and baby.
Andrea thought breastfeeding was going to be fairly easy. And yet, she realized she did not know what she was doing and felt lost in the early days of learning about breastfeeding. She had a good friend who was a breastfeeding mom, explain to her all the details of early breastfeeding. This happened before she had the baby and things were different once her baby was born. The first few days in the hospital, it seemed to be going well
When your baby is latched on well, if there are no other medical or anatomical or supply issues, breastfeeding should not be hurting and your baby should be spending a majority of his time at breast nutritively sucking or what I also like to call power nursing. You have also heard me say: it is not so much of importance on how long they are at the breast, but it is also important to note what they are doing at the breast. Is a majority of their time at the breast actively feeding with great interest or is most of the time spent in a sleepy, lackluster behavior.
Many families I work with have no idea that Depression can begin anytime during pregnancy or postpartum. You may begin to feel anxious during your pregnancy. Perhaps you felt find during pregnancy and the early months of postpartum. Things may be fine with you and then you begin feeling symptoms of depression when you baby is 8 months old. For some moms, depression coincides when your baby weans. read more
I talked a lot about why you wanted to avoid getting too hooked into how long your baby was at the breast and that your focus should be more about how well your baby is latched on. My mantra for this weeks show is: Watch the Baby, not the clock.
Tanya talks about her feelings about show business and acting. She states that while she loves acting, she does not necessarily enjoy the business end of it. Producing When the Bough Breaks was deeply and personally satisfying to her to be a part of such an important film. She struggled with postpartum issues and feels strongly to educate the public about this issue.
What should your focus be on? The latch of course. Because the early days of breastfeeding with regards to your milk supply and baby's well being, it is all about: Is your baby able to come to the breast, achieve an excellent latch, transfer enough milk for a good feeding and this be pain free for you and comfortable for both of you.
Based on 2011 recommendations concerning influenza in the healthcare setting, mothers with influenza should temporarily not breastfeed their newborns; however, they can provide expressed breast milk to their newborns via a healthy caregiver. Mothers with influenza can transmit the virus to their newborns when they are in close proximity to each other, such as when breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Lets talk about the facts.
Talia will be telling us how her personal challenges with fertility led her to learn as much as she could about this health issue. She has some fun personal stories to share.
One of the most common advice that moms are given that is poor advice is that if your baby is not breastfeeding, for whatever reason - Do not pump. Leave the milk there for the baby when they do latch on. Read more:
Talia was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her mother was a teacher. Her father was in medical school. They then moved to Chicago for his residency. Her Dad worked long hours and did not see him much. She has very good memories of her childhood. They soon headed back to Tuscon and stayed there through her high school years and went to the University of Arizona. She then headed to Phoenix to attend school to become a PA. She loves Phoenix and plans on staying here for a long time.
Talia is a mom to 2 tiny humans (Stella 2 ½ and Henry 3 months), a wife, a Physician Assistant and lover of all things outdoors. She’s been practicing in Women’s Health for over 10 years, but now considers herself a bit of a ‘Renegade PA,’ as she’s stepped outside of conventional medical practice and into the world of holistic and functional medicine. Talia has a Masters of Medical Science and describes herself as someone who is a self taught student of anything that floats her boat.
Your baby is now 4-5 days old. You are just beginning to get the hang of breastfeeding. Sure you might feel awkward with it all, however, you are now getting use to a baby feeding at your breast 8 times a day. You are continuing to experiment with different positions to find which ones seem to work best for you and your baby. In some places you will find you need to use a pillow and a stool. Other places where you breastfeed, your set up will be different