When can you stop burping a baby? Discover the signs and milestones that tell you when you can finally stop burping! It's the one task you've done from Day One: burping the baby. You hoist him over your shoulder or sit him on your lap with baby’s chin in the palm of your hand. You rub his back in a circular motion using gentle pressure, your burp cloth or towel nearby to clean those wet burps. And for many newborns, burping is necessary—otherwise, you're dealing with excessive spit up and cranky naps. But after a while, burping doesn't feel as urgent as it did a few months ago, … [Read more...]
What to Do When Your Baby Pulls Back to a Shallow Latch
Breastfeeding can be a painful experience when your little one refuses to latch deeply. Learn what to do when the baby pulls back to a shallow latch. You know how important a correct latch is to successful breastfeeding... except your baby didn't exactly get the memo. She starts with a proper latch, but after a minute or two, pushes back and slides into a shallow one. You find it difficult to keep latching and unlatching, especially when you're half asleep. She'll even close her mouth tight during a shallow latch, making it hard to slip your finger in to break the suction. Because she … [Read more...]
Is Your Baby Never Satisfied After Breastfeeding? Here Are 4 Reasons Why
Is your baby never satisfied after breastfeeding, despite frequent and long nursing sessions? Learn 4 reasons why (and how to change it). My newborn would nurse for hours if I had let him. I'd breastfeed for 20 minutes on each side, but he'd start rooting again only minutes after latching him off. He always seemed hungry—practically eating and waking up every hour—and would cry even though I had just fed him. Sometimes I felt like I shouldn't even bother with a shirt because I was nursing so often. I couldn't imagine how he was already hungry and crying minutes after eating. Sure, he … [Read more...]
Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty for Pumping at Work
Do you feel self-conscious or judged for pumping many times at the office? Here's why you shouldn't feel guilty for pumping at work. It had been a few days since going back to work after maternity leave, and it still felt like all eyes were on me. I felt the pumping stigma. You know, the feeling that keeps you from asking for a private room to pump. The guilt when you leave your desk three to four times a day with your pump. Dashing into the pumping room hoping no one saw you enter. I've even heard some new moms who've resorted to pumping in the bathroom or car. Why the guilt? I … [Read more...]
When Does Breastfeeding Stop Hurting?
When does breastfeeding stop hurting and being painful? Many moms say THIS was the turning point that finally made nursing pleasant. No one told me how much breastfeeding would hurt, at least in the beginning. But for the first few days and weeks, I'd tense up when it was time to nurse, bracing myself for the inevitable pain I'd feel during and after. I even had a lactation consultant at the hospital check the baby's latch, and sure enough, it was fine. Only later did I finally hear that it can be painful in the beginning—that it was normal in fact. And yes, even if you're doing … [Read more...]
5 Reasons Your Newborn Is Constantly Hungry and Crying
Does your baby always act hungry and unsatisfied, even though he just ate? Learn 5 reasons your newborn is constantly hungry and crying. You knew babies ate often, but this much? Your baby eats, but then half an hour later, will start screaming and acting hungry, furiously sucking on his hand. Offering the pacifier doesn't help—he just spits it back out and keeps crying. He might settle down for 10 minutes but starts crying once again. Feeding seems to be the only thing to get him to stop, but you're he'll end up with a stomach ache (causing him to cry even more). You knew you'd be up … [Read more...]
How to Stop Your 6 Month Old Baby Feeding More at Night Than Day
Is your 6 month old baby feeding more at night than day? Learn how to get baby to eat more during the day instead of at night! Just when you thought you could finally sleep through the night, your baby has gone right back to waking up three to four times, wanting to eat. It started gradually at first, with one wake-up or so, but now she's been waking up more often at night. Neither of you is getting a good amount of sleep, and now that you also have to work the next day, sleep deprivation has come back with a vengeance. To make things worse, she's also been eating less during the day, … [Read more...]
Is Your Baby Nursing for an Hour and STILL Hungry?
Is your baby nursing for an hour and still hungry? See what to do when your baby is never satisfied after breastfeeding or nurses constantly. Your baby never seems satisfied after breastfeeding. Latching him on is fine, but after nursing for 30 minutes on each side, he's still crying for more. Despite lengthy feeding patterns, he continues searching for your breast and shoving his fingers in his mouth. You're worried he's either not getting enough breastmilk from a low milk supply, or if he is, why he's still crying for more. It's frustrating seeing signs of your baby’s hunger all … [Read more...]
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