Baby Feeding  &  Nutrition

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    I am in love with breastfeeding my 3-week-old newborn. I feel empowered by the fact that he has gained weight because I am fueling him (and myself!) with healthy foods. There are times -- specifically at 3 a.m. -- when I am beyond grateful I can stick a breast in his face and magically cure a fussy spell. Who knew breasts were a lot like baby catnip?!

    But let me be clear about something: I'm also as critical about breastfeeding as I am about anything else a large group of people claim is the bee's knees. Many women who have nursed understand that it doesn't always come naturally. As wonderful as it is, it can also hurt and be exhausting. Add in the fact that there are a few "facts" that are, quite frankly, super difficult to abide by, and -- if you're anything like me -- you may just consider throwing in the breastfeeding towel to preserve your sanity.

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    Dads are awesome, aren't they? They'll carry our little ones around on their shoulders for hours on end and swing our kids way higher than we moms ever could. And now they want to help out with breastfeeding. I love you, Dads.

    A new study has come out that shows that the partners of breastfeeding women sometimes feel left out and want to know how to support and help out. The research, from Swansea University, showed that new fathers feel positive about breastfeeding and want to be able to support their partner. Dr. Amy Brown, one of the authors of the study, said: "We know that women who feel that their partner is supportive and encouraging of breastfeeding are more likely to continue breastfeeding. Our findings show that men want to do this which is fantastic news but feel unprepared or unsure of how they can help."

    That is fantastic news! And even more fantastic? Here are 15 ways real dads helped out with breastfeeding. Feel free to use any of the tips, new dads and dads-to-be!

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    Breastfeeding has many benefits, and one of them is the fact that it can be a natural contraceptive. Don't bank on that though or you may end up pregnant with baby number two before baby number one is 9 months old. But it works ... a lot of the time. As with just about everything, however, there is a science behind this, and it has to do with an infant's competitiveness. Yes, even newborns have a competitive spirit, so says Professor David Haig, who authored a study published in Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health that says breastfed babies prevent pregnancy because they want mom all to themselves. There's more to the reason why.

    There is an undeniable bond that occurs when breastfeeding, and it's that bond that baby wants to keep -- that's part of the reason breastfed babies wake every two hours to nurse, Haig says. And as this study points out, we need to listen to baby's "evolutionary response" and all the motives they have.

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    When reporting on a story about breastfeeding issues, you'd expect to hear some mention of nipples, correct? Well apparently BBC found the word 'nipples' a tad too "graphic" and inappropriate and entirely edited it out.

    The new segment, which was covered by BBC Breakfast, focused on the problem of tongue-tie, which is a condition that affects about 3 percent of babies. However, when a guest expert on the segment said that the condition causes nipples to becomes irritated and bleed (a fairly important point, no?), the program asked them to restate their comment. Only this time, without saying 'nipples.'

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    Up until 10 days ago, I hated breastfeeding. Absolutely loathed it. I had attempted to breastfeed my now-2-year-old daughter, and the experience left me feeling deflated and depressed at a time when I should have been over the moon.

    My little girl was healthy and had a healthy appetite -- that I couldn't manage to satisfy, which just made me feel like a horribly inadequate mom. Perhaps as a result of the fact that I was induced, I produced little milk at first, and coupled with the amount of stress I and everyone around me had placed in my breastfeeding success, nursing just wasn't happening.

    I trashed breastfeeding every opportunity I got and thought of myself as a cheerleader for bottle feeding -- which I definitely felt was needed given our culture's borderline nutso obsession with nursing.

    But two weeks ago I gave birth to my baby boy and everything changed. I'm breastfeeding and loving it -- not because I'm a better mom, but because of 5 factors that had nothing to do with me.

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    Aww! After the birth of her son, Maceo, she's finally speaking out about how things are going with her little guy. And duh, Halle Berry is breastfeeding -- although one of her main reasons for doing so may seem a little bit selfish.

    In an interview with Extra, she said, "Every mother should breastfeed. It's the quickest way to shed the initial weight, and then you have to eat right."

    And there you have it. She's crediting breastfeeding with helping her regain her enviable figure -- and exactly no one can blame her. Isn't that something every mom wants? To get her body back after having a baby?

    (Or maybe some don't, which is fine too. More power to 'em.)

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    Did you even know you could be arrested for this? Actually ... you can't, at least it's not technically illegal in Arkansas. A mom was arrested for breastfeeding while drinking after an off-duty waitress spotted her at a restaurant. Tasha Adams says she and her parents ate some pizza and spinach dip, and then she drank two beers. She also nursed her 6-month-old baby. After the waitress (who was not serving her) called the police, Adams was jailed and charged with child endangerment. Drinking and breastfeeding, oh my -- is it really that bad?!?

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    A couple of weeks ago, Deanna Bratter was breastfeeding her baby on a Frontier Airlines flight when a flight attendant told her to cover up. Bratter refused since there was no complaint from another passenger, the lights were dim, and her child was almost asleep. Her husband and 5-year-old child were in the seats next to her. The flight attendant left to bring her the manual which she said stated that a breastfeeding mother should cover up. Another flight attendant came by in the meantime and there was some uncomfortable words exchanged between this person and Deanna's husband. The first attendant returned with the manual which stated Deanna was within her rights to breastfeed uncovered but refused to apologize. As you can imagine, this was a stressful situation.

    Frontier Airlines has responded to Deanna directly regarding this matter and they perfectly display how a company should act when something like this happens.

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    As long as you can make it work and your baby is eating enough, breastfeeding is usually considered all good. There are no drawbacks to it, health-wise, for your baby ... well, except for possibly, maybe, their tiny little teeth. Breastfeeding at night has been linked with tooth decay, though the research has been inconclusive. But a new study shows there might be a connection after all: Breastfeeding more than two years is linked to tooth decay. Here's what scientists found and what it means to nursing moms.

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    Day three of birthday giveaways has arrived and today we're giving out the Chicco NaturalFit All You Need starter gift set that's perfect for the newborns.

    Finding, storing, and washing baby bottles is a hassle. Especially when you have to juggle, oh, a thousand other things. So we're making it all easier and freeing up your time with this all-in-one set.

    The NaturalFit line is a staged feeding system, and this gift set includes three different bottles, orthodontic pacifiers, a bottle brush, a teether, and a microwave sterilizer. Anything you could need, we've got you covered.

    To enter for a chance to win one of the four $59.99 sets from Chicco, simply tell me:

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