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Woman Breastfeeds Friend’s Baby Without Permission; Mom Freaks Out

Have you ever been faced with an “emergency breastfeeding” situation? One woman, who was babysitting a friend’s child, says that she was simply trying to care for the child. When she didn’t have the proper food, she took matters into her own hands and decided to nurse the hungry baby boy herself. The child’s mother isn’t happy about it. The woman who remedied the “emergency” posted anonymously on Reddit for some advice on how to move forward. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: 60-Year-Old Mother-in-Law Insists on Breastfeeding Son’s Baby Herself In the anonymous post, the woman describes her friend as having trouble easing into motherhood. In the post, the friend describes a mother suffering from postpartum depression who needed a bit of break. She offers to watch her friend’s child along with her own baby to help out. “She never wanted kids and she disconnected from her pregnancy and never really connected to the baby after he was born either,” she writes in the post. Her friend’s baby has digestion issues and required special formula or breast milk. “Her son has a really bad digestion problem so he can’t ingest regular formula, only breast milk or special formula,” the woman continued. …

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3 Supplements That May Boost Milk Supply

3 Supplements That May Boost Your Milk Supply

This is a guest post from Stephanie Canale, M.D., a family physician at UCLA and co-founder of Lactation Lab. Canale is a mom of two young kids and currently resides in Los Angeles, where her practice focuses on young families. It’s very common for nursing moms, even those who make plenty of breastmilk, to worry about their supply. I get it — as a mom you want to do everything you can to ensure you’re taking care of your baby. So what can you do if you aren’t able to, or are struggling to, keep up with your baby’s appetite? First: I always ask my patients if they’re drinking enough water. Consuming enough fluids is really important and, if dehydration is the cause of a dip in supply, a very easy fix. If that doesn’t solve it, the next step is to contact a lactation consultant for a consultation. She will observe a feed and be able to evaluate factors that impact supply, including latch, tongue or lip ties, frequency of feeding or pumping and thoroughness of breast emptying. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: How to Maintain Your Milk Supply Once You’re Back to Work If you’re hydrating and a lactation consultant has …

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Everything You Need to Breastfeed in Public

Everything You Need to Comfortably Nurse in Public

For many new moms, nursing out in the world comes with a bit of anxiety. At home you can sit topless in the perfect chair with your nursing pillow and no cover and your burp cloth at the ready. Out in public … not so much. We aren’t generally used to the possibility of strangers seeing our breasts, so it’s normal to feel nervous about how to undress without attracting prying eyes and then manage to get baby latched. Plus, if breastfeeding has been difficult, or baby needs a nipple shield, the sheer logistics of it all can feel overwhelming. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: 10 Breastfeeding Tips Every Mom Should Know But, being house bound with a newborn isn’t good for anyone’s mental health. And the sooner you’re able to get this part down, the sooner you’ll feel you have the freedom to go out and about and not be tied down by baby’s schedule. With that said, here are our must-haves to make nursing anywhere — a park, a restaurant, a plane — as easy and comfortable as possible. Invest in a good nursing cover “Good” here is going to be subjective, but if you find a cover you like and …

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Mom Sues Dentist Who Told Her to Stop Breastfeeding

Oregon Mom Sues Dentist Office After Staff Tells Her She Can’t Breastfeed, Kicks Her Out for Not Complying

“Us moms have enough anxiety going out with our toddlers anywhere, so the fact that we have to worry about whether we have to feed them without dirty looks, without shame, without all the negative connotations that come with it — it’s really just mind-boggling to me that we even deal with this in this day and age.”