Breastfeeding a jaundiced baby

I was very lucky with my son. He knew how to feed, was extremely alert at birth and never had any problems with latching.

This April, we welcomed our daughter into our family. She was an entirely different story. She didn’t latch well, and didn’t seem too interested in the breast. She then developed jaundice which made her sleepy and disinterested in feeding. It would take 5-10 minutes to get her latched on and then she would often slip off or fall asleep within seconds.

Jaundice is extremely common in newborns and not usually a cause for concern unless it is severe. However, the symptoms of sleepiness and lethargy can cause problems for breastfeeding. There is also a risk it will get worse if they are not feeding enough.

What things are helpful for this situation? We didn’t resort to using formula and breastfeeding is improving. Here’s some tips if you encounter problems establishing breastfeeding with your newborn.

How to avoid sabotaging your milk supply

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There’s a lot of things that can sabotage your breastfeeding efforts early on. I highly recommend that you educate yourself during pregnancy or take a refresher course even if it’s your 2nd+ child.

There’s so many important things that other bloggers miss in their articles too. I’ve seen plenty of articles about pumping schedules, diets and supplements, the claim that it’s all supply and demand. They miss they fact that a healthy bond with your baby is an essential component for breastfeeding…

How to Treat Cradle Cap Naturally

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Here’s an easy, safe and natural method for treating cradle cap.

Cradle cap is the dandruff or flaky skin babies get usually on the top of their head. It’s generally agreed that it’s quite normal, harmless and caused by hormonal changes. People say it will generally go away on it’s own.

However, with a safe and easy method to remove it there’s no reason you need to wait it out.

Washing Cloth Diapers

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Washing cloth diapers doesn’t have to be a pain in the butt. Once you get into a routine and find the most convenient methods for your living space, it’s really not too difficult. It’s definitely worth the money saved and not having to run to the store for new diapers.

Previously, I talked about all the great benefits of cloth diapers, particularly using cotton terry squares. Now, I want to share with you how to keep them hygienic and stain-free.

How to Prevent Crying in Infants

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Is your baby crying a lot? Do you wonder what the secret is for having a chilled out, happy baby?

People often comment to me how relaxed and happy my son is. He has a bad day now and again, but generally he is a very easy, relaxed baby. That’s not to say he just sits around, he’s quite active. However, he rarely cries, is often capable of entertaining himself, and happy.

These are my tips on surviving the newborn period with minimal crying.

How to keep a memory journal for your children

How to create a memory journal for your kids

When I was pregnant with my son, I didn’t want to keep a traditional baby book. I knew I’d have a hard time taking the right photos. Some pages would end up empty (for example, we didn’t have a baby shower and they’re not a common event here). Then, there would be getting the photos printed into the awkward and varied sizes many baby books demand… I wanted to make something that wouldn’t feel incomplete…

Pacifier Use – risks, benefits and tips.

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You will find here everything you need to know about the pros and cons of pacifier use for your baby.

This was something I really thought long and hard about while I was pregnant with my first. For many it is a controversial topic. Should you let your baby use a pacifier or just let them suck their thumb or fingers? Does it really matter in the long run?

These are all the arguments for and against pacifier use…