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  1. Breast-Feeding Positions - Topic Overview

    Breast-feeding in the proper position will help your baby latch on and breast-feed correctly and make your experience more enjoyable. Also,when you are in a comfortable and relaxed position,let-down occurs more easily. You are more likely to drain all areas of your breast by changing breast-feeding positions frequently. This helps to prevent blocked milk ducts. Women who have had a cesarean ...

  2. Breast-Feeding and Your Milk Supply - Topic Overview

    A number of factors influence your milk supply; the two most important are how often you breast-feed and how well your breast is emptied. The hormone that regulates milk production ( prolactin ) is stimulated by breast-feeding,so the more frequently you feed your baby and empty your breasts,the more milk your body produces. Initially,your milk supply increases in the first few days as you ...

  3. Breast-Feeding: Planning Ahead

    When you breast - feed, you provide your baby with the best possible nutrition. The best way to stimulate milk production is to have your baby feed directly from your breast. If this isn't possible, your baby can drink expressed breast milk from a bottle. The first few weeks of breast - feeding can be challenging because of all the changes to your body and routine. Breast - feeding becomes easier

  4. Quick Tips: Successful Breast-Feeding - Topic Overview

    Proper techniques are crucial for successful breast-feeding. Although some aspects of breast-feeding come naturally,learning new skills also is important. Before your baby is born,take classes,read books,and watch videos that demonstrate breast-feeding techniques. If you have concerns about your ability to breast-feed,talk to a lactation consultant while you are pregnant. After your baby ...

  5. Topic Overview

    Most medical professionals recommend letting a baby eat on demand. But during the first few days of breast-feeding,be sure to awaken your baby for feedings about every 2 hours. This will help to get your milk supply going. To make the transition from sleep gradual and comfortable,try the following: Cool your baby off by taking off his or her clothes. Have skin-to-skin contact with your baby ...

  6. Premature Infant - Frequently Asked Questions

    Premature birth can be a crisis for any family. It may heighten fears about your infant's health and long - term development. For some parents, these concerns are somewhat relieved when their preemie is healthy enough at birth to be sent home from the hospital with the mother. For others, the fear and worry continue when their tiny newborn is moved to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Whether

  7. Premature Infant - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. How can I make informed decisions about my extremely premature infant?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Managing postpartum depression ...

  8. Premature Infant - The Sick Premature Infant

    Many premature infants are resilient and surprise everyone by overcoming great odds. However, premature infants are also vulnerable to infection and to complications related to immature body organs. Expect that your infant can progress for several days but may then have a medical setback. With each additional week of prematurity, a newborn is at greater risk of having medical problems. Infants ...

  9. Premature Infant - Topic Overview

    What is prematurity?A full - term pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. An infant born at 38 weeks is fully developed and called a full - term infant. An infant born between 22 and 37 completed weeks of pregnancy is called a premature infant, or "preemie." In the United States, about 1 out of 10 births is premature.1Why is prematurity a problem? Most infants born close to 37 weeks' gestation (completed

  10. Necrotizing Enterocolitis - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Bowel Disease: Caring for Your Ostomy ...

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