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  1. Topic Overview

    Keep the following in mind as you start an exercise program or try to lose weight while you are breast-feeding. Exercise Being active helps promote weight loss,improves your energy level,and can help you relieve stress. Follow these tips when you start an exercise program while you are breast-feeding: Start out slowly. Walking,swimming,and cycling are all good low-impact ways to begin an ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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

  8. Premature Infant - Getting to Know the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    If your premature infant (preemie) is admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) after birth, you will encounter new technologies, a new medical language, and new rules and procedures. You will depend on the NICU staff members to know how to care for your infant and to be your teachers. With their help, you can quickly learn about the technology, your infant's needs, and what you can do .

  9. Feeding Your Premature Infant - Topic Overview

    If your premature infant was born before the gestational age of 32 to 34 weeks, he or she cannot feed by mouth. This is because of:Poor coordination (or lack) of sucking, swallowing, and gag reflex.Weakness of both the oral and stomach muscles.Small stomach capacity.Until your infant becomes stronger and more mature, tube feeding is used to feed milk, formula, or a combination of the two directly into the stomach. For the infant whose gastrointestinal tract cannot yet digest properly or is affected by necrotizing enterocolitis, intravenous (parenteral) feedings are given through a tube into the umbilical site (umbilical catheter) or into a vein.When your infant is mature enough to feed from a nipple, oral feedings are introduced. Over a period of days or weeks, you can gradually replace more tube or IV feedings with breast-feedings.Premature infants, including those born at 34 to almost 37 weeks, often have trouble with oral feedings and may need extra help.In some cases, doctors

  10. Topic Overview

    After your infant is discharged from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU),you may need to take special precautions for car travel. In most cases the safest way for a healthy premature infant to travel is by car seat. 1 But some premature infants cannot sit in a car seat without slouching over,which interferes with their breathing and oxygen supply. Before discharging your infant from the ...

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