Ask the Nutritionist

Welcome to the Ask the Nutritionist page here at Breastmilk.com! A heartfelt "THANKS" to all of the wonderful moms who have submitted questions.  Below is a selection of questions we have received.  Check back frequently to read what is on the minds of other nursing moms! We hope this information will help to make your breastfeeding experience successful and enjoyable.

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Nipple confusion

If a bottle is given to a newborn before breastfeeding is solidly established, the baby might develop "nipple confusion", and then prefer to take the bottle instead of the breast. While this is certainly a frustrating situation for a new mom committed to breastfeeding exclusively, nipple confusion does not have to mean an end to breastfeeding.

Breast leaking in pregnancy

Included among the multitude of changes your body undergoes during pregnancy are changes to your breasts that allow for the production of breast milk. These changes begin immediately after conception, and can often result in breast milk being produced in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.

Vegetarian Mom

Nursing moms who adhere to a vegetarian or vegan diet can certainly produce sufficient amounts of high quality breast milk. Whether you are an vegetarian or an omnivore, the nutrition advice for breastfeeding moms is the same: focus on consuming extra calories from nutritious foods (like fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains) and drinking lots of water.

Increasing breast milk supply

For those of you who might be "struggling" to produce enough breast milk for your growing infant, sometimes just following a few simple steps can get your breast milk flowing again.

Mixing breast milk with formula

If you are needing to supplement your baby's feedings with formula, it might tempting to mix breast milk and formula in the same bottle. While this might be a bit more convenient, mixing breast milk with formula in the same bottle is not recommended.

Relactating

Did you know that it is possible to reestablish lactation years after you last breastfed? With a bit of perseverance and the expert guidance of lactation specialists, you can begin to produce breast milk again . . .which is great news for mothers who desire to breastfeed their adopted infants.

Breastfeeding pillow

If you are suffering from neck and back soreness caused by breastfeeding, you are certainly not alone. One way to ease the strain and make breastfeeding more comfortable and enjoyable for you and your infant is to use a breastfeeding pillow.

Breastmilk.com Community

We invite you to join the Breastmilk.com Community, a supportive place to share your experiences, ask questions, and get advice on breastfeeding . . .created by nursing mothers for nursing moms!

Formula and breast milk

While the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be given breast milk exclusively for at least the first 6 months of life, it sometimes becomes necessary for a nursing mom to supplement feedings with formula.

Breast milk storage

Breast milk can be stored for up to 12 months in the freezer . . .read on for more details about how to store breast milk properly.

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