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The Magic Number and Long-Term Milk Production
by Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC, RLC, FILCA
Worry about milk production is the most common reason women wean earlier than planned. In many cases this worry is due to confusion about how milk production works. This article describes a teaching concept, termed the Magic Number. Clinicians can use this concept to provide mothers who are not exclusively breastfeeding a clear, evidence-based understanding of how to keep their milk production stable over the long term.
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Chocolate Cake & Chinese Banquets
by Sarah Hung IBCLC
In the early weeks of breastfeeding there is little for a mother to do except for feed, feed, feed. Often the feeding pattern of our breastfeeding newborns doesn’t live up to our expectations. What about those three hourly feeds some baby books led us to believe are the norm? And there may be pressure from other family members to put baby on a more regular schedule. In fact, it’s normal for breastfeeding babies to feed very frequently. If a mother is concerned about this behaviour, perhaps it helps to think of baby's feeding pattern as either ‘Chocolate Cake Syndrome’ or 'Chinese Banquet Syndrome'.
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Honey Pots & Donkey Hats
by Sarah Hung IBCLC
Many mothers worry whether or not they have enough milk (or indeed any milk) for their newborn babies. This anxiety can heighten when they do not see any milk in the first few days. In fact, it’s normal to have very small volume of milk in the first three to four days. This milk is colostrum and an average colostrum feed is only a teaspoonful - 5 mls.
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Breastfeeding Answers from La Leche League
This is a series of answers to your breastfeeding and parenting questions, drawn from the various resources on the LLLI website and conveniently grouped by topic. Resources come from New Beginnings (LLL-USA's publication for parents), Leaven (LLLI's publication for our volunteer Leaders), Breastfeeding Abstracts (LLLI's publication for professionals), the LLLI's Frequently Asked Questions collection and LLLI's podcasts.
Find out more at www.llli.org/nb.html


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