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Breastfeeding a Teething Baby : What You Need to Know

Teething pains aside, there’s nothing more charming when your little one opens his or her mouth and gives you a gap-toothed smile. There’s just something about those little baby teeth as they come in one at a time, providing your bouncing babe with charm and personality like nothing else.

It’s generally recommended that, if you are breastfeeding, that you provide your child breastmilk for up to the first 2 years of his or her life. As most infants begin teething around their first year, it’s almost inevitable that your little girl or boy will be breastfeeding with growing teeth.

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Despite this, many mothers who breastfeed their children are wary of when their kid’s teeth start growing in. There are plenty of fears – many unfounded – about how breastfeeding while a baby’s teeth are growing will affect a child’s development. Here’s what you need to know about this hot-button issue.

No, It Doesn’t Hurt – Probably

Breastfeeding a Teething Baby

“Well, this is going to hurt now, isn’t it?” Almost every new mother has the same thought once their baby’s first few teeth come in. The truth is that no, a nursing baby whose teeth are coming in doesn’t hurt – as long as they’re latched on properly. Of course, the truth is that a child that’s not latched on is going to do a number on your nipple whether he or she has teeth or not.

It’s all in the positioning. When your baby is latched on to your breast properly, it’s physically impossible for him or her to bite you – your nipple is protected by the baby’s gums and tongue. However, if your child shifts positions while you’re breastfeeding them – possibly because they’re uncomfortable because they’re teething – this can lead to some discomfort or even pain from biting.

Tooth Decay Can Happen to Breastfed Babes

Once your baby begins developing teeth, this means that you’ll have to provide those teeth extra care while breastfeeding. In fact, it doesn’t matter if you breastfeed directly, if you pump and fill a bottle, or if you bottle feed from formula – new teeth need to be taken care of to prevent oral issues such as baby-bottle tooth decay (BBTD).

Breastmilk in itself doesn’t promote BBTD. However, baby-bottle tooth decay can occur when new baby teeth are habitually exposed to any liquid besides water. If your child typically falls asleep while nursing – and he or she falls asleep with breastmilk still in their mouths – this puts them at risk for BBTD as much as if they’re bottle-fed before bed. Removing your breast from your baby’s mouth if he or she falls asleep nursing is more than enough to help prevent BBTD.

Never Too Early for Good Oral Hygiene

Even if he or she is breastfed, once your baby does start getting teeth, it’s a great time to adopt some early oral hygiene habits. In fact, you can even start before the first tooth erupts, by wiping your baby’s gums with a damp cloth or a piece of gauze daily from birth. Once your baby starts teething, continue to wipe after feedings and before bed for best results.

Eventually you do want to switch to using a toothbrush and a reasonably small amount of toothpaste, possibly once your child grows enough to begin brushing with your aid. Worried about whether you should begin using fluoridated toothpaste on your child’s teeth? Be sure to contact your family dentist. He or she will be able to recommend whether you need to – and how much you should use – in order to provide the best oral hygiene for your baby.

 

 

Guidelines for Storing Breast Milk

Breastfeeding can be one of the most precious experiences for any mom. As a mom who continued breastfeeding for my kid for more than 2 years, I have many tips and information to share for other moms who love breastfeeding. Storing breast milk is such another common problem which most moms face. Not only working moms, those who stay at home also should know how to store breast milk properly in order to avoid germs and other infections.

Best Ways to Storing Breast milk

Actually I continued latching with my kid; however at the first weeks of breastfeeding I had to store breast milk due to some reasons. During the time I expressed breast milk and stored in freezer in safe breast milk storage bags. There were some days which we had to store breast milk in a cool box in order to take with us until we feed our kid. So, finally with my experiences here are some of the breastmilk storage guidelines which can be helpful for you all breastfeeding moms!

Guidelines for Storing Breast milk

Best Ways to Storing Breast milk

Breastmilk can be stored in a number of ways:

  • In a cool box, you can store it for 24 hours (Remember to put enough ice packs).
  • At room temperature, you can store it for 6 hours (temperature should not be more than 25 degree C).
  • In a refrigerator, store it for 3-5 days (temperature should be at least 4 degrees C or colder). Be mindful to store breast milk at the back of the fridge where it is coldest but keep away from eggs, meat and other uncooked foods.  If you thawed, then use breast milk within 24 hours. Don’t freeze again.
  • You can store breast milk in the freezer for around 2 weeks.
  • In a home freezer, it can keep fresh for around 6 months (temperature should be minus 18 degrees C or lower).

Expressing breast milk and Storing in Breastmilk Storage bags – Things you should know

Guidelines for Storing Breast milk

The way you choose to store breast milk depends on how soon you will use it. If you will use it within a few days, keep it in a refrigerator than storing in a freezer because freezing could destroy certain elements in the milk that fight infection. You can refrigerate or freeze your milk, but you should:

  • Keep milk in sterilized containers. Use plastic bottles or particular breastmilk bags
  • Label and date the bottles or bags and use the oldest one first
  • Maintain your breast pump in good condition. Wash all the parts in hot, soapy water and rinse thoroughly before sterilizing.
  • Before storing breast milk, you should wash your hands and keep everything clean so that you could avoid bacteria growing in the stored milk.

Above are the breast milk storage guidelines which I learned during my breastfeeding journey. Please let us know your thought on this.

Breastmilk Jewelry from Keepsake by Ryo

My breastfeeding journey is more than 2 years long. I am happy that I could exclusively breastfeed my kid for his first 6 months. After that he was introduced for solids, however I continued breastfeeding.

When my kid was 2 years old, it was time to stop breastfeeding completely. But, do you know what happened? I started feeling sad. It was like I was going to miss something which I was used to. I worried about missing our bonding time. I worried about my kid who doesn’t want my milk anymore. I know this is same for most of the breastfeeding moms. I used to same routine of spending bonding time with my kid while breastfeeding him for more than 2 years and now it is time to stop. I had to accept the fact that he is a grown up child now.

With such mix of feelings, I just spent time over internet and found about breast milk jewelries. Yes, this first time mom didn’t know about such thing in this world! That’s the first time I found about breastfeeding keepsakes. So that’s my story about finding this concept of breast milk keepsakes .I was over the moon and I wanted to own a breast milk keepsake in order to keep my best memories of breastfeeding journey.

Breastmilk Keepsakes by Keepsake by Ryo

Keepsake by Ryo is an online shop which creates keepsake jewelries from breastmilk, baby’s hair & cord. If you check her creative jewelries you will know how these tiny hair pieces of baby hair and breast milk can convert into beautiful jewelry which creates best   keepsakes!

Well, finally I am an owner of beautiful breastmilk jewelry and here is my review and memories of working with Keepsake by Ryo!

 

How to Create Breastmilk keepsakes with Keepsake by Ryo?

Making breastmilk jewelry is not just 1 day or few days process. It needs few weeks, patience and concern. Here are the steps I went through during creating this beautiful breastmilk jewelry with Keepsake by Ryo. Although it took some time (few weeks),finally I have a piece of keepsake which can renew my memories of breastfeeding.

Step 1

Once you place the order with Keepsake by Ryo, you need to send inclusions for the selected piece of jewelry. In my case, I selected a design that only needs breast milk.

 

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It’s time to pump some breastmilk

Now it is time to pump breastmilk. You know, I was almost breastfed for 2 years and started weaning. Even I used no more milk tea to stop my supply. Now, I want few drops to create breastmilk jewelry. For me I found I was really low in supply, so I had to wait for few days till I pump the required amount of breast milk.

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The so precious sample of breastmilk for the breastmilk keepsake

 

Tip: Don’t throw your expired breast milk in the freezer. You can use that milk for your keepsakes. Actually I threw some packets of pumped breastmilk which was in my fridge just few days before I found about these keepsakes. Otherwise I could have used that milk for the jewelries.

Step 2

Send (by Post) the breastmilk and inclusions to Keepsake by Ryo. Address and more details are on their website.

Step 3

Wait! 🙂

Yes, you need to understand that making a breastmilk keepsake need few weeks. So, you have to wait for few weeks. Anyway, don’t worry you will get the email updates from the Keepsake by Ryo once they receive the inclusions and once they post the completed jewelry. I received the same updates!

Step 4

Admire the breastmilk jewelry keepsake that you receive.Yes,I love the jewelry keepsake I received.It is really beautiful and so precious.This breast milk jewelry keepsake reminds me all the good and hard time I underwent while breastfeeding.It can make me cry.It can make me smile and it can make me hopeful too.I hope my kid will grow very well with all benefits of breastmilk he received exclusively for the first 6 months and after that for entire 2 years!

Breastmilk Keepsakes by Keepsake by Ryo

Breastmilk Jewelry from Keepsake by Ryo

Review of Breastmilk Jewelry from Keepsake by Ryo

Well,I don’t have any negative comments.I spent more days for sending breastmilk as I didn’t have enough supply.So,I understand that affects the product making.I expect from the beginning for little bit yellowish breastmilk inclusions as I sent the last few drops of my milk supply.I also understand that colour of breast milk is different from one to another.So,overall my experience is smooth and I am happy to own this keepsake.

If you are a breastfeeding mom,don’t lose the chance of creating a beautiful breastmilk keepsake.Remember you cannot make it once you wean.Check  www.keepsakebyryo.com for more details on how you can create your own precious keepsake!

 

Disclosure: I received this breastmilk keepsake for free.However that doesn’t affect my true opinions regarding this review.

Best Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding can be one of the best things you do for your little one. Few weeks ago I shared a post on how to prepare for successful breastfeeding before baby is born. So, today post is about some of the best tips for successful breastfeeding when your baby arrived.

Tips for successful breastfeeding

Eat healthy and stay healthy

This is the most important and must follow tip in order to breastfeed your baby successfully. You are the source of nutrients for your baby. So, what you take and what you do affect him too. A well balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and meat will ensure you get a good milk supply. Other than that, drink plenty of milk and other fluids. This is one of the best tips to make breastfeeding easier. This will also avoid you from dehydrating. Usually it is a good practice to drink at least a glass of water before every feed.

Other than healthy diet, you also need to follow a healthy lifestyle with healthy habits. Stop smoking and alcohol if you do so. Have a good rest whenever possible and keep you calm and peaceful in your mind. All these help you to breastfeed your baby successfully.

Tips for successful breastfeeding

Take care of your nipples

You may experience cracked or sore nipples. However if you breastfeed successfully then you feel gentle feeling of pulling milk. With successful latch your chances are really low for sore nipples. Allow milk to naturally dry on your nipple because it can soothe your nipples. If you feel uncomfortable, there are always nipple creams which you can apply. Bra pads are helpful if you leak. Usually you will experience this in first few weeks of breastfeeding.

When your nipples are smooth and no cracks, you will not experience any difficulty in breastfeeding. Instead start admiring it. When your baby’s weight is increasing month by month with exclusive breast feeding, it is one of the happiest moments to enjoy as a mother. I remember how I was happy and proud when my son reached twice of his birth weight when he reached his 1 month of age.

Don’t be afraid to breastfeed in public

This is one of the worst situations you may experience when you exclusively breastfeeding. But, prepare for breastfeeding in public. You will need a breastfeeding cover when you breastfeed in public. Keep it always in your diaper bag.

Before you go out, search for the nursing rooms in that area. When there is a nursing room, you will always feel comfortable. However in places which there are no nursing rooms, you can go for a place where there are no much crowd and breastfeed your baby. I sometimes used corners of restaurants and I didn’t feel it uncomfortable when I have a nursing cover which can give me some privacy.

Pump and freeze breast milk

This tip can be very helpful for moms who need to go back to work. Going back to work after few weeks of your baby arrival can be the hardest thing ever. However, you can still give the best gift of breastfeeding for your baby when you follow the methods of pumping. You can pump breast milk and keep in a freezer. However, you need to use well sterilized pumps and storage bags to keep the process free from germs. Also you need to use pumped milk between expert specified hours.

With above tips, I hope you will enjoy breastfeeding your baby with lot more happiness and joy!

 

How to Prepare for Successful Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is one of the precious things that you can give to your baby as a mother. However if you are a first time mom, you may have lot of questions and doubts in your mind when you are pregnant. It was same with me. Even I doubted about latch and I was in doubt about enough supply.

However, I am proud to say that I could breastfeed my son for 2 years. I only started weaning when he reached 2 years. However, breastfeeding is not easy if you do not get support from others. I remember there were days which I couldn’t find a nursing room when we were out. As a first time mom, I also didn’t have any idea on preparing for travelling with baby as he needed frequent nursing. It was much struggle, but with few steps you can make it really interesting and don’t forget breastfeeding will not only give your baby all the necessary nutrients, that will also enhance bond with your child. That is so precious!

How to Prepare for Successful Breastfeeding before Baby is Born

Here are steps for you to prepare for breastfeeding before your baby is born.

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Get ready for breastfeeding in both physically and mentally

If you are still in doubt whether breastfeed or formula feed, you need to clear your mind. You need to remove any doubts and ready for breastfeeding with clear mind. That will help you to bond with your baby and get continuous supply.

Learn how you can boost your milk supply

There are herbs and food which helps to boost your milk supply. For example, fenugreek is one of the herbs which you can use for increased milk supply. Oatmeal is another food which you can consume for milk supply. You also need to take healthy protein and fat rich diet for better breastfeeding. Learn how to produce more breast milk before you deliver, so you will have smooth time with your baby once he is born.

Get the support from others

You need to spend time with your baby if you breastfeed. I experienced that I could not do some of the daily tasks simply because I have to nurse my child. This is where you need support, understanding and encouragement from your family members. This is where your partner can help you in raising your child. He can encourage you positively and he can help you in other household chores.

Prepare a place to Nurse

It is better to have a comfortable place for nursing your child. A comfortable chair is fine and keep a stool as a footrest if need. You can include nursing chair in your baby’s nursery and don’t forget to keep some snacks, nipple cream and even nipple pads in a reachable distance. A TV and few magazines are great to keep too.

Finally, Breastfeeding is so precious. But it needs support and help from others. You may feel stressful sometimes. But, with better preparation, you will be able to give the most precious thing to your baby once he or she is born.

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