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It is a question all new nursing moms seem to ask: When should I nurse my baby and for how long should I nurse? The answer? 

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EVERY BABY IS DIFFERENT!

All babies are different and every baby has his or her way of showing you they are hungry.  As you watch your baby, you will start to recognize your baby's unique hunger cues. 

Hunger Cues:  rooting for the breast, hand to mouth movements, sticking out tongue, puckering lips, sucking motions with lips, squirming, stirring, rapid eye movement under lids, and fussiness.

Length: five minutes to more than thirty minutes!  There are many factors that influence the length of a nursing session including: your let down, your milk flow, whether baby is sleepy or easily distracted, nursing position, etc.  Watch your baby to see if they are full and satisfied.  They are finished when they turn away, slow down and become uninterested.

Every nursing baby and every breastfeeding mom are different.  There is not set time or length.  Watch your baby, not the clock!

 


Breast milk is the perfect super food! Its more than 100 components nourish infants to keep them healthy and allow them to fight off diseases and infections. These natural antibodies and amazing properties in breastmilk allow for uses not limited to nourishing babies. Here are just a few of the different ways we have found that people have used the healing properties of breastmilk:

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1- Pink Eye: Many breastfeeding mothers have found that a few drops of breast milk in the affected eye a few times daily can help cure pink eye. Squirt a little in an eye at the first sign of crusty, sticky, glazed or pinkish.

2- Eliminate Cradle Cap: Massage breastmilk onto baby's head to aid in eliminating cradle cap.

3- Relieve Diaper Rash: Breastmilk can help ease the symptons of diaper rash. Apply breastmilk and allow to air dry.

4- Clear Up Baby Acne: Massage a few drops of breastmilk onto your baby’s face to help treat baby acne.

5- Sooth Eczema Symptoms: Massage a few drops of breastmilk onto affected area(s).

MOre Alternative Uses for Breastmilk

6-  Soothe a Burn- Put a few drops on the affected area to soothe.

7- Open a Stuffy Nose- Using a plastic syringe or bulb syringe, squirt a shot of breast milk into nose.  Suction any excess.

8- Soothe a Sore Throat- Gargle or swish (or just nurse your baby) breastmilk a few times in mouth to relieve a sore throat.

9- Treat a Cut or Scrape- Breastmilk is a natural antiseptic.  Due to the antibodies found in breast milk, specifically IgA, the liquid helps prevent germs and aids in the healing of cuts and scrapes.

*Consult your physician or lactation specialist.  These are suggestions and have not been scientifically proven.

Being a new mom can be overwhelming. One of the most concerning questions new moms have is whether or not their baby is getting enough milk.  Understanding the size of a baby’s stomach can help alleviate some anxiety a mother feels when she is beginning her breastfeeding journey.  A newborn's stomach only needs 5-7ml or 1/2 tsp.

We love the Tiny Tummies Teaching Tool™. A safety breakaway lanyard with a teaching aid (Colostrum Card) and bead attached that explains exactly how much a baby needs. The bead provides a visual of an average newborn’s stomach capacity.

 It is empowering to show a mom an accurate size of the newborn's stomach capacity.  We love the work Labor and Delivery Nurses and other Lactation Professionals do to help mom's so we at Undercover Mama are giving away 25 Lactation Lanyards to show our support!

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