• MAMA PLUS - My baby prefers her bottle

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    My baby is now 3 months old. I produced milk after 5 days of delivery,after that my baby refused to take my left breast because of  a small nipple,I breast fed for one month but my daughter lost even her birth weight,then I started formula with breastfeeding, She prefers the bottle and takes the right breast rarely but I would like to breastfeed her exclusively. Can I do that? I got training in hospital too at Lmc, but no success, pls help me

    This is a common issue for many women around the world. Breast refusal is distressing for a mom but the key is to find out the reason "Why".

    I can provide you with a few tips on this to ease your mind.

    · Is it really refusal or is he being a fussy eater?

    Sometimes your baby is not refusing to feed but rather is fussy or hard to feed.

    All babies have individual feeding habits. Some babies are easy-going, settle easily into feeds, feed well and come off satisfied until the next feed. Other babies take a while to get going but feed well once they start.

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  • MAMA PLUS - My baby is vomiting up her milk, how will she get enough

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    My second baby is one month & two weeks. After she drinks milk and even after she burps she keeps throwing up milk, this happens almost everytime I feed her & at times she throws almost half of what she drank.
    Then in no time she starts crying again I don't know whether it's because she's feeling hungry or for any other reason.
    I'm really stressed out..would like to know if any other mother have the same experience & any advice how to overcome this.

    Most of the babies vomit small amounts when they burb sometimes largely in first few weeks. Mainly because they are still getting used to milk. But in your case I feel it's not normal since the baby vomits every time a large quantity. if the baby is often sick and vomiting large quantities like you explained, its something to be cautious.

    This could be due to many reasons and below some of the reasons. But the best solution is to go and meet your doctor and discuss this further.

    1. Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux (GOR)

    the muscular valve at the end of food pipe which keeps food in the stomach are still developing in new born. Because of this when the tummy is full, food and stomach acid can flow back up his food pipe and the result will be vomiting.

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  • MAMA PLUS - My milk supply is very low and I'm not sure my baby is getting enough

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    I 've just had my first baby and I find I just don't have enough breast milk? Is there something wrong with me?

    First I would like to say that you do not worry as most  new mums think that their body is not making enough milk. Most of the time it's just in your mind as most of the mothers think their milk supply is low when it's not.

    There is a good way to track this by keeping track of your baby's weight gain. Naturally first few days baby's weight could go down from his birth weight but babies who feeding well tend to put on that weight again within few days.

    But if you really think you don't make enough milk it's not that you do not love your baby or care about the baby but more of a natural thing that could occur due to some stress.

    Sometimes a stressful birth could cause your milk to take slightly longer to come in but don't think that there's something wrong with you. Once you are settled milk will come naturally and baby will gain his weight.

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  • MAMA PLUS - Is it safe to have sex during the pregnancy period ?

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    Most women who are having a normal pregnancy may continue to have sex right up until their water breaks or they go into labor. There are some circumstances, in that case you can get clarified from your midwife or doctor whether you have – or develop – any complications that make sex a no-go. If you're uncertain, ask your practitioner.

    Normally intercourse does not hurt or harm the baby. a baby isn't hurt when a pregnant woman and her partner make love. The amniotic sac and the strong muscles of the uterus protect the baby, and the thick mucus plug that seals the cervix helps guard against infection. During intercourse, the penis doesn't go beyond the vagina, so it won't reach the baby.

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  • THE Crush

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    Straight up though the truth of the matter is that crushes are really no big deal. It obviously doesn't seem like it when you're Facebook stalking him/her twenty times a day, but crushes are weird and obsessive like that. On one hand maybe you'll like someone for few months and then suddenly stop and wonder what you saw in them, on the other hand you might find out that that person likes you back and either a) go out with them for a while and then break up or b) end up spending the rest of your life with them. While the b) part of the latter option is probably ideal, a study I just made up (that is mostly based on common sense and also experience) shows that most crushes result in the former scenario. So there's really not much to worry about other than the standard trifecta of side effects i.e. stalkery, fakery and who's-that-bitch-he's-talking-to-she's-gonna-get-cut-ery.

    But it's because crushes are so weird and obsessive that sometimes they border on being delusional. I think the number one thing teenagers and people in general need to remember is that the way we think about people and the way we imagine people is not the way they actually are. When we like someone, that person could do the stupidest thing and we'd still find an excuse to make for him or her. The number of girls I know who, in Year 9, let boys they liked copy their homework is a bit disturbing. And that's not to say I'm not guilty, I've done the same thing, and more than once. I don't really regret it now, because it was relatively harmless and also because I still claim responsibility for them not failing math that year, but I do think it's scary how willing we are to compromise ourselves for people who's personalities we build in our imaginations and who's actions we view with totally clouded judgment. Not that there's a solution for this or anything, it's just something that's useful to be aware of, even in the most intense of crushes.

    It's important not to let people define you, and it's important not to let people take advantage of you. Which is why you should never let crushes get the best of you. I sound way harsh, but it has to be said, especially to young people. But for the most part, crushes are harmless and pretty exciting. When you're over them all that time spent doing your hair and fake-bumping into him/her in hallways will seem like a waste of time, but the truth that no one will admit is that having a crush is so much fun. It's something to laugh about with your friends, it's something to daydream about in class and it's someone to shave your legs for (last one only applicable to the ladies). And at the end of the day, regardless of what happens or doesn't happen you'll always have "that guy with the neon braces I used to like when I was 14" to talk about at parties, which is always a plus.

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