Q: My baby boy is 7 months old and eating a variety of solid foods now, and I’m both breastfeeding and formula feeding. He’s been having a lot of trouble lately with constipation – what can I do?
A: It’s fairly common for babies to experience constipation when they are eating lots of solid food, but are not crawling yet. The fact that he is also receiving some formula is also likely adding to the problem, since formula causes more solid stools, whereas breastmilk is very laxative, so ideally, you should exclusively breastfeed. Also, you can try adding some prune juice to his cereal, as this is also very laxative. When he begins crawling, the exercise will help a great deal to alleviate this problem. Suppositories are not recommended for babies unless in very unusual circumstances and ordered and supervised by a physician.
What a whirlwind week it’s been as we welcomed our first two grand-kids into the world!
On Sunday, Nov 4th @ 9:14pm we welcomed Arya Grace into the family up in Barrie, ON (7lbs & 22″) and then 6 days later (Saturday, Nov 10th, 2018 @ 2:27pm) we welcomed Melody June into the family in Brantford, ON (7lbs 12 oz and 19.25”). What a joy to see God’s handiwork in each of these perfect little bundles!
And it was quite the celebration when Arya made her first road-trip to go see her cousin, Melody, and we were able to let them meet for the first time in the hospital in Brantford on Nov 11th.
Coming up now on 9 days and 3 days respectively, both are doing amazingly well, and of course are feeding well with their Cozy Cuddles Nursing Pillow ;)
We have been SO blessed with these two grand-daughters, and can’t wait for our first grand-son to arrive in late-Feb / early March!
Q: My baby was born on Friday, and this morning (Monday) I woke up with the feeling that Dolly Parton had taken over my body! My breasts are huge and so sore – is this normal? What can I do? I’m so full that my baby has a hard time latching on.
A: What you’re experiencing, Angie, is very normal. On the third or fourth day after birth, your milk production begins in earnest and the breasts become swollen with milk, and also from increased blood flow and lymph fluids. The best way to spell relief is B-A-B-Y! Be sure to nurse the baby at least every two hours, and gently massage your breast as the baby is feeding. The frequent feeding will help your body to establish the proper supply and demand ratio. Before each feeding, apply a warm moist compress for a couple of minutes to start the milk flowing. If the breast is so full that it is difficult for baby to latch, hand express some milk until the areola (the dark area around the nipple) will soften enough to allow the baby to latch on. If you use a pump to do this, be sure to pump only until the areola is softened – too much pumping will give your body the wrong message and will tell it to increase your milk supply! In between feedings, you can wet and wring out a cloth (a tea towel is a good size), fold it into thirds, and freeze in your freezer. Laying this frozen cloth across your swollen breasts provides wonderful relief! You can also try the midwife’s trick of using a cabbage leaf inside your bra on each breast. The tanic acid in the cabbage (not lettuce!) helps to relieve swelling without decreasing your milk supply. Using these techniques, most engorgement will subside in about 48 hours. Wearing a good supportive nursing bra day and night (no underwires!) will be helpful during engorgement, too.
To see past questions, go to “Ask Nurse Nancy” under “Breastfeeding Q&A / Info”.