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Laid-Back Nursing?

Here’s a question from Carmela in North York:

Q:  My son is now three weeks old and nurses well, but quite often spits up after.  I’ve heard there’s a position called “laid-back nursing” that may help – can you describe this position?

Laid Back NursingA:  Yes, Carmela, the laid-back position can be helpful with reflux, and it’s very comfortable to achieve with the help of a Cozy Cuddles Nursing Pillow!  This is a reclining position for breastfeeding, so lie comfortably on your back, with your nursing pillow supporting your head and shoulders.  This means that your head and shoulders will be propped up at an ideal angle.  Then lay your baby, tummy to tummy with you, with his cheek near your breast. When he latches on, his head will be higher than the rest of his body, so gravity will assist with the reflux tendency.  It’s also a very natural and relaxing position for you both – enjoy!

Originally posted 2015-03-27 10:57:01.

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Is my milk OK?

Here’s a question from Kirsten in Waterloo, ON:

Q: I don’t want to ask a silly question, but I’m worried about the way my breastmilk looks. I’ve been regularly pumping for my 4-month-old son, and when I store the milk in the fridge, it separates into a creamy substance on the top, and the rest looks almost watery. When my neighbour saw my milk in the fridge, she said my milk looks “thin”. Should I be worried?

A: Thanks for your question, Kirsten – NO question is a silly question, and if you’ve had this question, you can be sure that many others have had the same one! The good news is that your breastmilk is perfectly normal. People often expect human milk to look like cow’s milk, but human milk is uniquely designed to meet the needs of human babies and has a very different appearance from cow’s milk. The cream does tend to rise to the top when bottled- just give it a shake after you’ve warmed the bottle in a bowl of warm water before feeding.

Originally posted 2013-11-08 14:00:58.

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Can the Cozy Cuddles Nursing Pillow be used to breastfeed twins?

Here’s a question emailed to us by Elise G.:

Q: I would like to know if it is possible to breast feed two babies at the same time with your pillow? I’m pregnant with twins and I never breastfed in my life so I don’t know anything about it but I want to try it for sure..so would your pillow help me do that?

Football Hold - TwinsA: Thanks for inquiring about the use of the Cozy Cuddles Nursing Pillow for twins!  Yes, absolutely you can nurse both babies at once using our pillow – many, many customers have done just that!

Most mothers use the “football” or “clutch” hold to do this, and in this position you tuck one baby under each arm and the pillow supports them.  You can see this position pictured on the graphic here.

Laid Back NursingYou can also feed them in three other positions – the front cross (both in the cradle hold), one in football hold and one in cradle hold, or the upright latch where the Mom uses the “laid-back” position.  In this graphic, Mom is nursing one baby in the laid-back position but both twins can be nursed at once positioning them this way.

Our pillow has been featured in twin publications and also on a TV show on twins, when 18-month-old twins were featured, still nursing with their Cozy Cuddles Nursing Pillow!!

Lying on TummyHere Sitting Up Babyyou can see other uses for the Cozy Cuddles Nursing Pillow as well. They can lie on it on their back from newborn to be propped up (to see what’s going on in the room or to play with their “play gym” toys, for supervised “tummy time” once they gain neck strength, and later (around 6 months) for giving them support as they learn to sit up.  Many parents of twins use two Cozy Cuddles pillows for these purposes.

Originally posted 2016-08-04 19:25:27.

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Is there a cream for nipple soreness?

Here’s a question from Connie in Toronto, ON:

Q: My baby is four days old. The nurses at the hospital said she has a good latch (we’ve been home for two days now), but my nipples are getting so sore! Is there some kind of cream that will help?

A: You mentioned that the hospital nurses said your baby is latching well – it would be good to confirm this by going back to the breastfeeding clinic at your hospital or Public Health clinic, since a proper latch is critical in avoiding nipple trauma. It is normal to experience some tenderness in the early days of breastfeeding, but pain that does not lessen in the first few seconds after latching can be a sign of other problems, including an improper latch. If the latch is determined to be correct, an excellent nipple ointment is available called APNO – All Purpose Nipple Ointment”. It was developed by Dr. Jack Newman, world-renowned breastfeeding expert whose clinic is right in your hometown of Toronto, Connie! APNO is made up of four ingredients that have been shown to treat a wide variety of nipple problems – you can learn more about it at http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=doc-APNO.

Originally posted 2013-10-01 11:46:14.