I love this video from NPR on the Human Microbiome. It discusses a topic that has recently gained a lot of attention in the health community for it's incredible benefits - Probiotics. For more information on the benefit of probiotics for both mom and baby, see my post "Probiotics: The Good Bacteria".
New, updated information has come out regarding alcohol consumption while breastfeeding:
"Any long-term consequences for the children of alcohol-abusing mothers are yet unknown, but occasional drinking while breastfeeding has not been convincingly shown to adversely affect nursing infants. In conclusion, special recommendations aimed at lactating women are not warranted. Instead, lactating women should simply follow standard recommendations on alcohol consumption." Concensus Statement after Systematic Review of Literature on Breastfeeding and Alcohol: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bcpt.12149/pdf
Concensus Statement after Systematic Review of Literature on Breastfeeding and Alcohol:
So, your baby's doctor has prescribed Vitamin D supplements, but is it really necessary and which kind should you get?
Vitamin D supplements traditionally come in a syrup, and one dose is a syringe full of extra things your baby might not need and could actually cause gas and fussiness (like sugar)! They usually also contain Iron which, in supplement form, is hard for babies to digest, feeds the bad gut bacteria, and ends up causing uneccesary fussiness. Breastmilk contains all the iron most healthy babies need until they are 6 months old. (Source: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/iron/)
Instead of the large dose, consider finding a Vitamin Supplement that contains a full dose (400IU) in one drop. Examples of these are Carlson's and BabyD. They take the mess and the additives out of the equation, they are easy to use, and the bottle lasts for 3 months to a year depending on the quantity.
However, if you don't want to give your baby Vitamin D directly, new research as of Sep...
Mothers often wonder how much milk their baby drinks, and this becomes a big question for mothers once they are ready to return to work, or even begin leaving baby at home with a caregiver occassionally. The research tells us that exclusively breastfed babies take in an average of 25 oz (750 mL) per day between the ages of 1 month and 6 months. Different babies take in different amounts of milk; a typical range of milk intakes is 19-30 oz per day (570-900 mL per day). So, it is safe to assume that your baby will need 1 to 1 1/2 oz of milk per hour that you will be away. A caregiver should be made aware of this, and know that the infant should not be receiving more than this. If an infant were to recieve 2 oz per hour, that would be a pace that most mothers could not keep up with while pumping, and the infant would not be hungry for the rest of the day and thus would not be interested in nursing, causing a decrease in mother's milk supply.