Faith McGinn, RN, IBCLC,provides some great information,tips, and tricks for when your baby is fussy, including information on Infant Probiotics, gas drops, normal infant development, and more!READ HER ARTICLE HERE!
New parents are often sleep deprived, especially mothers who must wake up several times a night to nurse their infants. Sleeping with your baby can help you get more shut eye while nursing, but it is important to do it safely. If you are considering co-sleeping, or bedsharing, check out this infographic from La Leche League!
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.