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Is It Time to Wean?

Ideally, a baby should be breastfed for at least her first year of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for six months. At six months solids can be gradually combined with breast milk. Many moms decide to continue breastfeeding into the toddler and even the preschool years. However, any amount […]

The Breastfeeding Toddler

Considering the many benefits to nursing a child beyond the first year, it is surprising that so few mothers in the United States do it. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics: Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and […]

Breastfeeding and Medications

Written by Samantha Sorden As the number of Americans relying on prescription drugs continues to increase, breastfeeding moms need to be hyper vigilant about the prescription and over-the-counter medications they take. Almost all medications transfer into breast milk, but most are safe to take while breastfeeding because the amount of the substance that makes it […]

Gentle Ways to Wean

Ideally, weaning a toddler should be a slow and gentle process. Forcing a toddler to go “cold turkey” is likely to be traumatic for both of you. However, if you can spend several months weaning your baby the process will be much less painful. One way to wean is to gradually cut out feedings one […]

Starting Solids

You probably already know that your baby is not ready for solid food until he is at least six months old. Until that time, he is getting everything he needs from your breast milk. At six months you can begin slowly introducing solid foods. Remember that during this first year, solids are meant to complement breast […]

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