Category Archives: Diet Concerns

Symptoms & Treatment of a Yeast Infection on the Breast

Yeast, formally known as Candidiasis, is the most common fungal infection in humans. Mammary candidiasis is a yeast infection of the breast. Thrush, is a yeast infection that is located in the mouth. Generally both mom and baby are infected and are continuously spreading the fungus back and forth to each other. It is recommended that both mother and baby will need to be treated simultaneously in order to fully kill the infection. Continue reading

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Lipase and Sour Breast Milk

Some mothers may notice their expressed milk will have a “soapy” appearance and taste that becomes rancid rather quickly after being stored. This is a rare condition resulting from an excess of the enzyme lipase in their milk. Continue reading

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Reasons for Low Milk Supply: Common Concerns and Questions

The concern of not making enough milk for your baby is a common one. The important thing to determine is whether or not you truly have low milk supply.If your baby is gaining weight without supplementing with any other form of milk, is having at least 6-8 wet diapers, and 3-4 dirty diapers, then you do not have a low milk supply. The behavior of the baby post feed, the weight or sensation of your breasts, the frequency of feeding, the sensation of “let-down”, or how much you pump are not adequate ways of measuring whether or not you have enough breast milk. Your baby’s weight gain and diaper output is the most valid tool to measure. Continue reading

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Nutrition in Pregnancy

Many women look at pregnancy as a chance for a free for all eating marathon. Yes you definitely need to intake more calories, but you want to be sure that you are getting the nutrients necessary to help ease your body into this transition as well as benefit your baby.It is crucial for every expectant mother to understand the importance of proper nutritional needs and how important a high-quality diet is for facilitating proper fetal growth and development. Our first step as parents is to begin healthy eating habits for our children beginning with those precious little ones growing inside. Continue reading

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Peppermint and other Herbs that can decrease breast milk supply

Using large amounts of the following herbs and other natural remedies should be avoided while nursing because they have been known to decrease milk supply. The amounts of these herbs normally used in cooking are unlikely to be of concern; it’s mainly the larger amounts that might be used therapeutically that could pose a problem. Peppermint, menthol, and sage are three of the biggest herbal culprits when it comes to putting a damper on milk. Continue reading

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