The average age of first time mothers is increasing as more and more women delay having children. The proportion of first births to women 35 and older has increased nearly eight times since 1970 in the United States. Mothers frequently ask if they think breastfeeding difficulties may be related to their age. However, despite the increase in numbers of older moms, there has been little research into the relationship between maternal age and milk production. Older women can d
All good things must come to an end, and a breastfeeding relationship is one of them. . When New moms—especially if they’re having a hard time—often ask me when they should wean their baby. The answer is really between them and their baby. Guidelines such as that of the American Academy of Pediatrics which suggest mothers give their babies exclusively breastmilk for the first 6 months, and breastmilk plus supplementary solids for at least a year, can be helpful; but in my
There are plenty of reasons to breastfeed— health benefits for mom and baby, cost savings and environmental benefits. If you’ve decided you want to nurse your baby, here’s how to prepare before your baby is born. 1) Learn the ropes. Try to attend a class at your local hospital or birthing center. Get a reliable book on breastfeeding. Many find Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Mohrbacher to be a good choice. Breastfeeding With Confidence by Sue Cox is another excellent book.
Mom’s wishing to increase their milk supply might try making these: Lactation cookies 1 C butter 1 C sugar 1 C brown sugar 4 T water 2 T flaxseed meal (no subs) 2 Lg eggs 1 t vanilla 2 C flour 1 t baking soda 1 t salt 3 C Thick cut oats 1 C Chocolate chips or raisins 2 T Brewers Yeast (no substitutions) Preheat oven at 375. Mix 2 T of flaxseed meal and water, set aside 3-5 minutes. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Stir flaxseed mix into butter mix and add vanilla. Beat unti