How to Introduce Homogenized Milk to Baby

A mom cradles her baby and wonders how to introduce homogenized milk to baby.

The AAP recommends that a baby drinks breastmilk or formula for the first year of life. This is because the protein found in homogenized cow’s milk is too hard on a baby’s stomach and can damage their stomach lining. Also, homogenized milk doesn’t contain the appropriate vitamins or sufficient calories required for good health and growth in the first year of life. It’s not easily digestible and can even cause anemia. There’s a lot of information, classes and even conversation about how to breast and formula feed your baby, but when it comes time to transition them to homogenized whole milk, moms feel a bit undereducated and confused. Here are three tips for how to introduced homogenized milk to baby in a (hopefully) seamless way for both you and your little one.

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Milk Alternatives For Babies and Moms

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When I found out my son had a dairy allergy, I thought “I’ll never be able to eat anything I like again!” Since I was still breastfeeding, what he was allergic to, I was allergic to. I came home from the doctor appointment and looked at all the food that I could not eat in my fridge and pantry. Although it seemed like a huge deal at the time, there are plenty of milk alternatives for babies and mamas if you know what to look for. I promise if you find yourself in this position, all is not lost. There are ways to use milk alternatives with some easy substitutions. Whether you’re abstaining from dairy while nursing or monitoring your child’s dairy consumption, these milk alternatives for babies are great options for you too!

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Why Selling Your Breast Milk May Be a Great Idea

As a baby relaxes on a bed, a mother wonders if selling your breast milk might be a good idea.

Hailed as the most natural super food out there, breast milk contains metabolic fuels and the raw materials needed to aid tissue growth and development, such as fatty acids, amino acids and minerals. Providing your little one with breast milk is the perfect way to ensure your tiny baby is getting all the nutrients and care that they need during the first few months of their lives. But what if you have a new baby and you can’t produce enough milk to keep him healthy? This is only one reason why women have turned to selling their breast milk online. Here at SmartMom we’ve looked at some of the various reasons why selling your breast milk may be a great idea.

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Know the Signs and Symptoms of GERD in Babies

As a mother cradles her baby, she wonders if the baby is suffering the typical symptoms of GERD in babies.

GERD, or acid reflux, is not typically something we associate with babies. When most people think of GERD, they think of heartburn, acidic food, caffeine, overeating and discomfort caused by the foods we eat. However, babies aren’t yet eating solid foods, so how can they get GERD?

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A Complete Guide to Babies and Gas

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All babies have gas, just like all kids and all adults have gas! Babies and gas typically go together like a healthy diet and regular digestion. You don’t necessarily have a medical problem on your hands just because you sense that your baby is gassy. When your baby is releasing gas, feel free to take a sigh of relief because this generally means your baby’s little body is working. Yet, the discomfort that babies can feel does make it seem like an urgent problem to solve. There are plenty of things you can do to help reduce the amount of gas pains your baby experiences and ease the symptoms of the inevitable gas that will happen.

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How to Spot an Infant Dairy Allergy

A woman paying close attention to her child trying to spot the signs of an infant dairy allergy.

Extremely fussy baby? Multiple spit ups after feeds? Noticing some eczema on your baby? If your baby is showing signs of these symptoms, they may be experiencing a dairy allergy. Whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned veteran, seeing your baby in discomfort can be difficult and frustrating. Knowing the signs and symptoms will help you identify or rule out an infant dairy allergy.

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Breastfeeding the First Week: A Complete Guide

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It’s the most natural thing in the world to nurse your newborn baby. That being said, you would think that it would be easy. But breastfeeding the first week can be a painful and difficult time for a new mother. If you are finding breastfeeding the first week tough and are wondering if there is something wrong then don’t. The struggles you are going through are completely normal. Here we try to give you a basic guide to breastfeeding in the first week.

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SmartMom Guide to Pump and Dump Breastfeeding Rules

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When you hear a mom say she had to “pump and dump,” what she means is that she used a breast pump to empty her breasts and then discarded the milk she collected, so her baby wouldn’t drink it. The only reason to ever do this is if you have consumed something or are consuming something that could be harmful if it passed through your breast milk and to your baby. If you need to temporarily refrain from breastfeeding your baby, it’s important that you pump when your baby would normally nurse, so your breast milk supply won’t go down. It is also very important that you understand the pump and dump breastfeeding rules.

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Relieving Engorgement: What to Do When It’s Been Too Long Between Pumping

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When my daughter was 11 months old I took a four-day trip to New York City with a few of my girlfriends. It was the first time I’d been away from her for more than a few hours and the first time outside of the day my milk came in that I had to deal with excessive engorgement. We were touring the city, seeing shows, and doing everything else tourists do, so access to an electrical outlet for my double breast pump was quite limited. I did manage to sneak into a public restroom to pump on the way there, (talk about awkward… ‘Excuse me, could you please move your udders so I can reach the paper towels?’) but I didn’t think my fellow patrons would have been all too pleased if the musical brilliance of Newsies was overpowered by the chug-a-da-chug of my lady milking machine so I had to go hours upon hours without relief. Ergo, major engorgement. My full-to-the-max breasts make me look a little like Pamela Anderson. My girls were sore, hard, and lump. OH OUCH! Relieving engorgement was something I needed to know, as do most new moms.

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Can I Exercise While Breastfeeding?

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It seems like everyone is talking about prenatal fitness these days. There are DVDs, fitness classes, and clothing lines dedicated to prenatal exercise. There is a lot of care taken to ensure you are safely staying active while growing your baby. But many moms are still asking themselves, can I exercise while breastfeeding? The same care should be taken in postpartum fitness. Let’s look at some keys to safely, comfortably, and effectively exercise while breastfeeding.

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