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Natural Remedies for Your Baby's Thrush 

Good Monday!

Our question this week is regarding baby thrush. What causes it? And what natural remedies will get rid of it?

Thrush is a yeast infection in your baby’s mouth, an overgrowth of Candida albicans, which is a type of yeast that is normally present in smaller amounts in our bodies. For babies, thrush is usually passed to them through their mother’s nipples during breastfeeding, which is why the end result is ‘thrush’ in their mouths. The insides or your baby’s cheeks and throat may look redder than normal, and their tongue will be coated white and you may see pockets of white yeast in baby’s cheeks or the corners of her mouth.


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To Pump or Not to Pump?

Ok, so you’ve gotten that babe to latch on, and you’re figuring out the whole breastfeeding thing. So now what?

Pump? Don’t pump? If you pump, how long to wait before introducing the bottle? What’s the best pump? How do you store it? How do you THAW it? What are the best breast pads? The best bottles?  Eek!

Ok, so let’s do it.

Why pump? If you’re nursing and planning to stay at home, meaning you have the luxury of not going back to work, you may not want to pump at all. But there ARE benefits; whether it’s a necessity or not.

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Breastfeeding Essentials: Food for Thought

In honor of National Breastfeeding Week here is a link to some helpful videos compiled by Healthy Chilld, Healthy World.


by Janelle Sorensen, Chief Communications Officer, Healthy Child Healthy World

I did nothing to prepare for breastfeeding my first child. Zero. I figured, it’s such a natural act, there can’t be that much to it. Boy was I wrong.

I would have failed entirely in the very first few hours had it not been for an extremely supportive nurse (something many moms don’t have). And I only lasted four months because I became very ill and was on medication that made it unsafe for my daughter to breastfeed. I dried up. I was devastated.

Later, I learned that I should have pumped and dumped the milk to keep producing. I also learned that if I would have simply let my daughter start to suckle regularly, there would have been a good chance that my milk would have come back in. Sad.

I know many moms out there have their own breastfeeding stories and obstacles that perhaps they did or did not overcome. Let’s share them this week - in honor of World Breastfeeding WeekThe more we talk about our experiences, the more we can empower new moms and future moms.

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