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Breast Health

Breast Health is a growing subject of interest these days and more and more women are looking to the Internet for answers as Medical Professionals become more expensive and less user friendly. Busy women need answers and don't have much time to ask so here we are. A collection of answers for some of the most common questions about breast growth development and health concerns and with a close look at their main function, breastfeeding.
Please use this info as a general guideline as everybody is different. One of the reasons it is often difficult to get answers from health professionals is that everybody is different and without extensive testing , it is dangerous to give advice that may adversely affect peoples health. However, the majority of women will find this info useful and true.

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Lets start with development.
Breasts begin to grow when a girl reaches puberty and her hormones start to change. Yes breast growth is controlled by hormonal activity in the body but diet can also affect growth greatly as they are largely made of fat tissue. Some girls with extra fat on their bodies have larger breasts but not always. Prolactin (support-milk) is the hormone responsible for both breast development and milk production. Women with more prolactin at puberty have larger breasts. Prolactin also aids in stimulating the desire to nurture. That is why so many men like larger breasts, its the natural selection method of ensuring procreation continues.
Their development has finished when a woman nurses her baby and they are producing milk. Until a girl is pregnant the breasts don't finish developing and remain in an adolescent state. The nipples are small and the breasts are mostly made of fat.  For this reason it is a simple task to make them smaller. Just starve yourself or take up marathon running.
When a woman becomes pregnant, the hormones in her body tell her breasts to get ready to produce milk. They begin to grow acini (alveoli) glands which will produce the milk when stimulated by suckling.
They will not actually produce any milk until regular suckling takes place.
 Before that, about the fifth month of  pregnancy, they will be able to produce colostrum, a thick yellowish milk like substance that is designed to ease baby into eating milk. Colostrum is full of anti bodies (which baby lacks) and is the most easily digested substance known to man. The colostrum is only produced around the time of the birth of the baby and is soon replaced by milk when the suckling has stimulated the production enough. The nipples will grow larger and especially the aureole's will grow much larger. After weaning they go back to a semi ready state.

When will they grow? How long is a piece of string? Most girls reach puberty around early to mid teens but not all. Some late bloomers begin around 18 years of age and the earliest recorded pregnancy was age 8. When seems to depend on heredity. When did your Mom begin? Or your Grandmother? You could take after either, or your father's mother. It is possible that a family with two girls will see one with large breasts and one with small as they each take after a different family member.
Many young women want to know if there is anything they can do to change the process and the Good news is,  there is.

Help, I'm twenty years old and my boobs are so small, still an A cup. Is there anything natural I can do?
As mentioned it is hormone activity that determines their size so changing the hormone production can help. Some women find them growing after they start using the birth control pill. Which one is best?  Well that depends on you! Everybody is different and reacts differently. Most women on the pill also put on weight. Putting on weight might increase their size but will probably increase the size of your hips as well. For many women it seems that your hips grow faster than your breasts and when dieting, your breasts shrink faster than your hips. This is reversed when nursing.
Another way to change hormone activity is to manually stimulate the nipples.  This causes signals to go to the pituitary gland at the base of the brain which tells your breasts to grow acini glands to get ready to make milk.
 http://www.ehow.com/how_4482979_risk-breast-cancer-nipple-stimulation.html
This process does not rely on pregnancy as some think but is directly caused by nipple stimulation at regular intervals each day, as when you breastfeed a baby. Note that you will not likely produce any milk unless you actually remove any milk made from your breasts each time. A well known radio show hostess grew her breasts to size 40 DD by stimulation. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Destination-DD-Adventures-Breast-Fetishist/dp/097886994X
Manual stimulation using your fingers is the easiest and cheapest way but some like to use a breast pump or a TENS unit. Make sure you don't wear a tight bra as that will reduce blood flow to your breasts. Going bra-less while exercising may also help.
Herbs that stimulate female hormones can help but most women report that they do not make much difference unless one is already lactating. Fenugreek has been used for centuries and Fennel has also been helpful to some. Tea seems to be the best way to use it.

Help, one breast is bigger than the other?
This is a very common problem and fortunately caused by the fact that each breasts can operate completely independently. They were designed so that a woman with a problem can still feed her baby with only one, or two babies with different appetites. That means that there is something we can do about it. Stimulating the nipple on the smaller side can cause the acini glands to grow on that side only and thereby increase the size of the smaller breast. Regularity is the key with 2 or 3 times a day being a minimum.

Sagging breasts are also a concern for many these days. There is good news and bad.
Firstly, gravity is the major cause of sagging and so don't expect any miracle cure.
Secondly a major cause seems to be the habit of wearing bras all day everyday. Bras lend support to breasts and thereby remove the need for the natural supporting system to function.(Coopers ligaments) It atrophies and stops working! So not wearing a bra so much may actually make them sag less. See www.breastnotes.com for an in depth Doctor's opinion.
A recent survey on breast sag rates shows that breastfeeding has no great effect on sag rates but that smoking does as it affects the elastin in the skin.

Lymph flow diagram.

Should I wear a bra?

The diagrams above show breast construction and lymph fluid flow paths. The 1st diagram shows the Coopers ligaments that support the breasts and gives them their shape. Wearing a bra constantly causes the ligaments to atrophy and stop working and also prevents their natural movement which stimulates blood flow and lymph flow. Bra wearing has only been popular in relatively recent times and only in western affluent countries, the same places where breast cancer rates are highest. It seems that  bras may be a major cause of poor breast health and not wearing one may be a better choice. Some wear one to make their breasts perkier and more attractive (to who?) while others wear one to reduce their noticeability (nipple protrusion) I recommend no bra to retain their natural shape and wear a camisole for an extra layer of fabric. I personally know a woman who having breastfed two children over 25 years ago still has perky breasts, like they were 25 years ago, and has never worn a bra a day in her life.

http://www.all-natural.com/bras.html
This page has more explanantyion about the relationship between bras and breast cancer.


My breasts are too big, can I make them smaller without surgery?
The short answer is No. You can reduce their size a little with extreme measures such as marathon running or protein dieting to reduce fat content in your body. You could also try wearing a tight bra but these measures are not good for your health long term. Better to maintain a positive attitude about them and enjoy them as you can. Your husband will probably appreciate them.

My large breasts make my back ache?
Being heavier in front can put extra strain on the back but the main cause of pain is not your breasts but your posture. You are tempted to lean forward to try to make them less noticeable and that puts more strain on your back. An erect upright posture will take the tension out of your back and be better for your health. Be proud, stand straight and life will get easier for you. People are more tempted to take advantage of a cautious person than a proud one.

Big can be beautiful too
 This woman wanted them bigger and now holds the record for the biggest implants.

This lady holds the record for the worlds largest natural breasts. She says they were embarrassing until she got married and then she found some wonderful things she could do with them. She also says her back never aches from the weight. She has learned to stand correctly.
http://uk.health.lifestyle.yahoo.net/woman-with-worlds-largest-breasts.htm


My nipples are inverted, how can I get them to look normal?
Inverted nipples are quite common and the solution is quite simple. It is caused by the soft tissue being held back by connecting tissue that should not be there. It can be trained or stretched into the normal position. Gently squeeze the aureole until the nipple pops out, then gently draw it out with your forefinger and thumb. Now massage the area directly behind the nipple to encourage the connecting tissue to release or stretch. 3 times a day for 10 minutes each time should have them out permanently after a few weeks.
You can also try wearing nipple rings inside your bra. They put pressure on the aureole but not the nipple to encourage it to protrude all day. A combination of these two methods should work faster. It also helps to prevent cancer. See therapeutic nipple stimulation further down the page.

 

I haven't heard of any major health issues caused by inverted nipples but it can make breastfeeding difficult and painful.
Avent makes a range of products to help mother get her inverted nipples ready to breastfeed. You could try making your own. get a plastic syringe and cut the end off. reverse the plunger and use it to suck the nipple out before feeding.

I have hairy nipples (and moustache)?
Hair growth is also a hormonal function and usually means an excess of testosterone. Also causes a deeper voice sometimes. This is another problem that can be overcome by the balancing action of regular nipple stimulation or breastfeeding. The prolactin released suppresses the other hormones (natural HRT) and keeps you more womanly. I have even heard testimony of a lesbian woman who induced lactation to breastfeed her girlfriend. After a few weeks of breastfeeding she began to notice her desire for men had increased and she actually left her girlfriend for a man.

This link is to a site showing many different size and shape breasts all of them within the parameters of "normal"

http://www.007b.com/breast_gallery.php

Making milk is the main function of breasts and one's ability to make milk can vary a lot but there are a few simple guidelines which will help to keep your production where you want it. The usual process is to get pregnant and then the hormones in your body tell your breasts they will soon be needed. They begin to grow the acini glands which will produce milk when suckling begins. The aureoles also grow in size and darken.
Please note that pregnancy does not cause milk production but that regular nipple stimulation is the trigger mechanism.
The acini glands produce milk in response to nipple stimulation and to make milk requires that they be stimulated regularly and for prolonged periods. (Usually by a hungry baby, 20 minutes each side) For this reason most women do not get any milk immediately after giving birth but it takes a few days for production to begin. The more often you put baby to the breast, the sooner it begins to flow. The rule of thumb is every 3 to 4 hours per day. Every 2 hours is ok at first but is a bit too much and doesn't give Mom much time for rest in between, which brings us to the next point. The usual rules are plenty of rest, good nutrition and emotional support. Drink more water but the number one way to ensure good production is to make sure you empty all the milk completely each time..


Will nipple piercing affect my ability to breastfeed?
Many women breastfeed after nipple piercing but, if can cause trouble. It can be more painful and reduces the amount of ducts available and scar tissue can sometimes form a large lump in the nipple. Also increases the chance of choking from loose jewellery.

How do I increase my milk supply?
 To increase production it is a simple process of telling your breasts that they need to make more by feeding more. That is suckle or stimulate longer each time. The amount of times is important too. Optimal seems to be regularly at 4 hourly intervals, say 6am, 10 am 2 pm, 6pm, 10 pm and 2 am. But after successful feeding is established you can probably cut out one or two feeding times and still continue ok. Your breasts will get used to your schedule and cooperate after a time. To increase supply you need to make sure you empty them completely each feed.
Herbs and herb tea have been found useful by many and the Chinese say fish soup is good for increasing milk supply. Mrs Luo of Chong Qing is currently producing 2 litres per day but hasn't been asked what she eats. (2009)

 Pumping is one way to increase milk supply or just to make extra to store for emergencies. Many women have used pumps to induce lactation when they do not have a baby for a pending adoption for example.
Some women find that pumps just don't work for them, maybe not enough emotional attachment to the job. Others find doing it themselves better! There are many types of pump available from manual singles to dual electric. The more expensive ones are usually better and later model pumps have been engineered to simulate baby suckling.
If you are a beginner pumper, start with fast cycle and low suction for maximum stimulation and low stress. Some find hard suction too much.
 Be careful not the let the nipple rub against the edge of the pump as it will cause pain. just reposition to suit. If you have very big nipples you may need to get a bigger cup size or use vaseline.

Fenugreek is one of the most commonly quoted herbal breast milk stimulants and contains phyto-estrogens and can have a powerful effect on a woman’s body. It has also been used to control Diabetes, cholesterol and libido. It is well known as a  breast growth stimulant and to help increase milk production. One site claims it can increase milk production 500%. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it has little effect on breast growth and milk production until after lactation has been established and then more like a 5 - 25% increase.

Fenugreek has also been proven useful for digestion disorders tho it looks like it is the mucilage content that helps.

The Side effects appear to be limited to a strong smell that also changes the flavor of breast milk and can result in nausea.

http://ift.confex.com/ift/2005/techprogram/paper_31708.htm

How many ounces should I feed my baby each time?
The short answer is, "don't worry about it!". Why? Because the breastfeeding system was designed to be entirely flexible to suit you and your baby. That is; its a demand and supply system. The more your baby demands, the more you make! This means that whether your baby is rapacious or just a snacker, you will make enough (give or take a day) Your milk also changes consistency during a feed time beginning with a thin sweet consistency and ending with more fat content. This helps to make junior strong and takes weight of your hips! The consistency also changes to suit his age! Marvelous system! Relax and enjoy it!

Will taking calcium supplements improve my milk quality?
No, breast milk has the perfect balance for your baby and is modified every feed time to make sure your baby gets what it needs. There is actually very little calcium in breast milk but the active bio ingredients in the live milk give all the nutrients complete 100% absorbtion. Another reason why formula cannot compete.

I'm exclusively breastfeeding my baby but she has green poop, what 's wrong with my milk?
There is nothing wrong with your milk but your feeding style needs adjustment.
Breast milk changes consistency throughout a feed time as well as throughout a baby's early life. It changes consistency over time from birth until 2 years of age when the child has mostly developed what it needs to live without mom's hourly intervention. At the beginning of a feed the milk is thin and has very low fat content and later the fat content increases to help baby put on weight. (chart with the average consistency breakdown further below)

The reason your baby has green poop is because you are stopping feeding too soon and the fat has not come through yet. The fat is needed to balance her digestion.
There are a couple of options for you. 1. just feed longer.
2. Feed on one side only and either pump the other or just wait for the next feed and alternate sides. Be careful not to get engorged.

My Milk is Orange, what's wrong?
Your milk is directly related to what you eat. Have you been eating carrots? The carotene in them can discolor many things including your skin if you have too much. Milk can actually change color and is not naturally exactly white but more a creamy color. Richer mixture may be darker.
It also reflects the flavor of whatever you have been eating. Many say that babies love chili flavor. Try to avoid giving your baby a chocolate addiction.

I have HIV, will my baby get sick from drinking my breast milk?
Probably not!
HIV antibodies are transmitted thru breast milk from an infected mother and Doctors warn mothers not to breastfeed but the antibodies are the agents that fight AIDS infection not the disease itself. There have been very few cases of babies reported as contracting AIDS thru breastfeeding. HIV anti bodies are transmitted in the first 2 months of a baby's life but not the disease itself. So far only @ 6% of babies test positive for HIV antibodies after 2 months. All the mothers antibodies are transmitted to baby to protect it from disease. The figure for babies who are not breastfed is 14% showing that breastfeeding protects babies from disease including HIV. Another way to put it is 86% of children born to HIV positive mothers will not get HIV.
Most figures available for AIDS infected children are calculated below age 15 which include sexually active children over 12 and so there are few figures for breastfeeding babies deaths. Perhaps because its so small it doesn't warrant its own category. Most of the deaths recorded appear to be the result of ignorance or poor nutrition not the disease itself.
So over all it appears that breastfeeding when HIV positive is still better than not. Breast milk still protects babies and increases a baby's resistance to HIV by 50%.

Help, I am making too much milk, what can I do?   In such cases it can be a problem if you don't use it all each time. Leaving a large quantity in the breasts can lead to engorgement and possibly mastitis, a painful infection of the ducts. I suggest you find someone else to feed, remember that childrens' immune systems are not fully developed until the age of five. Breastfeeding children until then is entirely beneficial for their health. Mothers best is the best form of nutrition known to man, perfect for human consumption. Another possibility is to express or pump and sell it or donate to the local hospital. They use it to feed premature babies or those whose mothers have a problem nursing. They also sometimes sell it to cancer patients as the immune properties help them to remain stable while undergoing chemo or radiotherapy and it is the easiest thing for their fragile stomachs to digest. If you prefer the natural approach , you can manually express your breasts using the Marmet technique.

  1. Position the thumb above the nipple and your first two fingers below the nipple, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches from the nipple, though not necessarily at the outer edges of the areola. Use this measurement as a guide, since breasts and areolas vary in size from one woman to another. Be sure the hand forms the letter “C” and the finger pads are at 6 and 12 o’clock in line with the nipple. Note: The fingers are positioned so that the milk reservoirs lie beneath them. Avoid cupping the breast.

  2. Push straight in to the chest wall. Avoid spreading the fingers apart. For large breasts, first lift, and then push in to the chest wall.

  3. Roll thumb and fingers forward at the same time. This rolling motion compresses and empties milk reservoirs without injuring sensitive breast tissue.

  4. Repeat rhythmically to completely drain reservoirs. Position, push, roll ... Position, push, roll ....

  5. Rotate the thumb and fingers to milk other reservoirs, using both hands on each breast.

  6. Source:Marmet Technique copyright 1978, revised 1979, 1981 and 1988. Chele Marmet and the Lactation Institute, 1616 Ventura Blvd., Suite 223, Encino, California 91436

    Marmet Technique copyright 1978, revised 1979, 1981 and 1988. Chele Marmet and the Lactation Institute, 1616 Ventura Blvd., Suite 223, Encino, California 91436

Marmet technique

http://www.breastfeedingexpress.com/information/breast_engorgement1.htm

Another option is to use it for others. http://rashmanly.wordpress.com/2009/03/14/mrs-luo-of-chongqing-china-has-got-milk/#comment-6530

Selling breast milk

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2785718/the_business_of_selling_breast_m


Hyperlactation is not very common but does occur. This is when so much milk comes out during letdown that baby cannot drink fast enough. It is recommended that you express a little before baby drinks to ease the flow. You will probably settle into a more relaxed production speed after a while.

Engorgement is a painful condition where the breasts produce too much milk before baby can take it. They become large and hard and make it difficult for baby to latch on properly, which begins a cycle of engorgement. You need to get rid of some of the milk before baby can help. Doctors usually recommend a pump for this. I found personally that a pump doesn't work and hand expression might be better or the easiest solution is get your husband to help.

Mastitis is a painful infection in the milk ducts, sometimes caused by not feeding regularly or not emptying enough at each feed. The cure for this is simple; feed more often and keep the milk flowing. This flushes out the infection.
Video of maula expression technique;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmEtX43KQWc


Is there anything else I can do with my milk?
As mentioned, you can donate to hospitals for premature term babies and cancer patients. You could try to sell it online or you can make cheese from it;

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/richard-adams-blog/2010/mar/09/breast-milk-cheese-new-york



What stops or slows milk production?
 Health helps to ensure good milk production and health requires many factors to be in place. The basics should be taken care of such as adequate rest, good nutrition and the support of friends and family members. A peaceful atmosphere helps a lot. And last but very important is plenty of water, not soda or coffee but water.  Stress is the number one killer and that can be emotional or physical. Lack of fluid intake can slow production a lot. For those that are feeding successfully and production is slowing, check your schedule. Don't wait for them to fill up before feeding, that actually slows them down. Try to stick to a regular schedule. Breasts are like Ni cad batteries, they "remember" how much you used last time and will not make more next time. The number one rule is to empty them each feed. Snacking will slow production down. If baby falls asleep, change sides more often or wet her feet to wake her.

Help, I am enjoying breastfeeding too much, am I perverted?
 
Ok lets start with the physiology. Regular suckling send s signals to the brain which tell the pituitary gland to release hormones into the blood stream. Two hormones are released. Prolactin, which tells the breasts to make milk and oxytocin which tells you to enjoy it. Oxytocin is sometimes called the "love hormone"! It helps you to love your baby and it is also released when you make love with your husband. This is the basis of our concern.
 We get the love hormone on two occasions, when we make love and when we breastfeed.
For some women who are raised to think that pleasure is a sin, or who have had unfortunate experiences concerning their bodies, this poses them a mental dilemma. They cannot conceive of enjoying something they have come to think of as clean and functional with something they think of as sexual or dirty. But their body is telling them to enjoy it. Are your breasts sexual or functional? The answer is both! Woman, you were made to enjoy breastfeeding and to enjoy lovemaking. Without both, the human race would cease to exist. Babies require a long term commitment to nurturing to survive and this is the physiological function that ensures it. If you were perverted then the alternative is to put up your baby for adoption and commit yourself to an institution, is that better?
Your body is designed to make you enjoy breastfeeding, relax and enjoy it!

I don't want to stop breastfeeding, what age should I stop nursing my child? 

That depends on the child but we have health guidelines and moral guidelines we can use. The World Health Organization research shows that children need Momma's milk for at least 2 years to receive all the benefit from the immunological properties it has. Most children do not have fully developed immune systems until around age 5. so there is our age guideline for health. They are not called milk teeth for nothing! They need milk to develop. Research shows that there are many long term benefits to breast milk that are only obtained thru long term feeding. Insurance against all kinds of diseases and things like diabetes, cancer and obesity. They also suspect that breastfed babies have higher IQ. The more, the better!
However it is important to stop before the age of 10 as a child will begin to develop their idea of sex by then and we don't want to warp their sexual imprinting. Most cultures around the world permit breastfeeding until age 5.

WHO

http://www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/

Breastfeeding 8 yr old:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxv6R9fUO74&feature=related

Ouch, breastfeeding hurts! What's wrong?
 
Breastfeeding is the most natural function of a woman's breasts but not always easy or pain free. However it should be pain-free. There are several reasons why it may not be pain-free and these can be overcome.

 

 

  • A yeast infection can cause great pain during suckling. You need to see a Dr and may need to use a topical antifungal cream (externally) to control the reddish welt like sores on your nipples and it is also good to take probiotics to balance the internal system. Yeast infections can be a result of an imbalanced system sometimes caused by taking antibiotics. The antibiotics kill infections but also kill useful bacteria in the stomach, making room for fungus to thrive. Accidophilus yoghurt can restore some of the bacteria that were lost and make it less comfortable for fungal infections to grow. 
  • Hypersensitivity is quite common and maybe caused at least in part by wearing a bra. your breasts were designed to move freely and Drs advise not wearing a bra during pregnancy to allow the natural movement to rub your nipples against the fabric of your clothes. This helps to desensitize them somewhat.
  • Some women have a condition of poor circulation, which makes their feet and fingers cold and also can induce nipple vasospasms when breastfeeding. You can tell because it hurts more when stopping than when starting as the blood rushes back into the nipples. See a Dr , there is medicine available which can cure this condition.
  • Improper latch is a common problem. You need to make sure the nipple is inserted fully into the mouth, not just the end but the aureole as well. The nipple should extend into the middle of the mouth and so the pressure from the lips is on the aureole.
  • Inverted nipples can be painful but can be reversed. You can put nipple rings around your nipples inside your bra and wearing them for 3 weeks should see your nipples pop out normally. (while breastfeeding)
  • A tip for cracked nipples (caused by bad latch or hypersensitivity) use your breast milk as a topical ointment. The medicinal benefit is well known.

Correct latch has part of the aureole as well with the nipple right inside.
Great simple video on latching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbkw9Yrqa3g&feature=related

Incorrect latch and putting them away wet can cause very painful cracking. Air drying after feeding will help prevent this. If you already have cracked nipples then try Aloe vera for skin repair but it tastes horrible. Vitamin E cream may also help but natural drying is important. Too much cream will be counter productive.

What are the benefits of breastfeeding and breast milk?
Well the benefits of both breastfeeding and breast milk are numerous and medical researchers are constantly finding more. We are very fortunate to live in times when research is capable of studying minute physiological details and reporting them via internet, across the world. Below are some of the findings.

 

 

  • Mothers milk is the best form of nutrition available, perfectly suited to humans.
  • Emotional and psychological bonding between mother and child.
  • Protection against illness for the baby. (saves on medical bills)
  • Hormonally induced peace/euphoria for the mother.
  • Natural birth control, ovulation suppression.
  • Control over periods/ menopause symptoms.
  • Weight loss especially for hips and thighs.
  • Protection against breast cancer and cervical cancer.
  • Protection against other diseases such as diabetes and allergies.
  • Free supply
  • Convenient and easy maintenance (no bottles to wash)

Some mothers claim they use breast milk to cure scratches and cuts and even eye infections. (topically) It seems to have antiseptic qualities. Researches in Sweden found it actually kills cancer cells! (link on contacts page) Some call it their "medicine chest".

Psychologist and author Dr John Townsend writes that children learn how to relate and trust others at their mother's breasts. Breastfeeding , the pouring in of a mother's love day after day, week after week, year after year is what enables a child to develop the ability to trust and depend on others, essential for healthy marriages. Mother you are the key to an emotionally healthy society.

If Someone told you that they had a pill that could give all these health benefits you would not beleive them or they would cost a fortune!


Can I use breastfeeding as a form of birth control?
Maybe! Most women find that they have no period for months after giving birth, if they are breastfeeding. Exclusive breastfeeding 4 or more times per day should see ovulation cease. Prolactin inhibits ovulation so the more you feed the less eggs are released. Usually ovulation begins again as we introduce solid food and it begins to take up the time and reduce the milk consumed during feeds. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months at least. That is no solids at all for the first 6 months. This also ensures better digestive habits for the child's stomach, avoiding common allergies. I see no reason why you cannot feed mostly for a year as the health benefits are huge and the need for solids not yet important. However everyone is different. I know a woman who is breastfeeding 3 children and is pregnant with the 4th. All 10 months apart!

I'm pregnant and still breastfeeding, do I have to stop?
No; Doctors used to advise women to stop feeding the current child to enable a woman's body to grow a healthy baby and to give it colostrum at birth. There were several reasons for this. Because Doctors had no research done on long term effects of early formula feeding or lack of colostrum for infants but now so many women are feeding a toddler and pregnant that they have a large enough data base to know that it is not a problem.
They were also concerned about it inducing premature labor due to contractions. This also is a groundless fear and unless you have a history of it, it may even help your cervix prepare for an easier birth. Contrast the modern problem of childbirth to the ancient norm where most women were breastfeeding when pregnant and had no choice but to continue and yet the human race thrived. Sometimes the choices we can make are not better!
Videos of breastfeeding older children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs6rlaOQZvc&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX_3UuS2pSY&feature=related



Is it ok to breastfeed after a C section delivery?
Yes! It may hurt as your uterus contracts but that will happen regardless of whether it is a C section or a natural birth. It's neccessary either way. Not contracting the uterus can result in internal infection from not removing all the blood. That requires an operation to remove it. Best do it naturally. Many women are now breastfeeding after and even during (toddler) pregnancy and Ceasar and there have been no reported cases of medical problems as a result. (friend of mine)

Does weaning hurt? What can I do to avoid the pain?
Yes it can but it doesn't need to. If you must wean quickly then putting cabbage leaves over the girls inside your bra will help reduce the pain to nearly manageable. If you have time then weaning is easy and pain free. Just reduce the length of time at each feed slowly day by day and you will soon stop producing enough to continue.

Will my breasts Shrink after weaning?

Of course they will. The glands that produced milk are no longer being used. Use them or lose them! They will shrink to the size they were before if you are lucky. For some women they go even smaller. Regular nipple stimulation may help to keep them at a reasonable size as well as preventing cancer. It is best to wean slowly over serveral months to avoid rapid weight loss and to then end up looking like the pic below.



Adopted children
I'm planning to adopt a child , can I breastfeed her?
Sure! There are many ways to induce lactation to breastfeed an adopted child. The best way is to  start with another child and just add or transfer to the new child but this may not be possible especially if you don't have one yet.
Manual expression or pumping every 4 hours for 3 weeks should see some action but without an emotional response it is difficult. Live lips are the best method. There are drugs available which make the body prepare somewhat similarly to pregnancy. You can read all about them at: www.asklenore.com
 Manual stimulation and massage regularly is also good. Once again it is regularity that is the key, keeping a regular supply of hormonal activity in your body, just like taking medicine. Every 4 hours seems to be best for most people.


Breast cancer is a growing concern also especially in Western affluent countries where it seems to be reaching epidemic proportions.
There are many types of cancer but the most common form of breast cancer is hormone sensitive. That is the hormonal activity in your body can precipitate or prevent it. The World Health Organization's latest research shows that breastfeeding for long periods reduces the incidence of breast cancer by a huge percentage. (@60%) They recommend 2 years minimum breastfeeding for each child to bring about all the health benefits for the child and also for the mother. They say that breastfeeding for more than 2 years continuously, builds up resistance in a woman to breast cancer and cervical cancer and osteoporosis. They suspect it also reduces other problems like diabetes and arthritis but conclusive proof has not been established.
 Breast cancer and cervical cancer have been proved to be reduced remarkably.
 Why?
 As already mentioned, the act of breastfeeding regularly stimulates the nipples which sends signals to the brain which begins to flood the body with hormones. These hormones tell the breasts to begin making milk but that is not all, they also make a woman feel relaxed and happy and stimulate the immune system. They produce more antibodies and they feel well! This activity happening every few hours every day is like taking anti cancer medicine. Most women find they don't get sick nearly as much while nursing as they do before or after weaning. The anti bodies in their bodies are also passed through their milk to the feeding infants so that they get protection from disease, especially important before the age of five years, as babies don't have fully developed immune systems before then. Swedish researchers found a substance in breast milk that actually kills cancer cells. And you can produce it everyday!

http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/tv/stories/wfaa080215_lj_breast milk.c618de8d.html


Another factor is a woman's natural hormonal activity being "pushed " by modern lifestyle. To be more specific; estrogen or correctly Oestrogen is the hormone that triggers ovulation. It also triggers thickening of certain tissues where cancer usually begin to grow. Prolactin counter acts estrogen so prolonged breastfeeding prevents thickening tissue and thereby cancerous cells forming. So women who have many babies and breastfeed them for years cut down their ovulation/estrogen levels by @ 60% or conversely, women who go on birth control and bottle feed have a 60% higher chance of breast or cervical cancer.
Estrogen is also responsible for PCOS, poly cystic ovarian syndrome. Basically when you ovulate so much estrogen is produced that it causes cysts to grow on your ovaries. This can prevent pregnancy and be painful and could lead to cancer. This is also prevented by breastfeeding or nipple simulation. No figures are available on whether it can aid one getting pregnant.

Help, I have just had an abortion and my breasts are leaking milk?
Relax, you may have just been saved from death by breast cancer. Breast cancer rates increase between 50% and 80% minimum for those aborting their babies. Its know as the ABC link. The breast tissue is only partially developed until lactation takes place after birth and is more succeptible to cancer until then. If you are lactating then you have passed thru the gates of death and are free from the sentence. As long as you lactate you cannot get breast cancer.

Breast Cancer surviver is there a natural estrogen blocker I can take?
Yes, once again nipple stimulation is a natural way to increase prolactin and prevent estrogen production.


Fenugreek contains phytoestrogens and some health sites say it can be used as an estrogen blocker to prevent reoccurrence of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Other medical oriented sites say not to use it in conjunction with cancer treatments and that the FDA have not tested it, which means it probably works and is cheaper than the drugs available.

It is listed as a powerful Antioxident. It may also be useful as a natural HRT treatment for menopause for those who don't want the schedule of nipple stimulation or prefer oral alternatives.




Doctor Timothy Murell has published a paper on the benefits of therapeutic nipple stimulation and recommends it for the prevention of breast and cervical cancer. No information is currently available on whether it can reverse cancer that has begun but logic says it should.
http://www.ehow.com/how_4482979_risk-breast-cancer-nipple-stimulation.html
A conclusion is that breast cancer is prevented by breastfeeding or nipple stimulation at regular intervals and it might also be said that Not breastfeeding has incurred the great increase in breast cancer in recent times.
 It is also noted that the increase in breast cancer is accompanied by the incidence of women wearing bras. The incidence of bra wearing and lowered breastfeeding rates occurs at the same rate in the same countries. No conclusive studies have been done on this either but logic tells us that wearing tight bras will reduce the movement and blood flow through the surrounding tissue and so reduce general health to our breasts.
Some put their trust in regular mammograms but the latest info says that their value is dubious. The recent increase in mammograms has resulted in an increase in breast surgery but most of the operations revealed harmless lumps that didn't need surgery. If a woman is lactating , the mammogram reading is more difficult and may lead to further tests. Some say that mammograms themselves cause cancer by increasing radiation affects.
The evidence shows us the mammograms have dubious value and that lactation has great value. Your choice!

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/screening-for-cancer-with-ct-scans-risky-120343109.html



Manual stimulation technique:

1. Pill roll the tips of the nipples using the thumb & index finger. Roll for 10 seconds, then relax 10 seconds, then repeat.

2. Hold the breast in toward the chest while gently pulling on the tip of the nipple. Pull on the nipple for a count of 10. Release & relax 10 seconds, then repeat.
Step2
Suction stimulation:

Using a good quality double electric breast pump can induce a very deep stimulation of the nipples that many women find therapeutic. The best breast pumps feel just like natural suckling. Optimal results seem to be achieved by keeping the suction level on low and the sucking cycle speed fast -- resist the urge to turn the suction up high, since this can damage the delicate tissues.
Step3
Dr. Timothy Murrel and his research team recommend frequent nipple stimulation in order to achieve therapeutic results. Many women used breast pump approximately 15 minutes per session, but there are women who claim to pump many hours every day with rewarding results.
Step4
According to posts on many forums that discuss therapeutic breast pumping, gratification increases over time. Women who have been breast pumping for a year or more often report that a state of euphoric relaxation is reached within minutes after starting each breast pumping session.
Step5
Detailed information and instructions about therapeutic breast pumping can be found on many discussion forums and yahoo groups. Doctor Timothy Murrel's research can be found on the web. Breast pumps can be purchased on the web, on ebay and craiglist, or from many department stores.

 


Comparing Milk:  Human, Cow, Goat & Commercial Infant Formula
Nutritive comparisons of milks based on the needs of 0-6 month old infants. *
VITAMIN HUMAN COW GOAT FORMULA * DEFICIENCIES  **
A 64  53 56 65 ug/100g -
D 0.03 0.03 0.03 0.06 ug/100g All Lo, except F
C 5.0 1.0 1.3 6.1 mg/100g C+G very low
E 0.3 0.7 0.7 0.3 ug/100g -
B1 (thiamin) 140 400 480 68 ug/100g -
B2  (riboflavin) 36 162 138 101 ug/100g -
Pantothenic acid 200 300 300 304 ug/100g -
Biotin 0.8 2.0 2.0 3.0 ug/100g all OK
Nicotinic acid (niacin) 200 100 200 710 ug/100g F OK, all other LO, particularly C
Folic Acid 5.2 5.0 1.0 10 ug/100g F OK, others LO, particularly G
Vitamin B12 0.3 0.4 0.1 0.2 ug/100g All LO, particularly G
Vitamin B6 11 42 46 41 ug/100g -
Vitamin K - - - - -
                * ug/100g = microgram/100g milk
            ** Human milk is not considered deficient in any nutrients, but is considered the standard for infant feeding
.
 
- HUMAN COW GOAT FORMULA DEFICIENCY
Calcium 34 130 120 49 mg/100g -
Chromium - - - - -
Selenium - - - - -
Molybdenum - - - - -
- HUMAN COW GOAT FORMULA DEFICIENCY
Protein 1.0 3.3 3.6 2.0 C+G HI
Carbohydrate 6.9 4.7 4.5 7.0 C+G LO
Fat 4.4 3.3 4.1 1.1 Formula LO
Water 87.5 88.0 87.0 80
Calories (kcal) 70 61 69 60

This section is a collection of links to references and similar sites. If you have further questions that are not answered here then please go to SNClist or CANR (yahoo groups) for discussions from people who have been there. I will try to update with new info periodically.
Thanks
Brenda.

Adult breastfeeding groups and articles links


http://groups.yahoo.com/adultconf?dest=%2Fgroup%2Fsnclist

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/christian_adult_nursing_relationships/


http://anrspace.com/

 

http://www.landmilkhoney.com/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/utahadultbreastfeeding/

http://www.anrdating.com

Why  people want to do this

http://www.breastfeeding-experience.online-health-forum.co.uk/Breastfeeding_Husbands.html

http://hismilkmaid.com/


http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/board/about46718-0-asc-60.html


http://www.breastfeeding-experience.online-health-forum.co.uk/ABR_1.html


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/UKrealbreastfeeding/


http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/847123/adult_nursing_relationships_and_adult.html


Health benefits for nursing

http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/news/20070417/breastfeeding-cuts-breast-cancer-risk


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2136824.stm

extended breastfeeding lowers cancer risk

http://www.ehow.com/how_4482979_risk-breast-cancer-nipple-stimulation.html

therapeutic stimulation lowers cancer risk

http://www.springerlink.com/content/n804244q325lg042/

milk made into tumor killer

Stimulation effects

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3791664


http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;115/2/496

human milk science

 

Breastfeeding prevents food allergies

http://www.babycenter.com/204_breastfeeding-is-one-way-to-reduce-food-allergy-risk_5224585.bc

Breastfeeding two

http://www.llli.org/FAQ/tandem.html

Breastfeeding in the bible

http://www.cynicsunlimited.com/2007/08/06/breastfeeding-in-the-bible/

Breastfeeding husbands

http://hubpages.com/hub/Breastfeeding-your-man_

Advantages of breastfeeding

http://www.weeklypregnancycalendarandstretchmarktreatment.com/advantages%20of%20breast%20feeding.shtml

Biblical breastfeeding

http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/breastfeeding/65991

Biblical sex and ANR
http://www.christiannymphos.org/2008/09/10/adult-nursing/

Marmet technique

http://www.breastfeedingexpress.com/information/breast_engorgement1.htm


http://www.yourtango.com/200912438/the-chemistry-connection

trust and intimacy hormones

Cancer treatment

http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/tv/stories/wfaa080215_lj_breastmilk.c618de8d.html

Cancer patient

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4187697.stm

Medicine chest

http://www.mothering.com/articles/new_baby/breastfeeding/walking-medicine-chest.html

Inducing lactation

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/157409/how_to_induce_lactation_the_well_may.html 

Nipple care
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/nipple-care-cuts-risk-of-breast-cancer-research-shows-stimulation-releases-protective-hormone-while-report-on-victims-says-70-prefer-minor-surgery-to-removal-1371823.html

 

 

TENS unit sales.http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/backstore_2027_332930

http://backstore.stores.yahoo.net/tensunit.html

 

 

Breast pumps.

http://www.breastpumps.com/



 
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