How to Switch Baby’s Formula

How to Switch Baby’s Formula

Whether you’re switching your baby’s formula because of cost or ingredients, it’s pretty straightforward, and nothing to freak out about.

  

Why Switch Formulas

 

While milk protein allergies are more rare than you would think, it does happen for some babies.

 

A milk protein allergy can cause a baby severe gastrointestinal pain and result in poor weight gain.

 

If your baby is taking a standard formula with cows milk protein and you suspect that he may be allergic, talk to your pediatrician immediately.

 

You may need to switch your baby to an alternative protein based milk such as soy.

 

Babies can also experience less severe reactions to formula such as constipation (from the iron) or gas.

 

If you are switching your baby’s formula for these reasons, you can continue using the same protein.

 

A third reason that parents switch their baby’s formula is because of cost.

 

(Because this shit gets freaking expensive! Worth it though.)

If cost is the issue, continue giving your baby the same type of protein.

 

Switching to a Formula with the Same Protein

 

If you are switching to a baby formula that has the same protein, you can make the transition immediately. It shouldn’t upset your baby’s tummy.

It’s possible that your baby will reject the milk because of taste. If she does that, take the gradual approach below.

 

 

Switching to a Formula with a Different Protein

 

If you are switching to a baby formula that has a different protein base such as soy, you should transition gradually.

 

You can also use this transition if your baby initially rejects the new formula.

 

It’s quite simple.

 

  • Day 1: ¾ old formula, ¼ new formula

  • Day 2: ½ old formula, ½ new formula

  • Day 3: ¼ old formula, ¾ new formula

  • Day 4: 100% new formula

 

 

What’s Next?

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How to do a Breastfeeding Elimination Diet for Your Colic Baby

How to do a Breastfeeding Elimination Diet for Your Colic Baby

Is your breast milk making your baby gassy? Or worse, is it the cause of her colic?

While it isn’t possible for your baby to be allergic to your breastmilk, she can suffer from allergies or intolerances to certain foods in your diet that pass into your milk.

Why an Elimination Diet?

 

Babies with food allergies and intolerances often display signs of gas and colic such as

 

  • Crying 3 or more hours per day, 3 days per week for 3 weeks
  • Arching back
  • Clenching fists
  • Pulling legs to chest, as if trying to pass gas

 

Doing an elimination diet is the only way to pinpoint which foods your baby is having an adverse reaction to.

If you choose to do an elimination diet, use a notebook to track your food intake, and your baby’s behavior.

 

Different Types of Elimination Diets

 

There are two approaches to the elimination diet; the gradual elimination diet, and the total elimination diet.

We recommend beginning with the gradual elimination diet.

It is much easier, and you will target the most common food allergens first.

With this approach, you eliminate one food allergen for two weeks at a time.

The more intensive approach is the total elimination diet.

This diet consists of eliminating all allergens from your diet, and then slowly reintroducing them, one every four days.

 

 

How to do a Gradual Elimination Diet

To do the gradual elimination diet, you will go down a list of the most common food allergens, eliminating them for two weeks at a time.

 

Phase 1 

The first food to eliminate is dairy.

Dairy is the most common food allergy among babies.

It is also a difficult allergen to eliminate because it is hidden in many of our foods.

Of course it’s in cheese, yogurt, butter, chocolate, and cream.

But it also comes disguised as:

  • Whey
  • Casein
  • Lactoglobulin
  • Artificial butter flavor

Read labels carefully during this phase of your diet.

 

If the cows milk protein gets into your breast milk, your elimination diet may be compromised.

 

After you have eliminated dairy for two weeks, observe your baby’s behavior.

 

Has it changed? If it has, it is safe to assume that your baby is sensitive to dairy.

 

If that is the case, wait until your baby is at least 6 months old before attempting to reintroduce dairy to your diet.

 

But if your baby is still having uncontrollable crying spells, you can add dairy back into your diet and move onto the next phase.

 

Phases 2-6

If dairy is not the source of your baby’s irritability, move through the next food groups in this order:

  1. Caffeine
  2. Soy
  3. Eggs
  4. Wheat
  5. Nuts

By the end of this, if not sooner, you will have likely found the source of your baby’s pain.

 

If you suspect that your baby’s colic might be stemming from something else, check out this article about how to soothe a colic baby.

 

It includes multiple other ways of dealing with colic such as craniosacral therapy.

 

If you still suspect that it is related to your diet, you can move on to the total elimination diet.

 

 

 

How to do a Total Elimination Diet

 

If your baby has very severe symptoms of colic, and you have already eliminated the most common food allergens using the gradual elimination diet, you may want to consider the total elimination diet.

During a total elimination diet, you remove all food allergens from your diet, and then slowly reintroduce them one at a time, in order to pinpoint which foods are making your baby upset.

Phase 1

In his book, Detecting Your Hidden Allergies, Dr. William Crook suggests the following diet for two weeks:

  • Free range turkey and lamb
  • Potatoes and sweet potatoes (baked or boiled, and seasoned only with salt and pepper)
  • Rice
  • Millet
  • Green and yellow squash, cooked
  • Pears
  • Pear juice, diluted
  • Rice milk
  • Calcium supplement
  • Any other rice-based products such as rice flour and rice pasta that do not contain other allergens.

At the end of two weeks, or sooner if your baby’s colic subsides, you may begin to introduce new foods to your diet.

You should add one new food every four days, beginning with the least commonly allergenic foods.

Phase 2

During this phase, you begin to reintroduce new foods back into your diet, beginning with the least allergenic.

Remember, add one new food every four days.

You can add the foods listed below in any order that you would like.

  • Carrots
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Salmon
  • Oats
  • Peaches
  • Grapes

 

Phase 3

During this phase of the elimination diet, you are beginning to add mildly allergenic foods back into your repertoire. 

Again, these foods can be introduced one at a time, every four days, and in any order that you would like.

  • Wheat
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Corn

Phase 4

The fourth and final phase of the total elimination diet is the introduction of the most allergenic foods.

Just like in phases 2 and 3, you can add one of these foods every four days, and in whatever order you would like.

  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Beans and legumes
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish
  • Caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, etc)
  • Acidic fruits and vegetables such as oranges, grapefruit, and tomatoes
  • Gas producing vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, onions, and green peppers

Don’t Be Discouraged

If breastfeeding is important to you, don’t let colic stop you.

Again, most of the time a baby is experiencing a food allergy, it is to the milk proteins in dairy.

If you use the gradual elimination method, you will most likely find out the problem in a few weeks.

But if it takes longer than that to find the problem, it’s worth it if breastfeeding gives you a high level of satisfaction.

In the meantime, head over to How to Soothe a Colic Baby to get some survival tips, and other approaches to dealing with your baby’s colic.

 

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All pumping moms know the headache of constantly washing pump parts. Do you remember the song that never ends? Well, that is your life now.

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 But it doesn’t have to be. 

This stupid-easy hack will save you hours, if not days of being bent over the sink.

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Stick your pump parts in a plastic bag, and throw them in the fridge between pumping sessions.

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Speed up Pumping and Increase Milk Output

Speed up Pumping and Increase Milk Output

Who has time to hang out, attached to a breast pump for 4 hours a day? Nobody.

 

Being stuck to a pump is miserable, especially when you have work to do and a baby to take care of.

 

Your time is precious, so I’m going to keep this short.

 

The two tips to speed up pumping sessions and increase you milk output are

  1. Breast massage
  2. Breast compression

 

Do not, I repeat, do NOT strap on that pump and expect to extract every last drop of your liquid gold. Your milking sessions (yes, let’s just call a spade a spade) will take foreeeever and you will still fail.

 

Watch the pump. When your milk begins to slow down, stop. Massage your breasts in a circular motion, then reattach and squeeze your boobs to help push the milk out.

 

Repeat until your breasts are soft.

Doing this loosens the milk from the milk ducts. It allows you to gather more hind milk (the awesome, fatty kind) and pushes it out faster.

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If you have a single breast pump, using a haakka will speed things up by siphoning milk from the opposite breast.

It’s basically like a milk-storing suction cup.

If you don’t already have a pumping bra, I recommend the Simple Wishes DLITE bra because it is fully adjustable (size XS-L) and has two layers of thick fabric to hold the pump in place.

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Using this technique every time you pump your breasts will help you to maximize your time, increase the fat content of your milk, and even increase your milk supply!

 

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Best Deal on Nursing Bras

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If you are preparing to breastfeed, say goodbye to your old bras. Sadly, they won’t do the trick anymore.

 

Everything about your bust is going to expand and contract like a pool of water during a bipolar Minnesota spring.

 

 

You need a nursing bra that is suuuper stretchy, has padding to cover your bits when they start pointing out like Pinnochio’s nose, and doesn’t have underwires.

 

Underwire bras are one way to meet the devil himself- Mastitis.

 

Unless you like getting sucker punched in the boob and popping antibiotics like tic tacs, steer clear of underwire bras. Please.

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If you are looking for the best deal on nursing bras, this is it. There is a 3 pack of nursing bras on Amazon for less than $10 each. They even come with extra bra extenders and clips.

 

 

 

 

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Breastfeeding in Public- Your Legal Rights and Tips for Success

Breastfeeding in Public- Your Legal Rights and Tips for Success

Confession: before having kids, I had a pretty douchey attitude toward breastfeeding in public.

I don’t remember it, but my mom vividly recalls me saying something harsh to my sister about covering up while she was feeding her newborn.

 

 

Being a jerk is not beyond me, so I don’t even question whether or not this happened. I trust my mother’s memory more than my own.

 

My sister was pretty good at blowing off my comment. She could care less what anyone thinks, especially me.

 

Now that I’m a breastfeeding mom, I am appalled by my former actions. I probably would have felt really hurt and ashamed if someone had said that to me.

To say that I deeply regret my words is an understatement.

 

After giving birth to my first daughter, it took all of three seconds for my boobs to move to the bottom of the sexual totem pole. My pinky toes now have more sex appeal.

 

During that time I also came to the realization that breastfeeding is really freaking hard! I needed all the support I could get.

If my only option was to cover up, it would have been impossible for me to leave the house. Like, ever.

 

So, while all of us breastfeeding moms aware that breastfeeding is far from sexual, and is actually extremely difficult, the rest of the world is still catching up.

 

Thankfully, the rest of the world has made great strides in recent years.

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What Does the Law Say About Breastfeeding in Public?

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In 2018, it officially became legal to breastfeed in public in all 50 states! Hurray! What took so long?!

 

Seriously, the right to feed a hungry baby should be a no-brainer.

 

While public breastfeeding is legal, each state words their laws about it a little differently.

 

Some states such as Florida state that they “allow a mother to breastfeed in any public or private location,” whereas states such as Iowa only specify “the right to breastfeed in any public place.”

 

What’s the difference between a public location and a private location? Good question.

 

According to Privacy Observer, “What determines whether a given location is public, is whether it is open to the public.”

 

Any privately owned business that is open to the public is considered a public location. It doesn’t matter if the land owner and the person who owns every single share despise breastfeeding without a cover, your rights remain.

 

That means that if Ted, the owner of the burger joint down the street tells you that you have to cover up because you have no right to breastfeed in his private business, you can tell him to shove it.

 

That’s right Ted, shove it.

 

If you were breastfeeding in Ted’s house, that would be another story. But who really wants to hang out at Ted’s house with their baby if he’s going to be like that?

 

Do you want to know exactly what the public breastfeeding laws are in your state? This website will tell you all about it.

 

I’m working on creating state-specific printables right now. That’s right, all 50 of them. It is a labor of love your you, my friends.

 

If you sign up below, I’ll send you the link to download your state printable as soon as they are ready! This should be somewhere between 1-3 weeks from now. It depends on how much work my toddler lets me do every day.

 

 

 

Tips for Breastfeeding in Public

Now that we have established that breastfeeding in public is completely legal, it’s time to learn how.

 

There’s no right or wrong way to breastfeed in public. You are fully within your rights to whip out your boob in front of anyone and everyone, or sneak it out stealthily.

 

The important thing is that you do what is comfortable for you.

 

If you’re like my sister who doesn’t care, go ahead and pull the whole thing out. Honestly, it’s the easiest way to feed a newborn.

 

But if you’re like some of my more modest friends, here are some tips to make breastfeeding in public a little less awkward for people who are only comfortable around dairy-free boobs:

 

  • Practice at home in front of a mirror. While your eyeballs might be full of nipple and areola, chances are high that those around you can’t see anything. Your baby’s head is going to obscure most, if not all of their view. Perfect your practice by getting an idea of what they see with a mirror.

  • Wear clothes designed specifically for breastfeeding. While it’s possible to breastfeed in most clothes, having some designed specifically for breastfeeding can make life a hellova lot easier, especially in the early days when babies aren’t very good at latching. I highly recommend nursing clothes because they are an easy way to breastfeed discreetly without carrying extra gear.

 

  • Use a nursing cover. Nursing covers come in a few different styles. Some loop around the back of your neck with a bendy metal thing to help you see baby’s face (top photo), while others are like a stretchy infinity scarf (bottom photo). Nursing covers can get warm, but they are the easiest way to breastfeed without the off-chance of someone getting a glimpse of skin *gasp*


  • Nurse your baby in a front carrier. Many baby carriers make it easy to breastfeed your baby while wearing them. This is very difficult if not impossible to do with newborns, but it gets increasingly easier as they get older. Most people will never guess that you’re breastfeeding. They’ll assume that your baby is taking a snooze.

How to Handle Uncomfortable Situations while breastfeeding in public

 

Just because breastfeeding in public is legal in all 50 states, it doesn’t mean that everyone knows it. A lot of people aren’t aware of the new laws in place to protect nursing mothers.

 

This means that it is entirely possible to run into uncomfortable situations.

 

Hopefully that never happens to you, but if it does, here are some tips to handle the situation:

 

  • Try to remain calm and turn your body away from the offender.

  • If you feel unsafe, don’t hesitate to call the police.

  • Whip out your handy dandy copy of your state’s breastfeeding laws. Sign up to get yours soon-ish.

  • Ask to speak to a manager.

  • File a complaint with the business. This can be done on the spot or at a later date when things have calmed down.

  • Report them to the Better Business Bureau.

 

If you thrive off of confrontation:

  • Videotape the encounter

  • Post said video to social media. Public awareness is priceless.
  • Stage a nurse-in with your friends because, why not?

 

Well, there you go friends. I hope this helps you breastfeed in public like the boss babe you are.

 

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