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Alcohol and Breastfeeding

Many new moms have questions about alcohol and breastfeeding.  Perhaps it is the stress of caring for an infant or the 9 months of pregnancy without alcohol that makes new moms want to have a drink.  Today we’re exploring alcohol and breastfeeding to share the potential side-effects and conventional recommendations on what is safe for your baby.

Alcohol in Breast Milk

Just like anything else you consume, alcohol will enter your breast milk to some extent.  However, only 2% of alcohol hits your bloodstream and your breast milk, which is a relatively small amount for you.  For your baby, it is still pretty small, but may have a larger impact on her immature liver.  Depending on your size, metabolism and fat storage, it takes alcohol and breastfeedingapproximately half an hour to an hour for alcohol to enter your breast milk if you’re drinking without eating, and up to 90 minutes if you consume alcohol with food.  Alcohol stays in breast milk as long as it stays in the bloodstream, but it does not accumulate in breast milk.

Also, pumping does not eliminate alcohol from breast milk.  Pumping is only necessary to maintain milk supply if you need to skip a regular feeding because you fear high levels of alcohol in your milk.  The milk should be discarded and you should continue to pump until the alcohol is out of your bloodstream and milk supply.

Effects of Alcohol on Breastfed Babies

It’s impossible to know how alcohol will affect every breastfed baby.  It is certainly dependant on the size and age of the baby as well as how much and how consistently the mother drinks.  Various research shows that alcohol may affect breastfed babies by reducing their length of sleep, amount they eat and impairing their gross motor skills by age one.

Safety Guidelines for Drinking Alcohol and Breastfeeding

Conventional guidelines indicate that drinking alcohol in moderation is OK while breastfeeding.  This means that if you can safely drive a car, you are safe to breastfeed your baby.  Experts advise occasional intake (one or two times per week) and not to have more than one drink a day consisting of 2 oz. of hard liquor, 8 oz. of wine or 2 beers.  It is safest to breastfeed two hours or more after consuming alcohol to reduce its impact on your baby.  Also, babies under 3 months will have more difficulty and take longer to process alcohol so abstaining during the first few months may be wise.

Alcohol and Breast Milk Supply

There is an old wives’ tale that beer increases milk supply.  No research supports this myth and in fact, the opposite may be true.  Alcohol is dehydrating, which may reduce milk supply.  It’s a good idea to drink extra water when drinking alcohol and breastfeeding.  If babies are eating less due to alcohol in breast milk, milk supply may decrease over time.  Additionally, alcohol limits production of oxytocin an essential hormone required to make milk.  Let downs may also be inhibited from excessive alcohol consumption.

The bottom line about alcohol and breastfeeding is that having an occasional drink is considered safe.  However, you should consult your pediatrician and monitor your baby for any negative effects of alcohol while breastfeeding.

World Breastfeeding Week 2016

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Leading Lady is thrilled to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2016 coming this August 1-7.  Please join us here for updated information about our nursing bra donations, advocacy, education, and nursing bra giveaways in honor of this special week.

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week theme is Breastfeeding: a key to Sustainable Development.  We will be exploring breastfeeding and sustainability and sharing tips and information throughout the week.

We welcome you to join in the celebration by sharing your knowledge and experience about making the healthiest choices for nourishing babies.  Breastfeeding awareness can be initiated by anyone, anywhere.  We can all be champions for breastfeeding!

Infant Sleep Part 2: Dreams and Nightmares

Many parents wonder if their baby can dream.  The answer is yes.  Experts believe that babies dream frequently since they spend most of their time in REM sleep where dreams occur.  Dreams are usually pleasant but sometimes they can be scary, which is the definition of a nightmare.  We’re diving into infant sleep again and taking a look at dreams and nightmares today.

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Your baby is constantly learning and during sleep is no exception.  When your baby dreams, she is probably revisiting her experiences from the day.  This is how she processes information and stores it in her rapidly growing brain.  You may notice your baby dreaming when she coos, smiles or moves her arms and legs.  Chances are, she’s dreaming about all the fun things you taught her that day.

Sometimes babies wake themselves up during dreams due to their own movement.  You can help young babies stay asleep by swaddling them or holding them closely and snuggly to your body.  For older kids, tuck them in tightly or have them sleep in a sleeping bag that will prevent big movements.

Nightmares

Nightmares can occur if your baby remembers something “traumatic” that happened during the day.  That’s not to say you are damaging your child because she was crying for a few minutes over wanting to be held.  But to your baby, that feels sad and lonely when all she wants is to feel happy and secure.

Babies usually wake up and cry out from nightmares.  Of course they may be waking up for other reasons too so it’s hard to know if your baby had a nightmare since she can’t tell you.  Nightmares generally occur in the later part of overnight sleep, closer to morning time.

Try to make your baby’s sleep environment feel safe and comfortable to help her avoid any frights or anxiety when she’s alone in her room.  Stick to a soothing, loving bedtime routine that includes lots of holding and cuddling.  Determine what your baby enjoys in her room – a fan, nightlight or music may be particularly peaceful to your baby.  Also, since dreams and nightmares stem from what happens during the day, consider ways your baby may be sensitive to her surroundings including tone.  As she processes her day emotionally, she may be working through anxiety over what she experienced.

If she does wake up from a nightmare, hold, rock or nurse her to comfort her back to sleep.  Stay with her to make sure she’s really asleep as this will be assuring that whatever bad dream she had will not harm her.  Mommy is there for her now.

When your children are old enough to talk, discuss dreams. When nightmares happen, get your child to talk about it as much as possible to identify and overcome the fear.

Next week we’ll examine another scary infant sleep behavior, night terrors.

Ways for Dad to Bond with Baby

Who’s excited about Father’s Day?  We are!  Dads are our other half, our partners in parenting and our soul mates.  But when a new baby is added to your family, dad may feel he’s the odd one out.  That doesn’t have to be the case.  To celebrate all the new dads out there, we’re sharing ways for dad to bond with baby.

Ways for Dad to Bond with BabySkin-to-skin Cuddle Time

From the moment your baby is born, she longs for human contact.  It’s how she feels safe, comforted and loved.  Moms get lots of skin-to-skin contact by breastfeeding day and night.  Dad can participate in this loving act as well by simply taking off his shirt and lying down with baby to share in a special bonding moment.

Consoling Baby

We all know babies cry and some dads have the tendency to pass baby back to mom when that happens.  However, there are two reasons why dad should console his crying baby.  First, if he always lets mom intervene, baby will learn that it’s OK to cry for mom and she will eventually take over.  Secondly, babies need to know that dads are there for them too.  If dad can tough it out and try to calm her, baby will learn that dad is a nurturer just like mom.

Give Baby a Bath

Bath time is a wonderful opportunity for daddy/baby bonding.  Even if mom typically gives the bath, dad can step in once in awhile.  This gives dad a chance to play, sing and act silly with baby in a familiar environment.  Especially if baby loves to take a bath, allowing dad to take over can help keep her relaxed when mom steps away.  After bath time, dad can give baby a massage with baby oil or lotion and spend time cuddling.

Daddy Play Time

Dads should spend special times playing with baby.  Reading books, singing songs in front of a mirror, saying nursing rhymes, making silly faces, dancing, looking at photo albums and otherwise engaging baby in fun play are all wonderful ways to spend time together.  If dad is not around for most of the day, enjoying happy experiences together will promote the bonding process.

Take a Walk

Dad can take baby for a walk in the stroller or in a baby carrier so the two can enjoy nature together.  Babies love fresh air and observing things in nature such as the wind rustling the trees or squirrels chasing one another.  Dad can describe the scenery and have a heart-to-heart with baby as they trek the neighborhood or a park.

Spend the Day Together

Dad may not get to do the daily routine often, but when he can, he should take on the bulk of the parenting for a day.  Mom may need to be involved for feedings, but otherwise, let dad handle the diaper changes, naps and all other daily activities.  It is good for both dad and baby to get to know each other’s expressions, mannerisms, likes and dislikes.  Only spending time together can reveal these unique characteristics that will create an intimate relationship.

We wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day with lots of baby bonding!

Infant Sleep Part 1: Sleep Basics

Your baby and sleep are two fascinating topics that hopefully mesh well.  Research on sleep is prolific, even infant sleep.  We know that babies dream just like adults and they can have nightmares and night terrors as well.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be exploring infant sleep as it pertains to dreams, nightmares and night terrors.

First, some basic information about infant sleep:

infant sleepEvery parent wishes for their baby to sleep soundly and for a long period of time, especially at night.  But according to Dr. Sears, babies’ sleep patterns differ from older children and adults, which is one reason why they wake up in the night more often.

Babies spend most of their sleep time in REM sleep.  That stands for Rapid Eye Movement and it is a stage of sleep when the brain is very active.  The additional REM sleep is by design because it’s a time when babies are learning.  Blood flow increases to the brain and nerve proteins are forming. Your baby is recalling things she experienced throughout the day and processing them as storage.  More brain development occurs during infancy than any other time in your baby’s life and sleep accelerates the process.  She’s getting smarter with each snore!

Babies also have shorter sleep cycles than adults.  We usually have sleep cycles that last around 90 minutes.  Babies’ sleep cycles are around 50-60 minutes.  You may notice your baby shifts and fidgets about every hour during her sleep.  This is because she’s starting a new sleep cycle. During the transition, she may be more likely to wake, especially if she is stimulated by perhaps a hungry belly, noise or she’s feeling too hot or cold.

Dreams and nightmares (bad dreams) occur during REM sleep.  Night terrors happen during the transitional stages of sleep when the brain is struggling between whether to stay asleep or wake up.  But more on that later.

Between more REM sleep and shorter sleep cycles, babies are pretty light sleepers.  About half that of adults, in fact.  Falling asleep takes longer for babies too.  Getting into a deep sleep takes around 20 minutes for most infants.  When your baby falls asleep in your arms you may notice that your baby’s eyes are flittering beneath her eyelids, and she’s making facial expressions, hand movements and even mouth suckling for the first 20 minutes or so.  Then you’ll feel your baby’s breathing calm and lengthen, her body will feel limp and you’ll know she’s in a deep sleep.

Some babies have a hard time getting to sleep at bedtime or getting back to sleep after waking up.  In early infancy babies often need parents to help them fall asleep or fall back asleep.  Rocking your baby, breastfeeding her, shushing her, rubbing her belly or back and being present can make your baby feel secure and calm enough for sleep.  Your baby’s sleep habits are not a testament to good parenting or a sign of bad parenting.  Rather, it’s inherent to who your baby is and a baby’s natural lighter sleep tendencies.

Stay tuned next week when we discuss dreams and nightmares in infant sleep.

Breastfeeding a Baby with a Tongue-Tie

Breastfeeding a baby with a tongue-tieBreastfeeding a baby with a tongue-tie can be a difficult situation.  A tongue-tie is when the tongue is restricted from a full range of motion.  Medically it is called ankyloglossia and is sometimes referred to as a short frenulum or tongue mobility restriction.  Most new moms would not know that their baby is tongue-tied unless formally diagnosed by a pediatrician or lactation consultant, which can make trying to breastfeed even more frustrating.

Symptoms of a Baby with a Tongue-Tie

A tongue-tie prevents babies from effectively latching, sucking and swallowing during feedings.  As you can imagine, this makes breastfeeding very difficult.  Often babies will not be able to latch or stay latched, or will stay on the breast but not suckle enough breast milk for satisfaction.  These situations result in fussy, hungry babies and very frustrated mamas.

Besides not latching, a baby who does not gain weight or who doesn’t have frequent wet and soiled diapers may have a tongue-tie.  Other signs of tongue-tie include choking during feedings and making clicking sounds with the mouth.  When babies aren’t consuming enough milk, it can cause a low milk supply for mothers or oversupply that can lead to plugged ducts and mastitis.

Lactation consultants and pediatricians look for several factors when diagnosing tongue-tie.  Usually the baby cannot lift his tongue to the roof of his mouth and cannot stick out his tongue past his lower gums.  Experts examine elevation, lateralization and extension of the tongue to help determine tongue-tie. However, it’s important to note, however, that tongue-tie is diagnosed by function, or lack thereof, not by the appearance of the tongue or frenulum.

A lip tie is similar to a tongue-tie but the tight membrane connects the upper lip to the gums in this case. Many babies who have tongue-tie also have lip-tie.  Lip-tie can further complicate feedings because babies cannot wrap their upper lip around the breast properly and may make the baby take in excess air.

Causes of Tongue-Tie

The impeded mobility in babies with tongue-tie is caused by a membrane under the tongue connecting the floor of the mouth known as the lingual frenulum.  If this membrane is too short or too thick, it can restrict the tongue’s movement for proper breastfeeding.  Usually the issue resolves in utero by the end of the first trimester but approximately 15% of babies are left tongue-tied at birth.  Statistics show more boys than girls have tongue-tie and it may be genetic.

Overcoming a Tongue-Tie

Some babies with tongue-tie find ways to work around their feeding issues on their own.  They compensate for their restricted tongue mobility in other ways and can get enough milk to thrive.

Other times medical experts recommend a frenotomy or frenectomy where the membrane is cut to allow more range of motion.  This can be done with lasers or surgical scissors with local anesthesia and a sedative.

A tongue-tie may not present itself as an issue immediately after birth.  Some tongue-tied babies succeed at breastfeeding when their mother’s milk supply is high and let-downs are forceful and frequent.  As milk supply settles and steadies, these babies may have a harder time getting milk because they cannot latch, suck and swallow as necessary.

Breastfeeding isn’t the only complication with a tongue-tied baby.  Speech, eating and dental care may impact the child as he grows up.  Certain sounds and actions may be limited by a tongue-tie and food may get stuck in hard-to-reach teeth causing tooth decay.

Breastfeeding a baby with tongue-tie is challenging.  If you suspect your baby has a tongue-tie, visit your pediatrician to get a formal diagnosis and discuss options for correcting it.

Nanny vs. Daycare: Pros and Cons

When it’s time to return to work after your maternity leave, one of the most heated and nerve-racking decisions in parenting is nanny vs. daycare.  While there is no universal “right decision,” there may be a choice that makes more sense for you.  And whatever you choose at first may not be the best long term option as your baby grows older or you have more children.  Today we’re examining the pros and cons of nanny vs. daycare.

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The Pros of having a Nanny

  • When you find the right fit for your family a nanny can be like a second mother to your children.  Without the many distractions you face, a nanny may even be able to give your child more undivided attention than you could.
  • A nanny is more convenient because you don’t have to pack up your kids – and their endless supplies – and take them somewhere outside your home.  This is especially important if you have to report to work early or often stay late.
  • Your children get to remain in their own familiar home environment and take naps in their own cribs.
  • Many nannies help with other household chores including laundry, cleaning and food prep.

The Cons of having a Nanny

  • Nannies are usually more expensive than daycare, especially when you have to factor in taxes.
  • If your nanny is sick or on vacation, you will need alternative care for your children.
  • Finding the right nanny can be time consuming.  You may go through several nannies until you find the right one for you and your kids.
  • Having a nanny in your home may make you uncomfortable and invade your privacy.

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The Pros of Daycare

  • Daycare provides a stimulating social environment for your children to learn to play, share, appreciate and make friends with other kids their age.
  • Daycare workers must have certifications and often have special training to take care of young children.  They can help you navigate parenting landmines and offer advice.
  • Daycare is usually less expensive than a nanny and sometimes meals are included.
  • You may also make new friends by meeting other families at daycare.
  • The daycare you select may be closer to your workplace than your home, making it easier to visit your children throughout the day.

The Cons of Daycare

  • Daycares offer less individualized attention for each child based on higher child/teacher ratios.
  • Children who go to daycare are often sick more because germs are spread around like wildfires.  If your child is sick, she may have to stay home and you’ll need alternative care.
  • Your mornings will probably be hectic as you have to get yourself and your children ready and out the door so you can get to work on time.
  • The comforts of home are lacking, especially when it comes to naptime.
  • Daycares have high turnover rates so there may not be consistency of care.
  • Finding a daycare with hours that sync with your work schedule may be challenging.

Deciding “nanny vs. daycare” is a very personal choice.  Weigh the pros and cons to determine which seems right for your family.  Then continue to reevaluate as your children get older and make changes accordingly.

How to Lose Weight While Breastfeeding

After spending nine months gaining weight during pregnancy, most women are eager to start shedding the pounds once their precious baby arrives.  When you are nursing your baby you may be curious how to lose weight while breastfeeding.  Extreme diets are not recommended while breastfeeding, however there are some ways you can safely lose weight while breastfeeding and move towards your pre-pregnancy weight and shape.

First things first, don’t try to lose weight while breastfeeding immediately after giving birth.  Your body stored fat during pregnancy to help you lactate.  For the first two months, focus on establishing healthy and consistent breastfeeding.  Your body needs time to regain strength and nutrients after carrying your baby and giving birth and it is now readjusting to your needs as a nursing mom.  Give yourself this grace period.  You’ll surely notice weight loss from the baby’s weight and placenta almost immediately, and over the course of the first few months you’ll release much of the water you retained during pregnancy and your blood supply will decrease as well.

how to lose weight while breastfeedingJust like losing weight at any other point in your life, how to lose weight while breastfeeding requires examination of your diet and physical activity.  Breastfeeding alone burns between 200 and 500 extra calories a day.  Therefore, it’s important to consume enough calories to sustain your normal daily activities plus breastfeeding.  That’s usually between 1,800 to 2,200 calories daily.  When breastfeeding, never dip below 1,500 calories.  That’s the absolute minimum you need to generate energy for caring for yourself and your baby.

If you are going to reduce your caloric intake, do it gradually so your body has time to adjust.  Eliminate excessive fats and simple sugars and carbohydrates first.  Be sure to get plenty of protein, fruits and vegetables, lean dairy products and whole grains.  These are generally lower-calorie foods and are better for your body anyways.  Also, try eating smaller meals and snacks consistently throughout the day rather than three large meals.  Keeping your blood sugar levels stable is essential for weight loss and sustaining energy.

Add physical activity to your daily routine gradually as well.  Again, don’t start significant workouts until about two months after your baby is born.  Then build up your fitness level over time.  Walking is great exercise you can do with your baby.  Also focus on strengthening exercises as this will promote lean muscles mass that will continue to burn fat and calories by increasing your resting metabolic rate.

Keep in mind since you didn’t gain the pounds overnight, don’t expect to lose them that quickly either.  In fact, losing weight too quickly during pregnancy could compromise your health.  It is unlikely to impact the quality of your breast milk unless you take drastic measures.  But when you don’t have strength and energy to care for your baby, no one wins.  Making a goal of losing one to one-and-a-half pounds per week should be your max.

Most breastfeeding mothers see the greatest weight loss between three and six months after giving birth.  Your metabolism is returning to normal after pregnancy and you are in a good breastfeeding rhythm.  Studies show that mothers who exclusively breastfeed have an easier time losing weight than women who consume less calories and don’t breastfeed.

If you have concerns about how to lose weight while breastfeeding, consult your OBGYN or primary care physician.  You should be able to lose weight while breastfeeding if you do it gradually and thoughtfully with you and your baby’s health in mind.

Tips for Flying with a Baby

Many parents avoid air travel with their babies because they fear being “those parents” that have a screaming baby on a plane.  But if you think about it, traveling while your baby is young, relatively immobile and sleeps often is actually a great idea.  When your baby is a bit older, traveling may be quite disruptive of her schedule and she may feel very constrained by having to sit for long periods of time.  Rather than avoiding air travel altogether, use these tips for flying with a baby to help ease the trip as much as possible.

Tips for Flying with a BabyWhen booking your flight, consider your baby’s schedule.  If flights are offered at various times, pick ones that allow your baby to sleep around the time of her regular naps.  To the extent possible, avoid scheduling flights that would mean the check-in process falls during naptime.  Between getting out of your car, getting your tickets and going through security, your baby is bound to wake up and be cranky in the airport if she didn’t get a proper nap.  Doing the best you can to get your baby to sleep on the plane is ideal for everyone.  Also, book direct flights rather than prolonging your trip with a layover.  Trust us, it’s worth the extra money.

Speak to the airline prior to your flight to find out what they offer in the way of making flying with a baby as pleasant as possible for you and all the other passengers on the flight.  Often they can recommend seats or areas of the plane that offer more space or privacy.  Some airlines provide baby bassinets to make sleeping on the plane more comfortable for your baby.

If your finances or awards miles allow, try upgrading your seats so you have more space.  Everyone is more comfortable when they are not crammed into tight quarters.  Although not required until age two, buy a seat for your baby as well to give both of you plenty of room.

Experts agree that flying is safest when babies are in a car seat.  Be sure to check size regulations before traveling to make sure yours is compatible with your airline’s seats.  Keep your baby strapped in as much as possible during the flight, especially during take-off, landing and turbulence.

Sometimes pressure changes hurt babies’ ears during take-off and landing.  Be prepared to breastfeed your baby at those times.  The sucking action should help relieve your baby’s discomfort.  However, not all babies experience pain from cabin pressure so leave your baby alone if she seems fine.

Don’t let your baby get hungry.  Stick to your normal breastfeeding routine.  Err on the side of offering more feedings than not enough.  We all know that a hungry baby is a fussy baby so do your best to avoid that situation.  You may need to stop somewhere in the airport to nurse before your flight so allow for extra time.

Make sure you have all the supplies you need including extra clothes in case you have an explosive diaper or spit-up.  Bring toys, a favorite lovey and books to entertain your baby as much as possible if she gets antsy.  If it is safe to move about the airplane, walk your baby around to give her a change of scenery.  Most passengers will delight in seeing a happy baby on their flight.

If your baby is fussy or crying during the flight, don’t panic.  Do the best you can.  Others understand that babies cry.  It’s the parents that do nothing about their crying babies that are often the most irritating.  If you are doing your best, other passengers will likely be more understanding than you would think.  Chances are they were in your shoes at one point or another.

Enjoy your summer travels with these tips for flying with a baby!

Ways to Get Rid of Cradle Cap

The scaly dry skin that often appears on a baby’s head is officially called infantile seborrheic dermatitis but most people call it cradle cap.  Cradle cap is usually not uncomfortable for your baby and probably bothers you more than him.  The crusty dandruff-like flakes may peel off and land in your baby’s hair or face, which many parents dislike.  Today we’re sharing ways to get rid of cradle cap to help ban those unsightly bits once and for all.

Cradle cap is caused by overactive oil glands on your baby’s scalp.  Natural sebum oil builds up and creates these dry, scaly patches.  If your baby is under a month, give cradle cap a chance to clear up on its own.  Often it does within just a few short weeks.  If it persists for several months and still bothers you, you may want to take action.  Otherwise, most cradle cap completely disappears by one year of age.

ways to get rid of cradle capThe best way to get rid of cradle cap immediately is to apply oil or similar substances directly to the scalp.  Natural plant-based oils such as olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil work well, as do mineral-based oils or petroleum jelly.  Before bath time, smooth the oil or jelly over the affected area on the scalp.  Let it set for 30-60 minutes.  Then gently massage and loosen the crusty spots with a soft bristled baby brush or comb, or simply use your fingers to peel off the dead skin.  Continue to work the area until all of the flakes are gone.  Finally wash and rinse your baby’s hair to get rid of all of the oil and remaining dry skin.

Using oil to get rid of cradle cap usually does the trick in the short term.  However, if your baby has chronic dry skin, cradle cap may reappear.  In this case, you’ll need to help your baby promote hydration in his skin with a few other methods.  Start by moisturizing your baby’s skin every day.  After your baby’s bath, pat his skin but don’t let it get completely dry.  Then apply a baby-safe lotion all over his body.  This will help lock in moisture.

Next, consider the air condition in your home.  Especially in winter months, the air may be very dry and your home’s heating system may perpetuate the problem.  Use a humidifier throughout your house and run a warm-mist vaporizer in your baby’s room at night.  This will help your baby’s skin retain much-needed moisture to prevent dry skin conditions such as cradle cap.

Dry skin is also an inflammatory reaction.  Anti-inflammatory foods can help alleviate inflamed skin.  Your baby will certainly need your help here.  Try to consume lots of wholesome anti-inflammatory foods in your diet like fruits, vegetables and whole grains to pass along the nutrients through your breast milk.  Omega-3 fatty acids are also an excellent anti-inflammatory.  Nuts, beans and certain fish like salmon are good sources of omega-3s.  If your baby’s skin is extremely dry, ask your doctor about using prescription fish oil in your baby’s breast milk bottle.  You can easily slice open the capsule and pour it into your breast milk until dry skin issues resolve.

If none of these measures work for your baby’s cradle cap, consult your pediatrician.  There may be other issues at play that are causing skin dryness.  Eczema often looks like cradle cap but is a more serious condition and can become painful.  Prescription ointments or oral medications can help with this and other dry skin concerns.

We hope you find these tips to get ride of cradle cap helpful.  Remember, a baby’s new skin is sensitive and delicate so keep your treatments gentle and know that most issues can be resolved with minor natural methods over time.

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