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Breastfeeding Could Improve Your Baby’s Dental Health

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

breastfeeding Breastfeeding baby doesn’t just save you money on formula, it could also prevent you from having to pay for expensive orthodontics in the future.

Researchers at the University of Adelaide, in Australia, found that babies who exclusively breastfeed are less likely to develop dental conditions like overbite, open bite, crossbite, or misaligned teeth. Their study tracked more than 1,300 children for five years, examining how much they breastfed at 3 months, 1 year, and 2 years old— and whether they used a pacifier at 3 months, 1 year, 2, and 4. When the babies turned 5, the scientists examined them for signs of misaligned teeth or jaw conditions.

They discovered that babies who were exclusively breastfed for three to six months lowered their chances of developing an overbite by about a third. The risk dropped by 44 percent in infants who nursed for six months or more.

Nursing for three to six months also dropped a child’s chances of developing moderate to severe misalignment of teeth by some 41 percent. Similarly, those who breastfed for six months or longer lowered their chances of growing up with moderate or severely misaligned teeth by a whopping 72 percent.

The findings were published online this week in the journal Pediatrics.

One possible reason for this improved dental health is the simple mechanics of nursing. “Unlike feeding with a bottle, breastfeeding requires the baby to move her jaw and tongue in ways that help develop the oral cavity,” Dr. Joanna Pierro, a pediatric chief resident at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City, told HealthDay. “So long before baby breaks her first tooth, she is creating the foundation for proper alignment of the teeth.”

Interestingly, those excellent odds could be diminished somewhat if your child uses a pacifier. That’s because, when overused, a paci can put undue pressure on baby’s still-developing jaw and could increase her chances of misaligned teeth or jaw conditions. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should throw out your babe’s pacifier yet. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using one to help reduce the risk of SIDS, especially in early weeks. Instead, consider limiting its use and starting the weaning process by the time baby is a year old.

While the study stopped short of providing a cause-and-effect link between exclusive breastfeeding and good dental health, I think the findings may help give nursing moms a little incentive to continue breastfeeding for as long as they can or as long as they see fit.

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter Pinterest, and Google+.

How to Do the Cross Cradle Breastfeeding Position
How to Do the Cross Cradle Breastfeeding Position
How to Do the Cross Cradle Breastfeeding Position

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This Model Mama’s Response to #Brelfie Haters Will Make Your Day

Monday, June 15th, 2015

breastfeeding momSarah Stage is no stranger to controversy. The brunette stunner raised eyebrows a few months ago, when, at eight months along, she revealed her teeny-tiny bump and insanely toned midsection. Then, four days after baby James was born, the Costa Rican lingerie model posted a shot of her already-fit post-baby bod. But it’s her most recent Instagram shot that’s caught my attention.

In the sweet picture, we see the six-pack mama breastfeeding her adorable babe. Sure, Stage looks gorgeous—we’d expect nothing less—but she also looks like every other nursing mom cuddled up with her little love nugget during a feeding sesh. Even better, though, is what she posted alongside the photo. Her ballsy caption beats the haters to the punch. She wrote, “If you don’t like this pic, just unfollow me. No need to hate on a beautiful moment with my son ✌ #normalizebreastfeeding

It’s like she took the words out of my mouth. Look, breastfeeding is tricky enough without having to worry about what other people think. And though I have yet to meet a mom who flashes a boob on purpose, an accidental nip slip is going to happen. Can we all agree that it’s part of the gig and give women the space to do their job?

Related: Celebrity Breastfeeding Photos and Selfies

Stage’s post has clearly struck a chord with others. As of this writing, it has more than 51,000 likes and 2,277 comments, most of which are overwhelmingly positive. The general consensus? “You are beautiful,” and it’s “perfectly natural.” Yup, I couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter Pinterest, and Google+.

How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding
How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding
How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding

Photo of Sarah Stage courtesy of Sarah Stage and @funkyfreshkids14 via Instagram

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See Gorgeous Photos of Bottle-Feeding Babies

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

A lot has been made of breastfeeding lately—and for good reason. But one side effect of the brelfies and the calls to #normalizebreastfeeding is that bottle-feeding has been all but overlooked. In fact, some moms who opt for formula say they feel judged or, worse, like a failure for not nursing their babies.

Nikke Whitman is not okay with this. After seeing a friend struggle with breastfeeding, the Puyallup, Washington–based birth photographer realized she could help shine a positive light on the alternative. Enter “Bottle Feeding Is Beautiful, Too,” a stunning series of photos that capture the beauty of baby’s meal time.

Taking them proved to be educational for the mom of three who, incidentally, bottle-fed her own babies after trying to nurse. “Recently, I met with women who have chosen to bottle feed on their own or because of circumstances out of their control,” she wrote on her blog. “For some, the choice of feeding their babies rather than letting them starve is a very real scenario. I was surprised to find out some of the reasons women choose to bottle feed that I had never before considered. I thought my eyes were open but they had only caught a glimpse past my own personal struggles with breast feeding and bottle feeding.”

With her intimate photos of infants cuddled up with moms, dads, and siblings, Whitman also hopes her photos dispel the notion that the only way you can bond with your baby is through breastfeeding. She wrote that “seeing a baby bond with its mommy, daddy, sibling, family, or friend is a blessing. So I retain my opinion that bottle feeding is beautiful, too.” (Amen!)

Check out a few of our favorite images from her series below (and click here to see the full collection):

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter Pinterest, and Google+.

The Best Positions for Bottle Feeding
The Best Positions for Bottle Feeding
The Best Positions for Bottle Feeding

Images courtesy of Nikke Whitman Photography

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See This VH1 Star Breastfeed Her Baby—In Her Wedding Gown!

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

breastfeedingWhen baby is hungry, a mom will stop everything to feed her—even if that means holding up her own wedding.

Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith found this out firsthand last month when she and Mendeecees Harris tied the knot on live TV. The beautiful bride was moments away from walking down the aisle when her 5-month-old daughter, Skylar, decided she needed to eat. So Smith did what any mom would do and fed her. Since she’s breastfeeding, that meant having to free one ta-ta from underneath a jewel-encrusted wedding gown and nursing while friends and family—and TV cameras—waited in another room. (Gee, no pressure or anything!)

An obvious breastfeeding pro, Smith finished up minutes later, looking flawless and ready to get hitched. But thankfully, not before her wedding photographer captured the tender moment, which the celeb posted later on Instagram “OMG @timefrozen you captured my life in a nutshell in this pic,” she wrote. “Baby Skylar started crying right before I walked. I had to walk down the isle (sic) a little late because I had to feed her. I love this picture. Thank you for capturing this without me even knowing. Lol. #smithharriswedding2015 #moderndomesticegl”

Related: Celebrity Breastfeeding Photos and Selfies

She’s not the only one going ga-ga over this gorgeous pic—it’s gotten more than 92,500 likes on Instagram so far, with commenters calling it “awe-inspiring” and “breathtaking.” And it definitely is. But to me, the photo also shows what all of us parents do for our children, which is to put their needs before our own, whether it’s a random Wednesday or our wedding day.

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding
How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding
How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding

Image courtesy of Yandy Smith via Instagram

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Mom’s Response to Being Shamed for Breastfeeding in Public Is the Best

Monday, June 1st, 2015

breastfeeding shamingShow of hands: Who among us breastfeeding moms hasn’t gotten a little side-eye when we nursed in public? Or a subtle eye roll? Or even a not-so-subtle finger point? As tough as those can be, Conner Kendall may have experienced a new breed of judgment: the social media shaming.

It all started when the young mama was sitting in a Terre Haute, Indiana, T.G.I. Friday’s, getting a bite to eat. Her baby was hungry—it had been three hours since his last meal. With her car parked far away, no nursing station in sight, and no desire to nurse in the pubic bathroom, she decided to breastfeed at the table. She turned away from the crowd and nursed her son sans cover (he fights it and won’t eat while under one). Afterward, she pulled up her shirt and figured that was that.

But it wasn’t—not by a long shot. That’s because a man sitting three tables away with his daughter was so put off by the al fresco feeding that he took a surreptitious photo of Kendall and—are you ready for this?—posted it on Facebook and Instagram as a supposed question for other moms. He wrote, “Ok moms out there.. I know when a baby is Hungry they need fed. [sic] I went to know if this is appropriate or inappropriate as I’m trying to eat my Fridays, there are little kids around.. I understand feeding in public but could you at least cover your boob up?! Your input is needed!”

A friend of Kendall’s saw the photo and reposted it on her mom group’s private Facebook page, which is where the unsuspecting Kendall first spotted it. Meanwhile, she also received a firestorm of criticism from people who came across the post, which was reposted several times before it was finally taken down. Enraged, she sent the man a private message that she later posted on her own Facebook page. In it, she wrote that by taking and posting the photo, the man “violated the rights of not only me, but my child. … I get that you felt uncomfortable looking at my breasts. Here is a novel idea, don’t look at them.” She also said he “inspired me into a call of action. Rest assured, there will be action. Not only by me, the one you violated, but others like me who feel you violated them and their rights. Those that you are degrading by shaming the act of feeding their child.”

The man responded with close-minded gems like, “If the baby was going to get hungry then stay home” and “If it’s a natural thing then why can’t men carry around urinals and use them wherever, whenever? That’s a natural bodily function too! Same thing.” (Nope. Not even close.)

Perhaps sensing that her conversation with the man was going nowhere, Kendall decided to fight fire with fire and posted an open letter on Facebook, which so far has been shared nearly 73,000 times. In it, she wrote, “Let’s show everyone that we will not stand for being put down, shamed, and harassed for simply fulfilling our children’s most basic need. We as a society should embrace the fact that God made mothers able to feed our children from our own breasts. We need to educate ourselves, society, and our children on the fact that breasts are not made to sell lingerie, food, clothes, electronics, and just about everything else out there, we were given them to feed our babies, that’s it. ALL MOMMIES SHOULD BE ABLE TO FEED THEIR BABIES WHENEVER, WHEREVER, AND HOWEVER THEY CHOOSE!”

Kendall told People.com that the response has been “absolutely positive” so far. There’s been no response from the man who started it all.

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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.

How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding
How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding
How to Hold Baby While Breastfeeding

Screen shot courtesy of Conner Kendall via Facebook

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