Having your baby pull away while feeding can feel very stressful. You may worry that she is not getting enough to eat, or even feel rejected, or as if you are doing something wrong. Frequent pulling away can result in shorter feeding times, causing babies to wake often in the night or increase fussiness during the day.
Pulling away can even cause some parents to think that their babies are no longer interested in breastfeeding, as if they are weaning themselves. While this may occasionally be true, there are many other reasons your baby might be fussing or pulling away during feeding. Your baby may be distracted by something as simple as fast or slow letdown, needing to be burped, or a poor latch. Teething or a stuffy nose can keep your baby from feeding as he normally would. However, a common cause of frequent pulling away while feeding which is often overlooked by first-time (or even experienced) parents is oral candida, also known as thrush.
MTHFR Deficiency, Pregnancy, and Your Child
You may have heard people talking over the last few years about a genetic disorder called an MTHFR deficiency. What exactly is an MTHFR deficiency, and how can it affect your pregnancy or your ability to conceive?
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