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Nipple Confusion

Nipple confusion is a problem that arises when a breastfed baby is given an artificial nipple and tries to get used to nursing from both his mother's breast and an artificial nipple at around 4 to 6 weeks after birth. This problem occurs because the shape, smell, and feeling of a mother's nipple and artificial nipple are all different, not to mention the way milk is suckled. When a baby suckles an artificial nipple, she will use her lips and gum to press it for milk. Here, the baby's tongue plays a role in blocking excessive milk flow. On the contrary, a baby puts the mother's nipple deep into her mouth, presses the arelia with the tongue and suckles milk by using the lip muscle.
Prevention
1. Unless health issues of you or your baby are involved, you must not use an artificial nipple.
2. Use nursing rooms so that you can breastfeed your baby every time she wants.
3. If you should rely on both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding due to doctor's instructions, use feeding supplements. (Supplemental Nursing System, breast milk cup, breast milk spoon, syringe etc.)
Treatment
1. Trim your nails short and wash your hands clean.
2. Put two thirds of your index finger in your baby's mouth. Press the tongue lightly and have your baby suck it for 30 seconds.
3. Then, turn your finger slowly to put the upper part of the finger on the baby's tongue. Follow the directions specified in 2. Pull out your finger slowly. Repeat the procedure several times. Nipple confusion can be treated but it requires patience on your part.

Breastfeeding and Jaundice

Compared with bottle-fed babies, jaundice may sustain a bit longer in breast-fed babies. It may require going to see a doctor to examine the severity. If the overall state, such as the baby's strength to suckle milk and frequency of excretion, is satisfactory, it is safe to continue breastfeeding your baby. In most cases of breast milk jaundice, you may continue breastfeeding your baby, but if the jaundice level becomes higher (level comes at 20 mg/dl), you should stop breastfeeding her and start to bottle-feed her. During this time, you should prepare to restart breastfeeding by milking your breast. When the symptoms of jaundice decrease about 1 to 2 days later, they will not recur if you start breastfeeding your baby. Nonetheless, you are advised to consult with a pediatrician. Notably, jaundice within the first 7 days is likely to be attributed to a deficient amount of mother's milk. Therefore, you should continue to breastfeed your baby.