Happy New Year!

We hope you all are having a fantastic night so far. Be safe and we'll see you all next year! :)

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Baby Alive $13.99 on Amazon

WOW, what a great deal! Baby Alive dolls can cost you around $30 but Amazon is selling the Baby Alive Wets and Wiggles (Blonde) for only $13.99!! This item is eligible for free shipping on orders of $25 or more OR you can sign up for an Amazon Prime one-month trial to receive free 2-day shipping.

Starbucks Gift Set $6 Shipped

Been to Walmart lately? If not, then maybe you should! Walmart has several of their gift baskets marked down by up to 50%. You can even find some great deals online. Just check out this adorable Starbucks gift set on sale for $6 + free shipping! Many of these gift sets are sold out, so hurry on over to Walmart.com.

Tip-a-licious Thursday

Breastfeeding Basics: Answers to Five Common Questions

By Lisa Pecos (Guest Post)

Most new mothers who choose to breastfeed discover almost immediately that little instruction is required. The act of nursing is instinctive for both mother and baby, and even without outside help the process usually goes relatively smoothly. But even when things go relatively smoothly, it is common for problems to arise. If you are encountering breastfeeding problems or are worried about issues you may face in the future, here are some of the most common questions that might arise.

Is breast milk enough?

Many mothers worry that their breast milk will not be enough to satisfy all of a baby's nutritional needs. Set this worry aside. A mother's ability to produce copious, vitamin-rich milk is backed by millions of years of evolution, and the body has an almost incredible ability to produce good milk, even if it means the mother has to miss out on some nutrients herself. Try not to let this happen, though. While breastfeeding, make sure to eat a variety of healthy foods, and be sure to eat a few hundred extra calories per day.

What if my baby will not nurse?

There are any number of reasons why a baby might refuse to take the breast. If your baby is otherwise healthy, reluctance to feed may indicate sleepiness, fullness, or too much gas in the belly. Initially, try to have faith in your baby, and trust that he or she will take the breast when it is time. But if the problem persists and the baby goes several hours without eating, get in touch with your doctor or a lactation consultant.

What if I do not produce enough milk?

For a healthy mother who is breastfeeding, milk supply is based on demand. The more your child eats from the breast, the more milk you will produce. Once you get through the initial week or two of breastfeeding, you may even find that your body produces milk on a set schedule, making at times of day when the baby tends to be most hungry. Try not to worry. Many mothers are initially worried that they will not produce enough milk. More often than not, within a week or two they are producing more milk than they can use (in which case pumping becomes necessary).

How do I prevent spitting up?

First, accept that your baby is going to spit up sometimes. All babies do it. Some do it more than others, and this does not necessarily indicate any failing on the part of the parents. However, spitting up can be minimized by (1) making sure the baby does not eat too much, and (2) burping during and after the feeding process. For the first point, try to read your baby's signals. When she pulls away or slows down drastically, she might be done. As for burping, try to do it once halfway through the feeding and once at the end. You will become quite good at it after a few weeks.

What if my baby falls asleep while feeding?

Newborns are especially wont to fall asleep during feeding, but some older babies continue to do it for months. Think of it as a good sign. It shows that your baby is so soothed by your milk and your presence that he relaxes to the point of sleep. However, it is important to make sure that he gets enough. When he falls asleep, gently pat him, tickle his feet, talk to him, sing to him, or break the mouth suction. Do whatever it takes to keep him sucking until he has had his fill.

Lisa Pecos is a wife and well accomplished writer on natural remedies and natural approaches tofamily health. She's written numerous articles for Natural Health Journals.com, ParentingJournals.com and Baby Care Journals.com.

Free Kid Buffet at CiCi's

School is out, so how about treating your child to CiCi's Pizza?! Before you go, print this coupon and you will receive one FREE child buffet with purchase of an adult buffet. Woohoo.

Shark Steam Mop for $34.99 + Free Shipping!

1SaleADay is selling the Shark S3101 Steam Mop for only $34.99 with free shipping. This is a fantastic price considering that it usually cost double this price elsewhere! The Shark S3101 is a fantastic product. Add water and 30-seconds later your Shark is ready to safely sanitize your floors.

$10 Burger King Gift Card for $5

Savemore is offering 50% off on a Burger King gift card! You can purchase a $10 Burger King gift card for only $5. Not a member of Savemore? Sign up to start saving! It's free.

Kohl's After-Christmas Blitz

It's the day after Christmas and you know what that means, right? SALES! Kohl's always has great sales but starting today (thru Wednesday) you can save up to 70% on select items! Print your Yes Pass and you can save an additional 20% off your purchase of $100 or more.

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$20 Old Navy Voucher for $10

The awesome Old Navy Groupon is still available! You can score a $20 Old Navy voucher for only $10. Woohoo thats 50% off! Over 100,000 have been sold, so buy yours before they sell out.


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Freebie Friday

Christmas is HERE! We're so excited to be spending our holiday with family. We hope all of you have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Subway & Fandango Deal!

Saveology is offering a sweet deal! For $24 you can get two Fandango movie tickets plus a $10 Subway gift card! That's a 30% savings. This deal is absolutely perfect for a date night. :)

Tasty Tuesday

I love Chex mix. I mean...who doesn't?! You can make sweet mixes, salty mixes, and even buttery mixes. Mmmmm!!! Last week I made some hot buttered yum chex mix.

Ingredients:

4 cups Honey Nut Chex® cereal
2 cups Cinnamon Chex® cereal
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon rum flavoring
2 cups miniature marshmallows

Directions:
1. In large microwavable bowl, place cereals. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave butter, brown sugar and honey uncovered on High 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until mixture is bubbly. Stir in spices and rum flavoring. Pour over cereal mixture, stirring until coated.
2. Microwave uncovered on High 3 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after every minute.
3. Cool slightly; about 5 minutes. Stir in marshmallows. Spread on waxed paper. Store in airtight container.

Like this recipe? See more Chex Party Mix recipes here.
Also, stay tuned for our giveaway!

LeapPads in Stock!

The LeapPad has been sold out for quite some time. It seems like as soon as they are in stock, they sell out just as fast! Good news is that Leap Frog has a limited supply in. Go here to purchase yours! Today is the last day to choose 2-day shipping for guaranteed Christmas delivery (order must be placed by 11:59pm PST).

Save $ on last-minute gifts at CVS

Yesterday the magic scanner machine printed a coupon for Zhu Zhu pets which made them only 99 cents (limit of 1)! But today you can get Zhu Zhu pets for only $1! There is no limit listed but there are "limited quantities".

$50 Apples iTunes eGift Card for $40

Walmart is selling $50 Apples iTunes eGift Cards for $40! This means that you save $10 plus save on shipping because these gift cards are delivered thru email. This offer is for a limited time only so get it while it last!

Hershey's Horneando Juntas Review/Giveaway

Over the weekend we had a holiday baking party! As the holiday music played in the background, my kids and I sipped Hershey's hot cocoa and baked cookies for our cookie exchange.

I was lucky enough to be able to participate in the Hershey's Horneando Juntas Party Spark via MyBlogSpark. They provided me with all the necessary goodies to make some delicious Florecitas de crema de cacahuate (Peanut butter blossoms). Sure, our cookies didn't come out like the ones pictured on the Hershey's website but it sure was fun making them!

Baking is definitely not our strong point, but it is something we would like to make a tradition. There is just something about the holiday seasons and baking that brings lots of joy and warmth to our hearts! ♥
Want to host your own Hershey's Horneado Juntas?
MyBlogSpark has provided us with an additional prize pack to give to (1) lucky Frugalicious Mommy reader!

Walgreens Deals 12/18-12/24

*Note: green=printable coupon
pink= coupon from insert
purple=in-store coupon
blue= mail-in rebate (MIR)

RR Deals:
Angel Soft bath tissue, 9 roll - 2/$8 get $1 RR
Angel Soft Product $1/2 exp. 2/13/12 (RP 11/13/11)

Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Pro toothbrush or 2 pk brush heads - $4.99 get $1 RR
$1 off 1 Arm & Hammer Spinbrush product exp. 3/31/12 (SS 12/11/11)

Bayer Aspirin, 20 or 24 ct Advanced, 32 or 30 ct low dose - 25 % off - Buy 2 get $3 RR
Bayer Advanced Aspirin Product $2/1 exp. 12/31/11 (RP 9/11/11)
Bayer Aspirin Product $1/1 exp. 12/31/11 (RP 09/11/11)


Brut or Sure antiperspirant/deodorant, 2 to 2.7 oz - 2/$5 get $2 RR
Brut Product $1/1 exp. 12/31/11 (SS 11/20/11)

Clairol nice 'n easy foam hair color - $7.99 get $1 RR
Clairol Nice 'N Easy Color Blend Foam or Perfect 10 Hair Color $3/1 exp. 12/31/11 (SS 11/13/11)

Colgate Total Advanced or Gum Defense toothpaste, 4 oz, Maxwhite or Fresh toothbrush - 2/$5 get $1 RR

Creme of Nature hair care - foam lotion or replenish spray, 7 or 11.25 oz, $5.99 or Relaxer kit or Glass & Shine mist or Polisher, 4 oz or 4.8 oz, $7.99 - Buy one or more get $5 RR

Gillette Venus Proskin 2 in 1 or Fusion Proglide razor - $9.99 get $4 RR

Select Gillette, Secret or Old Spice personal care - Buy $30 get $10 RR
Secret Product $1/2 exp. 12/31/11 (P&G 11/27/11)
Old Spice Product $1/2 exp. 12/31/11 (P&G 11/27/11)
Gillette Bodywash $1/1 exp. 12/31/11 (P&G 11/27/11)
Gillette Deodorant $1/1 exp. 12/31/11 (P&G 11/27/11)


Glade 2 pk Plugins scented oil or Lasting Impressions refills, Automatic Spray refill, 6.2 oz, scented oil candles holder with 3 refills, Press & Spray kit - $4.99 get $1 RR

Hershey's Pot of Gold, 10 or 10.2 oz - 2/$10 get $2 RR
$1 off 1 Hershey's Pot of Gold, Hershey's Kisses or Reese's miniatures brand gift boxes exp. 12/25/11 (SS 12/11/11)

Lindt chocolates - Swiss Luxury, 4.9 oz, Petits Desserts, 6 oz, or Lindor 9.3 or 9.7 oz - $7.99, Buy $15 get $5 RR

Mucinex, 28 or 40 ct, $20 - Buy $30 get $10 RR or Buy $20 get $5 RR

Neutrogena microdermabrasion system - $21.99 get $2 RR

Nuwave mini oven - $79.99 get $10 RR

Pampers jumbo pack diapers or training pants, Swaddlers, Cruisers, Baby Dry or Easy Ups - $9.99 get $1 RR

PediaCare - Buy $10 get $5 RR
PediaCare Product $1/1 exp. 3/31/12 (SS 10/09/11)

Prevacid, 24 hour, 42 ct - $25.99 get $3 RR
$7 off 2 28ct or 42ct Prevacid 24hr products exp. 1/7/12 (SS 12/11/11)

Suave lotion, 18 oz or Caress body wash, 12 oz - 2/$6 get $2 RR

Buy $25 get $5 RR - Tide, 48 or 64 load - $11.99, Bounce 120 sheet or Downy 60 load - $5.99, Bounty 6 roll - $5.49, Charmin 6 double rolls - $3.49 or Puffs, 56, 68 or 100 sheet - 5/$5

Thanks, Slickdeals!

CVS Deals 12/18-12/24

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*Note:
green=printable coupon
pink= coupon from insert or other sources
blue= mail-in rebate (MIR)
red=scanner coupon

ECB Deals:
Get $2 ECB wyb Decorative Band-Aid Brand bandages 20-25ct. $2.99 Limit 1 Free after coupon/ECB

$1/1 Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Decorative Bandages IP: HERE
*no longer available to print*

Get $1 ECB wyb (2) Ricola Drops 2/$3 Limit 1 Free after coupons/ECB
FREE Ricola Bag wyb Ricola Dual Action (SS 10/02/11)
$1/1 Ricola Cough & Throat Drops, 19-30 ct (SS 10/30)

$1/1 Ricola Dual Action IP: HERE

Get $2 ECB wyb (2) Hershey's Holiday assorted 7.8-8.5 oz 2/$5 Limit 1
$1/2 Hershey's, Reese's, or Health Baking Chips 8oz+ (SS 11/13)
$1/2 Hershey's Kisses, Reese's, Hershey's Miniatures, York, Kit Kat, Rolo or Hershey's Bliss bags 7.8oz+ (SS 11/20)
$1/2 Hersey's Kisses Bag 7.5 oz or larger IP : HERE

Ger $1 ECB wyb (2) Hershey's Big Bag Assorted 17.8-19.75 oz 2/$9 Limit 1
$1/2 Hershey's, Reese's, or Health Baking Chips 8oz+ (SS 11/13)
$1/2 Hershey's Kisses, Reese's, Hershey's Miniatures, York, Kit Kat, Rolo or Hershey's Bliss bags 7.8oz+ (SS 11/20)
$1/2 Hersey's Kisses Bag 7.5 oz or larger IP : HERE

Get $5 ECB wyb Charlie Brown Christmas Recordable Book $24.95 Limit 1

Spend $15 Get $5 ECB wyb ANY Duracell Batteries (excludes clearance items) Limit 1
Duracell AAA, AA 16pk., C, D 8pk, 9-volt 4 pack or Ultra Power AAA or AA batteries 12pk. $9.99

$.50/1 Duracell Coppertop, Ultra Power, Ultra Photo Lithium or specialty batteries (P&G 11/27)
, (SS 12/11)

Spend $50 Get $10 ECB wyb American Express Prepaid Gift Cards Limit 1

Get $10 ECB wyb Kodak EasyShare Digital camera $69.00 Limit 1

Get $5 ECB wyb Conair Mini Pro curling iron, Simple Cut haircut kit, fabric steamer, 2-in1 beard/mustache trimmer or handheld shower head. $9.99 Limit 2

Get $4 ECB wyb Revlon Grow Luscious mascara, Super Lustrous, Moon Drops, ColorBurst or ColorStay Ultimate lip $6.49 Limit 6
$1/1 Revlon Color Cosmetic (Walmart insert 10/9)

Get $3 ECB wyb Revlon Nail $4.99 Limit 6

$1/1 Revlon Color Cosmetic (Walmart insert 10/9)


Spend $10 Get $5 ECB wyb ANY Physicians Formula Cosmetics
(excludes clearance) Limit 1

Get $12 ECB wyb (2) Olay Regenerist Kits or Treatments $24.99
(excludes clearance items) Limit 1
FREE Olay Body Wash wyb Pro-X, Regenerist, Total Effects Facial Moisturizer or Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal, (P&G 11/27)

$3/1 Olay Pro-X or Regenerist Facial Moisturizer or Facial Cleanser, (P&G 11/27), (RP 12/11)


Get $2 ECB wyb Cetaphil
(excludes bar and clearance items) Limit 1
$2/1 Cetaphil Product IP : HERE

$2.50/1 Cetaphill Restoraderm Products IP : HERE


Spend $20 Get $5 ECB wyb any L'Oreal skin care products
(excludes clearance items) Limit 1
L'Oreal Youth Code Starter Kit $30
L'Oreal Age Perfect Golden Balm $14.99
L'Oreal Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair or Collagen Filler $14.99
L'Oreal Youth Code Serum, day lotion, eye or night cream $20
L'Oreal Revitalift Clinical Repair day treatment corrector or day/night cream $20

$1/1 L'Oreal Paris Cleanser, (RP 11/06/11)

$1/1 L'Oreal Paris Moisturizer, (RP 11/06/11)

$1/1 L'Oreal Paris skincare product (SS 12/11)

$2/1 L'Oreal Paris Youth Code,(RP 10/23) *exp. 12/18/11

$5/1 L'Oreal Paris Youth Code Kit (SS 12/11)

$2/1 L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Products IP : HERE

Get $3 ECB wyb (2) Dove Shampoo, Conditioner 12 oz or styler 4-8 oz
(excludes non-aerosol hairspray) Limit 1 $1.50/1 Dove IP: HERE

Spend $10 Get $5 ECB wyb Any Organix or Fx
(excludes clearance items) Limit 1

Spend $15 Get $5 ECB wyb Cristophe Professional or Bioluxe Shampoo, conditioner 10-15.5 oz or styler 1.6-10.6 oz Limit 1

Get $1 ECB wyb Crest Complete 4-5.8 oz, Pro-Health 4.2 oz oz, 3D White 4 oz Pro-Health rinse 8.4 oz or Satin floss $2.99 Limit 2
$2/1 Crest Complete Toothpaste, Scope Dual Blast Rinse, Oral-B Complete Floss, or Oral-B Complete Toothbrush, (SS 09/11) $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel (P&G 11/27)

Get $3 ECB wyb Arm & Hammer Spinbrush toothbrush 1ct. or brush heads 2ct. $6.39 Limit 2
$2/1 Spinbrush IP: HERE

Get $3 ECB wyb Schick Hydro 3 or Hydro 5 Cartridges 4ct. or razor 1ct. $8.49
Limit 1
$2/1 Schick Hydro (SS 12/4), (SS 11/20)

Get $5 ECB wyb Align Digestive Care 28ct. $28.99 Limit 1

Get $5 ECB wyb Prevacid 28ct. or Benefiber powder 125 doses $18.99 Limit 1
$4/1 Prevacid 24 Hour (SS 11/06)
$4/1 Prevacid 24HR Product IP : HERE

Get $5 ECB wyb Prilosec OTC 42ct. $24.99 Limit 1
$1/1 Prilosec OTC Product (P&G 11/27)
Get $3 ECB wyb (2) Children's Triaminic liquid 4 oz or Thin Strips 14ct. 2/$12 Limit 1
$3/2 Triaminic Product (SS 12/04/11) $3/1 Triaminic Fever Reducer Pain Reliever Product (SS 12/04/11)

Get $4 ECB wyb (2) Thermacare Heatwraps
(excludes 1ct. and clearance items) Limit 1
$1/1 ThermaCare Product, (RP 10/30)

$3/1 ThermaCare HeatWrap 2ct+ IP : HERE

Get $3 ECB wyb (2) Pepto-Bismol 12-16 oz, caplets 40ct. chewable tablets 48ct., NyQuil, DayQuil 24ct. or liquid 12 oz 2/$12 Limit 1

$0.50/1 Pepto Product, (P&G 11/27)

$3 off Vicks Nyquil, Dayquil or New Nature Fusion
scanner coupon - printed the week of 12/4


Spend $20 Get $10 ECB wyb Any Excedrin
(excludes clearance items) Limit 1
$2/1 or $4/2 Excedrin Product 20ct+, (SS 12/04)

$2/1 Excedrin Extra Strength 20ct or larger IP : HERE
or HERE
$1.50/1 Excedrin PM 20ct or larger IP : HERE
or HERE

Thanks to all those at WUC!

Save on Toys at Amazon (Take additional 10% off)

Amazon has some great deals on toys, like the Vtech Kidizoom Spin and Smile Camera priced at $29.99 (regular $59.99). Or the cool KRE-O Transformer for $6.99
These deals are sweet deal BUT they get even sweeter! For a limited time, you can take an additional 10% off select toys with coupon code CZQP26C9. See more toy deals here.

CVS: Zhu Zhu Pets 99 cents!

Tomorrow (12/17) the magic machine will be printing over $25 worth of coupons!

According to the CVS email we received, you can get Zhu Zhu Pets for $0.99 (limit 1). This would make a great stocking stuffer. See details here.

Freebie Friday 12/16/11

Oh no!! It's Friday which means that the kids will start their Christmas break. I'm sooooo not looking forward to hearing yelling kids all day. Good thing we will be visiting their grandma soon. Hope all of you have a wonderful weekend. 

*Free Custom Video "from Santa"

*MILITARY ONLY: Get a Free 20oz Coca-Cola (12/16 & 12/17 only)
Note: Must print coupon and redeem at a military commissary or exchange only. 


*Free Sample of Badabing Sauce


*Free Fries at Burger King (12/16 only)


*Free Medium Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cappuccino or Hot Chocolate at QuickChek


*Free Holiday Music MP3 Downloads at Amazon



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nintendogs + cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends for Ninetendo 3DS $6.99

Attention pet lovers -- Best Buy is selling nintendogs + cats: Golden Retriever & New Friends for Ninetendo 3DS for $6.99 + free standard shipping.

Features:
  • Take care of cute and cuddly golden retriever puppies and their kitten friends
  • Your nintendogs and kittens are fluffier, cuter and more expressive than ever in realistic 3D, and each one has its own unique coloring and personality
  • Interact with your puppies and kittens just like you would with a real pet, as the Nintendo 3DS camera captures your voice, touch and even facial expressions and your pets respond
  • Tap the camera icon on the touch screen to snap adorable photos of your puppies and kittens, then show them off to all your friends
  • Bring your furry friends into your own world as the 3DS augmented reality feature frees them from the screen to play on your dining room table or sit on the palm of your hand
  • Take your golden retrievers out for a walk and keep track of how many steps you take together on the built-in pedometer
  • Keep track of all the fun you have with your new pets in a handy Journal
  • Share your puppies and kittens with your friends, take a turn caring for theirs and even give each other presents with Street Pass (wireless broadband Internet access required)
  • Take a trip online with SpotPass to download exciting new game content like Mii characters, pet accessories and other items (wireless broadband Internet access required)
  • Play in 2D or 3D mode
  • Teach your kittens and puppies new tricks and compete with them in unique challenges and activities
I don't know too much about this game but after googling reviews, it looks like it fairly decent game. The virtual pets look absolutely adorable and realistic too!

Vtech Ride and Learn Giraffe Bike $29.99 Shipped

Just had to share this deal I found while searching Amazon! They have the VTech Ride and Learn Giraffe on sale for $29.99 (regular price $54.99) with FREE standard shipping.

I love Vtech toys! Although I've never owned the toy listed above, my kids have played with it and loved it. The ride and learn giraffe bike is great for kids between the ages of 18-36 months. Here are some of the key features:

  • Encourages learning through five modes of active play
  • Teaches letters, counting animals and objects
  • Features an LCD screen
  • Adjustable, bouncy seat with three positions to grow with child
**Want this before Christmas? See Amazon's holiday shipping deadlines here**


Glade Moneymaker at Target

HOT DEAL ALERT!

This week's Target ad includes the following: Buy (5) Glade Winter Collection products, receive a free $5 gift card. There is a target coupon and printable coupon that can be stacked!

Try this scenario:
Buy 4 Holiday Cheers twin refills - $2.50
Buy 1 Premium Room Spray - $2.50
Total=$12.50
Use (1) .55/1 Glade Premium Room Spray 9.7oz 12/4/11 SS insert (exp 1/14/12)
Pay $2.45, Get $5.00 gift card!!!

Thanks, Totally Target!

Tip-a-licious Thursday


Breastfeeding Basics: Answers to Five Common Questions

By Lisa Pecos (Guest Post)

Most new mothers who choose to breastfeed discover almost immediately that little instruction is required. The act of nursing is instinctive for both mother and baby, and even without outside help the process usually goes relatively smoothly. But even when things go relatively smoothly, it is common for problems to arise. If you are encountering breastfeeding problems or are worried about issues you may face in the future, here are some of the most common questions that might arise.

Is breast milk enough?

Many mothers worry that their breast milk will not be enough to satisfy all of a baby's nutritional needs. Set this worry aside. A mother's ability to produce copious, vitamin-rich milk is backed by millions of years of evolution, and the body has an almost incredible ability to produce good milk, even if it means the mother has to miss out on some nutrients herself. Try not to let this happen, though. While breastfeeding, make sure to eat a variety of healthy foods, and be sure to eat a few hundred extra calories per day.

What if my baby will not nurse?

There are any number of reasons why a baby might refuse to take the breast. If your baby is otherwise healthy, reluctance to feed may indicate sleepiness, fullness, or too much gas in the belly. Initially, try to have faith in your baby, and trust that he or she will take the breast when it is time. But if the problem persists and the baby goes several hours without eating, get in touch with your doctor or a lactation consultant.

What if I do not produce enough milk?

For a healthy mother who is breastfeeding, milk supply is based on demand. The more your child eats from the breast, the more milk you will produce. Once you get through the initial week or two of breastfeeding, you may even find that your body produces milk on a set schedule, making at times of day when the baby tends to be most hungry. Try not to worry. Many mothers are initially worried that they will not produce enough milk. More often than not, within a week or two they are producing more milk than they can use (in which case pumping becomes necessary).

How do I prevent spitting up?

First, accept that your baby is going to spit up sometimes. All babies do it. Some do it more than others, and this does not necessarily indicate any failing on the part of the parents. However, spitting up can be minimized by (1) making sure the baby does not eat too much, and (2) burping during and after the feeding process. For the first point, try to read your baby's signals. When she pulls away or slows down drastically, she might be done. As for burping, try to do it once halfway through the feeding and once at the end. You will become quite good at it after a few weeks.

What if my baby falls asleep while feeding?

Newborns are especially wont to fall asleep during feeding, but some older babies continue to do it for months. Think of it as a good sign. It shows that your baby is so soothed by your milk and your presence that he relaxes to the point of sleep. However, it is important to make sure that he gets enough. When he falls asleep, gently pat him, tickle his feet, talk to him, sing to him, or break the mouth suction. Do whatever it takes to keep him sucking until he has had his fill.

Lisa Pecos is a wife and well accomplished writer on natural remedies and natural approaches to family health. She's written numerous articles for Natural Health Journals.com, Parenting Journals.com and Baby Care Journals.com.

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