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Name: aliaa | Date: Sep 20th, 2006 5:40 PM
hi sara,,,where are u from? u r american?? muslim american? i thought it would be nice to know you as long as u r muslim and living here with me,,,,i am a new resident here,and i am from egypt 

Name: SaraSum | Date: Sep 20th, 2006 7:24 PM
Hello Aliaa, I hope that things are going much better with you and your son. I am American Muslim. I converted to Islam in College in 1992. My ancestors are all Northern European and came here to the U.S. in the early 1900's. My husband is from India (he is also Muslim). We have twin girls who are now
4 1/2. Welcome to New Jersey! What part of NJ are you in?
You can always email me at [email protected]
It's nice to meet you. 

Name: jillw | Date: Sep 21st, 2006 8:43 PM
aliaa-I am not Muslem, but I have a very close girlfirned who is she is from lebanon. She was having the same issue that you are having. She would be stuck sometimes nursing her son in a public place. When she was in the car and her husband was driving she would get into the back seat and lean very far over the car seat she would also keep a sheet in the car so that she could draper herself and the baby so that nothing was exposed. If she was in a resturant or shopping she makesure that her head drape(sorry I do not know if there is a proper name for it) was long enough that ie almose went to her bottom so that she could hold the baby under it and feed him if she needed to. I tried to tell her that she shouldn't be so ashamed of it because it was natural, but she explained that it is not about shame it is about respect. I finally understood where she was coming from and helped her to creat some solutions. I hope this helps. 

Name: Farahs_mom | Date: Sep 22nd, 2006 5:46 AM
I got this info off of another site and I'm gonna give it a try so I thought I'd share it with you.....by the way the site is called
www.breastfeeding.com and I also like
www.kellymom.com
I heard of these sites thanks a woman on here

Here are some tips to use whether introducing bottles for the first time, or re-introducing them to a baby who's on a "bottle strike":

-Try offering the bottle when your baby isn't starving. This may seem illogical, but when a baby is frantically hungry, she is going to be in no mood to try something new. She just wants to nurse.

- Your baby associates your smell and touch with nursing, and may insist on the real thing if you try to give her a bottle. You may have to leave the room entirely in order for the effort to be successful.

- Many babies associate the cradle hold (where they are cuddled against the breast) with nursing, and will refuse to accept the bottle as a substitute if held in this position. Although some babies will accept a bottle more readily in the cradle hold, most will do better if you prop them up on your knees or in an infant seat, and make eye contact while feeding them.

-You don't have to substitute a bottle-feeding for an entire nursing. In the beginning, have dad try giving an ounce or two in the evening while your supply is lowest and you are the most in need of a break. Leave the room. Take a hot bath. Hope that it works.

-Some babies will take the bottle more readily if you move rhythmically while walking, swaying, rocking and/or talking to them to distract them.

- Try feeding her when she is half asleep.

-Try different nipples. Some babies prefer a slow flow nipple, some a faster flow. In general, orthodontic nipples tend to have a slower flow, which may be an advantage in a newborn, but a disadvantage in an older, more impatient baby.

-Make sure the nipple isn't cold when you offer it. Many babies couldn't care less if the milk you give them is cold (and it doesn't cause digestive problems - that's an old wife's tale) but they don't like the feel of a cold rubber nipple in their mouth. Run it under warm water before you offer it.

- Some babies with discerning tastes will refuse to take milk in a bottle, but will accept apple juice. It's almost as though they know that milk is supposed to come from breasts, and they won't take it any other way. Breastmilk is quite a bit sweeter than formula - I have heard a toddler describe it as tasting like 'melted ice cream.' If you can overcome your squeamishness, taste it sometime. It really does taste better than cow's milk or formula. Most babies will take breastmilk more readily than they will take formula, but if you have a baby who is really picky, try offering a little bit of apple juice. If you can get her to take a few sips, try mixing milk with the juice a teaspoon at a time until you have more milk than juice. I'm not talking about a lot of juice, because babies under six months shouldn't really have juice because it's sweet and they tend to suck it down quickly. It's not a good idea to fill them up on empty calories, but we're talking about a very small amount here - maybe 1/2 to 1 ounce, and only until she accepts the bottle.

-When offering the bottle, tickle the baby's lips gently with the nipple until she opens her mouth and explores the nipple. Don't try to force the nipple in her mouth.

- If your baby is older than a month or two when you offer the bottle, and she refuses it completely, try cup feeding. Many older babies bypass the bottle completely during separations from mom and do well with the cup. As long as they are nursing most of the time, their sucking needs will be met. 

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