Posted in Breastfeeding October 01, 2017
Are you curling your toes in pain at each breastfeed? Are you becoming anxious and dreading every feed because you know it will hurt like hell? Often one look can tell us what’s causing nipple pain and what you can do to fix it and make breastfeeding the relaxing, natural experience it is meant to be... see this checklist and what will help beat the pain.
Posted in Breastfeeding September 01, 2017
Did you know that a father’s impact is the single most crucial factor in breastfeeding success? That’s what research has revealed. So even though you may be feeling that you can’t really be involved because your partner’s the one with the breasts, there are some important ways you can support your lady. And you don’t have to bare your man boobs to help!
There is evidence that allowing babies to feed according to their own appetite, rather than imposing rigid feeding schedules, is more compatible with the biology of mothers and babies. Although breastfeeding according to a schedule may seem to work at first, many women who use strict feeding schedules in the early weeks find that their milk supply dwindles and their baby may be weaned by about three months.
There are so many rules about being a good mum, it’s enough to do your head in. If you are breastfeeding there are even more ‘rules’. And, because these rules are about feeding your baby and actually making him grow and stay alive, is it any wonder you get into freak out territory? See what you don't need to worry about.
Posted in Breastfeeding August 15, 2017
Suddenly feeling 'fluey'? Emotional and teary? And you have a hot sore breast? Feeling 'fluey' any time when you are breastfeeding is a warning sign that you could be coming down with mastitis, an inflammation of the breast that may or may not also be infected. Symptoms of mastitis can hit suddenly and hard: one minute you feel just fine and the next you feel shattered and aching all over with chills and a fever. Sometimes flu-like symptoms come on even before you get a fever or notice breast tenderness.
Posted in Breastfeeding August 11, 2017
Are you curling your toes in pain at each breastfeed? Are you becoming anxious and dreading every feed because you know it will hurt like hell? It’s normal to feel some nipple tenderness in the early days, a bit like breaking in a new pair of shoes – your nipples have never worked this hard before - but breastfeeding isn’t meant to be really painful. If breastfeeding hurts, see what may be causing your pain and how to stop it.
Posted in Breastfeeding July 19, 2017
Although breastfeeding is natural, it is a skill that you and your tiny baby will be learning together as you get to know each other. As you practice, you will find it get easier and soon, you will find breastfeeding the natural intuitive experience it is meant to be. Here are some tips to help get you through the first three days.
Posted in Breastfeeding July 03, 2017
While there are certainly conditions that may create challenges to breast-milk supply, such as PCOS, diabetes, retained placenta, low thyroid or iron levels and a condition called Insufficient Glandular Tissue (Breast Hypoplasia: red flags include a lack of breast development during puberty and pregnancy and/or tubular shaped breasts that are widely spaced), there are also a lot of booby traps around low supply that have mothers reaching for the bottle. Even if you have a medical condition that means you are having a hard time, you don’t need to ditch your nursing bra just yet.
You have most likely heard all sorts of advice about when and how often to feed your baby. It’s confusing isn’t it? Breastfeeding according to your baby’s signals, not the clock, is more compatible with your baby’s needs and it will support a healthy milk supply. Breastfeeding is also a lovely nurturing tool and it isn’t only about hunger – if your baby is exposed to a bug, for instance, your baby will increase feeds to gain a boost of immunity from your milk.....
As adults, we eat and drink according to our body signals, not a pre-determined schedule –and so should babies. Trying to impose a strict feeding schedule, rather than watching your baby’s hunger cues is not only likely to result in unnecessary crying, but may be a risk to her health.