We all need a little sunshine in our life and especially to top up our Vitamin D levels. Here is a great link: www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/dibm/Vitamin_D_and_Breastfeeding_Feb_2013.pdf
Check out this link that has lots of info and further links about continuing to breastfeed your little one http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/breastfeeding-older-baby.html
Thrush can be hard to diagnose. Here are some facts Thrush rarely appears before 6 weeks It definately travels into both breasts It affects mum and baby Pain is severe and appears during and after breastfeeds To help explore this further check out the BFN leaflet http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/dibm/Thrush_and_Breastfeeding_Feb_2013.pdf
Check out this handy leaflet from BFN which ask questions about when and where you are experiencing nipple and breast pain to help suss out the problem. http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/pdfs/Differential_Diagnosis_of_Nipple_Pain_March_2009.pdf
Try to think about dining with friends. We all choose different things from the menu we like and enjoy different amounts, babies are no different. Starting solids is an adventure in taste, texture and socialising. x
A nights sleep for a baby is a block of about 5 hours, interspersed with feeds. Remember little babies have tiny tums and need to feed frequently in order to grow, thrive and put on weight. As they get bigger they will take more breast milk or formula and the gaps between feeds will lengthen. “To sleep is an act of faith” Anon. Have faith it’s not forever x
Your milk has come in and you and your little bundle are learning the dance of feeding. It takes two to tango and two to get to know each other and work together to get your milk supply established. Think of every feed as a practice, it will be intense, but it will get easier. The secret, ask for help!
Babies need to learn how to breastfeed and mums are also learning a new skill. Remember how long it took you to learn to ride a bike, drive a car, learn to swim! It takes time. A couple of tips Little and often helps build your milk supply and if it hurts you need to support with positioning to help get your nipple past your baby’s hard palette and floating at the back of their mouth.
Yay whether you have been feeding for 24 hours, days, weeks or months. Pat yourself on the back! you have given your baby a fab start! x
Chances are your new baby will be completely different in their feeding patterns to any previous little ones. You may be adapting to looking after a toddler and a new baby and accommodating everyones needs. Try not to compare and go with it, let your baby lead the way.
Even if you don’t intend to breastfeed it might be worth investing in some comfortable maternity or even soft sports bras as your ribcage expands after 36weeks. Avoid underwired bras or ill fitting as these may lead to problems. Check out this link for a handy guide: http://www.nct.org.uk/branches/glossop-district/expectant-parent-support/maternity-and-nursing-wear/nct-bra-fitting
Some mums need these whilst pregnant.as your body starts to prepare for baby’s arrival you may find you leak milk from 5months onwards. Some mums will never need breast pads as they may never leak. It’s good to remember everyone is different and your body will step up to supplying milk for your baby each time they feed. There are a few different options, disposable or reusable. Check out this link http://www.simplylily.co.uk/LilyPadz-Starter-Kit-p-4.html for an award winning product.
Make the most of the summer days when introducing solids! Feeding your little one in the garden helps take the stress out of the mess. www.babyledweaning.com
From six months onwards your little one will start to be able to use an open cup for drinking water, when offering alongside solids and in the hot weather. A Doidy Cup is slightly slanted and makes it easier for your nipper to make the transition to an open cup. Cheap and handy find them at http://www.bickiepegs.co.uk/acatalog/Doidy_Cup.html
Wondering if you should bath your baby after birth? Lots happen throughout labour and birth and it is natural to want to clean yourself and your baby as quickly as possible, but washing your natural scent away may make it harder for your little one to recognise you and may make breastfeeding a bit more challenging Check out this link: www.theboobgroup.com
Imagine sitting in front of the TV on a Friday night watching your favourite movie, feet up and relaxed. This relaxed position has been found to a great trouble shooting position for breastfeeding in the early days with baby.
Breastfeeding a premature baby can be a frightening experience. In an unfamiliar and medicalised environment expressing for your little one is something that only mum can do! It’s great to know that mums breast milk is often produced and ready to go from about 5 months pregnant.
Introducing solids is just that an experimental experience in taste and texture. By offering a milk feed then solids a little while later when your baby is between feeds it helps ensure their calorie intake continues to be fulfilled, as milk is higher in calories than say a little carrot puree. Check out this link: www.babyledweaning.com and http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/solid-foods-weaning.aspx
If your little one wont take a bottle why not try feeding them by drizzling gently from a spoon or out of a tiny cup like the top that covers your baby’s bottle.
Looking forward to a night off, sharing feeds with dad or just need to feel you have a choice. If your little one wont take a bottle, it is easy to get caught up with buying lots of different bottles. You could try letting someone else give a feed so your little person can’t smell mum and distract them.
La Leche says that research shows that the use of nipple shields can reduce the amount of milk transferred between 22% and 58% Your little one may have to work extra hard to achieve the milk intake they need but at the same time mum may feel the benefit of the protection of shields whilst she works toward more comfortable attachment. Check out this link for more info: http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/lv/lvjunjul00p39.html
Sometimes the use of nipple shields are what keep you breastfeeding a little longer when the going gets tough. Don’t stress about using them, take a feed at a time and try slipping them off when your little one is part way through their feed and not too hungry. Alternatively you could try attaching baby without the shields when they are sleepy, making practice more gentle for both mum and baby.
Some signs are commonly found in many babies but might not necessarily be reflux. All babies have a degree of reflux as their digestive system is still developing and adjusting to the flow of feeds, for example, sicking up a little milk, restlessness or arching away when feeding. Check out this link for more info: http://www.livingwithreflux.org/index.html
At the entrance of baby’s stomach there is a little ring of muscle (sphincter) which is still developing and the muscle can be a bit floppy. This sometimes allows the stomach contents i.e milk feeds plus some stomach acid to splash back up the gullet, causing discomfort and pain for some babies.
Check out this great article on La Leche page http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleaderweb/lv/lvfebmar03p12.html
Check out this article where mums have reviewed breast pumps: http://www.mumsnet.com/reviews/baby-feeding/breastpumps
A fab article: http://babygooroo.com/2013/01/how-do-i-breastfeed-twins/
Expressing is another skill just like learning to breastfeed, you will take a while to find what suits your body when expressing. Think of each session like a practice. Take a peek at this video that starts with the early stages expressing collostrum: http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/HandExpression.html
Check out this link http://www.achildgrows.com/can-certain-foods-increase-my-milk-supply/
Your little one is primed to feed at night as a protective factor and mums hormones that make breast milk are highest at night. This can be really tough to adjust to! Instead of trying to change their pattern it is probably easier to change your behaviour. Sleep in the day or enlist a bit of support. It’s not forever, this too will pass x
Check out this link to find out a bit more about how it protects their tiny tim: http://lactationmatters.org/2013/01/22/the-milk-machine-learning-more-about-how-breastmilk-protects-the-gut/
Just before you go to bed you may want to gently offer a little feed to your sleeping baby, He will suck in his sleep and,may sleep a little longer.
If you are breastfeeding, caffeine can create a vicious circle: You drink coffee, tea or cola to help keep you more alert but baby gets a boost of this stimulant through your milk – and becomes restless. Herbal teas and decaf drinks can make a positive difference to your baby’s sleep
Knowing how to hand express, whether you are Breastfeeding or not, is a a useful skill as your breast may become engorged when your milk comes in. Knowing how to ease the pressure using hand expression might make you much more comfortable. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZViuYKX5LU
Essentially YES you do, however tiredness and stress can all play a part. Check out this link for more information http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-worries/low-supply/
Heres a great link on some comfortable Breastfeeding positions you could try for you an your baby http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/fd1b97aa#/fd1b97aa/8
Breastfeeding twins? Here is a lovely story with some useful ideas to see you through and lovely pics. http://www.hellobee.com/2012/09/13/breastfeeding-twins/
Think how often your baby is feeding, mum you will need to keep your energy levels up, especially if you are breastfeeding. Breastfeeding burns approx 500 extra calories per day, hoorah!
It makes sense that mother nature intends mum and baby to relax whilst breastfeeding, so mum can rest and repair in the early days. Check out this fab video clip that shows a baby attaching whilst mum is full reclined and relaxed. It shows the clues a baby gives when it is getting ready to feed. http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html
There is no wrong way to position your baby at the breast. If its comfortable and it works its fine! take a peek at the following link for more information www.nct.org.uk/parenting/breastfeeding-positions
Worried that your baby is getting enough breast milk? One of the best clues is to look at what comes out the other end. A little bit in and a little bit out! You’ll be amazed what a nappy can tell you. For a visual tour of pooey nappies and what they mean check out http://www.nct.org.uk/sites/default/files/related_documents/What’s%20in%20a%20nappy%20(ENGLISH%20VERSION)%20FINAL%20WITHOUT%20BLEED.pdf
“Within my mother’s arms” by Marija Smits Within this soft enchanting place I’m given all I need- Sweet rich milk, a warm embrace; And in this soft, enchanting place, I find my mother’s wondrous face, Then sleep, then wake , then feed and feed.. Within this soft enchanting place, I’m given all I need. With thanks to Marija x http://shop.junopublishing.co.uk/product-category/current-issue/ www.marijasmits.wordpress.com
Your guide to Breastfeeding, alcohol, drugs and rock and roll http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/pdfs/BfN_how_safe_is_leaflet_2009.pdf
The current recommendation is to avoid using a dummy for the first 4 weeks to allow your baby to learn Breastfeeding first. Have a peek at this UNICEF Link http://www.unicef.org.uk/Documents/Baby_Friendly/Statements/4/dummy_statement_08.pdf?epslanguage=en
Really tough !! But really normally, and in fact your baby is pre programmed to wake frequently for not only feeding but emotional reconnection and stimulation of optimal brain development. Frequent waking is also a protective factor against sudden infant death. Check out http://www.centreforattachment.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=category§ionid=6&id=15&Itemid=45