Article Category - "Pregnancy, New Mums & Babies"

Breastfeeding after a C-Section: 8 steps to stimulating milk production

Breastfeeding after a C-Section: 8 steps to stimulating milk production

Many moms aren’t prepared for the fact that breastfeeding after a C-section can take time, and then struggle to establish feeding or feel guilty for not continuing.

Even the best laid plans go to pot sometimes. I planned two home births and ended up with a Caesarean section. Having personal experience of breastfeeding two babies and recovering from sections, I hope I can make your experience the best one possible.

Firstly, don’t beat yourself up if this happens to you.… Read more

Posted on February 13, 2017

Relaxing into early Labour : 10 Tips

Relaxing into early Labour : 10 Tips

As a Douala I often get called during the middle of the night. This tends to happen when the first sensations are starting for a new mother. I walk in and everyone in the house is busy doing the labour thing. I nearly always spend the next hour trying to get everyone to relax and go back to bed. I normally go home or sleep in a spare room.

Relaxation is the key to both keeping labour moving and initiating it in the first place.… Read more

Posted on February 13, 2017

Paediatric First Aid

Paediatric First Aid

The elbowroom brings you an introduction to practical paediatric first aid that will address these issues and more.

  • Giving Emergency First Aid and getting help.
  • Infant, Toddler CPR- the unconscious child and assessing breathing and heartbeat and what to do.
  • Choking – what to do if a baby or child is choking.
  • Unconscious Child or Baby – how to manage them and put into the recovery position.

This course is delivered by,

Stephen Weldon

  • Grad.
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Posted on January 26, 2017

When breastfeeding is not working – who you gonna call?

When breastfeeding is not working – who you gonna call?

Breastfeeding is wonderfully enjoyable for lots of mums, but it is not unusual to have some difficulty in the beginning. These difficulties are usually very straightforward to diagnose and therefore fix. Occasionally, it takes a bit of trial and error and ruling things out, but for every breastfeeding problem there is a breastfeeding solution!

It’s really important to seek help early on and not adopt a “wait and see if it gets better” approach.… Read more

Posted on January 26, 2017

You’re pregnant. Congratulations! Now Keep moving.

You’re pregnant. Congratulations! Now Keep moving.

As an expectant mother you want to be as healthy and strong as you can be to prepare for your birth. It’s not called labour for nothing.

That said, there are going to be days, particularly during the first trimester, when you feel so exhausted that even the sheer effort of lifting your hairbrush could reduce you to a puddle of tears.

“In the first trimester, the metabolic changes alone are tantamount to running a couple marathons.”

The adaptations that your body goes through during the first trimester are phenomenal.… Read more

Posted on January 23, 2017

Family Food: Vegetarian Chilli without the Chilli

Family Food: Vegetarian Chilli without the Chilli

My kids LOVE this dinner when I accompany it with taco shells, sour cream, iceberg lettuce, mashed avocado with lemon and some grated cheese and just let them build their own tacos! Without the dairy accompaniments this is a vegan dish.

The recipe works with whatever beans and vegetables you have in, so feel free to experiment!  Its a great way of getting veggies into the kids and for cutting down on meat, which might be perfect after Christmas indulgence!… Read more

Posted on December 15, 2016