Article Category - "Breastfeeding"
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
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
While becoming ill while breastfeeding can be exhausting and an additional worry, it is generally fine to nurse through most common illnesses. Always, if you are worried consult your GP, but in the vast majority of illnesses, it is fine to carry on breastfeeding as normal. In fact the only illness considered to have contraindications with breastfeeding, is HIV.
With common viruses and bugs, you will provide antibodies to your nursing baby as you breastfeed through it.… Read more
In the beginning, when breastfeeding a newborn, paying special attention to positioning and attachment is important to avoid a poor or shallow latch that will hurt your nipples and make feeding difficult.
That said, there is no right or wrong here, as long as your baby is getting and drinking milk, and you know this because baby is having plenty of wet and dirty nappies, and you are not in pain then happy days!.… Read more
Breastfeeding has been going really well, but all of a sudden your nipples are in agony. It seems as though it’s come out of nowhere and to the best of your knowledge you haven’t been doing anything differently to cause it.
It could be thrush.
Thrush is a fungal infection caused by candida or yeast, that occurs in the mucus membranes and/or the skin. It can be a real pain, literally, for both the breastfeeding mum and baby as it cross-infects from mum’s nipple to baby’s mouth and vice versa.… Read more
Every newly breastfeeding mum has a little (or a lot) of anxiety about whether she’s producing enough milk at some stage of her nursing journey.
Unfortunately, it’s usually an idea put in her head by third party, rather than an instinctual feeling. To help, here’s a list of things that are usually NOT a sign of low supply:
- Baby not sleeping much
- Baby feeding all the time
- Baby unsettled and crying
- Hardly any milk coming out when you pump
- Baby not reaching birth weight by ten days old (14 days is a better guide, 3 weeks acceptable too)
- Boobs never leak a drop
- Baby wanting to feed longer than 20 minutes at a time
- Baby looking at your food
- Baby turning 4 months old
- Baby who had been sleeping suddenly decides not to sleep much
- Baby following your spoon with his eyes or trying to grab your food
- Baby not wanting to let you out of her sight
- Baby turning 6 months old
Here is a few things that may be symptoms of low supply:
- Baby failing to thrive (i.e.