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Article Category - "Pregnancy, New Mums & Babies"

Breastfeeding: Positioning, latch and attachment

Breastfeeding: Positioning, latch and attachment

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

Posted on March 21, 2017

Are your abdominal muscles separated?

Are your abdominal muscles separated?

While your baby or babies grew in your abdomen, the muscles at the front of your belly were pushed out and pulled apart. About 3 months after the birth of your baby, the muscles should have returned back together.

The elbowroom clinic comes in contact with hundreds of postnatal women every year availing of classes and clinic services. A growing issue we have become aware of is diastasis or postnatal abdominal muscle separation.… Read more

Posted on March 21, 2017

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

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.”Read more
Posted on January 23, 2017