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Answers to common breastfeeding questions

What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

There are so many! Breastfeeding provides ideal nutrition for babies and significantly improves short and long term health. It is well documented that human milk is superior to all the substitutes.

Breastfeeding improves immunity, helps protect against illness and diseases and also comforts and soothes and helps with bonding. Babies that have been...

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How to plan for postpartum

Many people spend time thinking about what they would like for their birth, and it’s common to create a ‘birth plan’. But less parents take the time to create a ‘postpartum plan’ covering what they would like for after their baby arrives.

 

We know this time can be full of joy but it can also be really overwhelming. The right support and care can make a huge...

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Meals for Mamas

Food can be the best medicine, especially after recovering from a big event like childbirth. Pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding place extra demands on the body that can easily lead to nutritional deficiencies.

During postpartum, new families need lots of nourishment. But they are also really short on time. Good nutrition can be one of the first things to fall to the wayside.

That’s where...

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What do babies really want?

Humans are fascinating. Human babies even more-so.

Babies are born with ‘biological expectations’. They expect to be kept safe, warm and nourished. This is key to their survival. Knowing what a newborn ‘expects’ can help us meet their needs better. We can try to understand the world through their eyes.

Professor Allison Gopnik says:

“Decades of research focussing...

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Mindfulness for Mamas

Just as a new year can open a doorway to a new you… postpartum also offers this opportunity. There is no doubt that birth changes people and there is no ‘going back’. How people choose to embrace the transformation will effect how they transition.


Matrescence - the time of becoming a mother

The time after giving birth changes how a person feels; physically, mentally,...

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The first days after birth

I’ve lost count of the number of women that have said ‘no one told me it would be like this’. The early days after birth can feel like being thrown in the deep end. There is usually so much focus on THE BIRTH that postpartum is often overlooked. There is also so much focus on the new baby that the new parents can feel a bit overwhelmed.

Well-meaning friends and family usually...

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Babies know how to breastfeed

Breastfeeding is instinctual but also requires skills that are learned. It can feel awkward at first but with time, patience and support it can be really satisfying and is immensely beneficial for babies and mothers.

Babies really love to be held and cuddled. It’s where they feel safest. Skin-to-skin contact also regulates their heart rate, temperature and breathing. We are biologically...

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3 tips for increasing breastmilk

I can highly recommend the book ‘Making more milk’ by Lisa Marasco & Diana West (both International Board Certified Lactation Consultants). In this book they discuss the components necessary for good milk production.

There are primary factors

Sufficient glandular tissue + Intact nerve pathway and ducts + Adequate hormones and hormones receptors

There are secondary...

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Why it’s important to be pro-breastfeeding

The World Health Organization states that if all children were breastfed within an hour of birth, exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life and then continued to be breastfed (in addition to other food) up to the age of two, over 800,000 child lives would be saved annually.

This is why we ALL need to become breastfeeding advocates.

The anthropologist Dana Raphael explored...

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How to *really* help a new family

Many of us think we know how to be ‘a good visitor’. But when it comes to supporting new families, there are some common do’s and don’t’s which can help everyone feel more supported and supportive.

In our culture, we sort of expect to be hosted when we visit someone. But when visiting a new family, we cannot expect this.

New parents are most likely exhausted and...

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