Breastfeeding Advice

Tongue Tie and Bottle Refusal

Tongue Tie and Bottle Refusal

However, tongue tie doesn’t just affect breastfed babies. It can also affect bottle fed babies.  This usually only starts to become a problem after about 6-8 weeks of age.  Unfortunately, mothers of bottle fed babies with a tongue tie that is affecting their ability to suck effectively, often undergo months of distress due to the lack of knowledge in the healthcare community around this subject. 

The Microbiome and Human Health

The Microbiome and Human Health

The microbiome plays a significant role in the health of us humans.  It is considered by many as another organ, such is its extensive impact.  However, because it is not visible to the naked eye like the heart or lungs, it is difficult for us to be mindful of. 

Off to the best start…

Off to the best start…

The Public Health Nurse (PHN) is most often the first health professional that an Irish mother and her partner will meet when she comes home from hospital with their baby.  According to the HSE (4), the role of the PHN is to visit homes following birth notifications and to monitor child, maternal and family health, and to particularly focus on the benefits of breast-feeding.

What is a Good Latch?

What is a Good Latch?

Aim to have your baby lead with his chin. Position your baby in close to you: Tummy to mummy.  Make sure baby’s nose is directly across from the nipple: nipple to nose.

Epsom Salts

Epsom Salts

It is often recommended as a treatment for blocked milk ducts. It is advised to dissolve the salts in hot water, then cool the mixture to warm, and using a medicine cup or silicone breast pump, leave the mixture in contact with the nipple. The aim is to draw out the toxins and free the nipple pore.

Teat Size Explained

Teat Size Explained

If you are finding that your baby is taking an hour to drink 1-2oz, and is falling into a cycle of: sleeping while feeding, then waking up distraught with hunger, then falling asleep again after a few minutes of sucking, then you may want to increase your teat size. Your baby is likely exhausted from sucking, but not getting enough milk to sustain or satisfy him/her.

Blocked Ducts

Blocked Ducts

Blocked ducts present as hard tender lumps, often described as pea-sized initially. They appear most often on the upper outer quadrant of either breast. Sometimes a tiny white dot can be seen on the nipple. This is called a milk bleb and when it is freed, it can look like a white string being pulled out of the nipple.  

Raising Girls – A Webinar Review

Raising Girls – A Webinar Review

Girls worry about the smallest things.  If a girl tells a joke to another girl, and she looks unamused or unimpressed, that girl will go away and analyze and over analyze why that girl reacted that way. It can affect her. Girls are very socially aware of the feelings around them.

What does a let-down feel like?

What does a let-down feel like?

Nothing for some women!!! They feel nothing, and that is ok. For others it feels like a pulling/dragging/tingling sensation in their breasts, and their breasts feel heavier after it. Some women feel it so strongly that they dread it a little. For me, it was a very strong feeling that felt like there were strings tied around my milk ducts (which I imagined as balloons) about half way up my breasts and they were being pulled downward together. Just like the big bunch of balloons in that movie ‘Up’.

What is the Heel Prick Test?

What is the Heel Prick Test?

The Heel Prick Test is a test that is performed on your baby that no-one really talks until after you’ve had your baby. At this point it comes as a bit of a shock to think of someone drawing blood from your beautiful newborn baby’s heel.  So what’s it for?

What is Combination Feeding?

What is Combination Feeding?

Combination feeding is breastfeeding alongside offering bottles of formula or expressed breastmilk. It’s important to understand how breastmilk is made and supply maintained. If you are giving a bottle of expressed milk or formula once a day and pumping around the same time, you may not suffer a dip in supply. Many mums do this at night. Mum pumps and goes to bed/shower etc, and dad gives the bottle and settles baby so mum gets a rest. Mum then breastfeeds the rest of the time.

Donating Breastmilk: A Mother’s Story

Donating Breastmilk: A Mother’s Story

“When we start our breast milk journey, we all have to admit that we worry mainly about our supply! But I have not once heard about the worry of having too much milk.  I’m talking about two fountains of endless milk, about not having enough breast pads to stop the leaking, about the urge to wake your peacefully sleeping baby because your breasts are too engorged!!

Do I have to switch to Cows milk at 1 year?

Do I have to switch to Cows milk at 1 year?

Breastmilk contains everything your baby needs (in conjunction with solid food after 6 months) to grow and thrive. When your baby enters toddlerhood, and is moving around a lot more exploring their surroundings (often with their mouths) your breastmilk will make more antibodies to protect them.  And these antibodies will be tailor-made for your baby. Breastfed children have lower risks of ear, chest and tummy infections (HSE 2019). It also protects them from becoming overweight or obese (obviously, depending on their diet).

The Coronavirus Vaccines and Breastfeeding

The Coronavirus Vaccines and Breastfeeding

When a virus invades our bodies, it begins to attack and multiply. Our blood contains various types of white blood cells that are there to attack back. However, when a virus is new to the body, our white blood cells can become overwhelmed and may take some time to work out what this virus is and how to defeat it. This can take days or weeks, and we will feel very unwell while the virus is multiplying.

Vaccines and Breastfeeding

Vaccines and Breastfeeding

According to the CDC (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention 2021), all the current vaccines are considered safe for breastfeeding mothers except the Smallpox and Yellow Fever Vaccines.

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