Breastfeeding

Your baby doesn’t sleep ~ here is some help!

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It is impossible to prepare any new parent for sleep deprivation ~ it is by far the biggest issue I see in my consulting practice.  It is possible to problem solve what the problem is by sensible and practice advice,

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Breastfeeding

Wind ~ it’s overrated!

 

The most common question / concern I get from new parents is about “wind”.  Wind is normal is not going to be life threatening or harmful to your baby.  A baby does’t get wind from too much food and you do not need to walk around the house for hours “trying to get wind up”.

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Breastfeeding

The newborn baby ~ primitive reflexes

Your baby has many primitive reflexes – the startle, or Morrow reflex. Your baby also has a sucking reflex. When the nipple stimulates the baby’s tongue, he will suck and swallow, suck and swallow. It’s a primitive urge to live,

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Bathing babies

Bringing baby Max home ~ a reflection

The hospital’s care was great, Nat got through a caesarean (Max was 12 days late and just not coming not matter what we tried) and Max was doing ok. Then 4 days later we are sent on our way. We just leave the hospital with him,

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Baby led weaning

Baby led weaning ~ some facts

Regarding “baby led weaning”. In Australia and USA “weaning” means giving up breast feeding or nursing the baby. In the UK “weaning” means adding food to the milk diet. It’s very important for new mothers to understand that milk is the primary food for a baby under 12 months of age with food or “solids”

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Breast Engorgment

Expressing breast milk ~ it’s not the answer (*unless you have a sick or premature baby)

Expressing milk in hospital is now a given for most women after they have a baby.  I’m here to say you do not need to express or pump after you have a baby.  This does not apply if you have a premature or sick baby in the nursery that is unable to suck.

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Bleeding Nipples

Nipple Shields ~ in some cases the difference between breast feeding and not!

I’ve seen thousands and thousands of nipples!  Some nipples are long and the baby can attach easily and feed well. Some are not so big. Some are inverted with the pointy part of the nipple going back into the breast.

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