Over the next few months we will be following a mum’s journey through pregnancy and breastfeeding.
We will follow her queries, concerns and excitement and provide insight through articles and videos from our educator and qualified midwife and lactation consultant, Katie.
It’s a commonly heard question, “should I give my baby some formula milk?” Many mums are faced with this challenge, but why do we doubt our milk supply so often?
Many women come home from the hospital wanting to exclusively breastfeed and do what is best for their baby. They eagerly start breastfeeding and getting used to the routine. Many breastfeeding mums have been looking forward to this experience and want to continue breastfeeding exclusively as long as possible.
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural acts in the world, but it still takes some practice and getting used to. One of the learning experiences for mums and babies is discovering the best breastfeeding positions that work for them both.
A lot of new mums are interested in doing everything they can to enhance their breastfeeding experience and make sure they’re doing everything “correctly” in order to avoid any major problems.
They are often met with confusing advice, and find themselves hearing a lot of well-intentioned but incorrect breastfeeding myths from friends and family. That’s why it’s so important for new mums to talk with their healthcare professionals (midwives, maternal child health nurses, GP’s, lactation consultants) about their concerns and questions.
One of the most important benefits of breastmilk is that it helps protect your baby from illness, while boosting their immune system. As most mums know, infants are especially vulnerable to disease, because their bodies’ natural defence systems have not fully developed. So, you might say that a baby’s first “line of defence” against germs and illness is breast milk.
So, you’ve decided to start using a breast pump. You’ve read the instructions and you’ve grabbed a glass of water to sit down and start expressing and then you remember hearing you friends talking about something to do with sizing your nipples! Was that right?
Yes! You heard it right. Making sure you have the perfect fit when you are using a breast pump is really important to make sure you get the best flow of milk and cause no pain.
Becoming a new mum brings great joy, excitement and moments of wonder – but it also brings a lot of new responsibility, worries, fatigue and stress.
Parenting stress is very real. Even while we celebrate the beautiful, wonderful things about being a mum, it’s important to also pay attention to some of the things that can make the experience of raising infants so tiring and difficult – and try to better minimize and manage these sources of stress so mums can enjoy their lives with their babies!