Providing mother’s milk is the most helpful thing a mum can do for her baby who is in the NICU or Special Care Unit. This is because breast milk is not only nutrition, it is a medical intervention.
Mother’s milk is specifically designed for your baby and it has many amazing properties which we will have a further look at in this article.
Let’s take a look at just a few of the many benefits of breast milk.
Which Medela breast pump should I use? We hear this question all the time at Medela. So, we hope this blog post and our new infographic are helpful!
There may be very different reasons that a mother may choose or need to use a breast pump. For many, it is simply a way to continue giving baby breastmilk when they return to work. For other mums, they are totally reliant on a breast pump as their baby may be unwell or separated from them in the Special Care Baby Unit.
Motherhood really is a different experience for every mum.
In April, Medela conducted a survey with over 4000 mums. Some of the main findings were that mums no longer turned to their mums as a first point of call for advice on pregnancy and that 48% of mums have experienced the “baby blues” at some point.
Many new mums are interested in whether their baby’s development and their own experience as a breastfeeding mum are in the range of “normal.” But the truth about breastfeeding is that every baby is different, and every mother is different. So what does that mean? Is it more confusing than ever?
New mums often find themselves on the receiving end of all kinds of advice. Most people are genuinely trying to be helpful, but, unfortunately, few topics attract more heated debate, misinformation, and confusion than breastfeeding.
Many new mums, who start breastfeeding, find themselves hearing some of these “old wives tales” and myths about breastfeeding that have no scientific basis or even logical justification. Far too often, you have to sift through a lot of breastfeeding misinformation in order to get the truth.
Whether nature is working its magic or fertility treatments are doing their job, multiple births are becoming more common. Wow! Just imagine how great it would be to be born with your best friend.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there were the following multiple births in 2014 in Australia – 4316 sets of twins, representing 1.5% of all births and 65 sets of triplets and higher order multiples, representing 0.02% of all births.
One of the biggest challenges that new mothers face is going back to work after having a baby. This can be a highly emotional experience with new mums wondering how to balance their demanding careers, while spending adequate time with their families. In other words, new mums often want to “do it all.”
We’ve all heard the expression “mummy brain,” which mums jokingly use to describe the sleep-deprived fog that can result from having children. The truth is that, while becoming a mother really does change a woman’s brain in fascinating ways, having a “mummy brain” is actually a great thing!
Colic is one of the great mysteries of a baby’s life. No one knows for sure what causes “uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby,” or why it tends to happen in the late afternoon or evening.
If your baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, 3 days a week or more, for longer than 3 weeks, you can say that you have a “colicky” baby. But, what causes colic? More importantly, is there anything that new mothers can do about it?
Many new mums struggle with balancing the needs of their careers and their children. They want to return to school or work, but, they also want to give their kids the immunological, nutritional and emotional benefits that breastfeeding can offer. This is not always an easy balancing act. But, the good news is that, with planning and determination, it can be done!