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!
Adding another baby to your family can be a wonderful gift for your first child; they get a new friend to play with when they are young and, hopefully, a …
Being a new mum takes you on an adventure that is full of surprises and challenges. If you have chosen to breastfeed your baby, you’re probably looking forward to a positive experience, filled with special moments between you and your little one.
At the same time, while breastfeeding is an overwhelmingly positive experience for most mums, many women find themselves unprepared for the challenges that they may face along the way.