Hey mum! I want you to know I love having a new baby brother. He is so sweet to look at and he has the softest skin!
Blocked milk ducts can be really annoying and quite painful. At the same time, it is important to know the difference between a milk duck blockage and mastitis as there are different ways to treat them and find relief.
Mastitis is inflammation of the breast that may be accompanied by infection. Mastitis affects about 20% of Australian women. Mastitis mostly occurs during the first six weeks postpartum, however, it can also occur at any other point during your breastfeeding journey.
I am writing this from the Special Care Nursery, while I have a “kangaroo cuddle” with my little boy, Cody, who decided to arrive 8-weeks early.
Associate Professor Donna Geddes works at the world renowned Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group in the University of Western Australia. Some of the most fascinating and exciting research in the field of breastfeeding and lactation have come from this home grown research team.
There are so many amazing reasons to breastfeed, for both babies and mothers. But did you know breastmilk contains a wide array of immunity boosters that helps our babies to avoid infections?
Breastfeeding can, of course, grow a mothers bond with her baby, make life much easier than bottle feeding (once mum and baby have gotten into the swing of things with their newly learnt skill) and mums do burn more calories, which can result in pregnancy weight loss, for some mums. But one of the most impressive and underappreciated breastfeeding facts is that breastmilk contains all of the necessary micronutrients to provide a strong foundation for your baby’s health and wellness.
You may have heard this term or even the words “the witching hours.” They both mean a period in the day when a baby feeds very frequently and it may not always be for a clear reason (well a clear reason for us adults to decipher that is!)
Unfortunately, we still read and hear about mums who had a really difficult time breastfeeding with their first baby. This could involve anything from not mastering breastfeeding in the first few days to ongoing breastfeeding problems or worries about low milk supply.
If this was your experience and you are now pregnant again, you may be wondering if you are destined to always have breastfeeding problems. Or, perhaps you are thinking about how you can make this new experience with breastfeeding more successful.
It is really common these days when discussing breastfeeding in the antenatal for mums-to-be to say “I want to breastfeed but I want to start pumping early to let dad feed and bond with baby too.” So, is it essential to put your breast milk in a bottle as soon as possible so you can help your partner bond with their baby?