You may have heard of mastitis. Or, you may know someone who has experienced it before, considering that 20% of Australian women are affected by it.
Many mothers birth their babies by cesarean section and, while this can make breastfeeding more challenging, it is absolutely possible to successfully breastfeed after a cesarean section.
Hey Mama! I just wanted to tell you that I love the milk that you make me!
Even though it’s the only food I’ve tried, it’s my favourite! It fills me up just the right amount and I don’t know why, but, I always feel like drifting off to sleep afterwards.
Little toothy pegs! How cute! Many people think that when a baby gets teeth it is time to stop breastfeeding. This just isn’t true. Babies have continued to feed with teeth for thousands of years.
In fact, the World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding (i.e. no other fluids or solids) for six months and then continued breastfeeding combined with solid foods for 2 years or as long as mother and baby desire.
Most newborn babies will wake regularly and frequently to breastfeed. However, there may be times when your newborn baby needs to be awakened to breastfeed. For example, there may be medically indicated reasons why a baby may need to be woken to feed such as Jaundice, congenital heart disease, illness or your baby may not be gaining adequate weight.
So, what exactly is a birth and breastfeeding plan? For many mums, the thought of their impending birth and breastfeeding relationship can bring up all sorts of emotions from anxiety and fear to excitement and wonder.
Recently, we teamed up with Anna from the @notsoperfectmum to answer your questions on breastfeeding and expressing. Below, Katie, our qualified Lactation Consultant and Midwife, answers 10 breastfeeding questions from mums!
Let’s start with the basics. What is thrush?
Thrush is a fungal infection caused by an organism called Candida Albicans. Thrush can affect the breasts and nipples and other parts of the body, as well a baby’s mouth and bottom area.
Most people will not have heard of the term vasospasm. It is a rather cool sounding name, but, unfortunately, it often brings a lot of pain with it.