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.
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!)
Feedback Inhibitor of Lactation, or FIL for short, is a substance thought to be contained within breast milk. It knows when your breasts are full or have recently been emptied and helps to regulate the amount of milk you make.
Around 8% of babies are born too soon in Australia. Premature birth is often unexpected and is absolutely heartbreaking for every mum, as well as family and friends.
There may be numerous reasons as to why your milk supply is currently low. The most common reasons are normally due to babies not feeding frequently enough or due to the type of birth you and your baby had and how well the breastfeeding has been going since then.
The term “breast refusal” refers to when a baby is showing signs that they do not want to feed at the breast. This can happen for several reasons and we may never know what the exact cause is.
What is white bleb? Not so long ago, you may not have even heard of this. Then, perhaps someone mentioned it to you in passing when you told them about the little white spot you found on your nipple. Well, look no further. We have answers!
Let’s get down to the facts… holding your baby naked against your skin and covered in blankets is probably one of the loveliest things you will ever do!
Have you just have had your last feed with your baby? If so, you may now be feeling quite nostalgic and maybe even a little sad. You have done an amazing job breastfeeding your baby. No, matter how long or short, every drop of breast milk that you gave to your baby is fantastic and you should be so proud of yourself!
At Flourishing Mothers, we were very honoured to be part of the panel event discussing recent research into new mums and celebrating the role of midwives leading up to International Midwives Day on 5th May 2017.
Our role in this discussion was to help mums understand the psychological changes we experience with having a baby.