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.
Breastfeeding is a relationship between two people – mother and baby. As both the mother and infant evolve and grow throughout the relationship, so do ideas about weaning. Deciding when and how to introduce solid food for a baby can often be a complex experience for mothers and many mums might wonder about the right age or the right way to introduce solid foods.
Some babies don’t like to go back to the breast once they’ve fed from traditional bottles. Therefore many mums feel like they have to avoid ever giving their baby a traditional bottle or a pacifier, for fear that the baby won’t be able to properly latch on to the breast if they are breastfeeding. While this doesn’t happen with every baby, it can be a risk that may complicate breastfeeding.
Why do babies vomit? It may not be a pleasant question, but, it is one that almost all parents have asked at one point or another. Check out this video with Katie, our educator and lactation consultant, about why babies vomit and what’s normal and what’s not.
It’s so difficult to see what they’re drinking I hear you cry! Most mums at some stage will question if their baby is actually getting any milk out of the breasts!
So here are a few tips to let you know your baby is well fed:
Many women say that they were worried in pregnancy about the size of their nipples but were too frightened or embarrassed to talk to their health care provider about it.
Many mums often say to midwives in a passing comment at the end of an appointment “oh, by the way I think I may have something wrong with my nipples!”
Having spoken to many women in my role as a lactation consultant I know that unfortunately lots of women are embarrassed if they think their nipples or breasts do not look “model perfect.”
Firstly we need to visualise the inside of a lactating breast. I think the best way is to imagine the inside is like a bunch of grapes: