It’s a commonly heard question, “should I give my baby some formula milk?” Many mums are faced with this challenge, but why do we doubt our milk supply so often?
Many women come home from the hospital wanting to exclusively breastfeed and do what is best for their baby. They eagerly start breastfeeding and getting used to the routine. Many breastfeeding mums have been looking forward to this experience and want to continue breastfeeding exclusively as long as possible.
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural acts in the world, but it still takes some practice and getting used to. One of the learning experiences for mums and babies is discovering the best breastfeeding positions that work for them both.
A lot of new mums are interested in doing everything they can to enhance their breastfeeding experience and make sure they’re doing everything “correctly” in order to avoid any major problems.
They are often met with confusing advice, and find themselves hearing a lot of well-intentioned but incorrect breastfeeding myths from friends and family. That’s why it’s so important for new mums to talk with their healthcare professionals (midwives, maternal child health nurses, GP’s, lactation consultants) about their concerns and questions.
Becoming a new mum brings great joy, excitement and moments of wonder – but it also brings a lot of new responsibility, worries, fatigue and stress.
Parenting stress is very real. Even while we celebrate the beautiful, wonderful things about being a mum, it’s important to also pay attention to some of the things that can make the experience of raising infants so tiring and difficult – and try to better minimize and manage these sources of stress so mums can enjoy their lives with their babies!
Are you planning a holiday with your new baby? Or, are you perhaps getting ready to take a long-distance trip to introduce your baby to their grandparents? If so, you may be concerned about how to manage the trip if you are still breastfeeding.
Have no fear! One of the advantages of breastfeeding is that it’s much easier to travel with a breastfed baby. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, breastfeeding provides a portable, nutritionally balanced food supply for your baby. In addition, you don’t need to worry about packing bottles or sterilising feeding supplies.
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.
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?