Facts of Breastfeeding

It’s a decision that every new mother has to make and it has more than likely been one of the hottest topics discussed within the last 9 months but breastfeeding always circulates mixed reviews. Some mothers will only feed their child breast milk and some mothers have not even been entertained by the thought of breastfeeding and would rather stick to formula milk to feed their newborn.

However there are many distinct advantages of feeding your little one breast milk. Have a think about it, mum’s don’t’ just produce milk for the sake of it, it’s there for a reason and its naturally produced to feed your baby as it’s the only natural food which is readily available for your newborn. It also protects your baby from infections and diseases which is very important, especially if you have a premature baby. Breastfeeding is also more or less hassle free. You are able to feed your baby when and wherever you like, it’s already at the right temperature, it’s free and also provides both you and your little one with wonderful health benefits. The health benefits from breast feeding can range from fewer chest and ear infections along with giving them a lesser chance of having diarrhoea, vomiting, being constipated and developing eczema. Furthermore there are also great health benefits for mums such as it can lower the mothers risk of getting breast and ovarian cancer, it naturally uses up to 500 calories a day which is always handy, it saves a vast amount of money on infant formula milk and feeding equipment and of course it helps you and your child create a strong bond. There just seems to be so many reasons for it!

A child breastfeeding
There are many advantages of breastfeeding

It is recommended that mothers should breastfeed for around the first six months (26 weeks) of their baby’s life. Once this stage has passed, other food should start to be introduced alongside breastfeeding as this will help to continue the strong growth and development of your child. Also, the longer that any child is breastfed, the longer the protection against disease and infections will last. It’s also commonly known that infant formula milk does not give babies the same nutritional ingredients or provide them with the same amount of protection as what natural breast milk does.

Like with most things, there are many myths about breastfeeding yet they are not always true. So here is a few pointers to help put your mind at ease.

Breastfeeding makes your breast saggy
If you decide to breastfeed your child, please do not worry about your boobs suddenly becoming saggy. This only happens purely due to the natural ageing process or because you have drastically put on or lost weight.

If I breast feed, I can’t have a sex life
This is completely untrue. Deciding when you are going to have sex again after the birth of your child is purely down to you and your partner, breastfeeding does not stop this process at all. When you have sex, a hormone called oxytocin is released and this is the same hormone that helps you release milk, so during sex you may leak a little breast milk, however this is totally normal.

Formula milk is basically the same as breast milk
Formula milk is nowhere near the same as breast milk. Firstly, it is not a living product so it doesn’t have the antibodies, living cells, enzymes or natural hormones that help to protect your baby from infections and diseases later on in their life.

Breastfeeding hurts
This is simply not true. You may feel some slight tenderness during the first few days which is relatively common. Any pain that you may feel which is more than mild is abnormal and is usually due to the baby latching on poorly.

You can’t get pregnant if you breastfeed
Breastfeeding can affect ovulation in some women however it cannot be used as a reliable source of birth control.

Smaller breasts will not produce the same amount of milk as larger ones
In fact breast size has absolutely nothing to do with the amount of milk that is produced.

Formula fed babies tend to sleep better
Babies fed on formula milk do not necessarily sleep better but they may sleep longer as bottle milk isn’t digested as quickly.

If your baby is vomiting or has diarrhoea, you should stop breast feeding
The best medicine for a baby’s gut infection is to feed them breast milk

Will and Kate: The baby names of 2011?

It would certainly seem the case that whenever a celebrity is as much in the public eye as Prince William and Kate Middleton are at the moment, they start a trend in baby names.  It’s happened in the past with rock stars and other celebrities, and let’s face it, it’s about time the name “Kate” was revitalised a little.  We live in a celebrity obsessed society these days, much more so than before, and although we’re no more excited about William’s impending marriage to Kate Middleton as we were about the marriage of his parents Charles and Diana all those years ago, we are much more likely to feel the ripples of its cultural impact on our young expectant mothers because if this increased celebrity consciousness.

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Natural Ways to Induce Labour

It’s always a nerve-racking time when you know that any day now you will endure the life changing experience of child birth. And when the moment comes and nothing happens you can start to feel a little frustrated sometimes. This is why today we would like to discuss some proven ways to induce labour naturally.

You endlessly look online to see what other mothers have been through and how painful it was for them, until you come across the luckiest lady in the world who found it a total breeze and had no complications at all. The realisation of motherhood starts to become a lot more daunting once you reach your due date, especially if you haven’t even felt a slight twinge. You then reach the point where you go back online again and research all the weird and wonderful things you can get up to that will help to bring your labour along a little.

There are many tips that are very well known and some that aren’t so. Sitting there reading these old myths or theory’s you may begin to think why do I have to do these odd tasks? Will it even help in the slightest? Well, unfortunately we are not your fairy god mother, but we can help you understand why some of the daft sounding tasks may actually help you on your way, at least slightly!

Spicy food / Curry

So start with one that we all know and love, even if you are not pregnant, eating a generous portion of wonderfully spicy food, commonly the curry.

Although there is no proven evidence to support this theory many women do endure many curry takeaways to help bring on the looming labour. It is said that eating spicy food can begin to stimulate your tummy and therefore fuel your uterus into action, encouraging the start of labour.

However, if you do not eat spicy infused food, you may find that you will suffer with heartburn along with irritating your tummy and let’s say ‘bowel movements’, a point that may be worth keeping in mind when you’re about to push out a little baby. Whether it works for you or if you believe it actually works at all is completely up to you.

Pineapple

Does pineapple induce labour? Well, yes. Another type of food which is also meant to help encourage labour is a selection of exotic fruits. Again there is no scientific evidence to help support this theory but it is known that pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which is thought to help soften your cervix and therefore bring on labour.

Yet, there are not so pleasant side effects which will come with all of that pineapple eating, if you do eat a great amount; you may find yourself sitting on the toilet for a while. Other tropical fruits which also may work are kiwis, mango’s and papayas.

Walking

It’s the later stage of your pregnancy and all you really want to do is sit down on your sofa, watch T.V and devour pots of ice cream and tend to your ravishing cravings.

But if you have hit the point of your due date and there is still no arrival of your little one, you may have to get out and about for a nice little stroll. It is thought that the pressure of your baby’s head pressing down on your cervix from the inside could stimulate the hormone Oxytocin. Furthermore, the more time you spend upright, the more it will encourage your baby to move down into your cervix.

Having Sex

The one thing that you may want to do the absolute least, but having sex or even better, an orgasm has worked for many women who are desperate to go into labour and get the ball rolling. You may feel completely unattractive, or you may feel at your sexiest, but no matter how you achieve it, you may find it will help as many women swear by this method. Having an orgasm will help to release the hormone Oxytocin and help to stimulate your uterus meaning that you will begin to go into labour! Get creative with your partner, let them do the work!

Nipple Stimulation

Nipple stimulation or gently rubbing your nipples may help to encourage the start of contractions. The idea of this process is that it is meant to stimulate the suckling of a feeding baby. This action will help to release Oxytocin, the hormone which causes contractions and labour to start!

Castor Oil

Years ago, castor oil used to be prescribed by midwives and it is supposedly meant to have the same action as what curry does. However, this is one method which is no longer recommended by many people as it does not taste very nice and it also can greatly upset your stomach. Being stuck on the loo is never a great feeling when you are about to give birth.

Red Raspberry Leaf

Red raspberry leaf is another popular method for mum’s who are desperate to go into labour naturally. Either taken in a natural tablet from or tea, res raspberry leaf helps to stimulate the uterus and preparing the uterine muscles for labour, effectively vastly hurrying up the third part of the labour process. However, like many other methods of inducing labour, this has not been medically or scientifically approved.

Now, while you keep on waiting have a look at all the baby essentials and make sure you have everything ticked off for your baby’s arrival.

If you do not have any luck with all of the above, don’t worry! Your baby will come when it’s good and ready! Do you have any other tips for expectant mothers? Share the with us!

Why Choose Reusable Nappies

By the year 2213, two hundred years from now, many things will have adapted and changed. The world that we all know will almost certainly look as different as our world would to someone from 1813. Perhaps we’ll finally have hover boards, flying electric cars and personal robots as house servants who will rush around cooking and cleaning after us.  Perhaps we will be holidaying to Mars and may finally be out of a recession, however one thing which you might not imagine when picturing the world two centuries from now, is something which your baby used, still lying around.

It’s a staggering thought, but the future world in which your great great great great great great great granddaughter or son will live will still be coping with your child’s dirty nappies. Yes, disposable nappies, for all their convenience, take around two hundred years to fully breakdown. When you consider that your child alone is just one of thousands of babies in the UK today working their way through six thousand nappies each, it’s a colossal heap of nappies that is building up and it’s something worth having a little think about. Never mind the greenhouse effect, life on Earth might just keel over and wither away with that many dirty nappies warmly humming away. The problem is that disposable nappies offer many great conveniences and benefits, however washable nappies have had a very bad press and people are often too quick to dismiss the idea of reusable nappies based purely on assumptions.
So, let’s take a quick look and why people do not choose reusable nappies and why they are wrong on not to choose them!

A reusable nappy

Reusable nappies aren’t that bad!

One reason why people may distance themselves away from a reusable nappy is the fact that they think they are too difficult to get on and off again. Yet, the truth is that if you gave a reusable nappy to someone who has been used to disposable nappies, they may well find that they will not even notice the difference. In fact washable nappies nowadays are very easy and convenient to put on and some are now even pull-ups.
The next issue people have is that they have to be washed, but this is not a big issue. You can either choose to wash them or put it in the washing machine every 2-3 days.

Another problem people have with reusable nappies is the initial cost. At first, reusable nappies are more expensive than disposable nappies, at least at first but you will often find that supermarkets run discounts, offers or rewards for buying disposable nappies. But the truth is that any apparent saving is very short term and in the long run you can expect disposable nappies to cost at least £500 more than reusable nappies. Furthermore, today’s reusable nappies are designed to last long enough for two babies, which means that your second child (if you do have one) won’t ever cost you a penny in nappies, which will save you a heap of money.

If you’re not convinced to switch fully to washable nappies then simply use the high capacity minimum leak disposable nappies for the night time and the reusable nappies during the day when leaks are much likely. You’ll still be saving a fortune and with a young child, every penny matters.

 

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