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

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!

From Birth to Bringing Home – A Guide for Expectant Mums

It’s a nerve-wrecking time when you are expecting you’re first born. It’s all excitement and endless showers of gifts and goodies for your unborn but it soon fly’s round to the ninth month and realisation hits. No more eating for two or catching up on some much missed day time T.V, you need to organise the all-important hospital bag and make sure that when you return home, everything is ready and waiting. A daunting yet exciting experience for all who is involved, so why not make it a little easier on yourself and make a little list of everything that you will need from birth to bringing home.

Waterless Wash Kit
After giving birth you don’t always feel like getting dolled up, plastering your face with make-up and curling your hair. You’re tired, and all you want to do is sit and cuddle your beautiful precious little one. This is where the Waterless Wash Kit comes in handy for you! No water or a rinse is required, just simply towel dry in the comfort of the bed. This is also perfect for mothers who may have had a caesarean or a difficult labour, as getting up and walking to the shower can be quite painful and uncomfortable.
Waterless wash kit for mums
Wash Kit – £8.99

Electric ADVENT Breast Pump
Breastfeeding is always a tricky situation for any new mum, especially if you are not sure whether in fact you do want to breast feed or not. The best time to get any hands on advice is when you are at the hospital.Take a breast pump with you and see what feels more naturally suited for both you and your baby. Don’t be scared or embarrassed to ask for some help or advice!
Breast Pump
Philips AVENT Electric Breast Pump – £79.50

Sleeved Bib
Feeding your baby is always going to be a messy task and it will be for the next few years. It seems a shame to put all of your newly bought baby throws all in the wash straight away just because of a few spills when you could protect your baby from any falling or spilled food with this fantastic sleeved bib! Perfect, less washing for you!
Sleeved bib
Sleeved Bib – £9.90

Baby Changing Unit
Once you go home with your newborn there is going to be plenty of dirty nappies that will need changing! It’s always best to have a Baby Changing Unit, not only for the obvious, to change your baby, but to change your baby in comfort and to also keep all of your nappies, wipes, bags, and clothing all organised in one easy to reach place.
Easy peasi changing
Cosatto’s Easi Peasi Changer – £113.50

ADVENT Breast Pads
Unfortunately one of the down sides of having just giving birth is the unfortunate leaking breast situation. Never a nice feeling for new mums, for after all the other important concerns you have on your mind with a newborn, leaking breast is just another irritation to make you feel even more self-conscious than ever before, right at the time when you need to be confident and happy. So worry no more, all you have to do is purchase yourself some breast pads and you will no longer have to worry!
Breast pads
MAM breast pads – £7.99

Of course there is much more that you will need to ensure sure that your baby is cared for in the safest possible way, the list could be endless. But we thought we would put together a little snippet of things you may not have thought about .

Breast Pumps – Manual Or Electric?

No one would argue with the old adage that ‘breast is best’ when it comes to feeding your baby. Breast milk contains so many hugely important ingredients which can help protect a baby from a wide range of problems and illnesses, as well as providing the much needed goodness for growing and developing.

But for mothers it isn’t always possible to ensure that breast milk is available ‘on tap’! If you need to restore a little sanity by popping out for an evening, or you need to work, you may have to rely on a breast pump to ensure that a ready supply of breast milk is available for whoever is looking after your baby to use.

The two basic options are manual and electric, but which is best? There’s no ‘right’ answer as to which is best, but as a rough guide you’ll find that for regular use an electric pump is quicker and easier, whilst a manual pump is quieter, lighter and cheaper.

If you’re breastfeeding your child whilst using a pump a smaller, quieter manual pump is often less distracting, whereas some electric pumps can mimic suckling for more effective extraction of milk, and even draw milk from both breasts at the same time.

If you’re not yet sure whether you’ll need to use a pump, it’s probably best to go for a manual pump, moving to an electric pump at a later stage if you find the ability to have milk available in advance very convenient.

If you think you’ll need to use a breast pump quite frequently then an electric pump may be easier to use whilst also suckling your baby on the other breast. However, it’s best to do this from the very beginning as some babies don’t take well to having to share you with a machine if they aren’t used to it.

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