Bringing a new life into the world is such a wonderful and life changing experience. While the birth of a new baby is usually filled with happiness and excitement for most, some new mothers also experience a range of emotional challenges during the postpartum period. It is crucial to know about postpartum mental health issues, […]
What is breast refusal? Breast refusal, also known as breastfeeding aversion or nursing strike, is when a baby, for whatever reason, suddenly refuses to breastfeed. This may cause parents to believe that their baby is weaning from the breast or that something is wrong with them or their milk. Breast refusal can be very distressing
How much weight should a breastfed baby be gaining? The number 1 question and worry in breastfeeding parents are usually “how do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?”. This question is usually followed by the answer “ensure baby has adequate amounts of wet and dirty diapers and is gaining enough weight.” But
Growth spurts What is a growth spurt? A growth spurt is a time during which your baby has a more intense period of growth in both height and weight. This will cause them to feed much more frequently, sleep either less or more than usual and become both fussy at the breast and fussy overall.
Cluster feeding What is cluster feeding? Cluster feeding is when your baby feeds very frequently, so much so that the feedings are ‘clustered’ together. They seem to feed almost continuously over several hours, often in the evening or early hours of the morning but it can occur at any time during the day or night.
The fourth trimester What is the fourth trimester? The fourth trimester is the 12-week period immediately after you’ve given birth. This is a time where great physical and emotional change happens for both you and your baby. Your baby now has to adjust to life outside of the womb, and you now have to adjust
Making more milk – Galactagogues What is a galactagogue? A galactagogue is a substance that is believed to increase the milk supply. There are both herbal and pharmaceutical galactagogues available. It’s important to note that research regarding the effectiveness and the safety of galactagogues to both the mother, baby and the milk supply itself, lack
How long should children really breastfeed for? There’s no right or wrong answer here, every breastfeeding dyad will reach the end of their journey when they’re ready. Sometimes a parent may be ready before a child is (parent-led weaning) and other times a child will be able to wean when they’re both physically, mentally and
Is it safe to swaddle a baby? What is swaddling? Swaddling a baby means to wrap a baby tightly in a blanket. This usually restricts their limbs from too much movement. A swaddle holds the baby in the same position snug and tightly. This is soothing to babies and reduces the natural more (startle) reflex.
Do babies need water? This is a question most parents will find themselves asking sooner or later, especially on a really hot day. There may also be a lot of people out there with a lot of misinformation who may believe that babies do need additional water, as they may find it hard to believe