Common Breastfeeding Problems

Common Breastfeeding Problems

Common Breastfeeding Problems

Nature intended for mothers to breastfeed but when nipples start to hurt and breasts become too heavy to carry, breastfeeding may not feel natural at all. Breastfeeding should not hurt and if it does it’s usually because the baby isn’t latched on properly. This is a common problem faced by many new and experienced breastfeeding mothers but rest assured there are solutions.

Overcoming the breastfeeding blues

Overcoming the breastfeeding blues

Overcoming the breastfeeding blues

I consult with a lot of women in my clinic who are first-time mothers that are struggling to breastfeed.Often, their child is very unsettled and not sleeping, and the mother comes to me feeling rundown, weepy and generally struggling to cope. This is not an uncommon picture for many new mothers. There is much pressure […]

Nutrition whilst breastfeeding

Nutrition whilst breastfeeding

Overcoming the breastfeeding blues

Continue with your good eating habits for breastfeeding is yet another stage in your life that demands high nutritious foods and energy intake. Breast milk quality is maintained at the expense of the mother therefore it’s important that you meet your nurturing needs to safeguard your health and the health of your baby. The fat stores laid down during pregnancy will contribute some energy for breastfeeding although the majority of additional energy is met by increasing your intake of nutrient-dense foods. Overweight women who restrict energy intake and participate in moderate activity to result in a loss of 2 kg per month during early postpartum are unlikely to affect their breast milk production and infant growth.

Breastfeeding and its many benefits

Breastfeeding has many benefits. On a health and nutritional level, breast milk is likely to provide all the nutrients your baby needs, and protects your baby from certain diseases. On a psychological level, breast-feeding promotes a special loving bond between you and your baby, and many women feel very emotional whilst breastfeeding. These benefits explain why The National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) recommends that babies be exclusively breastfed for six months, with gradual introduction of complementary food and continued breastfeeding thereafter.

The top 10 must have micronutrients

We all start off as just one cell (a zygote). From that, inside the mother, the cell rapidly divides into billions and billions of cells which become specialized (eg. muscle, nerves, bone, skin, organs etc). So when you think about it, cell division and surrounding pathways are crucial for optimal fetal growth. These mechanisms don’t […]