Your breast milk is LIVE! Just like human blood, breast milk is a living fluid containing a range of germ killing substances, healthy bacteria, antibodies, white blood cells, antimicrobials and cell wall protectors and proteins that offer protection against bacteria and viruses.
As mothers, we have all heard about the undisputed benefits breastfeeding has for our children. New research continues to provide evidence about the magic of mother’s milk and how it provides our babies with the best start to life. Breastfeeding our precious little ones is like giving a gift that lasts a lifetime. But did you know that when you breastfeed, you are also giving a gift to yourself? Breastfeeding provides incredible short- and long-term benefits for mums, and here, Breastfeeding Counsellor, Emily Brittingham explains 10 of these.
A good breakfast is essential for breast feeding mums to stay healthy and focused, keep energy levels at bay, consume enough calories, get a range of nutrients, and even help with weight loss. Skipping breakfast can affect our hormones and body functions. Here, Registered dietician, Tammy Mond explains why breastfeeding mums shouldn't skip breakfast and which foods make up a healthy breakfast.
As soon as your baby bump begins to show you will be bombarded with advice. Some of it is helpful, some is out of date because newer research has shown some of the old ways may not be safe and some advice is just bat shit crazy. Whatever advice you hear, it’s probably well-meant but it can play havoc in your mind, ‘could there be something in this?’ even if you can’t imagine following it with your precious baby. But how do you filter it and what do you do when it's unhelpful?
Pinky McKay is Australia’s most recognised breastfeeding expert (you’ve probably seen her on the telly), best-selling author of four books on parenting, breastfeeding and baby sleep, as well as being an entrepreneur and the creator of Boobie Bikkies lactation cookies. Boobie Bikkies were created in 2012, and now export internationally.
One full content baby! My little darling is 16days old now and She has gained 470grams since birth and I believe the boobie bikkies are the reason why! I could never get this far with breast feeding with my sons!
Are you curling your toes in pain at each breastfeed? Are you becoming anxious and dreading every feed because you know it will hurt like hell?
Often one look can tell us what’s causing nipple pain and what you can do to fix it and make breastfeeding the relaxing, natural experience it is meant to be... see this checklist and what will help beat the pain.
Sophie has just found out she’s pregnant. She’s excited but anxious. You see, she’s still breastfeeding her 14 month old, Mia, and she isn’t ready to wean. However, she’s concerned about how breastfeeding will affect her pregnancy and her unborn baby.
Holidaying with kids is…how can I put this? It’s…well, let’s just say it’s different to previous holidays you may have taken with friends or as a couple without kids. And by different, I mean, you may feel like you need a holiday to recover from the ‘holiday’ you just had. Add a breastfed baby into the mix and it’s a whole new ball game where your expectations may be quite different to what really happens!
Here, three mums share their journeys of bringing in milk to breastfeed their babies: one who brought back her milk after medical weaning; one who brought in her milk to breastfeed a foster baby and a mum who induced a milk supply without a pregnancy so she could share breastfeeding when her partner birthed their baby.
It is possible to introduce or reintroduce your baby to the breast when breastfeeding was not established from birth, or if you and your baby have had a break from breastfeeding. In fact, our bodies are so amazing that even if a woman did not give birth to her baby, it is possible for her to breastfeed an adopted child or a child born to a surrogate mother.
I see many women ( both new and experienced mothers) who set themselves extreme standards of nurturing and housework yet completely neglect their own well-being. It seems to be a reflection of the expectation (either external or self-imposed) that now you have a child, you don’t matter. Of course a helpless baby needs to have his needs met but a hungry mum, affected by low blood sugar and exhaustion isn’t up to making good decisions or meeting her baby’s needs
For a new mum, the holiday season can be overwhelming and exhausting. It can also impact your milk supply and may mean that your baby, sensing your own stress, becomes increasingly unsettled. Then, as relatives ask, ‘are you sure you have enough milk?’ your self-doubt increases and you reach for the bottle. This is often described as ‘holiday weaning’.
But please take heart, we have top tips for you to beat holiday ‘boobie traps’ so you keep your boobs full and your baby at the breast.
Unrealistic expectations, pressure to be the perfect mum and too many ‘rules’ are making mums overthink – and blame themselves when they don’t have a ‘good’ baby. The first question every new mum is asked will be ‘is he a good baby?’ This will be followed by, ‘how does he sleep?’ Is it any wonder mums are asking, ‘am I screwing things up?’
"I was super pleasantly surprised to find THEY ACTUALLY WORKED!!! Since coming home with our new little lion cub, my first solo outing was heading out to my local wholefood market to stock up on Boobie Bikkies!! "
While there are certainly conditions that may create challenges to breast-milk supply, such as PCOS, diabetes, retained placenta, low thyroid or iron levels and a condition called Insufficient Glandular Tissue (Breast Hypoplasia: red flags include a lack of breast development during puberty and pregnancy and/or tubular shaped breasts that are widely spaced), there are also a lot of booby traps around low supply that have mothers reaching for the bottle.
Even if you have a medical condition that means you are having a hard time, you don’t need to ditch your nursing bra just yet.
It's the little tablet which breast feeding mothers suffering mastitis are buying up big. A probiotic called Qiara was launched on the market by small Melbourne business Puremedic about two years ago and has experienced a 500 per cent increase in sales in the last year.
You have most likely heard very good reasons to breastfeed: boosting baby’s immune system; providing breast milk that changes to meet your baby’s needs; a lovely way to bond and allowing instant comfort for an unsettled baby.
Another important reason to consider breastfeeding is evidence that it can reduce your own and – if you have a baby daughter – her risk of breast cancer too.
Derived from ancient Greek language where ‘galacta’ means milk and ‘algogos’ mean leading, a galactagogue is a substance that helps to lead milk from the breast. Galactagogues aim to build, maintain or enhance milk supply in breastfeeding women. You may also hear galactagogues referred to as lactogenic substances. There is evidence to suggest that galactagogues and lactogenic substances have been used for thousands of years, or more accurately, from the very beginning of time.
Women in Australia have never been more educated than today. They are also having babies later in life (the Australian median age for first time mums is 31.2^) which means they are much more accomplished before motherhood than ever before. Working mothers take the cake!
Most of us know about and are aware of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. There is third type though; gestational diabetes which isn’t as well known, but it seems to becoming more prevalent. Gestational Diabetes (GD) occurs in almost 10% of Australian pregnant women. Registered Dietician, Tammy Kacev explains what is gestational diabetes, diet and preventative measures.