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newborn

Child HealthParenting
October 8, 2018

Common breastfeeding questions, answered

How soon should your baby start feeding? Is it normal for latching to be so painful? How often should you breastfeed? Breastfeeding doesn’t come naturally to all new mothers. Here’s what you need to know to breastfeed with confidence. 1. How soon should you start breastfeeding your baby? Having your baby latch onto your breast within the first hour of giving birth is strongly recommended. This is because your baby is most alert in those first few hours and the latching reflex is also at its strongest. Breastfeeding soon after birth has several other benefits: The skin-on-skin contact helps create…
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Child HealthParenting
September 18, 2018

How to produce more breast milk

Being a new mother can be scary! Even more so, if you a low milk supply. There are different reasons for this condition, including waiting too long to start breastfeeding, not breastfeeding enough, breast surgery and certain medications. Other factors may include premature birth, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure and maternal obesity. If you're struggling with producing enough milk for your baby, here are some things you can try: Latch on If your baby has a poor latch, he’ll struggle to remove the milk from your breast. To check that your little one is latched on properly, make sure his mouth…
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Pregnancy
November 13, 2017

Wait! Don’t wash your newborn yet!

After nine months, your bundle of joy has finally arrived and is now ready for your love and affection. Just before you can get to cuddle time though, the nurse is ready for a little wash and dry. But is washing your newborn really necessary? Don't be so fast! Bathing dos and don’ts The waxy coating on your newborn’s skin (vernix caseosa) is the wax that develops in the womb. It contains loads of benefits for your baby when it’s left behind or even rubbed in. The coating is filled with amino acids, proteins, and antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds. According…
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Pregnancy
April 26, 2016

Recovering after childbirth

You’ve done it! After 9 months of ups and downs, body changes and anticipation, you’re going home with your new baby! It’s exciting and your new-born is taking up all your attention, but don‘t forget to look after yourself. You may have been told that your body will be back to normal in 6 weeks, but it takes a bit longer to adjust after pregnancy and birth. Getting rest and taking care of yourself are vital steps to getting both your strength and energy back. Here are some key steps: Watch out for problem signs. If you develop a breast…
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Recipes
May 5, 2014

Food for breast feeding moms: Chickpea and pesto salad

When you have a new baby, spending lots of time in the kitchen is the last thing on your mind! However, while you’re breast feeding, it’s very important for you to take care of your health, and keep your strength up. When you’re breast feeding, your body provides your baby with everything it needs. And although it’s important to drink plenty of water and other sugar-free drinks while breast feeding, eating a variety of healthy foods is just as important. If you’re looking to lose some of your pregnancy weight, then don’t start dieting as soon as your baby’s born;…
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