It’s a big question for a lot of new mommies, can I go back to work and still breastfeed my child? The resounding answer is happily ‘yes’, you will just need a little preparation to make it a successful transition. You will need to invest in a good breast pump and a double pump will be best. If your office has a nursery, you will … Continue reading Can I Breastfeed After I Go Back to Work?
Over the last few weeks we have been exploring the topic of breastfeeding. Today we investigate the let-down reflex and how to make sure yours is working well. Stress, anxiety, baby blues, and post partum depression can interfere with your let-down reflex. The let-down reflex is your bodies natural release of milk into the milk ducts, triggered by hormones that are released when your baby … Continue reading The Let-Down Reflex – Breastfeeding
It’s a big worry for a lot of new moms. The question, is my baby getting enough milk? It’s a question which tends to create stress for new mummies during what should be a beautiful period in a mother’s life, is worrying about producing enough milk. It’s very rare for women not to produce enough milk but it may take a while for you to … Continue reading Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk? – Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is a beautiful bonding experience. The benefits appear to extend into the rest of both the child and parents lives. Before a feeding, always first wash your hands. To start breastfeeding settle into a comfortable relaxed position, either seated or lying down almost, but not quite flat, turning from one side to the other or changing the child’s position from one side to the … Continue reading Breastfeeding Techniques
Tis the season to be jolly! Uhm… that could depend on how you tackle your next road trip with kids in tow. Traveling with kids may not always feel like that much of a holiday. So be prepared! Try to make the journey enjoyable for everyone. I can hear the ‘Mommy are we there yet” line ringing in my ear. I therefore went searching and … Continue reading Hacks For Travelling With Kids these Holidays
It’s an exciting time in life preparing for the birth of a little life to come into your life. If you have made the decision to breastfeed your new infant once they are born there are a few things you can do to prepare for their arrival. Staying healthy is the best you can do to prepare your body for breastfeeding. You can also learn … Continue reading Preparing to Breastfeed
Last week we looked at how easy it is breastfeed and noted that there are some challenges that women face when breast feeding. Today we look at some of the physical challenges that may arise. When making the decision to breastfeed, it’s a good idea to review the possible challenges with your partner so that should these challenges arrive your well informed partner can provide … Continue reading What are Some of the Common Challenges of Breast Feeding?
I am fortunate enough to have a husband who is a very involved father. Like most mothers, I tend to be the one who worries about meals, bed times, laundry, discipline, structure and routines. My husband is the one who is more likely to fool around with our children being silly and creating laughs. This is probably why he came up with a fantastic way … Continue reading The Body Bath Time Song
Last week we looked at the benefits of breastfeeding, but how easy is it to breastfeed? It’s supposed to be easy and natural, and for many new moms this is indeed the case, but just as many find it quite hard to get going. While a healthy newborn naturally has active sucking and rooting responses. For the infant this means they can start feeding immediately … Continue reading How Easy is it to Breastfeed?
For many new mummies, the decision to breastfeed at first appears to be a difficult one. Many people struggle with the idea that they will breastfeed their newborn. The idea itself is foreign. For myself I certainly experienced this feeling. In day to day society breastfeeding in public is only recently becoming acceptable. There is a lot of contradictory information in the general media. They … Continue reading Is the Breast Best?
Bathing is not just about cleanliness, it’s also a wonderful bonding experience for both parent and child. For any care provider in fact, bathing can strengthen not only the care providers bond with the child but from a developmental view point, beyond simply strengthening bonds, experiences in the first year of life which teach the child that he or she can trust care providers and … Continue reading Infant Care Routines – Bathing a Newborn – Topping and Tailing
Add Moisture During the winter months, we use the heating systems in our homes almost constantly. This not only drys out the air in our homes, it can dry out our bodies as well. Add a little moisture back in the air in the form of steam. A great option is to leave your child’s bathroom door open during a hot bath to let the … Continue reading Keeping Your Little Ones Comfortable This Winter
Its a very common question and one a lot of parents tend to struggle with, how do I wean my toddler off the night feed? Don’t worry, you are not alone in feeling like giving a bottle or breastfeed is the only and/or quickest way to get your toddler back to sleep when compared to what can feel like hours of crying or sitting with them. Those … Continue reading Weaning Advice
Remember how much you marveled at your baby’s smooth skin? Don’t let the sun destroy that beautiful canvas. Ultraviolet sunlight damages the skin and can lead to wrinkles and cancers later on. There is no such thing as a healthy tan; a tan is a sign of sun damage. ALWAYS put sunscreen on your child before going outside. Make a fun game out of it. … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Sun Protection for Your Children
Of course your toddler is drawn to a shiny, colorful screen that responds to her touch by lighting up, moving, and making noise. No doubt you’ve figured out that your iPad can magically captivate and occupy your tot during waits at the doctor’s office and long car rides. Good for you for giving her fascination real thought, but you can lose the guilt on this … Continue reading Pro’s and Con’s of Ipads, Tablets and Phones for Little Ones