Did you know October 1-7th is breastfeeding week in Canada? Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually to promote the importance of breastfeeding, to encourage breastfeeding and to improve the health of babies. The theme this year is Sustaining Breastfeeding Together. Many families want to breastfeed. Parents want to give their babies the benefits of breastfeeding. For… Continue reading Breastfeeding – Together let’s make it work!
Hand expression takes time to learn but will become easier with practice. It involves no cost, is always available and can be done anytime and anywhere. If your baby is healthy use a clean glass or hard plastic container (BPA free) to collect your expressed breast milk. Clean means to wash in hot soapy water… Continue reading 5 Tips for expressing breast milk
A mom recently told me that she stayed away from drinking any alcohol when trying to get pregnant and throughout her pregnancy. She then shared “After I gave birth and going through those newborn stages of learning to feed my baby, changing diapers, finding a routine, lack of sleep etc… a glass of alcohol was… Continue reading Breastfeeding and Alcohol: Do they mix?
It is possible to breastfeed two babies at one time. This will take time and patience to learn. Breastfeeding two babies at once can save time and has the added benefit of increasing the hormones that tell your body to make more breast milk. At first many parents with multiples find it easier to breastfeed… Continue reading Breastfeeding multiples: Tips and positions to help you
Breastfeeding families often come to our clinics asking for help positioning their baby while breastfeeding. There are many different positions to try. These positions vary depending on many factors including your baby’s size, your breast size and shape and if you had a Caesarean birth. Some of these positions are called cross cradle, cradle position,… Continue reading Positions and tips for breastfeeding your baby
Having a good latch will help you make enough breast milk and help your baby to breastfeed well. It will also help prevent pain when breastfeeding. A poor latch can cause sore nipples, a hungry baby and a decreased breast milk supply. Some babies are able to latch on their own and others need some… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Latching Your Baby
Many new parents want to know if it is safe to breastfeed when they are sick. You may worry that you will pass your illness on to your baby. Your baby is exposed to your illness before you even realize you’re sick. In fact, your body has the virus before you start to show symptoms… Continue reading Is it safe to breastfeed if I’m sick?
Your breasts do not need any special care while breastfeeding. However sometimes breast and nipple problems can develop. Learning how to properly position and latch your baby can help prevent these problems. Here are some tips to help you care for your breasts and to prevent some common breastfeeding problems. General Breast Care Rinse your breasts with… Continue reading Caring for your breasts
After birth you and your baby will need time to learn to breastfeed. You will also need to look after yourself and your baby. Here are some tips: Make sleep/rest a priority Limit visitors, telephone calls and other interruptions during the early weeks Ask for help when needed Accept help when offered Family and friends… Continue reading How can family and friends make breastfeeding a success?
It’s normal for babies to cry. Did you know that babies cry an average of 2 to 2 1/2 hours a day? Crying peaks at 2 months then gradually decreases by the 4th to 5th month. Your baby may cry for long periods for no apparent reason. This does not mean your baby has colic.… Continue reading Why do babies cry?