Becoming a new parent is a major life change that is certain to come with rewards and a few learning curves along the way. For those who are vulnerable to postpartum mood disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.) support from friends, family and the community are all important in helping a new parent feel confident in this… Continue reading Infant feeding and my mental health
Thinking about how you will feed your future baby may be the furthest thing from your mind. After all, why would you think about feeding a baby if you don’t have a baby or aren’t pregnant yet? Studies show that most parents decide how to feed their baby before they are pregnant. Deciding early about… Continue reading Tips to prepare for breastfeeding before and during pregnancy
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
There may be times when feeding your baby at the breast is not possible. You may need to express breast milk if: Your baby is having difficulty with latching Your breasts are too hard for your baby to latch You want to give your baby breast milk when you are away from your baby You… Continue reading Feeding Your Baby Expressed Breast Milk
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
Now that it’s getting warm & sunny out you may be asking – does my breastfed baby still need a vitamin D supplement? Yes, even though it’s spring and soon it’ll be summer, it’s still recommended that a breastfed baby under two years old get a vitamin D supplement every day. Though it’s true that the body… Continue reading Vitamin D and your baby: What you need to know
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