At the breastfeeding clinic, I have quite a few new parents expressing their concerns that their baby may be having diarrhea. I hear “my baby’s stool is liquid and runny” or “my baby has a bowel movement every time I change their diaper”. On the other hand, some parents are not so concerned when their… Continue reading Is my newborn baby’s runny stool normal or is it diarrhea?
As a nurse, many parents express concerns like “My baby seems to be sucking at the breast but I am not sure if he is actually drinking my breast milk”. Often clients show up at the breastfeeding clinic asking for advice about what a good breastfeeding looks like. A good breastfeeding can look very different… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Signs that your baby is swallowing breast milk effectively
During the early days after birth, some babies and mothers need time to learn to breastfeed. Your baby might be sleepy and may need some help to feed. You may need to wake your baby to breastfeed; holding your baby skin-to-skin or changing your baby’s diaper can help to wake your baby. As you baby… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Watch your baby not the clock
Do you find your baby comes on and off the breast several times during a feed, leading you to believe that you may not have enough breast milk to satisfy your baby? Is your baby very fussy or cries a lot when trying to breastfeed? While breastfeeding can you hear your baby loudly gulping breast… Continue reading Breastfeeding: Oversupply or forceful let-down? 10 tips that may help
Emergency situations often occur when we least expect it and with no time to plan. They are unpredictable events that can leave your family without electricity, clean drinking water, and transportation. You may not be able to cook, prepare food, or access grocery stores. Your normal life is disrupted. These events can be the result… Continue reading Breastfed babies are ready for emergencies
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?