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Breastfeeding and Covid-19

  The RCOG states that ‘person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza (flu) and other respiratory pathogens spread’. It continues, explaining that the virus has not been detected in breast milk, ‘however we do not know whether mothers with COVID-19 can transmit the virus via breast milk’. The CDC advises mothers with flu to continue breastfeeding or feeding expressed breast milk to her child ‘while taking precautions to avoid spreading the virus to her infant’. 'A woman and her partner can be kept together with the baby following birth, as long as the baby is well and does not require care in a neonatal unit,'...

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Galactogues

  Galactagogues are foods, herbs or medications that may help to increase breastmilk supply. The use of a galactagogue requires consultation with a lactation consultant and/or medical adviser. Most mothers are able to produce more than enough milk for their baby(ies), especially when accurate support and information is obtained. The majority of mothers who think that they have a low milk supply problem actually don’t. By far, the most important way to establish and then maintain a good milk supply is for breastmilk to be removed often and well. This is commonly referred to as the supply and demand basis of breastfeeding - meaning the more milk removed from your breasts (and the more often), the more milk they'll make and vice...

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Choking, suffocation and strangulation prevention

Some great advice from RCH https://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Safety_Choking_suffocation_strangulation/   Young children are naturally curious and are always exploring their environment. From as early as two months of age, babies start putting things in their mouths. Touching, feeling and mouthing any small item within reach is how babies and young children learn about their surrounding environment.   Babies and toddlers have small airways that are easily blocked. In addition, their reflexes are not well developed and their bodies are not very strong, so they may have difficulties getting themselves out of trouble.   If your child is choking or having trouble breathing, call an ambulance immediately.   Common hazards around the home   There are a number of items in and around the...

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Kama’s Story

  My daughter was born on the 6th of September. I was so absolutely determined to breastfeed her as I had failed with my first many years before. We started of going fabulous, or so I thought. By 48hours my girl had dropped almost 10% of her birth weight and was no longer having wet nappies. I freaked and saw history repeating. The midwives at our aftercare were amazing and we got my girl hydrated with alternative methods. After a slow two weeks of BF with formula top ups she was having minimal weight gains I decided to start giving my girl formula and pumping (no latching) in between to provide her two feeds of breast milks a day. Come...

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Healthy Food Ideas while Breastfeeding

  Breakfast: Smoothies - My go to is Banana, dates, almond milk and LSA Overnight oats  Eggs   Lunch: Eggs - I usually have an omelette or scambled eggs Chicken Salad Leftovers   Dinner: Chicken or Fish with Salad OR Asparagus, Brocolli and Carrots   Make sure you drink plenty of water too!   A yummy sweet treat is Dr Libby's brownie its delicious. Let me know if you would like the recipe :)

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