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Introducing Solids

  The World Health Organisation (WHO), currently recommend 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding and then the introduction of solids while breastfeeding continues. Exclusive breastfeeding means no other food or drink.   It is important to note there has been no good evidence to suggest there is any greater incidence of allergy in babies not fed solids until 6 months compared to those who are introduced to solids at 4 or 5 months. In addition, it should be recognised that allergy is not the only consideration in timing of solids. There are also nutritional issues, risk of illness, risk of the baby receiving too little breastmilk and developmental readiness to be considered. Many people think that risk of illness from formula-feeding or dirty solids is only...

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Engorgement Tips

Take an anti inflammatory medication Drain the breast – Breastfeed at least 8-12 times in 24hrs. Make sure the latch is correct and use breast compressions Reverse pressure softening Heat only for a few minutes prior to a feed, ice post Wear a supportive bra Green cabbage leaves – up to 20 mins no more than 3 times a day as they can decrease supply.  

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Shooting pains between feeds

Check your nipples for colour change ie white or purple If they change colour the cause may be Raynauds Rule out a bacterial infection – if you see pus or a yellow scab on the nipples or healing is slow see a medical professional. Bactroban is the ointment of choice to nipples but you may need antibiotics if this isn’t enough Rule out thrush – burning nipples and shooting pains Thrush treatment – nilstat drops for baby and miconazole cream to nipples

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How to Increase your Supply

A combination of these are going to get the best result. Breast stimulation is the MOST important and effective way to have a good milk supply. Deep Latch - If you don't have a good latch you won't remove milk well and hence your body know to make enough. Feed Frequently - Feed 2-3hrly during the day; no more than 4 hrs overnight Double pumping after a feed - 10 mins straight after MOST feeds. The Bellema Effective Pro is great at Increasing Supply Power pumping - This is when you pump for ten minutes, rest for ten minutes, and so on, for a total of 60 minutes making up the ‘power hour.’ (This can be done a few times a day.)

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