Kamis, 25 Januari 2018

Australian Breastfeeding Association

The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is an Australian organisation interested in the promotion of breastfeeding and protection of nursing mothers, was founded in Melbourne, Victoria in 1964 as the Nursing Mothers' Association, with the aim of giving mother-to-mother support to breastfeeding women, Australia's leading source of breastfeeding information and support.

Mary Paton founded the Nursing Mothers' Association with five other mothers in Melbourne after having difficulty breastfeeding her first child. There was a lack of support and accurate information about breastfeeding. The ABA had over 10,000 members by 1973.

In 2001, NMA changed its name to Australian Breastfeeding Association. At 2016, over 350,000 people have been members.

In 2015 the ABA launched the Breastfeeding Friendly Environments program to provide support to mothers returning to work. In Australia, during January 2014, Melbourne tech startup Small World Social collaborated with the Australian Breastfeeding Association to create the first hands-free breastfeeding Google Glass application for new mothers. The application, named Google Glass Breastfeeding app trial, allows mothers to nurse their baby while viewing instructions about common breastfeeding issues. The trial was successfully concluded in Melbourne in April 2014 and 100 % of participants were breastfeeding confidently.

Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?

At least 6 very wet cloth nappies in 24 hours. Strong, dark urine suggest that the baby needs more breastmilk and you should seek medical advice.

An older baby is likely to have fewer bowel movements than a young baby. Formed bowel motions suggest that the baby needs more breastmilk and you should seek medical advice.

It is however normal for babies to have times when they feed more frequently, also normal for babies to wake for night feeds.

The first bowel motions a baby has are black and sticky. The Normal Nappies Chart contains further information and pictures about newborn nappies.

Rabu, 24 Januari 2018

8 Breastfeeding Covers That Will Make Everyone Around You More Comfortable

There’s so much news lately about women breastfeeding in public and people being shocked and offended by it. This is why I have taken the time to round up some of the most effective covers I could find, that will make the experience of breastfeeding in public more comfortable for everyone.

1.    Udder Covers Porter Print.  Stainless steel d-rings allow fully adjustable neckline.

2.    A special breastfeeding cover.

3. Breastfeeding Cover Scarf. Protects from sunlight, summer heat, wind & breezes while maintaining your privacy.

4.    Baby Blinds Breastfeeding Cover. Comes with a matching carrying bag.

5.    A chic nursing cover.

6.  Boppy Infinity Nursing Scarf. An adjustable strap means the scarf fits and covers perfectly when it's time to nurse.

7.   Kyapoo Baby Nursing. High quality, modern and trendy fabric, washes easily and folds compactly.

8.    Hooter Hiders cover, delivers with its Rigiflex neckline.

Selasa, 23 Januari 2018

7 Breastfeeding Surprises!

Get a load of these little-known things that can happen to you when you’re nursing your baby. Breastfeeding is beautiful, natural, and sometimes just completely baffling and bizarre, an amazing gift mums give to their babies. No one warns you about the strange and amazing ways that nursing a baby will affect your life. Many mums run into a host of problems before they get used to breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is natural, sure, but it's not intuitive.
1.  Heard about the breast crawl? It’s the phenom where a newborn baby placed on the mum’s belly will shuffle his way up to her nipple by smell and try to latch on. A baby only starts to crawl at about 6 months! But seriously, most babies are born with an innate instinct to suckle, though it is stronger in some babies than others.
2.  Sore nipples and chafed skin are just several discomforts new mums have to endure during the early weeks of breastfeeding. It felt icky to me, and I hated that my breasts got engorged, sore and they leaked unexpectedly,” says Constance Soh, mum to Ella, 1.
3.    If your milk is greenish, it’s probably because you’ve been eating more green foods.
4.   You may feel “high”. Many mums say that feel exceptionally calm while nursing their babies. Other mums feel kind of “high” ― this feeling is probably brought on by the oxytocin and prolactin released when the baby suckles.
5.   The changes your breasts goes through. You’ll start to see the changes even when you are pregnant: your areola gets darker and the skin gets thicker, while your breasts and nipples enlarge. Don’t fret ― the changes simply prepare you to breastfeed. Darker and more prominent nipples help your baby locate the milk source, while the thicker skin provides some protection from injuries and chafing.
6.  They’re lopsided. You may find pretty early on that your baby prefers latching on one breast compared to the other. Since a higher demand triggers your milk supply, the preferred breast tends to fill up with milk faster, and the other doesn’t get engorged quite as often. It’s completely normal ― due to hormonal shifts, your sex drive can tank when you’re breastfeeding.
7.  Your baby can bite. Even newborns are known to chomp down pretty hard on their mum’s nipples, causing an immense amount of pain! You see, babies with zero teeth still have pretty strong jaws. 

14 Breastfeeding Myths—And the Truth!

Here are common myths about breastfeeding—busted!

1. If you have small breasts, you won't produce enough milk to feed your baby. Truth: Size doesn't matter! "The breast tissue you need to nurse a baby grows in response to pregnancy regardless of your breast size," says Judith Lauwers, I.B.C.L.C., a spokeswoman for the International Lactation Consultant Association. So rest assured that whether you're an A or D cup, your breasts are capable of providing your baby with the milk she needs.

2.    You won't be able to breastfeed if you've had breast-augmentation or breast-reduction surgery. Truth: Not necessarily. "These days, implants are usually inserted near the armpit or under the breast tissue or chest muscle, which shouldn't interfere with breastfeeding," says Carol Huotari, I.B.C.L.C., manager of the Center for Breastfeeding Information at La Leche League International. 

3.    You must eat only bland foods while breastfeeding. By the time the foods you eat have been digested and used to make breast milk, the potentially upsetting elements have been broken down and shouldn't affect your baby at all. In other words, if you eat cabbage, it's unlikely that it will make your baby gassy. If you indulge in some spicy salsa, your baby probably won't refuse to nurse. As Haldeman of The Pump Station says: "Women in India eat really hot curry and their babies still breastfeed. And there is research that shows babies actually prefer garlicky milk." Many breastfeeding moms swear by the wait-and-see approach: Don't alter your diet at all and see if your baby has a problem. "If necessary, keep a food diary, and if your baby is fussy two to 12 hours after you've eaten a certain food, cut it out of your diet for a while," Huotari says.

4.    You need to nurse every two hours around the clock—no more, no less—to make sure that your baby gets enough to eat. Truth: Babies' eating patterns are as individual as those of their parents. You can schedule a weight check with your pediatrician if you're worried that your baby isn't getting enough to eat.

5.    If you give your baby bottles of pumped milk, she will refuse the breast. Truth: Most babies switch between breast and bottle with no problem.

6.    You shouldn't nurse if you have a blocked duct. "It usually happens when the baby's nursing patterns change and the breast becomes overfull," Lauwers says. "For instance, when a baby starts taking longer naps, eating solid foods and sleeping through the night, she may nurse less frequently, which can lead to blocked ducts." Besides frequent nursing, applying heat—in the form of a heating pad—before nursing can help clear a duct. "It's not going to hurt your baby."

7.    A breastfed baby won't sleep through the night until she starts eating solids. Truth: Your baby will sleep through the night when she's ready. That said, breastfed babies do need to be fed more frequently than formula-fed babies in the early months because breast milk is digested more quickly than formula. "As long as your baby is getting enough to eat, she'll sleep for as long as she's meant to sleep."

8.  Breastfeeding is a reliable form of birth control. Truth: If you're not ready to be pregnant again, don't rely on breastfeeding for birth control. However, if you're breastfeeding exclusively, if your baby is younger than 6 months and if your period hasn't resumed, the so-called lactation amenorrhea method can be 98 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. "But if all three of those criteria are not met, or if you're letting your baby use a pacifier, breastfeeding should not be used as contraception," Lauwers says.

9.    Once you go back to work, you'll have to wean. Truth: Hogwash! "If you commit to pumping, you can give your baby breast milk for as long as you wish," Haldeman says.

10. Breastfeeding your child for more than one year makes weaning difficult.Babies are individuals, and some just want to nurse longer than others," Lauwers says.

11. Your boobs will forever look like tube socks. Truth: Some women may notice a change in the shape of their breasts after breastfeeding, but pregnancy, not just nursing, is the culprit.

12. It'll make your baby clingy and dependent. Truth: Quite the opposite. "Studies have shown that babies who benefit from the attachment of breastfeeding tend to be more independent later in life," says Bettina Forbes, a certified lactation counselor and cofounder of the Best for Babes Foundation, an organization dedicated to changing cultural taboos that surround nursing.

13. You can't take any meds. Truth: While some medications are verboten because they could pass through your breast milk to your baby, Berens says many are just fine.

14. Exercise will turn your milk sour. Truth: Not as far as your baby is concerned. recent studies show that babies don't notice any difference.

Senin, 22 Januari 2018

2 Breastfeeding Tips in Public

If the fear of stares or overexposure has you and Baby housebound, follow these steps to become a virtuoso at nursing confidently.
1.   Wear a nursing bra -- they have clever flaps and latches you can open with one hand. Practice nursing in front of a mirror, both seated and standing.
2.    Have a Stress-Free Latch-Off. Switching breasts? Position your shirt as if you're closing up shop, reposition baby and start feeding.
9 Breastfeeding Secrets

1.    Line up help. "Consider meeting with a lactation consultant or another nursing expert before you have the baby. She can share tips that will help in the beginning, and you'll know whom to call if you have a problem. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, or IBCLCs, have had the most intensive training." --Dee Kassing, IBCLC, a lactation consultant in the St. Louis, Missouri.

2.    See the real thing.  "If you have a friend who's nursing, ask if you can watch. If not, attend a La Leche League meeting or another breastfeeding support group where you can see moms feeding their babies." --Jessica Claire, IBCLC, a lactation consultant in Los Angeles.

3.     Tell the hospital what you want. "Ask whether you can keep your baby in the room with you at all times if possible. Rooming in will help you bond with your baby, learn feeding cues, and better establish breastfeeding." --Laurie Jones, M.D., IBCLC, a pediatrician in Phoenix and founder of DrMilk.org

4.    Don't wait to get help.  "If the nurse in the hospital says your latch 'looks great' but it still hurts, call a lactation expert (IBCLC). If your doctor says your baby is not gaining enough weight, call. If your nipple is injured, call. If your gut says something isn't right, speak up. You can save yourself weeks and weeks of pain and trouble." --Jaye Simpson, IBCLC, lactation consultant in Sacramento, California.

5.   Encourage a mouthful.  "If you're breastfeeding sitting upright, bring your baby to your breast once his mouth is completely open. Press between his shoulders firmly to bring him to you, while you support your breast. Your nipple will fill the roof of his mouth. If it still hurts after the first few sucks, de-latch and reposition." –Brown.

6.   Don't push the back of your baby's head. "That triggers his instinct to resist and chomp down. Instead, put your hands at the nape of your baby's neck, and bring him swiftly to your breast." --Leigh Anne O'Connor, IBCLC, lactation consultant in New York City.

7.     Try a nursing stool. "It can help give you more of a lap, especially if you're short, and it takes the pressure off if you've had an episiotomy. When I watch a mother use one, I can see right away on her face how much more comfortable she is." --Brown.

8.    Get the right fit. "A lot of mothers don't realize that pump flanges come in different sizes. If the standard shields that come with your pump are too tight or too big, you won't pump as much milk and you could even cause damage. A lactation consultant can help you choose the right ones." –Claire.

9.   Resolve tongue-tie. "If you're having pain even though your latch looks great, ask a lactation consultant whether your baby may have tongue-tie. A specialist can treat the problem." –Jacobsen.

"Most babies will bob over and self-attach with a great deep latch," says lactation consultant Jessica Claire. 

Minggu, 12 November 2017

5 Breastfeeding Selfies We Love

Expectant Parents

These classes will keep you fit mentally and physically throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
1.     Baby Care Workshop. For expectant parents. Please pre-register. 6:30-8:30 pm. M $50 per workshop per couple. NM $55 per workshop/couple. 
2.     Preparing Your Marriage for Parenthood. Groups form as needed. 
3.     New Parents, can start this class any time. 
4.     New Parents Stroll-In (Drop-In). Tuesdays, Ongoing, 1:15-2:45 PM. 5-Class Punch Card: M $65, NM $80. Single Session: $20. Trial $17.
5.     Sunday Stroll-In (Drop-In). 5-Class Punch Card: M $75, NM $90. Single Session: $20.
6.     Yarn Babies! Mommy and Me Knitting Class. Fall Class Date TBD.
7.     Infant/Child/Adult CPR with AED Certification. Babies under 8 months are welcome.
8.     From Pair to Parents: A Workshop for Couples with a New Baby. Bring the baby, too!
9.     New! Caregiver and Me (Drop-In). A happy, healthy, well cared-for
caregiver makes a happy, healthy, well-cared for baby! Fridays, ongoing
10:30-11:15 AM. No class 2/24, 4/15. 5-Class Punch Card: M $75, NM $90. Single Session: $20.
10.  Mommy and Me Barre Workout (Drop-In). Wednesdays, Ongoing, 1-1:45 pm. M FREE, NM 5-Class Punch Card $80. Trial $17.
11.  New Baby, New Body! New Mom's Fitness Class (Drop-In). Thursdays, Ongoing, 1:00-2:00 pm. M FREE, NM 5-Class Punch Card $80. Trial $17.
12.  Postpartum Pilates with Baby (Drop-In). Ages 2 months-12 months. Tuesdays, 11:00 am–12:00 pm. M FREE, NM 5-Class Punch Card $80. Trial $17.

13.  Mommy and Me Yoga (Drop-In). Fridays, 12:15–1:15 pm. M FREE, NM 5-Class Punch Card $80. Trial $17.