A 1000 Days Makes All the Difference

A Thousand Days Makes All The Difference

Every woman hopes to achieve have a healthy baby and if possible ensure the baby is healthy and strong throughout the growing years till adulthood, a lot of women, however, don’t know how to achieve this task which seems unachievable but yet is achievable if only we knew that A 1000 days makes all the difference. The first 100 days of a child’s life is very critical. Women do things during this critical period to

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Can Cesarean Section Affect Breastfeeding?

It is quite common to hear women who go through a cesarean section complain about not breastfeeding adequately or having difficulty with establishing breastfeeding. Cesarean births are associated with a delay in initiating breastfeeding. Cesarean births affect breastfeeding by delaying the initiation and establishment of lactation but not continuance which means you might experience a delay with your milk coming in but not with maintaining the milk supply. There needs to be a commitment to breastfeeding despite the manner of birth. Many mothers who go through a cesarean section usually feel like they failed as women

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Yellow Baby: Jaundice in the Newborn

I believe that in the care of the newborn it is very important that everyone involved in the care of the baby knows what to expect especially in the first few days of life.

A young mother comes to the primary health center 4 days after delivery, she complains that her baby has been sleeping non-stop and not even responding properly or interacting like a newborn would just very inactive also baby was not sucking from the breast well, the doctor made a diagnosis of Jaundice. The doctor, however, explained to her what Jaundice was and what treatment would be carried out she was referred to a general hospital as the primary health center do not offer that level of care. This woman was quite observant to notice on time to get treated early, I have heard other stories of babies dying from jaundice due to late diagnosis Continue reading “Yellow Baby: Jaundice in the Newborn”

Breastfeeding Basics: Breastfeeding Positions

Breastfeeding is a natural act, but like every other skill or natural act it needs to be practiced in order to have the best experience. Breastfeeding optimally involves getting a good latch and good positioning.  The common position most women are familiar with is the cradle hold, however, there are different positions to try to ensure optimal breastfeeding, they include:

Cradle Hold Position

This position is the most popular. Mother sits comfortably in upright position using good body alignment. Use pillows for support( body pillows, or standard bed pillows). Lap pillow should help bring the baby up to breast level Continue reading “Breastfeeding Basics: Breastfeeding Positions”

DIY Breastfeeding Station: The Nigerian Mum’s Guide

Breastfeeding station

There is one important thing I know about breastfeeding Which is you need to take your time when you want to breastfeed. You need to avoid distractions and get super comfortable so you and baby can enjoy every breastfeeding moment. The beauty of avoiding distractions and being comfortable during breastfeeding sessions is baby gets to feed well and get the proper amount of milk they need and the breasts are emptied

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Breastfeeding Basics: Getting the Latch Right.

Getting the latch right

The average Nigerian woman decides to breastfeed or wants to breastfeed. I am not talking exclusively just breastfeeding in general but I find that most have difficulty with establishing a steady milk supply and hence have to stop breastfeeding before 6months or have to introduce formula to breastfeeding. One of the things that affect achieving a steady milk supply is not getting your baby to latch properly on to the breast. So I asked a new mum just some minutes after delivering if she could breastfeed, all the relatives Continue reading “Breastfeeding Basics: Getting the Latch Right.”

DIY: ORAL REHYDRATION THERAPY (ORAL REHYDRATION SALT)

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This is the final post on the diarrhea series this month, the past two weeks has been about how to prevent diarrhea and the use of oral rehydration therapy to prevent dehydration in children, this post like I promised last week is the oral rehydration therapy with the use of the ORS sachet. This method too is as easy as the salt sugar solution if not easier because Continue reading “DIY: ORAL REHYDRATION THERAPY (ORAL REHYDRATION SALT)”