How To Increase Your Milk Supply With A Bowl Of Oatmeal.

Oats is a meal of nourishing goodness, bursting with lots of fibers. If you want to go on a diet or lower your cholesterol level oats is your go to meal. However, did you know you could also use it to increase your milk supply?

There is no scientific evidence regarding how oatmeal really increases milk supply. It, however, seems to work for some women. It is also recommended by lactation consultants to help in increasing milk supply.

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Oats contain a high concentration of saponins, it is an immune stimulating compound which may help increase levels of prolactin. Prolactin is a very important hormone for milk production in breastfeeding mothers. Oats are also packed with proteins, vitamins, and minerals such as iron which makes it a healthy choice for breastfeeding mothers.

 

Low level of irons in the body (anemia) of the breastfeeding mother can decrease milk supply, oats have lots of iron in it. So it would make a lot of sense to eat oats to increase the iron levels and in turn, increase the milk supply.

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One bowl of hot oatmeal every day would do the trick.  You can also try foods which contain oats like oat cookies, works for some women and doesn’t for some, but you have to try first and see it works for you.

 

Its a win- win for all, mummy gets to be healthy and baby gets all the milk they want and needs to grow.

 

 Sharing excites me, Take a bowl of delicious oatmeal today and share your experience with me

 

HOW TO PREVENT TOXAEMIA IN PREGNANCY

 

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Toxaemia is a condition that arises only during pregnancy,  also popularly known as pre-eclampsia.  I have a previous post on High blood pressure in pregnancy in pregnancy and the various types of high blood pressure in pregnancy.

Pre eclampsia is one of the types of high blood pressure in pregnancy, it can lead to eclampsia or kidney damage over time. It is usually screened for during each antenatal visit (this is why antenatal visits are very important) by checking your blood pressure and testing your urine for proteins.

It is common for first-time mums and can happen at any time in the second half of pregnancy, during labor or even up to six weeks after delivery. I used to think that pre-eclampsia only occurred during pregnancy till I heard of stories of women who didn’t have pre-eclampsia throughout pregnancy until after labor and delivery, and some who develop during labor hence it can occur anytime.

It can become very severe quickly and sometimes it progresses slowly, if left untreated it can lead to dangerous health problems for you and your baby.

It can become very severe quickly and sometimes it progresses slowly, if left untreated it can lead to dangerous health problems for you and your baby.

HOW WOULD I KNOW IT IS PRE-ECLAMPSIA?

Some of the common signs of pre-eclampsia include:

  1. Swelling of the legs, sometimes puffiness of the eyes, swollen hands such that wearing your wedding band becomes so tight and uncomfortable
  2. Severe or a persistent headache.
  3. The presence of protein in the urine.
  4. High blood pressure.
  5. Weight gain
  6. Other signs would include vision changes including double vision, blurriness, light sensitivity, Intense pain tenderness in the upper abdomen. Nausea and vomiting, difficulty in breathing.

WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT PRE-ECLAMPSIA?

  • Ensure you don’t miss antenatal appointments. It is usually detected by your midwife during the routine antenatal check-up.
  • Avoid excessive salt intake.
  • Avoid  getting stressed as much as possible, stress can cause blood pressure to increase.
  • You can check your blood pressure by yourself at home if you have access to a digital blood pressure machine weekly to ensure you blood pressure is below 130/90mmhg, if you detect an elevated blood pressure rest for 30 minutes and check again if it is consistent call your midwife or doctor immediately to alert them of what you noticed.

Note: not all women with pre-eclampsia have swellings in the legs or rapid weight gain and not all women with rapid weight gain have pre-eclampsia.

How To Survive Lagos Toilets Without Infections.

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I was talking with a couple of friends recently and something brought up the toilet infection topic.  I actually found out that people were still having infections regularly and I was thinking in my head like I haven’t even had one episode of toilet infection in years, my last episode was like in secondary school that I remember and am actually not exaggerating this, so I thought to myself maybe I should just share my secrets so I came up with a few. Continue reading “How To Survive Lagos Toilets Without Infections.”

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)”

HOW TO PREVENT DIARRHOEA IN AN INFANT

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Diarrhea occurs when stools contain more water than normal. Diarrhea is also called loose or watery stools; frequent passing of normal stools is not diarrhea. The number of stools passed in a day varies with the diet and age of the child. In many regions diarrhea is defined as 3 or more loose or watery stools in a 24-hour period .How do you know is diarrhea? First you need to know what a normal stool pattern is for your baby. Usually their stool pattern is dependent on the die, when they start eating solid foods the stool starts to firm up. One way to know if your baby has diarrhea is when your baby passes stool more than usual and the stool is looser, more watery than usual. The danger to diarrhea is dehydration; you have to ensure your baby is always hydrated.

Causes of diarrhea

Diarrhea can be caused by the following:

Viral infections such as rotavirus, influenza.

Bacterial infections

Parasites

Too much juice

Allergy from food

Signs of Dehydration

-sunken eyes

-in young babies, a sunken soft spot (fontanelle) on their head

– Few or no tears when they cry.

– A dry mouth.

-Fewer wet nipples.

-Dark yellow urine.

Treatment

-Give oral rehydration salt solution and keep breastfeeding If the baby is still breastfeeding.

-Ensure nipples and feeding bottles are properly washed and sterilized; this helps to prevent the growth of bacteria.

-If diarrhea should persist after 14 days, that is persistent diarrhea, ensure you see your doctor.

ANAEMIA IN PREGNANCY

imageAnemia is a medical condition in which there is not enough healthy oxygen supply to the tissues in the body. When the tissues do not receive an adequate amount of oxygen, many organs and functions are affected. Pregnancy increase the risk of developing anemia due to increased amount of blood being produced in the body. Anemia in pregnancy can be a mild condition and easily treated if caught early on. However it can be dangerous, to both the mother and baby if it goes untreated.

What causes anemia in pregnancy

The main cause of anemia  in pregnancy is due to the increased volume of blood in the body.

What are the types of anemia?

There are over 400 different types of anemia, but some are more prevalent in pregnancy. The most common experienced types of anemia are : 1) iron deficiency anemia 2) folate deficiency anemia

  • Iron –deficiency anemia: it is the most common type of anemia during pregnancy , this type of anemia is due to a lack of iron in the body to produce red blood cells.
  • Folate-defiency anemia : this is due to a lack of folic acid in the body which is why folic acid is a common supplement taken by pregnant women. Folic acid also helps to reduce neural tube defects.

How would I know I have anemia?

Some of the signs and symptoms of anemia include: tiredness, lack of energy, shortness of breathe, noticeable heartbeats, pale complexion, headache, an altered sense of taste, feeling itchy, hair loss.

What the effects of anemia?

Anemia is especially a concern because it is associated with low birth weights, premature births and maternal mortality.

What can I do to prevent anemia in pregnancy?

It can be prevented by taking recommended iron supplements and folic acid supplements, eat foods rich in iron such eggs, meat, fish, nuts and seeds.

Sources

American preganancy association. www.americanpregnancy.org