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”

DIY Breastfeeding Station: The Nigerian Mum’s Guide

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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.

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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.”

HOW TO USE CABBAGE LEAVES TO RELIEVE BREAST ENGORGEMENT

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In my previous post HERE  I talked about breast engorgement and the various ways of relieving it such as expressing and use of cold cabbage leaves. This post is a continuation to that post and I decided to talk about how to use cabbage leaves to relieve engorgement. Cabbage basically is a common vegetable and it is easily accessible.  Cabbage leaves can be used  to help relieve swelling and relieve the pain and discomfort that comes with breast engorgement. There is really no known property within the cabbage itself that has shown to help relieve the swelling and pain or if the swelling goes down because the cabbage leaves are acting as a cold

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Exclusive breastfeeding and the working mum

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Being a career woman  and juggling motherhood is not quite easy, then you have to couple it up with breastfeeding your baby. Being  a first time mum, it can be quite overwhelming cause it is a new experience and all. During antenatal classes we are being encouraged to breastfeed for six months and taught all the wonderful benefits of breastfeeding by the midwives and it seems all easy but in reality with all the work and having just 3 months for maternity leave , Is it possible to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months? Yes you can, it is very possible, you have to be committed to it. I must tell you it would not be easy and there would be times when you would want to give up. Juggling work and breastfeeding requires good planning and commitment, I have a few tips to help you juggle work and breastfeeding.

 

  • Get support

You need all the support you can get at this time. By support I mean your significant other (husband), family, friends or a nanny to help with the baby. If your significant other has a flexible job schedule (lucky you) he can help with feeding the baby. Before leaving for work nurse your baby and then express adequate milk for baby pending the time you would be away from baby. I knew of a breastfeeding mother who was a student, she takes her mum along with her to school and when it is break time she goes down to nurse her baby or excuses herself to nurse her baby. It can work for some all you need to do is find something that works for you.

  • You should consider expressing your milk

Expressing your milk is another option that you can consider. Once you express you refrigerate and warm up when it is time for baby to feed, if you can get a breast pump invest in one it saves time and even better if it a hands free breast pump. During the period of pumping you can multitask, you can get that presentation done during this time or send those emails you have to send through you phone or laptop.

  • Talk with your boss

Talk to your boss about your plans to breast feed, you might not think it necessary but if want to convince your boss that breastfeeding would not interfere with work you would have to talk to them. What if your boss is a male and he doesn’t understand? You can start by hinting him early about your plans to breastfeed and explain how you can make up for the time that you lost at work to breastfeeding or use your break time to breastfeed.

  • Get a crèche close to work

This can be an option mum’s who don’t have anyone to stay with baby at home. Get a crèche close to work and put your baby there, when you on break at work you can walk down to the crèche and nurse your baby and pump if time permits and you would be back at work in no time or whatever time you can arrange with your boss, you can also arrange with a colleague at work to help cover for you when you would be away.

  • When you are with baby nurse don’t bottle feed : your baby is best at stimulating your milk supply
  • Consider working from home or bringing the baby to work if that is a viable option.

 

Anytime you want to give up remind yourself of all the wonderful benefits of breastfeeding and it would motivate you to keep going.

 

n.b: Next post would be on proper storage of expressed breast milk don’t miss it .

 

Natural baby skin care products

So this day at the clinic, I saw this baby and what attracted me to her was the  reddened peeling skin with rashes, I was quite sad  because that would be very uncomfortable for the child. I later found out that it was as a result of the baby oil the mother used which was fake (can you imagine??). It got me thinking that even if the oil wasn’t fake there are cases similar to this which doesn’t involve fake products. The chemical used for most of the baby products in the market are not mild on their skin. The best products doesn’t have to be the most popular or most expensive ones in  the market but the ones that contain natural and water based ingredients which are Hypoallergenic (that is causing causing few or no allergies).
  There are natural products such as essential oils, Shea butter, coconut oil which can be used for baby’s skin. They are good and have few or no reactions. I recently found a brand with hypoallergenic products for baby skin and I decided guy to share. The brand is Dudu Osun and their products include :
The Moisturizing lotion

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After service one Sunday, I went baby hunting( love babies) and I carried one of  my babies, I perceived a very nice odour went to ask the mum what she used for the baby and I  discovered it was the Dudu Osun moisturizing lotion .
It contain Shea butter, camwood extracts, and coconut oil derived triglycerides. It absorbs easily, non-greasy , smells good a mix of the coconut oil and the shea butter and it also moisturizes the skin which is one of the most important things in baby skin care.

The Shea butter

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This is pure Shea butter no additives , its saves the stress of trying to identify the real or fake Shea butter in the market. Shea butter has a lot of uses such as prevention of skin irritations, I use mine for my natural hair. The best part is mummy and baby can use it.

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The black soap

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The soap is made from pure honey, Shea butter, camwood, aloe vera, lime juice. The natural constituents makes it good for baby’s skin and you have lesser reactions.
These products are very affordable and both baby and mummy can use it.

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