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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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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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 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”
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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New dads have a vital role to play in supporting their partners during breastfeeding. You might think well I don’t have the breast and I can’t breastfeed so how am I supposed to help? So I am here to help you with that. Did you know that women are more likely to breastfeed longer when they have their partners support them? Continue reading “Daddy Series: How to support your partner with Breastfeeding.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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Baby poop milestones are basically the changes that occur or the progress with the stool of your baby as he/she breastfeed. These changes are quite significant they tell you what to expect each day and you know when your baby is Continue reading “Baby Poop Milestones”
Oral rehydration therapy is the use of oral re hydration solution for the treatment of dehydration, dehydration can occur due to diarrhea or vomiting. Diarrhea is one of the causes of death in under five children, deaths due to diarrhea is however preventable through Continue reading “DIY: ORAL RE HYDRATION THERAPY (SALT-SUGAR SOLUTION)”