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How to choose the size of the breast pump funnel

How to choose the size of the breast pump funnel

How to choose the size of your breast pump funnel? The breast pump provokes feelings of love and hate for the mothers who use it. It can be a great ally to maintaining your breastfeeding journey, but it can also be torture, especially if you do not find a pump that suits you well. Getting the funnel size right is the key to a pleasant and effective breastmilk extraction. And just in the same way as you buy shoes in…

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When a milk top-up is necessary (supplementing)

When a milk top-up is necessary (supplementing)

Many babies get “little top-ups” or supplements when they don’t need them. Milk supplementation is mostly associated with artificial milk, which can create problems for breastfeeding. Today we will talk about supplementing, when it is needed, if it is necessary and the best options of how to give them. What are “top-ups”, what is supplementing? These are variable amounts of milk, which are given to the baby once or several times a day after the usual breastfeeding sessions, to help…

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Breastfeeding Beginnings

Breastfeeding Beginnings

The beginnings of breastfeeding and the first hours of the infant are one of the topics that were discussed in the practical workshops of the I LactApp Medical Congress. In this article, we summarize the workshop of the LactApp midwife and breastfeeding expert Anna Manubens, who held the practical session ‘Assessment in the first hours’. In this workshop, we were able to get a very clear idea of the most important aspects to take into account when accompanying a mother-baby…

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THE RELACTATION PROCESS

THE RELACTATION PROCESS

Relactation is the re-establishment of breastmilk supply in a woman who has given birth, after milk secretion has significantly been reduced, interrupted or inhibited altogether, either because of inability or unwillingness to breastfeed after childbirth. Requests for help in relactation are common, it is a process in which women must be accompanied and they need to know very well the steps and actions to be taken to increase breast milk production while reducing the amount of formula offered to the…

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Formula Milk Shortage in the US: What to Do?

Formula Milk Shortage in the US: What to Do?

In the last few weeks, a formula milk shortage is happening in the United States. According to local media reports, the problem has worsened to the point that supermarkets, pharmacies and other retailers that sell baby formula are out of stock of these products, which are essential for feeding so many infants. A large number of bottle-feeding families now find themselves rationing the cans of formula they have at home, giving less than needed amounts, watering down bottles, and driving…

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Children’s Rights in Hospital

Children’s Rights in Hospital

The 13th of May marks the occasion of the International Day of the Hospitalized Child, so in this article, we would like to talk about the rights of hospitalized children. The hospitalization of a child can be a shock to families and their children. Additionally, if you are breastfeeding and/or have other children, this can be extremely difficult to manage. There are international agreements that protect hospitalized children and their families in this situation. The rights of hospitalized children are included in…

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Lupus and Breastfeeding

Lupus and Breastfeeding

Today is World Lupus Day and we would like to talk about breastfeeding with lupus. Worldwide more than 5 million people have this disease and nine out of every ten of them are women. Nutritionist Iria Quintáns Álvarez wrote this post, she is an expert in lupus as she suffers from this autoimmune disease herself. You can find her on Instagram @nutrienfamilia Lupus and breastfeeding Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly believes it should ‘attack’ its own…

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Racism and Maternity Care

Racism and Maternity Care

Institutionalised racism undermines the quality of health care for black mothers, who have a much higher mortality rate than white mothers, even when they have similar levels of education or socioeconomic background. African-American women living in the United States are nearly four times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than white women, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that while the mortality rate for white women is 12.7…

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International Day of the Midwife: Shortage of Professionals

International Day of the Midwife: Shortage of Professionals

Today marks the International Day of the Midwife! Congratulation to all midwives! Midwives are the best-qualified professionals to monitor pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care for low-risk births. Numerous studies show that having access to a professional midwife improves health outcomes for mother and baby. What differentiates a midwife from an ob-gyn/gynaecologist? Midwives are specialists in the normality of childbirth, while gynaecologists specialise in the care of pathologies or whenever risks and problems arise. As we said, a low-risk, physiological pregnancy…

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BLW or pureed foods: what does the scientific evidence say?

BLW or pureed foods: what does the scientific evidence say?

BLW or pureed food: is there scientific evidence to support the benefits of one method over the other? If a few weeks ago we wrote about the scientific evidence of BLW in relation to breastfeeding, now we focus on reviewing the published scientific evidence on infant growth and food intake of BLW babies compared to traditional spoon-fed babies.  BLW or pureed food One of the biggest fears that both health care providers and families have about BLW is that infants…

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