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Breastfeeding Report 2021 – Return to Work

Breastfeeding Report 2021 – Return to Work

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! We celebrate #WorldBreastfeedingWeek2022 from the 1st to the 7th of August. The non-governmental organisation World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has been organising this event for 30 years to raise awareness of breastfeeding, and this year’s theme is “Step up for breastfeeding – Educate and Support”. To mark this special week, we have published a report on returning to work and breastfeeding. The report is our annual report on the state of breastfeeding around the world, and…

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Do I need to give my baby water?

Do I need to give my baby water?

Depending on where you are, it is starting to get hot and you might wonder what you should do. Adults are advised to be careful with their hydration and increase the amount of water they drink to stay well hydrated, but what about babies? Should we offer them water too or is this not necessary?  Here we answer all your questions! Firstly, recommendations about offering water to a baby are very different depending on whether your baby is older or…

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Can I get a tattoo while breastfeeding?

Can I get a tattoo while breastfeeding?

Many mothers would like to get a tattoo during their breastfeeding journey that represents their own motherhood as a lasting special memory. They would like to commemorate their maternity and breastfeeding journey and so have a special tribute to their motherhood. In this post, we answer any doubts you might have about the topic. Can I get a tattoo while breastfeeding?This question is sometimes difficult to answer because tattoo studios, at least most of them, do not specialise in breastfeeding…

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“I am so glad I found the right funnel size”

“I am so glad I found the right funnel size”

Today we share a story sent to us by Sara, a LactApp user who could relate to one of our last articles. The post was about how to choose the right breast pump funnel size. Here is her experience: Hello, first of all, I wanted to let you know that I love your app. On more than one occasion it has helped to give me peace of mind, so thank you. I just read your article about breast pump funnel…

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Visiting a new baby

Visiting a new baby

Here we have put together some basic guidelines for visiting a new baby that you can share with your family and friends so that when they come to meet your newborn, it is clear to them. You can adapt and modify them to your liking, but we are sure that they will be useful for you to set the boundaries to your surrounding, which you will need when they are visiting your newborn baby. Ask permission before going to visit…

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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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First hours in breastfeeding

First hours in breastfeeding

The first hours of life are important for the initiation, establishment and maintenance of breastfeeding. It has been widely demonstrated. What makes it so important? The first latch creates a lasting impact on the newborn in the way she/he latches onto and suckles at the breast. As for early initiation, although it has not been explicitly evaluated, evidence suggests that there are positive benefits influencing higher breastfeeding rates at discharge and in its duration. As healthcare professionals, how can we facilitate…

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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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Pain and nipple shields: review of a research study

Pain and nipple shields: review of a research study

Pain and nipple shields: when professional techniques to reduce pain in breastfeeding are not effective, the use of nipple shields can be considered one of the resources for nipple pain management. It is well known that pain, and especially sore nipples, are one of the leading causes of women stopping to breastfeed earlier than they planned to do so (1). To reduce pain, professionals who accompany mothers in their breastfeeding journey should evaluate and help mothers to improve their breastfeeding…

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Massage after frenectomy: review of a scientific publication

Massage after frenectomy: review of a scientific publication

Today we would like to discuss the topic of massage after frenotomy in this review of a scientific publication. Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) due to the presence of a short lingual frenulum is a fairly common occurrence in newborns, with an estimated overall incidence ranging from 4 to 16% (1,2). A frenotomy is a surgical procedure performed in infants when other less invasive treatments for tongue-tie, such as improving breastfeeding technique, promoting postures that allow a deep latch such as laid back…

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