Why we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2020

Why we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week 2020

It’s World Breastfeeding Week and we would like to celebrate you! This year has seen the most important global health crisis in modern history. What did this mean for breastfeeding mothers? Maybe you are a mother who has given birth in this pandemic, many of you completely alone in hospital without their partners. Birth plans have changed, some places have seen all home births cancelled and some mothers decided that “freebirthing”, unassisted childbirth at home, was the only option for…

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Warning signs for an under 15 days old breastfed baby

Warning signs for an under 15 days old breastfed baby

When you have your first baby and are breastfeeding, at the beginning everything is new. So it is very easy to miss important warning signs, because it can be quite complicated to distinguish what is normal from what is not normal. When should you go and see your health care professional? In the following we will discuss any doubts or fears you might have and list important warning signs and when you should get checked out by a health care…

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How to prevent sore nipples when breastfeeding

How to prevent sore nipples when breastfeeding

It seems that most women assume that breastfeeding is painful during the first few days or even believe that it is necessary to wait for the nipples to “toughen up” but this is not the case at all. Nipple damage should not be part of breastfeeding as well as pain should not be part of breastfeeding.   What are sore nipples? Sore nipples from breastfeeding are wounds of bigger or smaller size to the nipple: at the front, sides or…

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What Your Baby Learns in the Womb to Prepare for Breastfeeding

What Your Baby Learns in the Womb to Prepare for Breastfeeding

Women, orcas and female primates, are the only ones among all mammals who have to learn how to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is not something that comes spontaneously, it is natural but not instinctive and it also depends on the culture and society you live in.   But what about babies? Is breastfeeding a learning experience for them too? Babies learn how to breastfeed during pregancy in the womb, because biologically breastfeeding is key to the survival of our little ones. They are…

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Skin to Skin – the Golden Hours after Birth

Skin to Skin – the Golden Hours after Birth

A human baby is born totally helpless. It needs its mother to survive: her food, her arms, her body, her temperature, her sound, her presence. When a baby lies on her mother’s body, she feels safe, knows she is protected and can relax. Today we talk about that skin-to-skin contact, which even sounds like a medical treatment and which is actually what humanity has been replicating throughout its existence as part of our survival strategy as a species. What is…

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Your baby’s three-month growth spurt: questions and answers

Your baby’s three-month growth spurt: questions and answers

As many of you know, a growth spurt, or sometimes also called a breastfeeding crisis, is a response to a clear increase in milk demand from the baby, who asks to breastfeed at all times and may be nervous, irritable and seemingly insatiable. Coincidentally, these increases in demand occur around the same time to all babies. This shows that it is a common, biological and necessary behaviour, that most of us go through. Some mothers may not notice it, but…

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10 tips to prepare for breastfeeding while pregnant

10 tips to prepare for breastfeeding while pregnant

No one would think of driving a car without preparing to do so. First, we have to study the theory, then take a few (and sometimes many) driving lessons and then we still neet to to gain experience and start driving many times, before we can change gears without thinking about it and only then everything will start to flow automatically. The same happens for breastfeeding, we really should prepare for what is to come, prepare for your breastfeeding journey….

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Eating during lockdown

Eating during lockdown

Your nutrition during coronavirus times: recommendations by our dietitian and nutritionist Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have been in lockdown and self-isolation for some weeks now, in many parts of the world. This situation of confinement has broken all our daily routines. It is a very new situation for all of us and we might notice, that these changes are affecting us, on a psychological level and also in the way we eat: our eating habits and…

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“I am exposed to coronavirus in my job and I am breastfeeding”

“I am exposed to coronavirus in my job and I am breastfeeding”

Many of you are nurses, nursing assistants, doctors, cleaners and hospital food workers in this current health crisis, who are in daily contact with people who have COVID-19 or are suspected of having it and are also breastfeeding. First of all, we would like to say a big Thank You, thank you for everything you are doing, thank you for taking care of us and for taking care of our loved ones. Thank you for staying by our side in…

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Your baby’s growth spurt at 15-20 days

Your baby’s growth spurt at 15-20 days

If you have a baby between 15-20 days, you may notice that she is more restless and very fuzzy at the breast, doesn’t let go at all or wants to feed all the time, she may even have a milk reflux from the large amount she is drinking. It is very likely that you feel that something out of your control is happening and you feel confused or scared by this behavior of your newborn. Maybe you are imagining the…

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