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Smoking while breastfeeding: is it better to stop?

Smoking while breastfeeding: is it better to stop?

Let’s talk about smoking during breastfeeding. No one doubts that smoking is a toxic habit and that tobacco addiction represents a major health risk for the smoker. It also affects those around you if you don’t take precautions, turning them into passive smokers. But what happens during pregnancy and breastfeeding? A big question that arises is what to do if you want to continue smoking while breastfeeding. What is better: to continue breastfeeding or give artificial milk to the baby?…

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Breastfeeding and sleep – I need to sleep!

Breastfeeding and sleep – I need to sleep!

Breastfeeding and sleep – are they connected? Why doesn’t my baby sleep better? Will they start sleeping better if I wean? Is there anything I can do to improve their sleep? When your baby wakes up what seems to be a thousand times a night and doesn’t allow you to rest, these questions often come up. Fact: babies must wake up. It is healthy and safe for them to do so. But for us and our bodies to rest, whether…

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Separation of mother and baby in the first hours after birth

Separation of mother and baby in the first hours after birth

After birth, the newborn (NB) expects to be reunited with their mother. But what happens when a separation of mother and baby in the first hours after birth is necessary? The first contact is made through skin-to-skin contact with the double objective of favouring the adaptation of the newborn and initiating breastfeeding if the mother desires to do so. However, there are situations that prevent this skin-to-skin contact from happening or extend over time,, usually due to a separation between…

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Lip Out Technique(II): uses in treatment

Lip Out Technique(II): uses in treatment

The Lip Out technique, developed by the pediatric physiotherapist and IBCLC and director of Grupo Aúpale, José García Morales, is a diagnostic and treatment tool for breast latch sealing during breastfeeding. José García, trained in this technique in the LactApp Updates. This article summarizes the first part of the session. The Lip Out, which we remind you, consists of removing the infant’s lower lip in order to observe the tongue and assess whether it is able to maintain the vacuum….

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Lip Out Technique (I): Classification and Use Case in Diagnosis

Lip Out Technique (I): Classification and Use Case in Diagnosis

Last February a lactation update session for professionals entitled “Physiotherapy in BF, Lip Out as a diagnostic tool and treatment of the seal” took place in LactApp. It was given by José Luís García-Morales, pediatric physiotherapist, IBCLC and director of Grupo Aúpale. Lip Out refers to an evaluation technique and treatment of the alterations that the tongue may present in the oral sealing function for breastfeeding. The technique consists of removing the infant’s lower lip in order to observe the tongue and…

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How safe is BLW?

How safe is BLW?

How safe is BLW? One of the biggest fears with Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) for both, families and healthcare professionals, is the risk of choking. It is sometimes perceived that this method might lead to more choking incidents in babies who are fed solid pieces of food from day one without being spoon-fed. For this reason, much research on BLW has focused on whether or not this method of initiation of complementary feeding increases the risk of choking or suffocation.  Kahraman…

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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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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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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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