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How do I know if my baby is hungry?

How do I know if my baby is hungry?

When you first become a new mother, one of the biggest worries is knowing when your baby is hungry. The two main worries of any new family are knowing why a baby is crying and knowing if she or he is hungry. If only they arrived with a manual! So how do I know if my baby is hungry? Babies can cry for many reasons: they might be bored, sleepy, hungry or lonely. But the good news is, that no…

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New ABM recommendations on mastitis

New ABM recommendations on mastitis

In the previous blog article, we reviewed the differences in the definition of mastitis between the new ABM protocol on mastitis (protocol #36: The Mastitis Spectrum) and the old protocol (#4: Mastitis). In this article, we summarise the changes or updates from the new protocol on the recommendations for the management of mastitis and its different related disorders. It should be noted that the new protocol provides general and specific recommendations for all possible conditions within the mastitis spectrum. This…

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Waring signs after birth

Waring signs after birth

Do you know what the warning signs are after birth? After giving birth, you will be discharged between 24 hours and 2-3 days if you have given birth in a hospital. You will likely not see a health care professional again until some days later, depending on your local care plan. In some places, this can even be weeks after birth. Therefore, would you know what symptoms you need to look out for, where you should visit your midwife or…

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The ABM protocol on mastitis

The ABM protocol on mastitis

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) publishes protocols to make it easier for health care professionals who care for breastfeeding mothers to stay up-to-date and promote best practices in care for breastfeeding mothers and their children. In 2014 the Academy published a protocol on mastitis, the ABM Clinical Protocol #4: Mastitis (1), written by Dr Lisa Amir, who has also been one of the speakers in the 1st LactApp Medical Congress last May. This year, the ABM has published a…

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“Breastfeeding hurts, but I have been told the latch is ok”

“Breastfeeding hurts, but I have been told the latch is ok”

So many times mothers come to us with this situation: “Breastfeeding hurts, but they say the latch is ok. They’ve checked everything and they tell me my baby is latching on well”. And that’s when we dissimulate and realise how difficult it is to combat the persisting myth of normalizing pain. Breastfeeding has to be pleasurable and effective, breastfeeding does not hurt, sore nipples are not normal, and pain always indicates that something is wrong. We would not have gotten…

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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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Black Breastfeeding Week

Black Breastfeeding Week

From 25th to 31st of August, we are celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week! This event has been organised for the past 10 years, calling for breastfeeding support to be based on racial equality, cultural empowerment and community engagement, driven by the collective resilience of the black community. Kimberly Seals Allers is one of three black maternity activists who launched this project 10 years ago. She is an acclaimed and award-winning journalist and considered one of the leading voices of the counterculture…

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Is it possible to maintain mixed feeding?

Is it possible to maintain mixed feeding?

In this article, we will explain what mixed feeding is and how it can be maintained. Mixed feeding is when the baby is fed by a combination of breastmilk and bottle feeding. There are many reasons why you might choose to combine both ways. Whatever your reason, here we will explain some important issues to keep in mind that can help you to solve some of the most common problems. If you would like to maintain mixed feeding, but you…

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Breast pump and mastitis, is there a relationship?

Breast pump and mastitis, is there a relationship?

Are breast pumps related to mastitis? There is no doubt that breast pumps are a very useful tool for nursing mothers and their use is very popular, especially for preparing milk banks for breastfeeding. Studies suggest that breast pumps may cause mastitis because they can cause damage to the breast parenchyma and the nipple-areola complex if a correctly sized funnel is not used, if the suction is too high or if the mother uses the pump for an excessive amount…

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Nipple ischemia during breastfeeding

Nipple ischemia during breastfeeding

Nipple ischemia in breastfeeding (vasospasm) is a phenomenon that occurs in certain situations. Raynaud’s syndrome, or intermittent ischemia, typically affects the extremities of the body (fingers and toes). It occurs in 20% of women between 21 and 50 years of age. Its symptoms are blanching (becoming white) of the area (local vasoconstriction) followed by cyanotic discolouration, ending with erythema (local vasodilatation). Other added symptoms are pain, burning, numbness, pricking or stinging. Nipple ischemia during lactation is underestimated. It can occur after…

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