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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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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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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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Breastfeeding on demand?

Breastfeeding on demand?

Breastfeeding works on demand, which means that there is no need for the baby or the mother to wait for a certain amount of time between feeds. The knowledge related to breastfeeding was gradually lost with the introduction of the bottle-feeding culture in our society. What was worse is that practices associated with bottle feeding were simply applied to breastfeeding. Although it later became clear that this was not necessary, bottle-feeding was introduced with a regular schedule, and this mistake…

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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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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 base…

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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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HOW TO OFFER ADDITIONAL MILK TO A BABY WHO IS NOT GAINING WEIGHT (SUPPLEMENTATION)

HOW TO OFFER ADDITIONAL MILK TO A BABY WHO IS NOT GAINING WEIGHT (SUPPLEMENTATION)

How to offer additional milk to a baby who is not gaining weight? It is likely that the first thing that comes to your mind is a bottle. But if you have previously looked for information it is also likely that other methods such as finger-syringe, cup and spoon will come to your mind. Choosing one of these methods on how to offer additional, supplemental milk, either expressed or artificial, to a baby who is not gaining weight can be…

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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 fussy at the breast. She doesn’t let go at all or wants to feed all the time, she may even have milk reflux from the large amount she is drinking. Your baby probably goes through her second growth spurt. It is very likely that you feel that something out of your control is happening and you feel confused or scared by this…

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