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How to accompany breastfeeding grief

How to accompany breastfeeding grief

Breastfeeding grief can occur when a mother has desired, and even prepared, to be able to breastfeed her baby but is unable to do so because of circumstances. In these cases, very intense emotions are often experienced. The experience of motherhood is full of sacrifice that involves multiple emotional processes that can be categorized as grief. Although these are always natural and normal emotional processes, the healthiest thing for the person experiencing them is to feel accompanied and supported by…

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I just found out I’m pregnant, now what?

I just found out I’m pregnant, now what?

When the test is positive and you have the confirmation that you are pregnant, many doubts may arise. Surely we need someone to guide us on what to do. But then we schedule an appointment with the health service, either the midwife or obstetrician, and it turns out that we are given an appointment within 2, 3 or more weeks. What do we do during this time? Let’s take it step by step. If the pregnancy test is positive, does…

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New scale validated to assess the usability of a mHealth dedicated to breastfeeding

New scale validated to assess the usability of a mHealth dedicated to breastfeeding

This past month a scientific paper by the LactApp R+D team was published in the International Journal of Medical Informatics (1). According to the Journal of Citation Reports (JCR) of 2021, this journal has an impact factor of 4.730, belonging to the 23rd position out of a total of 109 indexed in the category “Health Care Sciences & Services”. Therefore, this journal ranks in the first quartile (Q1) and the first tertile (T1) in the corresponding JCR listing. At LactApp,…

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Cleft lip or palate and breastfeeding

Cleft lip or palate and breastfeeding

How can we maintain (or try to maintain, depending on the severity of the case) lactation in situations of cleft lips, teeth, and palate? What is cleft lip/palate, and how does it affect breastfeeding? During pregnancy, the lips are formed between weeks 4 and 7, and the palate between weeks 6 and 9 of pregnancy. Labial, alveolar and/or palatal clefts occur when the tissues that form these oral structures fail to unite. There is a great variation in the presentation…

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Breastfeeding and Your Period – Everything You Need to Know

Breastfeeding and Your Period – Everything You Need to Know

When it comes to breastfeeding myths, those about the period and breastfeeding are some of the most common misconceptions. There is a lot of fear that, with the reappearance of the menstrual cycle and the period, breastfeeding will end or that breastmilk could dry up, so we have decided to answer all your questions so that you can be reassured about what happens when your period is back and you are a breastfeeding mother. Around one month after birth I…

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Lactation cookies: how effective are they?

Lactation cookies: how effective are they?

Certain foods are believed to have galactagogue properties, such as brewer’s yeast, plantain flower, fennel, fenugreek, ginger, or lactation cookies, among many others. Although the scientific evidence for these products as galactagogues is limited and their effect is not proven (1), these products continue to be recommended to help increase breastmilk supply. In recent years, cookies based on oats, brewer’s yeast, flaxseed, and fenugreek are being marketed, especially in the USA, with alleged galactagogue properties. A recent study published in…

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What containers can I use to store breastmilk?

What containers can I use to store breastmilk?

To refrigerate and freeze pumped or hand-expressed breastmilk, you need suitable containers that guarantee breastmilk’s optimal storage and hygiene. There are several types of containers specially designed for this purpose on the market: bags and containers, of which we will see the pros and cons below. On top of that, you can also use containers that, although they have not been created to store breastmilk, are perfectly suitable for this purpose. Containers that are not specific If a container was…

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How to achieve exclusive breastfeeding (relactation)

How to achieve exclusive breastfeeding (relactation)

What is relactation? Relactation is the process by which breast milk supply is restored once again after it has decreased or disappeared altogether. It is the process to return from mixed feeding to exclusive breastfeeding. When starting relactation, you must be very cautious, as it is essential to know that you cannot suddenly stop supplementing additional formula when the baby drinks more than 100 ml of formula milk per day. With amounts greater than 100 ml, it is necessary to…

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Stages of Nipple Damage

Stages of Nipple Damage

Nipple soreness is one of the most common problems during breastfeeding. Moreover, as this problem is related to pain, numerous studies indicate that this is one of the main reasons for mothers to stop breastfeeding. When a breastfeeding mother presents nipple lesions, it is important to know the etiology of the lesions and the most appropriate treatment. Firstly, an assessment of the feeding technique, the latch, and the oral structures of the infant is essential to know the cause of…

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Pacifier and breastfeeding: can I give my baby a pacifier?

Pacifier and breastfeeding: can I give my baby a pacifier?

Why is sucking so important for babies? Babies begin to develop the sucking reflex while still in their mother’s womb; this is a very important learning process that will allow them to feed as soon as they are born. So, one of the main functions of sucking is undoubtedly feeding. But does this sucking reflex have any other functions? Of course, sucking also has a restorative function for babies. Sucking produces a great deal of well-being in babies. When a…

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