Breastfeeding can be an amazing experience and a way of bonding with your newborn baby. Some people take to it easily, but others need a little more time especially if this is your first time. There nothing wrong with taking your time to find what is most comfortable for you.
Breast milk is made perfectly for your baby with everything your baby needs including antibodies to fit infection. Did you know your breastmilk changes with your babies’ needs isn’t that incredible?
Benefits to baby
Breast milk is safe for your baby, and easily digested.
It contains all the food and drink your baby needs for the first 6 months of life.
Together with other foods, it is very good for the next 6 months and into the second year.
It is always ready when your baby needs it.
Your baby will be less likely to get infections, allergies and many other diseases.
Your baby may grow and develop better.
Breastfeeding is good for you too
It does not cost anything and does not take time to prepare.
It may be a way you and your baby can feel close to each other and you develop a bond with your baby.
It helps your body return to normal more quickly after the birth.
It may give protection against some diseases (such as cancer of the breast or ovaries).
Sometimes however things don’t quite work out and some milk issues can occur
Too much milk
In the first 6 to 8 weeks it is possible to produce more milk than needed as your body adjust to the supply that it should be at. You could in these cases express some milk before feeding and save it in the freezer for a time of need or switch breast frequently during a feed.
Not enough milk
When your breast starts to feel less full, this is a sign your body has adjusted to the need of the baby. Trust that your body is giving the baby everything it needs as the body adjust to the baby demands. When a baby is growing something those demands increase and it may seem like for 1-2 days you don’t have enough milk and the baby feeds more often, this is normal and milk supply will start to increase, trust your body and its natural rhythm.
Sometimes milk production can slow or stop id breastfeeding patterns are disrupted and breastfeeding is less frequent. For example, bottle feeding or using a dummy. Increase again by having a baby on the breast more often.
Some other way to keep breastmilk healthy and flowing is to eat small meals and drink lots of water while breastfeeding, Homeopathic remedies and teas such as Weleda nursing tea can support milk supply.
Results in a blocked duct or a buildup of milk that cause the breast tissue to inflame.
Symptoms include red, sore, swollen or hot breasts, as well as flu-like symptoms such as a fever or headache. It’s important that you continue to feed baby from this breast.
Homeopathic remedy phytolacca can support Mastitis and normally resolves within a day. Visit a health care practitioner if mastitis does not clear in a couple of days.
Sore nipples are very common complaint normally causing pain from dry, cracked or bleeding nipples. However very normal in the first few days of breastfeeding as you both get used to breastfeeding. Sometimes pain can be felt when the milk drops in the first few weeks this will all fade.
What causes sore nipple?
Most common is the inability to latch on correctly. Changing position feeding bub can help here. I found lying down the easiest in the first few weeks.
Check baby for Thrush and Nipple for Thrush
Sometimes Tongue tie can be the issue.
Calendula nipple cream can be very effective in healing cracked nipple
Homeopathic can also be effective here. Seeing a homeopath for support would be best to determine the right remedy.
A lactation consult can support you in finding a better position for feeding.
Nutrition and Breastfeeding
Fresh and Unprocessed with plenty of veggies and Fruit. Also Remedy to drink plenty of water particularly when breastfeeding. Avoid sugar and Alcohol.
Important nutrients for breastfeeding mums
Omega 3: Sources include fish such as salmon and sardines, beef, flaxseeds, and walnuts
B group Vitamins: The body has a limited capacity to store more B-group vitamins. That’s why it’s important to eat a range of foods that contain them such as leafy greens, eggs, legumes, brewers’ yeast. B12 will need to be supplemented if not eating red meat, vegan or vegetarian.
Protein: This can be found in Tofu, Hempseeds, eggs, legumes, nuts, Quinoa, beans, seitan, microprotein (Quorn)
Iron: Get your iron intake up with cashew nuts, legumes, tofu and green leafy vegetables
Calcium: Almonds, green leafy vegetables
Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, kiwi, cabbage, tomato, capsicum all contains vitamin C
Vitamin D: Levels can deplete post-pregnancy. The best source of Vitamin D is spending some time in the sun, but if you can’t get outside maybe consider supplement.
Folic acid: Known for its benefits during pregnancy, folic acid is still important post-birth and found in beans, leafy vegetables, and grains
Iodine: Seafood contain iodine, seaweed, lime beans and eggs
Certain foods you eat go through the breastmilk can upset a baby’s tummy.
Spicy food such as garlic and chilli
Fruit such as prunes and cherries
Sugary soft drinks
Dairy products if there is an intolerance in the family this is more common for baby to have it too.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association's National Breastfeeding Helpline on 1800 686 268.
Company statement on breastfeeding
The following statement is not made because we are obligated to under law or regulations; this is what our company stands for and it is our honest truth.
We support all mothers 100% in the choices they make for their child and we place no judgment over these choices. We do however want to make it clear we 100% advocate in favour of breastfeeding because of all its amazing benefits and the way breast milk changes to suit each babies needs, especially in newborns as we believe no formula could ever replace this.
The reason we have created an infant formula is for parents who are unable to breastfeed or require the use of additional support alongside breastfeeding. We want to give those parents and babies the highest quality allergen free formula currently available on the market today.