Triumphant Tuesday – Breastfeeding With Hypothyroidism and Postpartum Depression
Experts now consider thyroid hormone one of the major ‘players’ in depression. Unfortunately, problems with the thyroid, which are more common in women, often go undiagnosed. Then, when a woman reaches her childbearing years, this can cause extra problems with fertility, pregnancy and lactation. For instance, did you know that thyroid hormones play an integral role in mammary function? During...
Triumphant Tuesday: Breastfeeding After Breast Trauma
Many women’s breasts have endured a battle or two, whether as the recipient of an excited baby’s kick, manhandling by midwifes, over-enthusiastic ‘admiration’ by menfolk, or even a stubborn handbag strap. Most of the time, these everyday jolts have zero impact on the breast’s ability to lactate. However, occasionally trauma to the breast can injure tissue, potentially interfering with...
Triumphant Tuesday – Breastfeeding a Tiny 4lbs Premature Baby
When a baby is born early, breastfeeding is arguably the most important thing a mother can do to facilitate survival. Breast milk will help the baby’s vulnerable tummy to mature and fight infection. It is also much easier for the baby's immature stomach to digest than formula. Further, it contains hormones and growth factors that help the baby grow...
Triumphant Tuesday: Breastfeeding With Tongue Tie – Take 2
4.2% of babies are tongue-tied. Those with the condition are 3 times as likely to be exclusively bottle fed at 1 week (Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 2005). Is this any surprise when prevailing medical opinion is that tongue-tie 'will usually right itself' by the end of the baby's first year. If the baby still has...
Triumphant Tuesday: breastfeeding with just one breast
Most women notice a difference between their breasts when it comes to the flow of milk, volume of milk pumped and size. This is normal; no two sides of a person's body are exactly the same. However sometimes, a baby’s preference can lead to nursing from one side only, leaving the neglected breast to dry up and shrink in...
Triumphant Tuesday: Breastfeeding a Baby That Won’t Latch
In general, a baby who won’t nurse, can’t nurse. As a parent, your goal is to identify why baby can’t nurse and either remedy the problem, work around the problem, and/or preserve your milk supply until the problem remedies itself (Kellymom 2011). But what if you have health professionals breathing down your neck, firing comments at you that suggest...
Triumphant Tuesday – Breastfeeding A Baby With Cows Milk Protein Allergy
Between 5% and 15% of babies have an adverse reaction to cow's milk protein. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhoea which normally occur between 45 min and 20 hours after ingesting the protein. Whilst there is a genetic link, Cow’s Milk Protein Allergy (CMPA) is significantly rare in exclusively breastfed babies (0.5%). This might be related to the fact that the level...
Ironing Out The Misconceptions – The Truth About Iron In Formula and Breastmilk
I’ll be the first to admit it, breastmilk is low in iron (0.2–0.5 mg/L low to be precise). I’ll even concede that over the initial months of life, breastfed babies deplete their iron stores. In recent years, this fact has roused a smorgasbord of media outcry, spewing forth headlines such as: “Six months of breastmilk alone is too long...
Triumphant Tuesday – Breastfeeding A Baby With Reflux
Myth: switching from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding will solve reflux. Fact: if you have a baby with reflux, it is still possible to breastfeed, indeed, it is even more important that you breastfeed! A baby with reflux is prone to gastrointestinal problems and because breast milk is designed for human babies and so easily digested, it is the perfect food...
Triumphant Tuesday: Breastfeeding a Baby with Multiple Allergies
Human milk is the most natural and physiologic substance that a baby can ingest. If a baby shows allergic sensitivities related to breastfeeding, it is usually a foreign protein that has piggybacked into mother's milk, and not the milk itself. Yet many mothers (and more worryingly, health professionals) believe that if a baby has an allergy the only remedy is...