Mothers Day 2017 – $1000 giveaway draw *CLOSED*

Mothers Day 2017 – $1000 giveaway draw *CLOSED*

This Mothers Day, ONE lucky mum will win $500 worth of photography package and $500 worth of AnneeMatthew clothing in our special giveaway!!! To enter the giveaway: Please comment on this thread and tell us why you deserve to win Sign up for our mailing list (we will not be able to inform you if you win otherwise) Follow us on Instagram @anneematthew and @mymummythephotographer Tag a friend in separate line on our giveaway post in Instagram for more chances to win Entries are opened to Singapore residents above 18 years only. Contest will end on May 13. Winner will be announced on May 14. Judges decision is final. Good luck ladies!!! p/s. Previous entries in our Facebook page will be considered in the giveaway. Our Facebook page is currently unavailable due to some unforeseen circumstances. We hope to get it up and running ASAP. Apologies for the inconveniences. *Winner is mummy Sherr Yun* All other contestants will receive a special bonus discount from AnneeMatthew. Pls contact us (jill@anneematthew.com) to claim by May 20. Please follow our new Facebook page AnneeMatthew.com for the next...
9 Quick Breastfeeding Tips for First Time Moms

9 Quick Breastfeeding Tips for First Time Moms

By Susan Tanner   New mothers may find breastfeeding confusing at first. You may not know exactly what to do or how to do it. Hopefully these breastfeeding tips will help to get you started.   * Start Early – It is good to begin breastfeeding within an hour after birth if possible, when your baby is alert and the instinct to suck is strong. Although you will not yet be producing milk, your breasts contain colostrum, a thin milky fluid that contains important antibodies to disease. * Feed Frequently – You should try breastfeeding your baby at least every two to three hours. This will help to keep your breasts soft and lessen or even prevent engorgement. Watch for signs that your baby is hungry, such as changes in facial expressions, sucking sounds or lip movements, and rapid eye movement or restlessness during light naps. If you keep an eye out for these signs, you can learn to anticipate your baby’s hunger. Breastfeeding on cue will help stimulate your breasts to produce more milk. * Good Positioning – Having the right positioning for breastfeeding will play a major role in reducing nipple soreness. Use you hand to support the baby’s neck. The baby’s mouth should be open wide with the lips puckered out like “fish lips”, not folded in. The nipple should go back as far into his or her mouth as possible. If you need help finding the proper positioning, ask a nurse, midwife, or other experienced mother for some help breastfeeding. * Nipple Upkeep – When you first begin breastfeeding your nipples may become very sore....
Breasts engorgement : What to expect

Breasts engorgement : What to expect

Adapted from whattoexpect.com Right after you give birth, your hormones undergo a major shift — say bye-bye to estrogen and progesterone, and hello to prolactin, the milk-producing hormone. This change causes your postpartum breasts to grow even bigger (is this possible?) and more tender (more tender?!!) than they were during pregnancy. Welcome to the world of engorgement, which begins around two to five days after delivery whether you’re planning to nurse or not. The sinister side effects: rock-hard breasts that are swollen and wickedly uncomfortable. This is pain with a gain, though, since engorgement is a sign that your breasts are filling up with the milk your baby needs. The increased blood flow to your breasts (necessary to get the milk-producing factory up and running) is also adding to the pain and swelling. WILL ENGORGEMENT EVER END? Fortunately, engorgement is temporary, and assuming you get started breastfeeding right away (the earlier the better for relief), the pain and hardness should diminish within two to three days. By the time your baby and your breasts devise a good supply-and-demand relationship (usually within a few weeks), the engorgement will have diminished completely. If you’re not nursing, it’ll decrease within a few days. WHAT TO DO ABOUT BREAST ENGORGEMENT IF YOU’RE NURSING. Until your milk supply-and-demand cycle is well established, take these steps to minimize discomfort: Feed your baby frequently (every two to three hours) to encourage the demand to keep up with the supply. The less your baby feeds, the more engorged your breasts will become. The more your baby feeds, the quicker engorgement will pass (pretty strong motivation, right?). Place...
Sagging breasts? Is it due to pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Sagging breasts? Is it due to pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Adapted from babycenter.co.uk Many women think that breastfeeding causes your breasts to become saggy. It’s pregnancy, rather than breastfeeding, that may cause your breasts to change in size and shape after having a baby. Other reasons why breasts may appear more saggy after you’ve have a baby are if you: have a high body mass index (raised BMI) have had multiple pregnancies are an older mom had a large pre-pregnancy bra size a smoker Your breasts don’t contain any muscles. They are attached to the muscles of your chest wall by thin bands (Cooper’s ligaments). These bands aren’t very taut, which is why your breasts are able to move around. When you become pregnant, your breasts will go through a number of changes. They will become larger as they prepare for breastfeeding, while your nipples and the skin surrounding them (the areola) may darken in colour. Several days after your baby arrives, your breasts will become fuller and heavier. This is caused by the blood supply increasing to your breasts, and your milk coming in. As your breasts increase in size, the ligaments that support them may stretch. It’s this stretching that may lead to slightly saggier breasts. This change will happen regardless of whether or not you breastfeed your baby. A week or two after your baby arrives, your breasts should return to roughly the size they were during pregnancy. They’ll stay that way until you’ve been breastfeeding for about 15 months, or when you stop breastfeeding. When you return to your pre-pregnancy weight, your breasts will probably return to their pre-pregnancy size, too. Your breasts may not be quite as perky...
10 Tips to Get Back Into Shape After Childbirth

10 Tips to Get Back Into Shape After Childbirth

by: Janice Elizabeth Small You have just given birth and you want to get back into shape. Here are some tips: Be especially kind to yourself in the first weeks after your baby is born. Your body has gone through huge changes and it’s unrealistic to expect that you can snap back into your old shape straight away. Unrealistic expectations sets you up for failure and disappointment, but you CAN get your figure back if you are patient and take it one step at a time. Forget drastic dieting and treat your body to healthy nourishing food and gentle exercise to get back in shape. You will naturally lose some weight during the first few weeks as your uterus shrinks. Breast feeding alone will allow you to lose weight at 1lb a week if you eat normally and healthily as it uses up 500 calories a day, but you do need to eat enough so that your milk does not dry up. Plan on losing the remainder at a gentle pace. Your tummy will look very sad after the birth, flabby and saggy. Don’t worry you can soon get things looking good again. Do all the post-natal exercises and gentle exercise recommended by your health-care professionals during the first 6 weeks to get your tummy back in shape. After that check with them that it is Ok if you want to embark on a more strenuous exercise routine. Once your doctor says its OK to exercise, one of the best ways to retighten your muscles is a simple yoga move. Stand with your feet apart, hands on thighs. Breathe...
“Help! My baby is crying!”

“Help! My baby is crying!”

by Lau Chiamin “Why does my Baby cry? What can I do?” Every new mum and dad ask themselves frantically when their newborn cry. Most parents with newborns carry the expectation that being good parents mean having happy babies all the time (Smiling babies is what everyone usually see in all the baby magazines…) The reality is that babies have to cry. Remember: Crying is the first form of baby talk. Crying is a normal event in the lives of all babies. When a baby comes out of the womb, the first thing she does is cry. It is the only way your baby communicates with you from the start. She (let’s assume this is a baby girl) may be hungry; she may be wet; she may be too warm or too cold; she may be just bored….There are many reasons why babies cry and it will not be long for you to distinguish between the different cries. As you and your baby get to know each other, you will sometimes be able to tell the difference between each kind of crying. You can then try to give her what she needs. Taking care of your baby when she cries will not spoil her. It will help your baby feel loved and secure. Smile, touch and talk to your baby as often as possible. Do this when you feed her, change her diaper or give her a bath. Your baby will learn that she can rely on you to take care of her. One of the common causes why babies cry is hunger: sometimes even if it seems you...
5 Reasons Why You’re Experiencing Pregnancy Fatigue – And What You Can Do

5 Reasons Why You’re Experiencing Pregnancy Fatigue – And What You Can Do

Are you in your last trimester? Then this article is for you. The final trimester brings with it a lot of emotions, like excitement for the new baby, some anxiety – and probably even ‘I can’t wait for it to be over!’ After all, you may be feeling huge, need to pee all the time, and in general, just over being pregnant. One major thing that many women experience at this stage is pregnancy fatigue. Fatigue and loss of sleep is particularly common in the last trimester for a few reasons: 1 Braxton-Hicks Contractions It’s your body’s way of warming up for the actual event. These contractions are usually not very strong, but they can come and go at any time and are unpredictable. When they happen, you may wake up in the middle of the night with a rock hard belly and may leave you breathless! What you can do While there’s nothing much you can do about it except to ride it out, you can try to relax and simply know that it’s your body doing what it needs to do to prepare you for labour. However, you can keep timing those contractions to see how far apart they are, to make sure they’re not actual contractions leading you into labor. 2  Constant need to pee At this stage, the baby has dropped into your pelvis, putting pressure on your bladder, leaving less room for your urine. This means that you’ll be needing to pee more often, and getting up frequently in the middle of the night. What you can do Even though you know you’ll be...
8 Foods to Avoid During Breastfeeding

8 Foods to Avoid During Breastfeeding

While breastfeeding, whatever you eat, your baby eats too. Consult with your doctor about your diet, to ensure your baby is getting the best possible nutrition from your breastmilk. Here are some foods to avoid during breastfeeding. 8 Foods to Avoid During Breastfeeding 1 High Mercury Fish These include fish like king mackerel, swordfish and shark, which include high levels of mercury. Mercury is a neurotoxin that can affect your baby’s brain functioning. Try eating seafood like catfish, salmon and canned light tuna that contain healthy essential oils which are good for both you and the baby. 2 Tea / Coffee Drinking more than 2 – 3 cups of coffee a day could lead to high levels of caffeine in your body, which may in turn affect the caffeine level in your breastmilk! Babies ingesting caffeine could lead to fussiness and sleep interruption. The level of tannin (caffeine found in tea) varies, so you will have to watch your intake accordingly. Try switching instead to naturally non-caffeinated herbal teas like chamomile and nettle, which are gentle and soothing. These teas also help with breastfeeding issues, such as low milk supply and help to calm teething babies. 3 Alcohol Babies consuming alcohol through breastmilk could potentially have their growth and sleep patterns affected. It doesn’t mean that you can’t have any fun at all though! If you do drink, just wait for at least two hours before feeding your baby. Prepare for a night out by storing up excess breast milk to feed your baby with later. 4 Citrus Fruits Citrus fruits could cause fussiness, diaper rash and gastrointestinal refluxes....
Breastfeeding Tips from a Lactation Consultant

Breastfeeding Tips from a Lactation Consultant

Tips adapted from 13 Breastfeeding Tips Straight from a Lactation Consultant, with tips shared by Leigh Anne O’Connor, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  There’s so much information floating out there on breastfeeding, that we rounded up the top tips that have been shared by a lactation consultant, that are most useful and universal to breastfeeding moms. Make sure you’re comfortable The best feed happens when you and your baby are comfortable. Rather than worrying about the ‘best’ position, it’s more useful to find the most comfortable position instead. O’Connor says “The best nursing position for a mom is one where she is comfortable, not hunched over, and her baby is super close. We are all different sizes and shapes, so there is no one size fits all.” Tummy to tummy works well That said, the most common and recommended position is the one where your  tummy is in contact with baby’s tummy. This is a position where baby can breathe well and easily suckle milk from your breast. Use a cold and damp washcloth to wake baby up Snoozing through meal times? If your baby is sleeping through his or her meals, use a damp washcloth gently on baby’s neck to stimulate them into wakefulness. Empty your breast if meal is missed Not emptying your breast can lead to painful engorgement and a lowered supply. So even if baby misses their meal, make sure you express the milk by hand or by pumping it out. Make sure baby’s mouth is opened wide A good latch is important for successful breastfeeding, so make sure that your baby is close and their...
How to Parent Compassionately

How to Parent Compassionately

by Steve Stosny Ph.D. from compassionpower.com Compassionate Parenting provides a secure emotional base from which children carry out their genetic programs to explore and interact with their environments in safety and protection. At the same time, parents develop the protective, nurturing, and compassionate skills that empower them in all areas of life, including work and health. We simply function at our best when we have emotional connections with our children that are strong, flexible, and enjoyable. Compassion most definitely does not mean letting children get away with bad or selfish behavior. It does not mean that parents should go along with whatever children want. Nor does it mean overindulgence, generosity, or magnanimity. Compassionate parents are able to see beneath the surface of their children’s behavior to get at the deeper motivations. They empower children to control their own behavior by teaching them to regulate their motivations. To parent compassionately is certainly not perfect parenting. The best parents in the world do not go a single day without making some error in what they do or say to their children. Fortunately, kids are extremely resilient when it comes to parental mistakes. A major tenet of the Compassionate Parenting program is that whatever parents say and do matters far less than their emotional motivation. Unless a child is deep into a destructive mode, almost anything a parent says or does in apositive mode will succeed. In fact, experiments show that children perceive even highly critical statements done with positive motivation as caring and encouraging. Regardless of what mode the child is in, almost nothing the parent says or does in the...
More Helpful Tips for Breastfeeding

More Helpful Tips for Breastfeeding

by: Daphne Nancholas Benefits Breastfeeding has many benefits for your baby. If your baby can be breast-fed for at least 6 months then the risk of allergies, such as eczema, are reduced, ear infections and stomach upsets are also reduced. Mother’s milk seems to boost your baby’s immune system generally. How does breast milk do this? Well breast-milk, unlike formula milk, contains antibodies designed to prevent an immature immune system from becoming overwhelmed with the foreign proteins that challenge it. Research has shown that exclusive breastfeeding for six months is associated with a reduced incidence of allergy and reduced risk of gastro-intestinal illness, respiratory illness, ear infections, diabetes, obesity and respiratory wheeze. So there are lots of benefits for your baby if you breast-feed. According to the NCT nine out of ten mothers did not know that breastfeeding for just one month has a lasting impact on health during the first 14 years of a baby’s life. All the authoritative expert bodies that advise on parenting are still right behind the message they’ve always endorsed: breastfeeding is definitely still the best. The longer the breastfeeding continues, the greater the health gains for both mother and baby. Benefits for mums too? Mothers are encouraged to breast-feed, though some women find that it can be embarrassing to do so in public places. Embarrassment aside there are benefits to mothers as well. Breastfeeding can lead to a more rapid return to your pre-pregnancy weight and also reduces the risk to mothers of pre-menopausal breast cancer and ovarian cancer. For some people breastfeeding can be a painful and upsetting experience. It is a...
Top 5 Tips for Pregnancy Health for Mom & Baby

Top 5 Tips for Pregnancy Health for Mom & Baby

Adapted from Robert Thatcher Finally the pregnancy test kit showed that you are positively pregnant! You double-check by going to an ob-gyne and after undergoing a battery of tests the doctor confirmed that you really are pregnant. Pregnancy can bring so much joy to a family. Pregnancy is oftentimes one of the most awaited events in a woman’s life, especially if the woman has had a hard time trying to conceive. This means that when a woman is pregnant taking some precautions for health maintenance is paramount. Here are some ways that a pregnant woman can employ to ensure the health of her baby and her self, too. 1. Eat well, conceive well. It’s not true that you have to eat for two when pregnant. Eating more than the amount of food that is enough for one person will only cause the unwanted bloat. According to research, a pregnant woman will only need an extra 200 to 300 calories per day. And who knows, you might be already eating those extra calories. Eating healthy food will do you and your growing baby just right. Of course, try to avoid packing on those extra calories should from junk food! 2. Supplement your wellness. A pregnant mom should take a vitamin supplement that contains folic acid, better even before conception and during early pregnancy. Why folic acid? Because this micro-mineral, which is found mostly on green leafy vegies, when taken in 400 mcg amounts daily before and during early pregnancy, can reduce the risk of having babies born with neural tube defects. 3. Away with your vices. It could have been...
10 Ways Fathers Model Healthy Relationships for Their Children

10 Ways Fathers Model Healthy Relationships for Their Children

by: Steven Stosny, Ph.D. Your children learn how men should behave in relationships by watching you. We hear a lot about mothers, but the truth is, fathers have a very important role to play as well. Children are keenly aware of the way you interact with their mother, even if you don’t live with her. Most divorce and domestic violence happens to men and women who grew up without a father modeling healthy relationship behavior. Here are 10 tips to help you model the way you want your daughter to be treated in her adult relationships, and the way you want your son to treat his significant other. 1. Value their mother: Children value themselves and others more when they feel that their mother and father value one another. 2. Perspective-taking (seeing things through someone else’s eyes): Show your children the importance of respecting the perspectives of people they love, even when they disagree with them. 3. Cooperation: Show how to participate willingly in work, problem-solving, or task-accomplishment. 4. Negotiation: Show your children how to work out solutions to problems that respect one another’s perspectives. 5. Resourcefulness: Never stop trying to make things better. 6. Motivation to improve: Approach disagreements with the attitude of making them better, not worse. 7. Compassion: This gut-level reaction to your wife’s pain, discomfort, or anxiety includes sympathy, protectiveness, and willingness to help but not control. It recognizes that your wife is different from you, with her own temperament, set of experiences, beliefs, values, and preferences. 8. Good will: Learning a positive attitude toward the people they love will greatly improve your children’s chances...
Handling Criticism When Breastfeeding

Handling Criticism When Breastfeeding

by: Patty Hone Feelings about how to parent seem to shift with every generation. A new way of parenting, sometimes called attachment parenting, has emerged and it challenges many of the rigid teachings of our mother’s generation. Although breastfeeding is on the rise now, women are still dealing with the repercussions of previous generations. Not too long ago mainstream women did not breastfeed at all and the ones that did were taught to follow strict schedules. Some thought of breastfeeding as primitive. Formula was touted as being equal to or superior to breast milk. Only recently, has the fact that “breast is best” been acknowledged. Other women were in the workforce. They may have felt that breastfeeding was not an option for them. They did not have the modern breast pump available to them. The medical community may not have encouraged breastfeeding at the time. It is not hard to imagine. After all, even with all the knowledge about the benefits of breastfeeding there are still many health professionals today that are uneducated and unsupportive of breastfeeding. With all the challenges in the way of breastfeeding, it is understandable why many women of yesterday did not choose to breastfeed. Breastfeeding has come a long way but still many of the old thinking still carries on. Women are more educated on the subject; however, even with the many books and other information available, people are often most influenced by their immediate family and friends. Having the support of friends and family can boost the chances of having a successful breastfeeding experience. On the other hand, having to deal with criticism...
Shendy, Mother of 3, Shares Her Breastfeeding Tips

Shendy, Mother of 3, Shares Her Breastfeeding Tips

Get to know our longtime Annee Matthew customer, Shendy, and her experiences with her 3 adorable children! Greatest joys Baby Belle is the latest addition into the family. She’s my third and youngest in the family. Exchanging smiles and chuckles, nursing them plus looking at all three growing up healthily are my greatest joys! Greatest challenges Like most mommies, I’m into breastfeeding for all my three children as there are so many benefits when the child is on breast milk. I would prefer to nurse them directly i.e. Latch the child directly so as to have the personal touch. Lots of people say it’s hardship as the child will bite and I’ll have to wake up in the middle of the night to nurse, can’t go for shopping trips without disturbances or even tours. But I don’t consider these things to be hardship at all. These are just part of the territory when it comes to breastfeeding and being a mom. That said, the greatest challenge started when I had my first child. In the first two weeks after delivery, I wasn’t able to produce sufficient milk to feed my child despite taking supplements, having massages, etc. I had to turn to formula. To ensure my milk supply, I did whatever I could (trust me, I tried every single thing) until I nearly gave up. FINALLY, milk supply came but I was still unable to have sufficient milk for the child. The child at this point, too used to milk bottles started to reject me!I was devastated…I tried whatever I could, which included many rounds of tears, pain and...
10 Tips for Breastfeeding Your Baby Discreetly In Public

10 Tips for Breastfeeding Your Baby Discreetly In Public

By Carrie Lauth, edited with original content from Annee Matthew moms. If you’re a new Mom who is nursing your baby you may be nervous about doing so in public. Or perhaps you are disturbed by media reports of women who are harassed for breastfeeding in public and are considering pumping your milk to give your baby when you leave home. Here are some tips for discreet breastfeeding that have worked for many Moms. Hopefully they will help you feel more comfortable nursing in public, so you can avoid the inconvenience of pumping and preparing bottles. 1. Peer support. Before you have your baby, attend a breastfeeding support group meeting, or join one on Facebook, such as Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group Singapore, that organizes frequent events. Unfortunately in our Society that gives lip service to the benefits of breastfeeding, it is still rare to see Moms nursing in public, and so most of us grow up having our own babies never having seen another woman nurse. Going to a meeting and seeing how other Moms nurse their babies discreetly and confidently can boost your own confidence. They can also share with you tips that will make nursing in public easier for you. 2. And even more peer support. At its best, social media is wonderful for creating a sense of community and support. We’ve already compiled a list of mothers on Instagram who inspire us with their breastfeeding images and stories. 3. Invest in a baby sling. These are wonderful for making life with a baby easier all around, but one thing they’re great for is discreet breastfeeding. I...
Our Favorite #NormalizeBreastfeeding IG Accounts

Our Favorite #NormalizeBreastfeeding IG Accounts

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, we are giving away 3 x $200 vouchers! All it takes is answering one simple question – you could be a happy shopper by Aug 7, 10pm 🙂 Instagram is one of our favorite social media platforms. Especially when it comes to finding support from fellow mothers, it’s where we routinely get inspired and feel so lucky that there are mothers from around the globe who are sharing their motherhood journeys with all of us. #NormalizeBreastfeeding is one of the hashtags that has been gaining steam recently, and it’s a truly beautiful thing to behold! Whatever your attitude towards breastfeeding is, we can all agree that as mothers, we are all just trying to give the very best in nourishing our babies, and that taking away the shame from any one way of doing so – including breastfeeding – can only benefit motherhood as a whole. Here are our favorite IG accounts that are doing their part to #NormalizeBreastfeeding: Of course, @normalizebreastfeeding @breastfeedingart @carriagehousebirth @empoweredbirthproject (one of our favorite bloggers too!) @motherhoodrising Which are some of your favorite breastfeeding accounts, or moms on Instagram that you like to...
Natural Ways to Treat Stretch Marks

Natural Ways to Treat Stretch Marks

Article adapted from Lori Stryker, B.Sc., B.H.Ec., B.Ed. http://www.organicmakeup.ca Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life. One aspect of child-bearing, however, may not be so welcomed. For 75-90% of pregnant women, stretch marks, or striae gravidum, can appear in the later half of pregnancy. Stretch marks do not pose any health risk to either the mother or child, but can cause anxiety over their appearance for those who develop them. Understanding stretch marks Stretch marks first appear as raised striations which vary in colour from pink, purple or brown, depending on the mother’s normal skin colour. Striations develop where fat is stored in the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, breasts and arms. Stretch marks develop during pregnancy because of rapid and excessive weight gain in areas such as the lower abdomen or thighs. As weight increases, the collagen and elastin in the dermal layer of the skin, responsible for retaining shape and firmness, is stretched to the point of breaking. The dermis is the layer beneath the epidermis, or visible layer of the skin. The elastic fibres in the dermis weaken with stretching and increased cortisone levels normally produced in the last trimester. As these fibres separate and the skin stretches, collagen is overproduced to form scar tissue which result in striations. Will my stretch marks go away? There is no cure for stretch marks. The scarring process that has occurred in the dermis cannot be reversed, but stretch marks will flatten, fade and lighten over time. Creams which contain steroids such as hydrocortisone, or active agents like tretinoin (retin-A) should not be used...
5 Tips to Increase Breast Milk Supply

5 Tips to Increase Breast Milk Supply

Hello mamas! First of all, if you are currently stressing out about your breast milk supply, take time now to stop, take a long, deep breath, and pat yourself on the shoulder for persevering. You’re doing a great job – regardless of the flow of your breast milk or any other factor – remind yourself that you’re doing well and that we’re right there with you. Having a baby is a tough job! Always keep that in mind, and be kind to yourself. Here are some tips we’ve gathered across the web, which other moms have also recommended, for increasing breast milk supply. 1. Stress less. Always keep in mind, mamas, that having a baby is a stressful, life-changing event. Of course you will feel anxious/worried/not exhilarated/glowing or totally relaxed all of the time! Remember that motherhood depicted in the media is often a completely glossed over, airbrushed version. Because having a baby is a huge change in your life – mentally, emotionally, physically – and change, even good change, causes stress. And guess what? Stress can affect you physiologically, including your breast milk supply. So keep this in mind, be kind to yourself, breathe through the tough, frustrating or downright disheartening moments, and know that this too shall pass. Stress less, don’t be hard on yourself – and this act of self-love will go a long way towards helping to increase your breast milk supply. 2. Persist. Especially in the first week of nursing, breast milk supply might not be forthcoming or flow easily. This is because the very act of nursing, with your baby suckling at your...
Debunking 7 Biggest Breastfeeding Myths

Debunking 7 Biggest Breastfeeding Myths

Breastfeeding is always a hot topic and while there is plenty of scientific literature available on the subject, there are still a number of myths that continue to circulate. If you are currently a nursing mother or plan to be after the birth of your baby, you can rest assured that the following 7 myths are NOT true. Here are 7 myths dispelled. Myth #1: Babies who are frequently breastfeed grow into obese children. Actually, the opposite is true. Babies who are weaned from breastfeeding early and fed formula over-enthusiastically are more likely to be obese later in life. Breastfed babies learn to regulate their own feeding pattern and stop eating when they are full and have consumed all they need. Myth #2: Breastfeeding causes your breast to sag. Wrong! While pregnancy does cause some changes in your breast, breastfeeding doesn’t play a significant role in determining your breast’s shape in the future. However, your body type, heredity, and excess weight loss and gain do have a role. Myth #3: If you are planning to go back to work, you can’t breastfeed. Yes, you can. Breastfeeding gives you an opportunity to bond with your baby, even after you have returned to work. In fact, babies who are breastfed tend to healthier than those who are fed formula meaning moms miss work less often. When you are not with your baby, pumping is an option. A number of companies allow nursing breaks and even have facilities, such as lactation rooms, where the mom can pump in private. Myth #4: You won’t make enough milk. Rarely is this the case. For...
Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips From Moms

Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips From Moms

Here’s a collection of breastfeeding tips from our mom community – tell us in the comments what are some of your tips and tricks for successful breastfeeding! 1. Don’t be too hard on yourself. My baby has reflux and dr recommended express pumping milk then mixing with a thickening powder to help keep the milk from spitting up. Started doing this when he was 2 wks old and he now prefers the bottle rather than latching on. I felt guilty and sad he didn’t want to latch on but baby not wanting to breastfeed is not a reflection of whether you are a “bad” or “incapable” mother. It is merely different ways of feeding and caring for your baby. You are still able to bond through bottle feeding, and with a lot of persistence and patience he now latches on half the time and bottle feeds the other half. Not latching on or breastfeeding does not mean your baby doesn’t love you or has not bonded with you.  So just like there are different ways to make a baby (intercourse, IVF, surrogacy, adoption…etc) there are also ways of feeding a baby, us parents should all be supportive of each other. – Junia 2. Prepare for nipple chafing. One thing I wished one gotten in preparation was the breast shells/shields. They would have helped a lot to protect my nipples from chafing in the first few weeks. 😉 – Mei 3. Must understand the basic lactation principle: it’s like the sponge- you squeeze out more, leaving more space in the ducts then only can produce more. So try to empty breast...

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