Ludovic Layne’s Birth Story

Ludovic Layne’s Birth Story

– repost with permission from www.jadeannahughes.com Mommy Jade is also a customer of AnneeMatthew 🙂   I was sure Ludo would come fast, like his sister. Instead he proved us all completely wrong and took longer than both Luna and Aurora did combined. After recently moving downtown I hadn’t wanted to change doctors or delivery hospital, so I was keenly aware that we had a 30 to 40 minute trip to the hospital to factor into everything, and would also need to give my mother the same amount of time to get downtown to be with the girls. I very nearly left it too late with Aurora back in 2015, resulting in me making it to the hospital just in time and Cesar missing her birth, so I wasn’t about to let the same thing happen with our last child. How well we planned everything to ensure there would not be any Uber or unassisted home births, and how completely different it all turned out to be! It was on a Thursday, at 40 weeks and 4 days, that I knew labour was imminent. We walked a couple of miles in the 100 degree heat, finishing up a few things that I wanted done before baby, and came home to relax. At around 8pm my mother decided to come over and stay just in case things progressed rapidly, and I finished up my last work assignment for the week. We all went to bed but around 3am the contractions were every 5 minutes and I thought we should head in to the hospital. But I was only 2cm dilated and even after 90...
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...
5 Positive Affirmations for the New Mom

5 Positive Affirmations for the New Mom

Just had a baby, and feeling those baby blues? You’re not alone. According to the American Pregnancy Association, an estimated 70 – 80% of new mothers experience mild postpartum depression within the first two weeks of delivery. It’s usually caused by a whole slew of factors: hormones, exhaustion, overwhelm, labor. These feelings eventually dissipate for many. But for as many as 11-20% moms, they will go on to have postpartum depression, or struggle with other mood related disorders during the first year after delivery. It’s a subject that’s not often openly talked about, but if you’re not feeling quite yourself, it’s important to seek help and reach out. Talk to your doctor and seek support. However, on a day to day basis, keeping a positive mindset can be helpful in combating those temporary dips in morale. Here are some useful positive affirmations to keep your mood up. I am the perfect mother for my baby. I have the strength to take care of all of my baby’s needs. I grow in strength with every forward step I take into motherhood. I believe in myself as a capable and wonderful mother. I am good enough in all that I do. But remember: if your feelings of depression persists though, it’s important to seek help. Affirmations can help but they aren’t enough! Take care of yourself first and foremost. Motherhood is a long journey, and you have to be kind to yourself on the...
5 Tips for Early Breastfeeding Success

5 Tips for Early Breastfeeding Success

Did you know that your earliest experiences with your baby will help you in a successful breastfeeding journey? Here are some tips that may help: Skin to skin contact immediately after delivery. This is the ‘golden hour’, where you can immediately bond with your baby. It is ideal for you to have skin-on-skin contact with you until the first time you breastfeed or at least during that first hour. Let your family know that they may have to wait a for that hour before they can hold the new baby. Allow yourself to enjoy your baby! Talk to your healthcare providers to ensure that this is followed, and find out what their standard procedure is. It’s good to be prepared beforehand. When your baby shows signs of hunger, like smacking their lips or gnawing at their hands, breastfeed them. It’s not possible to feed your baby too often. In fact, the more you feed them, the more milk you will produce. To keep your supply up, do it as often as you can. Delay the first bath. Arrange for a bath only after at least 6 to 8 hours. Unless there is a reason to bathe them for infection reasons, delaying the first bath time helps baby maintain a higher body temperature, as well as better blood sugars. They will also cry less. Keep baby in the same room as you. For this, it’s important to check with your healthcare providers and birth professionals on what the protocol is. Keeping baby in the same room as you gives you easy access to your baby and helps with the early bonding process....
Importance and Benefits of Post Partum Belts

Importance and Benefits of Post Partum Belts

Anyone who has gone through childbirth will know that it’s a physically taxing event. During this undoubtedly beautiful and miraculous process, your body goes through a lot of changes – your abdominal muscles and your pelvic area is stretched, pulled and pushed in order to deliver your baby. Even delivery via C-section requires a healing process where your abdominal area needs as much support and care as possible. “When I was in labor, I felt there was a huge ball of stone inside me, rolling from side to side. No sooner was my baby out than I felt totally drained and light of body. A few hours later, when I took my first step after the delivery, I felt as if I was floating and thought my stomach would hit the floor because it felt all loose and flabby. My mother was quick to reassure me that it was normal to feel that way and that ‘belly binding’ would bring it back to its old shape…” from yourkidandyou.com Postpartum belt – long 1 Postpartum belts offer great support.  Not only will belts help to support your stomach and abs, it will alleviate the pressure on your lower back. Childbirth causes stress on the lower back, which can continue if you are breastfeeding. By helping you to sit up straighter, not slouch and maintain a better posture, it can also help prevent lower back ache. As an added bonus, it can also help your stomach regain a flatter appearance. 2 Reduces stretch marks and improves recovery time. Belly binding is believed to be reduce the appearance of stretch marks as it helps to hold...
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....
Are you pumping breast milk? 7 Tips for Success

Are you pumping breast milk? 7 Tips for Success

Whatever your reasons for pumping breast milk, it’s important to get started on the right foot. This starts with knowing your objectives and creating a supportive environment for yourself. While the conversation often revolves around breast versus bottle, the reality is there is a whole spectrum between the two. You could be supplementing your feeds with expressed breast milk, or feeding your baby a combination of formula and breast milk. There isn’t one right way to do it! 7 Tips for Pumping breast milk successfully Get clear on your objectives Pumping breast milk is often the answer for a myriad of reasons. Perhaps your baby isn’t taking well to breastfeeding, or your supply is low. And you want to start pumping in order to increase your supply and supplement your baby’s diet. It is helpful to know why you’re doing it, and how long you plan to pump. Are you intending to do it just until your preemie is big enough to breastfeed directly? Or just until your milk supply increases? Or do you want to do it until your baby is ready to wean. Knowing this allows you to prepare mentally for your task ahead. Get started as early as possible Pumping breast milk right after birth is the best. There has been research that shows the more breast milk that’s removed within the first three weeks after birth, the higher and more consistent a mother’s milk supply will be. Pump as often as a newborn would be feeding at the breast – that’s every two hours! Get a good quality breast pump If you have a chance...
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...
Tips for Storing Breastmilk

Tips for Storing Breastmilk

Tips for Storing Breastmilk Pumping breast milk is a lifesaver for moms who have to work or be away from their babies for an extended period of time. If you’re pumping, proper storage is key to ensure that the breast milk is safe and good for your baby to consume. As a general guideline, – Breast milk can be kept at room temperature (66 – 78degF / 18 – 25 deg Celsius) for 4 – 6 hours. In warmer climates, bacteria grows quicker so you can only keep milk at room temperature for 3 – 4 hours. – Breast milk can be kept in a fridge for 3 days safely. Keep it in the compartment that is the coolest (the chiller or the lower part of your fridge). – Breast milk can be stored in the freezer for 3 months, or 6 – 12 months if in deep freeze (under 0 degrees Celsius). Keep in mind that some loss of vitamin C and white blood cells happens in freezing, but total protein, fat, enzyme and other general antibodies/anti-infective properties remain. What to do with Frozen Breast Milk – Thaw it in the fridge, or under warm running water for a quicker thaw – Never microwave it as this could end up destroying the nutrients – After thawing, it can be kept in the fridge for up to 24 hours, or at room temperature for up to 4 hours. Other breast milk storage tips to consider: – Use glass, BPA free containers or sealable plastic bags and seal the bottles tightly. – Fill the bottles with the amount of milk...
Breastfeeding? What you can do if you suspect you have mastitis

Breastfeeding? What you can do if you suspect you have mastitis

Breastfeeding can be a wonderful experience for you and your baby. As nursing moms, we all know that breast is best – but what can we do when we are faced with a bout of mastitis? Recognizing the problem There are many warning signs and indicate that you may be coming down with mastitis. 1) An area on the breast becomes sore and red. The site of the clogged duct develops a very pronounced red spot which is extremely painful to the touch and holding or carrying your baby on this side may become unbearable. You may also see or feel a lump. 2) You may experience pain during nursing sessions. This may begin as a tingling sensation in the nipple. If there is no pain while the baby is nursing on that side, it does not mean that you don’t in fact have mastitis. 3) Development of flu-like symptoms. You may experience a fever along with chills and body aches. Exhaustion is another common side effect. Many women report not even being able to get out of bed. What to do if you suspect you have mastitis At the first signs of developing mastitis: 1) Get into bed and rest! Even if you can just sit quietly for a few hours without doing anything such as housework or taking care of other children or family members, you’ll benefit. 2) Apply warm compresses to the site of the clogged duct. Take a hot shower or even lower your breast into a bowl or pot filled with warm water and soak for a few minutes, several times an hour. 3)...
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...
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...
Top 5 Most Popular Breastfeeding Resources

Top 5 Most Popular Breastfeeding Resources

We have a lot of great breastfeeding content on our site, and to make it easier for you, here are our top 5 most popular breastfeeding resources, all in one handy post! 1. 10 Foods to Avoid While Breastfeeding “When consuming caffeine, these chemicals can cause sleeplessness in your infant, which in turn can cause crankiness and other kinds of sleep disorders. Because of its potency, caffeine isn’t secreted out of the digestive system. Caffeine also causes intestinal irritation, since an infant’s digestive system isn’t fully developed yet. If you must consume caffeinated products, make sure there’s ample time to allow your body to process it out of your system (about 6 hours).” 2. Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips from Moms “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. 10 Must-Have Tools for Breastfeeding “Breast Milk Pump If you are planning to return to work, yet still want to continue breastfeeding your infant, then a breast milk pump is an essential must-have. A hand pump is fine for the infrequent use in the comfort of your own home, but investing in a double electric pump for more frequent uses will make things easier for you. You should also get an extra set of pump parts, so you can have a clean set ready while you wash the other set.” 4. 10 Methods to Store Breastmilk “Refrigerator method Place your expressed breast milk in sterilized containers. Store it at the back part...
8 Breastfeeding Tips for New Mums

8 Breastfeeding Tips for New Mums

by Sharon Hopkins. The benefits of breastfeeding are myriad – the foremost of which is its nutrition value. Breast milk contains proteins and nutrients that could beat any other health drink for your child. The usefulness of this milk becomes more important because it protects the baby from some of the worst health problems. There is no substitute for breast milk so providing this milk to your child would be the best thing to give to your child. It has been studied that children who have been breastfed grow faster and are healthier than the ones who have not been breastfed. Breast milk contains lactoferrin which helps in absorption of iron and protects the intestine from any harmful bacteria. The other component called lipases helps in digesting your fats which helps in baby’s growth and development. It not only serves the purpose of providing nutrients to your child but also in serving the purpose to quench to your baby’s thirst and fill-in your baby’s stomach. The IQ of the child also increases by providing breast milk. It saves lot of time and money as you don’t have to sit up late night and mix the formula for your baby. The cost baby food is also cut which gives more time for the mother to be with her baby. It creates a bond between the mother and child which binds them together. Nursing helps the mother to loose the extra pounds which she gained during her pregnancy. It burns out lot of calories which helps in bringing back the original size. If there are any chances of bleeding after child...
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...
Unsung Benefits of Breastfeeding

Unsung Benefits of Breastfeeding

Republished from Phillip J. Goscienski, M.D. From the Stone Age until just a few generations ago, human infants’ only sustenance was mother’s milk, but modern infant formula seems to be an adequate substitute. After all, infant mortality in Western societies is at historic lows and growth patterns are normal. But is that all there is to it? Could there be other benefits to breastfeeding, both to the mother and to the infant? Here are some lesser-known benefits of breastfeeding: Post-delivery stress discomfort. All those hours of labor may be natural, but they are exhausting and stressful for mom. It’s not so easy on baby, either! First, that cushion of fluid suddenly vanishes in a big gush as labor begins. Then comes the big squeeze as the infant is mashed against the opening of the uterus, and through a birth canal that is so narrow that the baby’s skull elongates just to fit through. It takes a day or so before a newborn’s head gets its normal rounded shape back. Enter endorphins, morphine-like hormones that the body produces, and that relieve pain and stress.Beta endorphin appears in the early milk (colostrum) of mothers who deliver naturally, but there is much less in the breastmilk of mothers who undergo Caesarian section, and who bypass a stressful labor. Even higher levels appear in the colostrum of those mothers who deliver prematurely, and whose infants might have undergone even more stress before and during delivery. Nature thus helps to make the transition from the cozy, quiet womb to the outside world a little easier. Baby’s suckling helps healing. After a successful delivery, the...

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