Paced Bottle Feeding - Benefits And How To

Paced Bottle Feeding - Benefits And How To

Paced bottle feeding is a method that mimics breastfeeding and can help with reducing some of the disadvantages that bottle feeding brings.  Just as the name suggests, it means pacing the feeding to allow baby to be in control of the feed rather than having to cope with the flow.  Babies learn to recognize when they are full by feeding more slowly and having to work harder to get the milk, like they would if they were breastfed.  The benefits are numerous and undeniable, both in the short and the long term, and many of the more common complaints like spitting up, gassy babies or babies that never seem full can be resolved in this way.

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All About Baby Fair 2019 - The Importance Of Having A WHO Code Compliant Fair

All About Baby Fair 2019 - The Importance Of Having A WHO Code Compliant Fair

The Code is an international framework for breastfeeding promotion and short for the World Health Organisation’s “International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes”.  It was originally adopted at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in 1981 with the aim to protect breastfeeding and therefore all mothers and babies through a variety of measures, one of them being aggressive marketing on behalf of companies who produce formula products.

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Why Relaxation Is The Key To Positive Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum

Why Relaxation Is The Key To Positive Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum

There has been a lot of talk about self care lately - how we need to make time for and look after ourselves.  How very true!  But while even small acts of kindness towards ourselves are an obvious necessity, the REASON WHY they are needed so much is deeper rooted.  From early childhood, our society encourages high achievement and promotes feelings of unease, stress, tiredness and disconnection as a skill that is necessary for success in life.

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When Maternity Leave Is Over - Tips To Ease The Transition Back To Work

When Maternity Leave Is Over - Tips To Ease The Transition Back To Work

It wasn’t easy for me to go back to work.  Not after any of my 3 babies.  The mere thought of having to leave them for a full day was crippling me with guilt and anxiety.  An hour here or there, fine - but a whole day!?  What if they cried for me?  Got upset?  Tired?  Nobody could calm them like I could and, so far, they had only ever fallen asleep in my arms.  They were still so small.

But I also wanted to go to back work and be someone other than Mammy for a bit.

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Beautiful Vernix - Reasons To Delay That First Bath!

Beautiful Vernix - Reasons To Delay That First Bath!

Have you ever noticed the white, creamy substance covering a newborn’s body?  Almost like cream cheese?  Depending on who you ask, you either get “Eww, gross!” or “Wow, amazing!” 

It’s called Vernix Caseosa, or simply vernix.  This coating develops in utero through the sebaceous glands around 20 weeks gestation and forms a protective layer on the baby’s skin.  With it’s waxy, waterproof properties, it keeps their skin moisturised in the amniotic fluid - without it, their skin would look as if they had a long, hot bath: like a shrivelled up prune.

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Labour Support Tools For Partners

Labour Support Tools For Partners

Are you expecting your first baby? Then you may be surprised by the intensity of what a labouring woman is experiencing.  It can be so great, that her support person or team can easily get flustered too and end up being the one(s) in need of support.  It can be hard to support someone by simply being with them, without doing all the things to make it go away. 

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10 Things To Know About Birth Doulas and why everybody should have one

10 Things To Know About Birth Doulas and why everybody should have one

When it comes to pregnancy, birth and postpartum, there is no official guidance system. No voice will pop up in the labour ward to tell you what’s happening next or where to go from here. It’s all new and there is no map that fits you and your families needs and wishes.

Hang on, maybe there is!

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Top Tips On How To Minimise Tearing

Top Tips On How To Minimise Tearing

If you asked me what my single biggest fear about childbirth was, it was tearing! I was terrified. So, being the person that I am, I combated that fear by doing all the research to prepare my body the best I could so I would minimise the chances of an injured perineum.

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