House Rules for Healthier Habits in Children

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We live in a world where our children are bombarded with unhealthy food options from literally everywhere. Granny’s treat cupboards, supermarkets lines, tuckshops, playdates, restaurant kiddie menus, friends’ birthday parties… I can carry on and on. Those of you with older children will know what I mean. To avoid this, it is important to set […]

Can you have a life and breastfeed?

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A question that must raise its head in the minds of many new mothers is often can you have a life and breastfeed? How on earth do you cope with the demands of breastfeeding, while still remaining a grown-up with many other responsibilities and her own wants and needs? This may still look possible while […]

How to get your baby to sleep

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An ironic topic to be writing about, seeing as it’s 02h00 and I’m awake. Because you can only be woken-up so many times in a row before sleep eludes you completely, for the next few hours at least. At which time you will start growing drowsy again, right in time for the next ‘mama…’ to […]

How Birth Influences Breastfeeding: A Domino Effect

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If you are currently pregnant, the birth of your baby is probably one of the biggest events that you’ve ever had coming up. Many women don’t realise that they have to prepare and make decisions, placing instead the responsibility of their care in the hands of the healthcare professionals looking after them. And while this […]

10 Baby-boosting Ingredients in Breastmilk

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Most mothers know that breastmilk offers superior nutrition to their babies and that it can protect the baby from illness and disease. But the wonders of breastmilk stretch far beyond these already amazing properties, and scientists are continuously discovering new components of breastmilk that we didn’t know about previously. Let’s look at a few ingredients […]

Exclusive pumping – another feeding alternative

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The last few decades have brought a boom in the variety and quality of breastpumps and other feeding equipment available to nursing mothers. Together with the increasing information available on the value of breastmilk and on breastmilk storage, another feeding alternative has emerged and is growing in popularity – exclusive pumping. This basically means that […]

Breastmilk Production and Supply – Terms and Conditions Apply

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“I didn’t have enough milk”. As a well-baby clinic sister, I hear this phrase literally every day. It evokes feelings of sympathy because I know that I’m simply hearing a mommy who was feeling anxious about her breastmilk supply and scared that her baby was going hungry. Occasionally I recognise a mom who found the […]

How to boost your milk supply

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Most women who stop breastfeeding do so because they feel they don’t have enough milk supply. The idea of not being able to provide in the needs of this little baby they love so much is daunting. In the majority of these cases the mother actually had enough milk, but simply didn’t understand normal breastfeeding […]

How do I know what size breast pump flange I need?

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One of the most common (and most commonly missed) reasons why mother experience expressing difficulties is an ill-fitting breast pump flange. With breast pump flanges one size most certainly doesn’t fit all. The flange is the part of the breast pump that fits onto your breast with the tunnel into which your nipple gets pulled. […]