Sunday, May 06 2018
As we have come to the end of Maternal Mental Health Awareness week 2018. These are the few things I will like you to remember as the life of a new mum and infant can be dependent on you.
Firstly, a lot of people say they have postpartum depression when they only have signs of postpartum blues.
During the postpartum period, about 85% of women experience some type of mood disturbance. Whereas only about 10-15% of women develop symptoms of depression or anxiety.
There are 3 types of Postpartum Mood Changes:
It's common for about 80% of mothers to experience postpartum blues during the first few weeks after delivery. This is considered normal. The symptoms usually peak on the 4th or 5th day postpartum and mostly resolves on its own by two weeks postpartum.
•crying for no reason
•frequent mood swings
No treatment is required for this. But if it extends over two weeks visit your doctor as postpartum blues can lead to the development of a more significant mood disorder.
This can start anytime postpartum but mostly around 2 to 3 months after delivery. If any new mum feels this way she needs proper investigation by her doctor.
•crying for no reason
•loss of interest in usual activities
•feelings of worthlessness
•change in appetite
This gets worse if untreated.
This is the most severe of the three. Only occurs in 1-2 per 1000 women after childbirth. Can start as early as 48 to 72hrs postpartum.
Symptoms include :
•rapid change in depressed or elated mood
•hallucinations (hearing and seeing things that aren't there)
•suicidal thoughts against self and infant
This is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Please visit your doctor for proper investigation.
Have you ever felt this way before? Please share.
Monday, April 03 2017
The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding as the healthiest and most natural way of feeding your baby.
Read on for recommendations
BREASTFEEDING: The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding as the healthy and natural way of feeding your baby. WHO recommend that mothers breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months and continue as they introduce weaning foods.
Benefits for Baby
Benefits for Mom
Almost all women can breastfeed if they are given the correct advice and enough support. It is important that mothers receive support and practical help from dad and other family members when they are breastfeeding. A breastfed baby feeds quite often by day and by night getting breastfeeding established takes a ‘time investment’.
It is important to note that women who work outside the home can also breastfeed, as working woman are legally entitled to maternity leave and can express their milk when they return to work.
Friday, March 10 2017
Nursing mothers are often faced with lots of cultural ideas and beliefs imposed by mothers, sisters, aunts and friends as to what helps increase breast milk flow. While some of their ideas are almost pleasant, they sometimes sound defiantly awful to “modern mums” and often tend to encroach into your personal, emotional, spiritual and physical beliefs. Also as a breastfeeding mother, I know how extremely frustrating it can be when your body doesn’t seem to make enough milk for your baby. You see your baby unsettled because they are not eating enough even though they are regularly on the breast. If you have faced such challenges and have sought easier and more “21st century” delightful methods to encourage the flow of breast milk, stop the search because an angel heard OUR PRAYERS!!!!
God blessed me with a cute little foodie; she eats so much and clusters the breast as if she has a twin sharing the food with her. She’s usually unsatisfied after breastfeeding which makes her unhappy and of course, that gets me really sad because I felt I was failing my first duty as a mum. After countless searches on how to remedy the situation, I did found out that about 92% of first time mothers have some trouble breastfeeding. This gave me a bit of relief. There are many first time mums who are oblivious of how to produce more milk for their baby; so if you are like me (or like the old me), you are not alone. We now we have a helper called “Lactation cookies”…. yes, you read right. Lactation cookies were and still are a lifesaver for me since starting this breastfeeding journey. Lactation cookies are a healthy and tasty cookie made with extremely nutritious ingredients that work together to increase the quantity and nutritional content of breast milk in nursing mothers. Lactation cookies are great for all nursing mothers; helps to increase milk supply for all breastfeeding mothers having trouble breastfeeding, mothers who pump milk for storage, mothers who experience a shortage of milk supply after returning back to work, mothers who have big eaters like I do, mothers experiencing cluster feeding by their babies…etc.
Some people ask me if it works – It sure worked for me and has been working for nursing mothers around the world. The ingredients I have used in this cookie provide immune stimulating compounds, proteins, vitamins, minerals, omega 3 and omega 6 which are very vital component for a baby’s developing system. All you need to do is eat a couple of cookies and drink lots of water; breast milk is 70% water and you will notice your breast enlarge when you’re lactating. With lactation cookies, you will have a successful breastfeeding experience resulting in a happy, healthy & active baby and we all know a happy baby equals a happy mummy.
Do you want to become a happy nursing mummy? Then order your lactation cookie now?