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Sunday, May 06 2018
Postpartum Depression

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. 

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Firstly, a lot of people say they have postpartum depression when they only have signs of postpartum blues. 

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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:

 

~POSTPARTUM BLUES

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.

Symptoms include:

•crying for no reason 

•excessive fatigue

•anxious

•sad

•restless 

•irritability

•impatient

•lonely

•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. 

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~POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

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. 

Symptoms include:

•Sadness

•feeling down

•crying for no reason 

•loss of interest in usual activities

•decreased libido

•feeling guilty

•feelings of worthlessness

•hopelessness 

•helplessness

•excessive fatigue

•difficulty sleeping 

•change in appetite

•poor concentration 

•suicidal thoughts

This gets worse if untreated.

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~POSTPARTUM PSYCHOSIS

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 :

•irritability

•restlessness

•insomnia

•rapid change in depressed or elated mood

•disorientation

•confusion

•erratic

•disorganized behaviour

•delusions

•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.

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Friday, April 27 2018
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Monday, April 03 2017
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mother and Baby

The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding as the healthiest and most natural way of feeding your baby.

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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.
Your breastmilk is like nature’s own immunisation protecting baby against a wide variety of illness and conditions. Breastfeeding in the first hour after birth is a good start for baby’s immune system. After birth, your baby is placed on your chest in skin to skin contact and often during this time your baby gives you cues that he wants to breastfeed. This is the ideal time to get breastfeeding off to a good start and a great time to position and attach your baby to your breast with the help of your midwife.

Benefits for Baby

  • Breast milk contains antibodies, which help the baby’s immune system to form properly.
  • Breast milk contains the correct levels of sodium, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and enzymes. Formula does not contain all of these; it simply has not yet replicated the components of breast milk.
  • Breast fed babies develop less gastrointestinal, ear, urinary tract, eye and respiratory infections during their first year of life. This is because breast milk enhances their immune system.
  • Breast fed babies are more likely to have better health as adults – they are less likely to have heart disease, high blood pressure or to become obese or develop diabetes.
  • Breast fed babies are less likely to develop meningitis and septicaemia.
  • Breast fed babies are less likely to develop food allergies.
  • Breast fed babies are more likely to have higher IQs.

Benefits for Mom

  • Breastfeeding allows you to bond well with your baby.
  • Breastfeeding decreases your risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Breastfeeding burns a significant amount of calories per day, so you may find it easier to get back to your pre pregnancy weight.
  • Breastfeeding saves you a lot of money, as you won’t need to buy formula or sterilising equipment.
  • Breastfeeding saves you time because you do not have to prepare bottles.
  • Breastfeeding is very convenient; since it doesn’t involve sterilising bottles or measuring formula.
  • Women who breastfeed are less likely to develop osteoporosis.

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.
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Friday, March 10 2017
LACTATION COOKIES - A Nursing Mother's Life Saver

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?

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