Saturday, July 13 2019
Do you know what the Moro Reflex is? You are about to find out.
Mother Nature sends babies off with many built-in reflexes. For instance, you don’t need to teach your baby to breathe or suck, these are behaviors your baby comes into the world already knowing like a pro. The Moro reflex is another well-designed behavior that doesn’t need to be learned and will eventually be forgotten, around 3 - 4 months of age.
This is often referred to as the startle reflex, which is an involuntary
When the moro reflex is triggered, the sudden unexpected jolt causes your baby to throw out his arms in front of him like a cheerleader and then come together in a great big hug. The Moro reflex is considered a life-saving primitive instinct that made it easier for a mommy-animal to catch her falling baby.
But here’s the thing…the thing that makes us talk about the Moro reflex. This reflex might be life-saving for baby monkeys, but it can cause our little monkeys to wake up just when you need them to sleep.
Checking for the Moro reflex is part of the well-baby exam because it provides a lot of vital information about your baby’s neurologic and musculoskeletal systems. For instance, if your baby doesn’t throw out both arms, a fractured clavicle or nerve injury, amongst other things, needs to be considered.
Isn’t Mother Nature brilliant? Cool, right? Does the Moro reflex disturb your baby’s sleep?
Sunday, May 06 2018
This is usually a tough experience for a new mum and her newborn. However there are a few techniques that can be implemented to help baby latch better. Most people with inverted nipple are usually unilateral, a small amount has bilateral inverted nipple.
1. Nipple stimulation: This is a technique that is done by using your thumb and index finger roll the nipple for 30sec and touch with a cold cloth right before offering the breast to your baby. This helps erect and evert the nipple.
2. Hoffman Technique: This is done to help loosen the adhesions at the base of the nipple. It can be done during pregnancy and after delivery for up to 5 times a day. Place the thumb of both hands on each side of the base of the nipple. Gently push in firmly against your breast tissue while at the same time pulling your thumbs away from each other. This stretches pit the nipple and loosen the tightness at the base which will make it move up and outward.
3. Breast Shells : For many years this was recommended for use from third trimester of pregnancy but research has shown that these don't make much of a difference. However, some mums claim it helped them. Basically, breast shells are small plastic that are worn inside the bra. The inner piece fits over the nipple and works by applying gentle but constant pressure to the areola trying to break the adhesions under the skin so as to draw out the nipple. Worn for few hours per day while pregnant and 30mins before breastfeeding after delivery. Not to be worn at night.
4. Nipple Everter: This is a device that uses vacuum to gently draw out flat or inverted nipples making it easier for baby to latch and feed. Best to use prior to latching baby on and can be repeated multiple times during the day.
5. Breastpump: A well-fitted breastpump can be used to draw out a flat or inverted nipple immediately before breastfeeding to help make latch on easier for baby. Usually after the first few feedings the baby's constant sucking will help to further break the adhesions and help the nipple tissue to protrude.
6. Pulling back on the breast tissue during latch on: Using your hand with thumb on top and four fingers underneath, pull the breast tissue toward the chest wall. This will help the nipple to protrude.
7. Nipple Shield: This is a nipple shaped silicone that is placed over the mothers nipple during feedings so that latch on is easier for baby. It has holes in it that allows baby to get milk while sucking. This can have a negative effect especially if baby becomes used to the shield and wouldn't want to try latching directly. So learn to remove the shield once baby is latching on and nursing well. Better to use this under the guidance of your healthcare provider.
8. Surgery: This is when a nipple surgery is done to correct an inverted nipple. This carries a huge risk because if the milk ducts are affected during the surgery it will greatly affect breastfeeding. And for some mothers their nipple remain inverted even after the surgery. Also to note that some opt for nipple piercings which as with surgery can greatly damage the milk ducts and affect breastfeeding.
9. Exclusive Pumping: When you have tried all these and your baby is still not able to latch and stay on the breast, you will need to maintain demand on your breast by pumping to be able to provide breastmilk for your baby.
EXTRA TIPS TO HELP YOU.
•Start preparing yourself from pregnancy.
•Latch baby on within the first hour after delivery
•Get baby to open mouth wide to be able to grab a good mouthful of the breast
•If baby is upset . Take a break, soothe baby and try again
•Hand express to empty breast if engorged before attempting to latch baby
•Avoid prolonged use of artificial nipples to encourage baby to have preference for the breast
•Try different breastfeeding positions and find what makes you and baby more comfortable.
•Clean the nipple after feed and use nipple cream for soreness
•If the nipple inverts when baby pauses during feeding you will have to pump again or use nipple everter to protrude the nipple before offering it to baby again.
Remember PERSISTENCE AND PATIENCE is necessary. And nipple inversion tends to be better with the next baby. You are doing a great job and at the end of thr day what matters is a healthy well fed baby.
The Milk Booster
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.
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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.
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?