One of the biggest aims of All Things Breastfeeding is to provide trustworthy breastfeeding information and advice, specifically aimed at South African moms. We know that our systems – our healthcare system, workplace environments and social networks – are not always breastfeeding friendly, despite everyone proclaiming that breast is best.
We hope to compensate in some small way for this by providing information content that moms can use to help them cope with their breastfeeding challenges. And its not all about challenges; breastfeeding can be a beautiful experience that you can celebrate and enjoy!
Enjoy reading, and do let us know if you have a topic that you would like to read more about.
Hand expressing is a worthwhile skill for any mom to learn. Note though, that like most other skills it is something that you develop. Many mothers try once or twice and then decide that this is not working, while meanwhile they just needed to practice a bit more. For that matter, this is also the case when using a breast pump. Hand expressing is especially useful under these circumstances: Engorgement in the early days of breastfeeding often responds better to[...]
Beast engorgement remains one of the biggest reasons why mothers seek the assistance of a lactation consultant. And all moms will agree that it is something that you won’t fully understand or appreciate until you’ve had the questionable honor of experiencing it first-hand! Engorgement occurs when the breasts become overly full. It ranges from mild and completely normal, to severe and a sign of bigger breastfeeding problems. The signs and symptoms of breast engorgement include: Breasts that feel full, heavy[...]
I receive daily queries from breastfeeding moms around Covid vaccination. Should they take the vaccine, and can it in any way harm their babies? Although all the official guidelines state that breastfeeding moms can get vaccinated, mothers want to hear this from someone that they know and trust. As a lactation consultant and a well-baby clinic sister that works with vaccinations every day, many clients turn to me. Of course with both Covid as a disease, and vaccination as a[...]
Congratulations on your decision to continue breastfeeding your baby for longer. Expressing breast milk is a momentous task. Below is a list the must-have items that you will need, as well as some nice-to-haves to make things easier for you. You can also book a Breast Pump Demo slot with one of our lactation consultants if you need more assistance in choosing a pump and in expressing milk. ITEMWHAT WILL YOU USE IT FORBreast pumpYour breast pump will play a[...]
Most new moms will experience some breastfeeding difficulties in the early days. Getting latching right and figuring out your baby’s needs are big tasks. Even after overcoming the initial hitches, the early weeks may be filled with many questions. How do you know your baby is getting enough? Is it normal for baby to feed this often? Why is baby restless and fussy? Is your milk nutritious enough? Should your baby not be sleeping better by now? No wonder many[...]