Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2015) On the occasion of World Breastfeeding week being observed worldwide, MediMetry brings expert tips on nu...
On the occasion of World Breastfeeding week being observed worldwide, MediMetry brings expert tips on nursing basics and why breastfeeding is important for healthy growth of your baby.
The “World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)” has declared theme for this year’s breastfeeding week to be: “Breastfeeding and Work: Let us make it Work”! This theme reiterates the importance of breastfeeding by putting additional importance on work-life balance for a new mom!
It is recommended by doctors all around the world that you should breastfeed your baby for atleast first 6 months, helping your baby build a strong base for healthy living. Let us look at some advantages of breastfeeding:
In addition to the above listed factors, nursing helps build a strong emotional bond too between the mother and the child.
The immunity factor
Nursing is beneficial for the mother too, how? Let’s explore:
All said and done, breastfeeding is indeed a beneficial activity for the infant and the mother. Full support should be provided for helping the mother in doing so; but the mother’s should also be careful and should consult their doctors before starting breastfeed. If you are suffering from HIV or tuberculosis, your doctor would certainly recommend against it to avoid transferring the infection. If you are facing trouble with nursing, you should certainly get in touch with the lactation consultant.
Wishing new mothers and prospective mothers a happy world breastfeeding week! Let us share the benefits of nursing and spread the word!
Are you a new mom? Excited for challenges awaiting you in your new role? One of the biggest challenges a mother faces is getting the breast feeding process righ...
Are you a new mom? Excited for challenges awaiting you in your new role?
One of the biggest challenges a mother faces is getting the breast feeding process right. Doctors and healthcare experts claim that breastfeed is best food for your baby which not only feeds but also protects your baby from diseases.
Commonly faced challenges while breast feeding include:
- Baby is not finding right position. If baby is unable to align properly and does not attach, he/she will not get feed properly.
- Thrush Infection. This infection can also lead to breast feeding challenges and is usually found when you have sore and pink nipples. It may have transpired to you from your baby, if he/she has developed it in their mouth.
- Mastitis or Breast inflammation can lead to breast feeding troubles. It is also known as blocked duct and can be caused to anyone. One should consult a doctor and continue breast feeding, as it supports quick relief.
- Sore nipples or breasts. You may experience soreness and pain while breast feeding. Ensure your baby is latched properly. If soreness increases, consult your doctor.
Initial few days after delivery is the adjustment time for baby and mother both to get used to the breast feeding mechanism. You should take extreme care while administering feed and observe your body for any soreness, redness and pain. Consult doctor immediately, if you observe anything unusual.
Are you a new mom or a veteran mother? Here are the answers to your general inquiries about breast pain during feeding that youmay experience! Sore or cracked n...
Are you a new mom or a veteran mother? Here are the answers to your general inquiries about breast pain during feeding that you may experience!
Sore or cracked nipples:This usually happens when your baby is not latching well. It is normal to experience some tenderness when you start feeding.
Remedies: Make sure that your baby is having feed properly with their mouth well onto the areola. Get going the feed on the least sore side. Express a little milk before putting the baby on. Allow air to your nipples after feed.
Engorgement: Engorgement is when the full breast becomes very tight, hard and uncomfortable. It generally happens during the first week after the birth.
Remedies: Wear supportive inner clothing. It usually helps if you demand feed. A hot shower or hot pack before feeding can help. Express some milk before feeding. Use cold packs after feeds.
Breast infection – mastitis: You may experience blocked duct or lump or red area with pain. You may have a fever and also feel as if you have the ‘flu’. Keep feeding from both breasts. It will help you to make sure your breasts are drained well. That will not harm your baby.
Remedies: Consult your doctor as you may need antibiotic treatment. Avoid lying on your stomach to sleep which can cause pressure on the breast. Make sure you take care of yourself – eat well and get enough rest.
Breast pain upto some extent is normal but if it continues and is too much too handle you should stop feeding and consult your doctor immediately. Happy Motherhood!
Cracked nipples always happen because your baby isn't latching on well. If your baby can't take enough mouthful of breast tissue, your nipple may become compres...
Cracked nipples always happen because your baby isn't latching on well. If your baby can't take enough mouthful of breast tissue, your nipple may become compressed between baby's tongue and hard palate. This will make your nipples sore, cracked and may bleed. Moreover, having very dry skin or eczema, irritants in a cream, lotion, soap or perfume, washing detergent left on your clothes can also origin cracked, sore and bleeding nipples.
Some home remedies are:-
1. Breast Milk:- Breast milk has antibacterial and healing properties that help treat sore nipples. Apply a small amount of breast milk on the affected nipple before and after breastfeeding.
2. Warm Compress:- The heat from the compress can help in discomfort and help healing.
3. Oil Massage:- Sore nipples can also be treated by massaging with oils like olive oil, coconut or sweet almond oil. The moisturizing property of these oils will reduce dryness and will reduce the trouble of cracks, tears or chapping.
4. Aloe Vera:- It has natural healing powers as well as pain-relieving properties. Apply this fresh gel on the affected areas and allow it to dry on its own.
5. Basil Leaves:- Wash some basil leaves and grind them into a paste. Apply this paste on top of the nipples and allow it to air dry. Wash off the paste before feeding your baby.
Troubled about losing your post–pregnancy fat! Especially, getting rid of loose skin around thighs, arms and tummy is most difficult. Don’t panic; each new mum ...
Troubled about losing your post–pregnancy fat! Especially, getting rid of loose skin around thighs, arms and tummy is most difficult. Don’t panic; each new mum experiences such circumstances.
Keep in mind, you have spent 9 months nurturing a baby and the skin has been stretched to its extent, so it is going to take some extra effort to gain your body firmness back. Once your doctorgives you green signal to work out, begin a disciplined regime; in the meanwhile try these tips for losing those extra kgs:
Ultimately there is nothing like
Look! Never get disheartened if it takes longer to tighten your skin, in the meanwhile enjoy your new motherhood.
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Babies & nappies are correlated words for new parents! With nappies, come rashes, but do not worry, you need not blame yourself. It is usual in babies (younger ...
Babies & nappies are correlated words for new parents! With nappies, come rashes, but do not worry, you need not blame yourself. It is usual in babies (younger than 2 years) and is not due to parental ignorance.
What is a diaper rash?
While changing diapers, you're likely to be confronted with a tender-looking, irritated, red spots on the baby’s bottom. It’s a diaper rash, which means any skin irritation (despite of cause) that develops in the skin under the diaper.
Symptoms of such diaper rashes
Reasons behind such diaper rashes are:
Recommendations for Cure:
It is advisable to consult doctor if rashes continue to stay or grow with time.
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Finally, after such a long wait of nine months you are holding your little angel in your lap. This joy is untold, and is experienced only by you, a mother! Babi...
Finally, after such a long wait of nine months you are holding your little angel in your lap. This joy is untold, and is experienced only by you, a mother!
Babies are wonderful and beautiful creatures, who can make you, fret from their strange physical attributes, stranger habits, but are completely normal. Believe it or not, you will most likely find yourself obsessing about very small things, especially when it’s your first baby.
Here is a list of most common newborn worries along with satisfying reasoning to let you get rid of these unwanted worries and enjoy the new phase of motherhood:
Watch out this space for more details on few common newborn worries.
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The first year of baby’s life is critical time for every parent to pay extra attention. An infant is highly prone to infections as they are at high risk for cat...
The first year of baby’s life is critical time for every parent to pay extra attention. An infant is highly prone to infections as they are at high risk for catching diseases like pneumonia, sepsis or bacterial infections. Immature immune system of newborns doesn’t have enough antibodies to fight off these infections.
Here is a list of some season's offenders that strike babies most-
The Common Cold. A runny nose, cough, congestion, and fever are its common signs. Infant faces trouble in having feed or sleeping due to stuffed nose. For a baby less than 6 months, even cold could be serious. To ease this, saline nasal drops or room humidifiers are recommended.
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). It directly affects a new born's lungs, baby may get bronchiolitis or pneumonia. If baby is experiencing troubled breathing and a high fever; it’s an emergency which needs immediate medical assistance.
Whooping Cough. Initially, it’s like a cold, but after one or two weeks, your baby may develop a severe hack, and a whooping sound. This is preventable with timely vaccine. If situation is under control, an antibiotic can help. Otherwise baby will need to stay in the hospital.
Stomach Flu. Baby having diarrhoea and vomiting, may have the contagious nor virus. Call the doctor if he is in pain or spotting blood or having dehydration.
Remember, babies younger than six months are not recommended for flu vaccination. Better to take certain precautions to avoid such complications. Also keep yourself updated on common baby worries in the first year! Sometimes mothers worry to much!
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For you as parents, it is normal to feel frustrated, anxious, stressful or even annoyed- ‘When your baby is crying nonstop for hours and is uncontrollable’. Thi...
For you as parents, it is normal to feel frustrated, anxious, stressful or even annoyed- ‘When your baby is crying nonstop for hours and is uncontrollable’. This condition of constant crying in infants when they cry for more than 3 hours and repeat this behavior atleast 3-4 days in a week is known as Colic; and the baby is addressed as colicky baby. Usually colic starts at an age of 2 weeks, maximizes at 6 weeks, and vanishes by 16 weeks.
Symptoms of a colicky baby include apparent abdominal pain, a swollen tummy, irritation, gassiness, and long crying typically in the evening and lasting for hours.
Here are some tips to soothe your baby:
Remember, understanding what works for your baby may take some time because every colicky baby’s body metabolism is different. Get your baby examined by the doctor to make sure that there are no medical or feeding issues.
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Yes, you definitely can! It is recommended for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their infants for first six months to attain natural growth, development and h...
Yes, you definitely can!
It is recommended for mothers to exclusively breastfeed their infants for first six months to attain natural growth, development and health. But, when your colicky baby cries for long hours, you just want to ease your little one. Gripe water is commonly suggested for quick relief. Let’s find out what it is and how it works?
What is Gripe water?
It is a liquid for infants with colic, gastrointestinal discomfort, reflux, teething pain, or other stomach ailments. Its ingredients differ, and may comprise alcohol, sodium bicarbonate,ginger,dill seed oil, fennel and chamomile. But today alcohol free gripe water is also available. The ingredients in gripe water neutralize the excess acid in the stomach and break down the trapped air bubbles; thereby relieving your baby of stomach trouble.
Is it baby friendly?
A month old baby can be given gripe water up to six times in a day (24 hours). However, it’s not safe for month old babies or babies prone to allergic reactions. Since every baby’s body reacts in a different way, so do consult your doctor before administering gripe water. Though it doesn't have any evident side-effects, but if your baby gets some unusual symptoms, immediately take him/her to the doctor.
How do I give it to my baby?
The best time to give it to your baby is during, or immediately after a feed, as at this time baby’s digestive system will break down the bulky enzymes in milk, which may be the underlying cause for colic. Fill the dropper with the suggested dose to let your baby suck it or you can also squeeze few drops into baby’s mouth. Another way of administering gripe water is to add few drops to their feed.
Gripe water comes under various brands like Woodward’s, Dentin ox, Dabur, Infacol and Colief. Most importantly; whatever brand you use, do not use gripe water for more than 14 days of opening it and make sure you dispose it off properly.
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