Clinging, crying, cranky bub = Wonder Week!

What is meant by the term Wonder Weeks? “Wonder Weeks” is a term created by Dutch authors Hetty van de Rijt and Frans X. Plooij to describe mental developmental leaps made by babies and children as they grow.  Babies are in a constant state of physical growth and change and all will go through periods where Read more

14 Dec 2015| no comments.

Cluster feeding – what’s it all about?

Babies know how to feed and they know when they need to feed, and they give clear signals to let their carers know their needs – these are called Feeding Cues.  These cues or signals progressively intensify as baby’s need to be fed increases. When baby signals or “cues” he is hungry, has a feed Read more

09 Dec 2015| no comments.

Here’s Cheers to new Dads

Things have changed, for the better, over recent years regarding how new parents approach the arrival and care of their baby. Dads are intimately involved in the antenatal care of their partners and the birth of their baby. And so they should be! They are 50% of the the creation of this exquisite new being, Read more

06 Dec 2015| no comments.

Taking baby home – Survival tips

The baby’s born and we’re going home – now what?  All new parents walk out of the hospital with their newborn feeling a mix of delight and anticipation about what lies ahead of them.  Every one of them hopes to do everything right, but knows they are bound to feel uncertain about what is going Read more

05 Dec 2015| no comments.

Nipple shields – when are they the right tool for the job?

Nipple shields can be a very useful temporary tool when used appropriately. Made of thin silicon, these are intended for use by women who have flat or inverted nipples and should not be introduced until the mother’s milk is flowing freely – usually around  3 or 4 days after the birth.  Nipple shields enable the Read more

03 Dec 2015| no comments.

When should we introduce baby to family foods?

Trying to make sense of the “introducing solids” food fight can be tricky. When, why and which foods to give a baby in addition to milk is a decision all mothers face eventually. This is a surprisingly controversial topic among parents and health professionals due to conflicting advice within the available information. Let’s look at WHEN Read more

27 Nov 2015| no comments.

Expressing breastmilk: Why, How, When & Where.

WHY EXPRESS BREAST MILK?  Most mothers will express their breastmilk for their baby at some time and it is common for  mums-to-be to have a breast pump on their baby shower wishlist.  While expression of breastmilk most frequently occurs after baby is born, in certain circumstances such as when a Mother has diabetes, hand expression Read more

23 Nov 2015| no comments.

Why is bottle feeding a breastfed baby discouraged?

Bottle feeding a breastfed baby can “derail” baby's instinctive reflex to suck vigorously to initiate milk flow. Most teats have holes which allow milk to flow into baby’s mouth and baby swallows because the milk is felt in the throat. This can quickly reduce baby’s instinctive jaw and tongue action during breastfeeds and baby may begin to prefer bottle feeds Read more

17 Nov 2015| no comments.

A few words about Postnatal Depression

Not all couples' experience of becoming parents goes well. The life-changing adjustments test and challenge all relationships, and for some the result is separation and single-parenting. Postnatal Depression is often a component in the upheaval - yes, fathers can experience PND too. Awareness of symptoms and early expert treatment is key to recovery, and support Read more

13 Nov 2015| no comments.

So you’re going to be a Grandparent!

So you’re going to be a Grandparent! Becoming a grandparent for the first time opens a new dimension of life for most people. The news that your son or daughter is becoming a parent may have been long awaited, or perhaps a surprise announcement. Either way, the pregnancy allows time to prepare for changing roles for Read more

10 Nov 2015| no comments.