Returning To Work While Breastfeeding

Returning to work while breastfeeding

Just as you’re getting used to being at home with your baby, it’s time to go back to work. Leaving your little one while you return to the workforce can be a daunting prospect. There’s mummy guilt, separation anxiety and a multitude of logistics to consider… and then you throw breastfeeding into the mix. How is that going to work when you and bub are apart for nine hours a day? Well, it has its challenges but it certainly is possible. We caught up with Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic to get her 12 tips for returning to work while breastfeeding. Here’s what she had to say…

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6 Benefits of Extended Breastfeeding

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While there is no strict definition of when breastfeeding becomes ‘extended’, the term is commonly used to refer to babies who are breastfed beyond a year. If it’s a route you’re planning to take you’re in good company as many famous mums, including Salma Hayak and Gisele Bundchen have practiced extended breastfeeding, and the science world also gives it a big thumbs up, thanks to the numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits. To get the lowdown on the benefits of extended breastfeeding we talked to Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai. Here’s what she had to say…

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7 Tips To Increase Milk Supply

How can I increase my milk supply? It’s a question that most breastfeeding mothers will have asked themselves at one point or another. The good news is that for most women there is absolutely nothing wrong with your ability to produce enough milk. That’s not to say you won’t face issues, but these difficulties can usually be attributed to other factors such as bad latch, scheduled feeding and the amount you pump. Fortunately there are ways to rectify any problems that may arise. We caught up with Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai, to get her top tips on how to increase milk supply.

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Breastfeeding Strike: 13 Survival Tips

Breastfeeding strike. Two words that will send a shiver down the spine of any nursing mother. I had my first taster when Baby Boo was just four months old and she abruptly refused the breast for four days straight. I felt devastated, rejected and powerless all at the same time and it was only made worse as I preserved and she fought off my attempts with all the determination of a picket line protester. Eventually she latched on again and I breathed a sigh of relief. This got me thinking about all those mamas out there going through a similar experience, so I sat down with Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai, to get her top tips on what to do if your baby is refusing the breast.

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Breast-flixing: TV shows to watch while breastfeeding

Progammes to watching while breastfeeding

Netflix landed in the UAE earlier this year, which is great news for breastfeeding mamas who find themselves confined to the couch for extended periods. Of course, breastfeeding is a perfect time to bond with your little cherub, but as most babies feed eight to 12 times a day, for between 20 and 40 minutes at a time, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to gaze lovingly at your newborn, while also ‘breast-flixing’ (as it is now termed). So, to get you started here’s our pick of the best TV shows to watch while breastfeeding. Prepare to stream…

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Breastfeeding: Is Baby Getting Enough Milk?

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Most mums will be nodding their heads knowingly at this one, as a fear that your breastfeeding baby isn’t getting enough milk is a very common anxiety for new mums. After all, you want to make sure that your baby’s getting all the nourishment she needs from you breast milk and, well, as you can’t actually see how much she’s swallowing, it can feel as though you’re flying blind. However, there are a few fool-proof ways to tell if your baby is breastfeeding well and I asked Dru Campbell, midwife and lactation consultant at Health Bay Polyclinic in Dubai, to talk me through them. Here’s what she had to say…

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10 Fascinating Facts About Breast Milk

Returning to work while breastfeeding

I recently reached the six-month mark in my breastfeeding journey. It was a big day because there was a time when I didn’t think I would make six days. Somewhere between sleep deprivation, a bout of mastitis and a tongue-tied infant, I almost gave up a number of times. Fortunately I persevered and I’m so thankful that I did. From those middle-of-the-night feeds, when it felt as though Baby Boo and I were literally the only people in the world, to those special moments when she paused mid way to smile at me, I feel truly privileged to have experienced this relationship with her. But it’s not just the sense of bonding that I’ve found enchanting. From its ability to treat eye infections to being a new mum’s miracle calorie burner, breast milk really is magical. So, in honour of World Breastfeeding Week, I’ve put together a list the colossal benefits, and a few quirky facts, I’ve discovered about mother’s milk. Continue reading “10 Fascinating Facts About Breast Milk”

Tongue Ties – 5 Things You Need To Know

signs your baby is tongue tied

I’m just going to throw this out there. My first breastfeeding experience wasn’t magical. I was tired, in pain, drugged up, numb from the waist down and suddenly my baby was placed on my chest and I was told to nurse her. I put her straight on the breast and hoped for the best. Unfortunately, while she knew how to suck, she didn’t know how to latch (turns out there’s a knack to it) and two days later she was looking rather jaundiced and I was yelping in pain.

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Which Breast Pump Is Best For You?

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I remember the days, before pregnancy and motherhood, when I would trawl the malls in search of the perfect handbag. I’d spend hours comparing size, length, shape and style to find the ideal tote. Who’d have thought I’d put the same, no… strike that, more effort into finding the perfect breast pump?

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Lactation Cookies Recipe

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‘Lactation’ and ‘cookies’. Two words I never expected to type in the same sentence. But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt about being a parent, it’s to expect the unexpected, and well, getting to eat cookies for the ‘good of my baby’ is certainly that. ‘What’s the catch?’ I hear you ask. There is none. These babies are for real.

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