I am a nursing mother of two young children, my eldest daughter has just turned two and my youngest is two months old. My journey to this point has been full of joy, determination, sleepless nights and long warm milky cuddles.
When you fall pregnant for the first time, there are so many things that you think about. Boy or girl, breast or bottle, natural or c-section. It’s a lot to take in, it is overwhelming and as moms it is us and only us that can decide on what we feel is best for our children. I chose to breastfeed, no one forced me, and it is a decision I made after doing tons of research and asking other moms what worked for them.
When Leila, my eldest daughter was born, she latched onto my breast just a few minutes after birth. It was a special moment and I knew from the very beginning that I had made the right choice. Within the first two weeks I endured cracked, bleeding nipples, mastitis and horrible fevers. So many times I just wanted to give up and give her a bottle. I experienced low milk supply and had to take supplements to increase it so that I could maintain enough milk to keep her fed. Although, there are breast pumps available in the market to produce more milk, I was determined to continue and as time went on, it got easier and the bond between me and my daughter was unbreakable.
I was told by so many people that I should not be nursing my toddler while I was pregnant with my second daughter, but I chose to listen to by body and continued under the supervision of my doctor. In fact, because I continued breastfeeding during my pregnancy I did not have any problems with feeding my newborn; it was a smooth and easy transition. It was my plan to stop breastfeeding Leila when Luna was born because I was scared that I would not produce enough, or the right consistency of milk for my newborn, but a very wise lactation consultant assured me that I would still be able to continue feeding both girls and that my body would provide for each of their needs individually.
I truly believe that breastfeeding is nature’s way of showing us how amazing a mom really is. It is truly wonderful to know that my body has the ability to create life, give life and nourish life. Wherever your journey with your children takes you, may it be magical.
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…
As a new mum you’re bound to have lots of questions about your newborn. Why does he cry so much? Is it normal for him to have green poop? How much sleep is too much? The list is endless. To put your minds at rest, we sat down with Dr. Mascha Lindemann-Sayed, specialist pediatrician at HealthBay Polyclinic. Here she shares the things pediatricians wish new mums knew.
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.
Having a new baby is an exciting phase in your life. However, it can also be scary, lonely and frustrating. Just at a time when you could really do with the support of friends and colleagues, you’re alone, doing a new job and all your ‘boss’ does is scream at you. The good news is that you don’t need to feel isolated because there is a whole network of support available. From online communities to mum and baby groups, you can create the ultimate new mum support network.
Sure, we’re excited about becoming mothers, but many of us are apprehensive, nervous, darn right terrified. We have no idea how life is going to change and that can be scary. To put paid to some of those fears we asked JustKidding mums to tell us their ultimate pearl of wisdom – the one thing they wish they’d known before landing on planet parenthood. We had so many wonderful suggestions from you all, but in the end we could only pick our top twelve. Here are some of the things experienced mums really, really want mums-to-be to know.
When it comes to baby sleep there is one thing you can expect, the unexpected. Sorry to be the bringers of bad news, but every little human is different and as such, they’ll have different sleeping habits… some more challenging that others. Of course, there is always an array of people around to give you advice on how to send your cherub off to Snoozeville, and while some advice might be useful, there’s a lot of misinformation out there too. Here we set the record straight about some of the more common baby sleep myths.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that joining a mothers group is definitely one of the best parent-related decisions you’ll ever make. As well as an opportunity to make new friends (new motherhood can sometimes feel like a lonely place) this is your chance to natter with other mamas who are going through the same experience as you. Admittedly, the conversation topics can be a bit samey, but then as a new mum your mind is on baby and not much else. Just for fun here are five mothers group conversations you’re pretty much guaranteed to hear at mothers groups. Continue reading →
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.
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…