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20 fascinating facts about breast milk, breastfeeding and babies

mum-and-babyMother’s breast milk is the perfect start for babies. It has all the nutrients in the right quantities and is packed full of disease-fighting antibodies. It is free, needs no preparation and is available wherever mum is and whenever baby needs a feed.

Babies will let you know when they are ready for a feed. Clues include sucking noises, hands moving towards the mouth or baby turning towards your breast. All babies are different. Some may feed for 10 – 20 minutes on each breast. However much or long they need, it is best, whenever possible, to feed when baby wants to.

Prop up your feet and support your arms and head with pillows. But the most important thing is to remain relaxed. Babies pick up on mother’s anxiety and stress.

Here are some interesting facts about breast milk, breastfeeding and babies that we found fascinating.

  • Your baby can smell you. Newborns have a strong sense of smell and know the unique scent of your breast milk. That is why your baby will turn his or her head to you when he or she is hungry.
  • Is baby feeding enough? As long as your baby appears content and satisfied after feeds, is healthy and alert when awake, is gaining weight after the first few weeks, is feeding regularly and has at least six wet nappies in every 24 hours, your little one is probably getting all the nutritious milk needed. Seek advice from your healthy visitor or doctor if you have any concerns.
  • Your baby can see you up close and personal. Babies are born extremely nearsighted, which means they can only see things about 8 to 15 inches away. That also happens to be the distance between your face and your baby’s face when breastfeeding. So when your baby locks eyes with you, it’s a true bonding moment.
  • The very best thing you can do for your milk supply is nurse your baby often. Breastmilk is very easily and quickly digested so a newborn will want to nurse at least 10-12 times in 24 hours. Usually this spaces out to about every couple of hours but it’s common for babies to nurse every hour or so in the evening.
  • Breastfeeding allows your body to recover from pregnancy and childbirth more quickly. The hormones released when you breastfeed make your uterus contract back to its pre-pregnancy size.
  • Breastfeeding exposes your baby to many different tastes. Formula has one taste.breastfeeding-eat-local But through your breast milk, your baby eventually gets a slight taste of whatever you eat, although not directly. This will later make introducing solid foods easier.
  • Breastfeeding may help you to lose weight. Mothers who exclusively breastfeed can burn as many as 600 calories a day, which may help you get back to your pre-pregnancy weight.
  • Your body starts getting ready to breastfeed during pregnancy. After you give birth, your body gets the final signal to make milk, which is usually more than one newborn can handle. Why? Your body doesn’t know whether you have one, two, three, four, or more babies to feed. Your supply then regulates to meet your baby’s (or babies’) needs.
  • Before your milk comes in, in the first few days after birth, your breasts make a thick, sticky, yellowish fluid sometimes referred to as “liquid gold.” Called colostrum, this liquid has the calcium, potassium, proteins, minerals, and antibodies your baby needs. Your baby needs only a few teaspoons to feel full and stay healthy until your milk flow increases, about two to five days after birth.
  • Your breast milk changes during a feeding session. When your baby first starts to nurse, your milk is thinner and thirst-quenching. Toward the end of the feeding session, your baby gets thicker, fat-rich milk, which gives your baby the calories needed to grow healthy and strong.
  • Breast milk heals. Breast milk is filled with special components that are designed to help fight infection and cut down on swelling in the breast. So, if your breasts are sore those first few days, gently massaging some of your milk into your nipples and breasts can soothe the soreness and speed up recovery.
  • Once a baby learns to latch on correctly it shouldn’t hurt to breastfeed. Always let your nipples dry before getting dressed again and a thin smear of white soft paraffin or purified lanolin can help with any cracks or bleeding. Also wearing cotton lined bras helps air to circulate. If soreness persists, seek advice from your midwife.
  • Babies drink until they feel full, not until the breast is emptied. On average, babies remove 67% of the milk mum has available.
  • Your body is constantly making the perfect milk for baby. Milk changes its nutritional profile as baby grows (milk made for a 3 month old is different than for a 9 month old).  Milk can even change day to day—for example, water content may increase during times of hot weather and baby-sickness to provide extra hydration.
  • Your right breast produces more milk. Almost 75% of all mums produce more milk in their right breast, whether they are right or left handed.
  • Human milk contains substances that promote sleep and calmness in babies. Breastfeeding also calms you and helps you to bond with your baby.
  • Breastfeeding doesn’t cause your breasts to sag. Pregnancy hormones can stretch the ligaments that support your breasts, so wearing a well-fitting bra while you’re pregnant is a must.
  • Breastfed babies typically get sick less. Human milk boosts a baby’s immune system helping baby fight viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections, including ear infections, diarrhoea, and stomach problems.
  • Children who are breastfed have a lower rate of certain illnesses as they grow up. Babies who are not breastfed have a higher risk of asthma, diabetes, and childhood obesity.
  • You can still breastfeed while sick. In fact, it’s good for your baby. When you get sick, your body starts fighting the illness by making antibodies, which then get passed on to your baby. By the time you show symptoms of illness, your baby has already been exposed to the virus or bacteria, which boosts your baby’s immune system. By continuing to breastfeed, you’re not just keeping your milk supply up, but you’re further protecting your baby from getting sick in the future.

 

 

Tea for Two – Perth Celebrates National Breastfeeding Week

Wednesday 15th June 2016

National Breastfeeding Celebration Week – 20th-26th June 2016. Pregnancy, preparing for baby’s arrival and being a new mum is such a special and exciting time.

13335831_609059579241580_4875727274828416965_nWhen Vicky, a breastfeeding support worker with the NHS in Perth got in touch about her plans to promote breastfeeding during National Breastfeeding Celebration Week,  we at Ulula felt that we must support her great work.

Vicki wants to positively promote breastfeeding in public and to help normalise it, which we totally support.

During National Breastfeeding Celebration Week local cafés and restaurants in Perth will give nursing mums a free cuppa while other local businesses are involved too, making this a real community experience.

Vicki is having a week of giveaways for new mums and so we are supplying her with 3 boxes of the very popular Holle Organic Nursing Tea, and 1 box of the delicious and soothing Holle Organic Baby Tea to give away – plus there are also lots of samples of the Holle Breastfeeding /Nursing Tea for Vicki to share too! PLUS, when you want to purchase the Tea for yourself, or any of the other Holle goodness, just use the Voucher code UlulaBFW2016 at checkout and you will receive FREE delivery on your order – try the Tea’s and receive postage free 😉

Using Nursing Tea to Naturally Increase Milk Supplyholle-organic-nursing-tea

The Holle Organic Nursing Tea is carefully formulated with a blend of the highest quality certified organic herbs traditionally used to help support healthy breast milk production. It’s a tasty and comforting tea that has already helped thousands of mums to successfully breastfeed their babies. And because it’s organic you can rest easy that there are no unnatural chemicals in your milk to harm your baby.

Holle Organic Nursing Tea is a great contribution to making your breastfeeding experience a happy one – get your free samples today at Vicki’s events through this special week, and experience the joy of watching your baby thrive as you share this special time together.

“I am really happy with the tea – my milk is flowing nicely!” Lucy, Ulula Customer

The Holle Organic Baby Tea is a delicious herbal tea suitable for babies from 2 weeks of age to help calm and relax. The carefully chosen herbs are also effective in helping to relieve wind. Older children also find this tea beneficial and enjoy the gentle taste.

“I have ordered yet more baby tea from you, in the past which has been a life saver for us!! i recommend it to all my friends who have babies with colic or reflux like our little one had.”   Catherine, Ulula Customer

And for those of us not in Perth with Vicki, and for Vicki’s mums who don’t win the Giveaway, here’s the Holle Tea special offer. Just use this voucher code UlulaBFW2016 at checkout for FREE delivery on your order – try the Tea’s and receive postage free 😉

For those mums who can’t breastfeed successfully despite their best efforts or don’t want to breastfeed for whatever reason, I would strongly advise feeding their precious baby with the very best quality baby milk or baby formula. Holle supply organic infant formulas and goat’s milk formula’s that contain organic milk from animals raised in the most natural way possible and with nothing added that a growing baby doesn’t need. And don’t be bullied into feeling guilty – your baby will be healthy and flourish. You can use the Voucher code above if you want to try the Holle Milk Formulas too.

You can find out more about the week-long event and giveaways that Vicki has organised via her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/teafortwo-Perth. Good luck with the event Vicki!

Supporting Breastfeeding – Free Nursing Tea Samples for Every New Mum

Free breastfeeding tea for every mum

Free breastfeeding tea for every mum

I was really pleased that I was able to breastfeed all three of my children. Having done so I appreciate some of the difficulties mums can face when trying to breastfeed their babies. I do, though, also know the pleasures, the rewards and the sheer joy this close and intimate experience can bring to a relationship with a new baby.

After a recently published report from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and the reaction of some of the country’s press I feel compelled to expand my new campaign to help promote breastfeeding here in the UK. Of course, my influence is limited and I desperately want to promote a natural approach that draws on the powers of traditional herbs that help with increasing breast milk supply.

Free Breastfeeding Tea for Every New Mum in the UK

So rather than just promote the Holle organic nursing tea/breastfeeding tea solely through the Ulula website I have decided that every new mum in the UK will be given the chance of receiving free samples of the tea. Since the beginning of the year every pregnant woman is being given information by the NHS on how to apply online to get their free breastfeeding tea samples as well as receiving advice on natural approaches to common breastfeeding problems. Mums can sign up to get their free nursing tea/breastfeeding tea samples at any time on our special campaign page.

Breastfeeding Problems – The Latest Research

I had mixed reactions when I saw reports of a Scandinavian publication with findings by the researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The UK newspapers were running stories telling us how “breast milk is not better than formula”. I was horrified.

I must, of course, declare an interest here. I sell the Holle organic baby milk and formula and the baby milks are very popular with many, many mums. A huge number of mums tell me just how grateful they are to have found a baby milk of such a high quality that they can trust to give their precious baby. I recognise that a lot of mums either can’t breastfeed or don’t want to breastfeed for a great many very good reasons.

The researchers from Norway say mothers who find breastfeeding so hard that they give up should not blame themselves. They suggest that difficulties feeding a newborn may be down to higher levels of the male hormone testosterone during pregnancy. There are many reasons why a mother might have high levels of this male hormone in her womb during pregnancy as the placenta – an engine of hormone production – kicks into action.

The team suggest that the hormone may impact negatively on the development of glandular tissue in the breast, in turn affecting a mum’s ability to breastfeed her baby.

Breastfeeding – “A Mother Should Do What Makes Her Feel Happy”

Lead researcher Professor Sven Carlsen said: “Basically a mother who finds she has difficulty shouldn’t feel guilty – it probably is just the way it is, and her baby will not suffer for being fed formula milk. “A mother should do what makes her happy.”

Professor Carlsen argues that it is the hormone balance in the womb which explains both a mother’s ability to breastfeed and any apparent health benefits of a baby who is breastfed – rather than the breast milk itself.

Breastfeeding and the Alternatives

For me, it is clear that the benefits of breastfeeding, for baby and mother, are much wider than this discussion. I would, and do, advise mums to breastfeed their baby if they can possibly do so – which is why I am running this year long breastfeeding campaign.

For those mums who can’t or don’t want to breastfeed, for whatever reason, I would strongly advise feeding their precious baby with the very best quality of baby milk or baby formula alternative – look for an organic milk from cows raised in the most natural way possible and with nothing added that a growing baby’s body doesn’t need. And don’t be bullied into feeling guilty – your baby will be healthy and will thrive .

Using Nursing Tea to Naturally Increase Milk Supply

Holle organic nursing tea

Holle organic nursing tea

Many mums do want to breastfeed their baby but feel they have a low milk supply and just can’t satisfy their baby. For those mums who want to persevere and try to increase their milk supply the Holle organic nursing tea is a great way to naturally encourage lactation.

The tea is carefully formulated with a blend of the highest quality certified organic herbs traditionally used to help support healthy breast milk production. It’s a tasty and comforting tea that has already helped thousands of mums to successfully breastfeed their babies. And because it’s organic you can rest easy that there are no unnatural chemicals in your milk to harm your baby.

Let’s Spread the Message

So my message to new mums or mums-to-be is this: the Holle Organic Nursing Tea is a great contribution to making your breastfeeding experience a happy one – get your free samples today and experience the joy of watching your baby thrive as you share this special time together.

Please join our campaign to support breastfeeding and spread the word to other interested parents and professionals.