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Treatments for gas and babies​

Treatments for gas and babies Let’s chat gassy babies! 👶🏼💨Even though gas is very common in babies, it can be very uncomfortable.In this post we will give a few tips how you can relieve gas in your baby.⬇️⬇️⬇️Here are a few things that might help:🔸 Tummy Time:This position can put gentle pressure on their belly, helping to provide gas relief. Wait at least 3️⃣0️⃣ minutes after a feeding to allow your baby’s belly to settle before starting tummy time. Or try a more advanced move, use both hands and a lot of guided support to lay your baby tummy down on a large beach or exercise ball and gently roll her on the ball in a circular motion 👋.🔸 Massage Tummy 👐:Make sure baby is laying on her back, gently rub baby’s tummy in a clockwise motion and then pull your hands down the curve of the belly. Massaging in a clockwise direction helps to move gas along as that is the route the intestinal tract follows. Repeat several times to help move trapped gas.🔸Gas drops/ gripe water💧:Do always check with your baby’s doctor before starting any kind of medicine or supplement for gas.🔸Control the air 🌬️:Whether it’s a bottle or breast try feeding your baby in a more upright position to cut back on the air baby is swallowing. If you’re breastfeeding, be sure your baby is properly latched. For bottle-fed babies, test anti-gas nipples and bottles, which can change the flow of milk and reduce the amount of air your baby swallows. Be sure that the nipple is always completely full with milk. And try to avoid shaking the bottle too much, which can add extra bubbles to the milk.And there are so many more tips and tricks you can try to help your baby from releasing gas. 👩‍⚕️What trick/tip was the best thing you did for your gassy baby? 🤱🏼🤷🏼‍♀️
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Does your breastmilk smell or taste soapy?​

Does your breastmilk smell or taste soapy? Have you ever asked yourself “Why does my breastmilk smell or taste soapy?” 🤷🏼‍♀️ 🧼Most of the time when mamas go back to work 💼 and continue to breastfeed 🤱, they discover that their expressed, stored and frozen ❄️ breastmilk smells or tastes soapy.So what can be the reason behind this mystical? 🪄Some mamas produce milk that has higher levels of an enzyme called lipase, which over time breaks down fat in expressed milk. This fat breakdown can cause a soapy smell and taste.Do not worry mama, the soapy smell/taste is safe for babies 👶 and they will drink this milk without a problem. However, there are cases that baby doesn’t accept the soapy/smelly milk.How to solve this issue? 1️⃣. Try mixing it half with freshly pumped or expressed milk. 2️⃣. Try scalding it before freezing or cooling it (heat your milk in a pan on the stove until small bubbles form around the edges, but it is not yet at a full boil. After that cool it quickly). 3️⃣. Avoid fish oil, flax-seed supplements, old vegetable oils. 4️⃣. Drink bottled water (avoid drinking local tap water for a while). 5️⃣. Avoid any foods that contain rancid fats, like anchovies. 6️⃣. Increase your intake of antioxidants by taking beta carotene and vitamine E supplements.⚠️Note: scalding breastmilk is not routinely recommended because it kills live cells in your milk. However if baby doesn’t accept your pumped milk, this makes it possible for your milk to be used.Any mamas that have had breastmilk with a soapy taste or smell? If yes, what did you do? 🤷🏽‍♀️Double tap, tag or save this post for later ❤️💌
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Pumping Hacks – Lube Your Boobs

Pumping Hacks - Lube Your Boobs Did you know:Lubricating your breast pump flanges before latching baby on, can decrease the chance of damage happening from the initial suck ... (Yup).This is regardless of whether it's baby or the pump.You can use: 🫒 Olive Oil 🥥 Coconut Oil 💧Lanolin Cream etc. to lubricate your flanges.Are you lubricating your flanges? If yes have you seen an improvement?
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Your breast milk can have other benifits as well​

Your breast milk can have other benifits as well​ Did you know that your breast milk has so many other benefits …And it turns out that there’s a lot of truth in the statement “Breast milk really does work to heal many of the minor day-to-day health issues moms and babies are facing (ps: yes, research supports this). 👩‍🏫⚕️So let’s take a look, what else can you use your breast milk for?1️⃣. Ear infections 👂 - Some moms have reported that a few drops of breast milk In baby’s ear can help ease the discomfort. Also continuing to nurse and sucking motion can help your baby get over an ear infection.2️⃣. Blocked tear ducts 👀 - A few drops of breast milk into baby’s irritated eye can help clear a blocked tear duct.3️⃣. Baby Acne 👶🏼 - It may sound strange but newborns can experience baby acne. A few drops of your breast milk can help soothe baby’s sensitive skin.4️⃣. Eczema - Use a cotton ball, add some breast milk and apply it on the affected eczema areas. It might go away on its own, however, make sure to consult your doctor if it gets worse.5️⃣. Rashes - diapers are not everyone’s best friend. Some babies can get red sensitive skin. Breast milk can help soothe baby’s bottom and prevent spreading of the rashes.6️⃣. Teething 🦷 - Freezing breast milk into popsicles can help ease the pain of teething. We have seen great recipes on Pinterest/Youtube!7️⃣. Sore throat 🗣️ - Is your baby having a sore throat? Keep on breastfeeding and help soothe the throat pain. Breast milk has antibodies that can shorten the span of an illness.8️⃣. Cracked & Sore nipples 🤱 - Apply a few drops of breast milk into the affected area of your nipples to help soften and ease the pain.Have you used your breast milk for one of these steps above?
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The Benefits of Baby Massage

The benefits of baby massage Let’s chat “Baby Massage 101” 🙌A very powerful way to communicate with your little one is through touch. Newborn massage can increase awareness of how your baby communicates.👐 Massaging resting hands: Begin the massage with your baby’s hands. You basically start the massage with a resting hand and it can also be used when your baby needs a break during the massage. This is a great way for your baby to feel safe, secure and enjoy the massage.🦵 Massage legs: Make sure you have enough massage oil on your hands before starting massaging your baby. Try with one hand to hold your baby’s ankle and place the other hand at the top of baby’s thighs, molding it around the leg and moving down to the ankle. Repeat this gently with both hands.👶 Massage head: When massaging baby’s head, start with your hands on both sides of your baby’s head, run your hands down both sides of baby’s body, from head to toes. Next, draw small circles on baby’s head with your fingertips.👣 Massage feet: Most baby’s love having their feet massaged. Massaging baby’s feet can have a positive effect on the whole body. Gently roll and squeeze each toe between your thumb and index finger.🚼 Massage tummy: When baby’s umbilical cord is healed, a gentle newborn tummy massage can be helpful with digestion and tummy ache. Start by gentle paddling strokes, with one hand following the other.👶🏼 Massage back: When massaging baby’s back, start at the neck, swooping down to their bottom. Another option is using skin-2-skin contact to improve the bonding experience between baby, you and daddy.Do you massage your baby? If yes, does your baby love it? 😍👶🏼
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Breastfeeding and Ramadan

Breastfeeding and Ramadan Ramadan is a time of joy, forgiveness and detox shared with friends and family. A special celebration when people join together to fast, reflect and deepen their faith. Women who are breastfeeding can choose to fast, or delay until a later date to avoid any negative health effects. (Australian Breastfeeding Association, 2018). With this in mind, it is important to look at the facts and key tips about fasting and breastfeeding, so that women can decide what’s right for them and their little ones. Key Facts… Current research on fasting and breastfeeding shows that women’s bodies are able to adapt to any diet changes to maintain a good milk supply. Rakicioğlu et. al. (2006) discovered that short term fasting while breastfeeding does not cause a significant reduction in milk supply (yay!) and the major components of breast milk (carbohydrates, fats and proteins), essential for growth and energy, remain stable. However, they also found that levels of potassium, zinc and magnesium, needed for a healthy immune system and bone development, may decrease if fasting for more than 24 hours (Ravindran, 2018, Gluckman et al, 2014). Fasting Top Tips… If baby is less than 6 months old and is being exclusively breastfed, then on demand feeding is recommended, as they are fully dependant on breast milk for hydration, growth and other essential nutrients (Zimmerman, 2009). Babies older than 6 months can continue with their normal breastfeeding schedule, as they gain vitamins and minerals from both breast milk and solid foods. When fasting, it’s important to observe baby for signs of dehydration which can include; reduced feeding, sleepiness or a decrease in number of wet or dirty nappies. If any of these signs are spotted, then it’s probably a good idea to get baby checked over by a Doctor or Midwife for peace of mind (La Leche League International, 2021). It’s also useful to think about baby’s present health, as this could affect how well they cope with possible changes to milk contents or supply. To remain healthy, mothers should aim to drink lots of water and eat well balanced meals (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) during Iftar and Suhoor.This provides the body with the essential nutrients that it needs for healthy function and breastfeeding. Sweet treats such as oat based cookies may also be beneficial for extra energy and maintaining a healthy milk supply. Occasionally, some mothers may need to drink a small amount...
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