In the past and recently in last few weeks, I have supported some mothers with their use of lactation aids or supplemental nursing systems (SNS). It's not always easy and it can be a long process to achieving sole breastfeeding. With dedication, persistence and support it can be achieved! Let's talk more about their use and their benefits.
Some mothers and babies benefit from the use of lactation aids and supplemental nursing systems. They are used to supplement the baby (if medically required) at the breast which eliminates the need for artificial nipples. The use of artificial nipples may impact breastfeeding as their use may interfere with latching onto the breast. The baby may need to be supplemented if the mother...
I just watched the documentary film Milk by Noemi Weis. Although the documentary is not very well focused, it's messages are powerful.
She celebrates womanhood and motherhood and shows us how we work together and support each other to protect birth and breastfeeding. She also shows us how women, on an international scale, are sometimes exploited in birth and in feeding their infants.
Formula milk has its place but Weis exposes the exploitative nature of formula companies. Lack of education with manipulative marketing has led to a rise in infant malnutrition in some countries within Africa, Asia and South America. Breastmilk is a precious commodity for mothers in vulnerable countries and governments should do more to...
There is a large amount of conflicting information on when we should expose allergenic foods to our infants. The most recent evidence suggests that we should be introducing these foods (cow’s milk protein, soy, eggs, wheat, peanut and tree nuts, fish and shellfish) at 4 months. In the Leap Trial, potentially allergenic foods were introduced between 3 months and 6 months. Here is a link to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology Document on this topic.
Below I have summarized some main points:
1) The research states that delaying the introduction of high allergenic foods may increase the risk of developing allergies.
2) Research suggests the introduction of such foods between 4 & 6 months.