Just after my son turned one, I returned to work and he started going to nursery. He picked up hand, foot and mouth disease during his first few weeks there, and so began his first nursing strike. He became dehydrated, as he was barely having any fluids, and after six days the doctor sent us to the … [Read more...] about A week of nursing strike
Many new parents are surprised to find themselves feeling helpless when their baby first arrives. However well you prepare for your baby's arrival, it is common to lack confidence or to worry that you don't know what to do. There are thousands of books which will confidently tell you precisely what … [Read more...] about Dealing with criticism
As new parents, we suddenly find ourselves examining our babies' poo more closely than we could ever have imagined. We pay attention to the colour, quantity, texture and smell, and notice the slightest changes. We then go to the internet looking for answers and fear the worst. There are many … [Read more...] about What’s in a nappy?
After the work of getting things going, you may feel that breastfeeding should become easy and enjoyable. People talk about the amazing bond that comes with breastfeeding, or that wonderful oxytocin rush. There seems to be an increase in both classical art and stock photographs (no doubt very … [Read more...] about When You Don’t Enjoy Breastfeeding
When it comes to teething, all babies are different: a very few are born with teeth already erupted through their gums, while others may reach their first birthday without any. In general, most babies will have that first little flash of white in their gums by six months old, and by two years old … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding and teething
It’s not unusual for a baby to test out his new teeth on his mother. Some will breastfeed for months or years without even a tiny nip, some may do it once or twice, while some babies are more persistent biters. He isn’t trying to hurt you – he isn’t yet able to understand that he is causing you … [Read more...] about Help! My baby bit me!
What is a nursing strike? If a baby who has been quite happily breastfeeding suddenly starts to refuse the breast it could be a "nursing strike”. Sometimes this can be mistaken for the baby wanting to stop breastfeeding, but a baby who is ready to wean usually does so over a period of time. In … [Read more...] about Nursing strikes
In the early weeks, it is normal for a baby to “spit-up” and around half of all newborns do, at least once a day. As a baby’s digestive system matures, this usually decreases and for most mothers it is just a short-term inconvenience. 1 However, in some babies the valve between the stomach and … [Read more...] about I Think My Baby’s Got Reflux
“If breastmilk caused decay – evolution would have selected against it. It would be evolutionary suicide for breastmilk to cause decay.” An anthropologist’s view, quoted by the late Dr. Brian Palmer, DDS in Infant Dental Decay: Is it related to Breastfeeding?1 La Leche League GB is often asked … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding and Dental Health
In 2014, NICE published their guidance on co-sleeping and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).1 NICE downgraded the relationship between co-sleeping and SIDS from a 'risk' to an 'association'. This significant change reflects the lack of clear evidence that co-sleeping causes SIDS. Although some of … [Read more...] about Sleep and the breastfed baby