Lactation consultant Pinky McKay has a free tip-sheet relating to the very first breastfeeds - which are usually in hospital. Getting off to the best start possible will make the breastfeeding relationship between mother and baby a lot smoother.
For those 3 a.m. times when the baby is screaming, you've tried everything you know, but your baby still won't latch on - Pinky has produced an e-book that you can buy, download and read straight away. It's the next best thing to having a lactation consultant by your side!
Other sources of help:
- Midwives at the hospital where your baby was born (or your private homebirth midwife)
- Baby health nurses at your local baby health centre
- Lactation consultants - available through the hospital or baby health centre, or you can hire a private lactation consultant
- Breastfeeding counsellors at the Australian Breastfeeding Association - 24-hour national helpline: 1800 mum2mum (1800 686 2 686)
- Karitane breastfeeding FAQs: http://www.karitane.com.au/families/breastfeeding.php
- Karitane Careline: 1300 227 464
- Tresillian breastfeeding tips: http://www.tresillian.net/tresillian-tips/breastfeeding-my-new-baby.html
- Tresillian Parent’s Help Line: (02) 9787 0855 or 1800 637 357 (Freecall outside Sydney)
PLEASE REMEMBER - it is often the case that new parents receive A LOT of information and advice, and some of it seems to be conflicting. Sometimes you have applied everything you've learned and are still struggling until ONE piece of advice seems to be like a key that opens the treasure chest - everything suddenly falls into place. So keep asking, keep trying and use what works for YOU and YOUR BABY.
Do you think you may have low milk supply? If so, the time to act is NOW! Chinese medicine treatment - acupuncture and herbs - are very effective for increasing milk supply. When used in conjunction with tips from your health professional, Chinese medicine treatment can help you continue on your breastfeeding journey and provide your baby with the best food possible.
Mastitis usually starts with flu-like symptoms and painful breasts that may have hot patches. You need to seek immediate treatment. If you would like natural treatment, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are usually very effective. Please also consult a Western medicine practitioner, and follow their advice if stronger treatment is advocated (eg antibiotics).
This post is brought to you by Lois Nethery, acupuncturist and Chinese medicine herbalist at Ocean Acupuncture in Curl Curl on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Ocean Acupuncture is a natural medicine centre of independent health practitioners. The views expressed in this blog are the author's only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the other Ocean Acupuncture practitioners.
The information presented in this blog, and on the Ocean Acupuncture website, is for interest and educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for health or medical information or advice. For health or medical advice, please consult your health professional.