ArticleBenefits of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is nature’s intended way to feed a baby and has a number of health benefits for both mum and baby. In Australia, exclusive breastfeeding is recommended until around 6 months, and continued breastfeeding after the introduction of solid foods until 12 months – and beyond if mum and baby wish.
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ArticleBaby Formula Feeding Concerns
Most formula fed babies will be very happy on the baby formula you first choose. However, it’s important to know that not all formulas suit all babies. Below is a list of common feeding problems some babies may experience, however in most cases you will find these aren’t really cause for concern. If your baby experiences any severe feeding problems after consuming baby formula, such as vomiting or diarrhoea, you should seek the advice of your doctor or health care nurse immediately.
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ArticleBreast Milk Proteins - Allergy Risk
Our immune system is responsible for filtering everything we come into contact with – from food, to dust particles, to bacteria. In some people, the immune system can trigger a reaction against harmless substances, such as a food protein. If it does, this is known as an allergic reaction or allergy.
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Breastfeeding is nature’s intended way of feeding your baby. The benefits are quite extensive and long lasting. To name but a few, it provides the ideal nutrition for healthy growth and development, it contains other unique ingredients such as probiotics and prebiotics to support your baby’s immune and digestive health, it creates loving bonds with your baby, assists with returning to your pre-pregnancy weight, it has financial savings…really this list goes on.
Breastfeeding requires approximately 500 calories (2000 kilojoules) extra each day compared with if you were not breastfeeding. This extra allowance is to ensure that you meet the extra energy needs to sustain your breast milk supply. As your body requires this extra energy to produce breast milk, if you are not consuming these calories through your diet, your fat stores from pregnancy will help cover these needs.
It is known that caffeine does pass through into your breast milk. As caffeine is a stimulant and may affect your baby, it’s important to limit your intake while breastfeeding. Drinking small amounts, less than 200mg/day should be ok. 200mg is equivalent to approximately 1 espresso; 2 instant coffees; or 4 cups of tea. If you’re re-introducing coffee after your pregnancy you may want to start back slowly and monitor for any signs of unsettledness in your baby.