Feeding Sense

Feeding Sense 2017-08-28T21:40:22+00:00

Preparing to breastfeed

Our bodies are magically designed to produce milk and regardless of how you prepare or don’t prepare to breastfeed, your breasts will start to produce small amounts of colostrum – a creamy milk that will ooze in drops from your breasts from between 27 weeks gestation to the end of pregnancy. Being prepared The only real way to prepare to breastfeed is to watch another woman feed and get tips on how to hold and latch your baby. No preparation of your nipples is required to successfully breastfeed - don’t [...]

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B of COLLAB weaning

COLLAB is an approach to weaning we speak about in the Weaning Sense book. The last letter of COLLAB weaning stands for Baby-friendly. Baby-friendly weaning recognises that as your little one grows, he develops self-regulation and learns to take control of his feeding and eating habits. Being Baby-friendly is all about facilitating your baby’s self-mastery in all areas, including feeding, right through the toddler years. It is the best way to prevent fussy toddler eating. So how do we do this: Acknowledge and respect his hunger and full signals – [...]

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Make it easy, Moms

Becoming a new mom is like being in the MasterChef kitchen, with a box of ingredients and given 90 minutes to produce a gourmet dish in competition to a chef you idolize! It’s a pressure test without a recipe– no wonder we have those days when we are more than a little overwhelmed. There are three ways we can gain a semblance of control over the pressures of motherhood: Managing time pressure – Like a cake in the oven, your little one will seem to need immediate attention and unless [...]

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The breastfeeding / bonding connection

It’s February – the month of love. While most of us have experienced the love of a parent or the passion for a lover, we are generally unprepared for the overwhelming love we have for our babies. It’s this love that is the key to the survival of the human species. Our immature young are nurtured for a long time and with great vigilance simply because we fall illogically, utterly in love. The brain is masterfully designed to release the love hormone, Oxytocin, exactly when we need it – when [...]

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COLLAB Weaning

Just as you and your little one master breastfeeding and a happy feeding pattern emerges, you will start to turn your mind to when and what to introduce as his/her first meals. Transitioning your baby from an exclusive milk diet onto solid food brings with it many questions – When is the right time? How will I know when my baby is ready? And exactly what should I be offering my baby as a first food? You will find there is a lot of advice available, which ranges from ‘introduce [...]

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Food that feeds the body well

I have always had an interest in wholesome foods and have tried to feed my children healthy ingredients in the food I prepare. It can be confusing to know what is wholesome and what is marketing hype and ultimately what is best to feed your little one. In Weaning Sense, we tried to separate the noise from the facts, because a lot of what we hear is not truly fact. During the launch period of Weaning Sense we have been asked many questions about GMO, organic, allergens etc. I wanted [...]

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Weaning Sense – My Journey

With my first baby, feeding was the most challenging part of my early parenting journey. I battled to breastfeed and persisted against the odds until 6 months, but not without many hours of tears and anxiety. Once solids were introduced, I shifted that anxiety to how much James would eat. It was only when our wonderful nanny took over mealtimes that James’ eating settled into a more pleasant experience. I realise looking back that the emotional energy I put into each meal was not good for our relationship or his [...]

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Returning to work

Whether it happens at 6 weeks, 6 months or 18 months, it is one of the hardest parts of being a new mom – the realisation you have to return to work in a few weeks.  Here are a few tips that may just help ease the pain: #1 Your baby’s emotions – When you return to work, your little one is likely to become a little clingier and may not sleep as well at night. Play peek-a-boo and hide and seek to help her learn that you still exist when [...]

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Is my baby getting enough milk?

One of the hardest parts of breastfeeding is not knowing if you are producing enough milk for your baby’s needs. It challenges your need for order and when your baby cries, will leave you wondering if she is hungry. Your breasts are amazing at producing enough milk for your baby as long as they get enough stimulation. Your baby will need to feed between 2 and 4 hourly, depending on her age, weight and whether she is drinking breast milk or formula milk. In the early days, it is necessary [...]

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Three feeding challenges and how to manage them

Feeding is one of the most emotive of all parenting tasks. Any mom of a fussy eater will tell you that this is a horrid challenge, at any age. In addition, research has shown that between sleep issues, colic and fussy feeding – the problem that has the most long-term consequences is fussy eating. Here are three of the more common feeding challenges: Breastfeeding While breast milk is the natural food for babies under 6 months of age, many a mom will tell you that breastfeeding itself does not necessarily [...]

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