Avent Natural teats

This is something P2B is seeing a lot (in fact 4 times over the past fortnight) …. Parents are not using their bottles correctly. Please make sure you pull the teat through until its lower rim is even with the screw ring. See photo. For optimal performance, massage and pinch the valve/teat a few times Read More

To burp or not to burp is the question! What is the answer?

P2B isn’t a big believer in burping babies. P2B recommend 3 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes of sitting upright and if your baby burps – fabulous! If they don’t – fabulous! It’s OK that your baby doesn’t burp! . Here is some great research explaining why baby’s don’t need to be burped. https://mcgill.ca/…/did-you-know/did-you-know-you-dont-need… Read More

The Thompson Method

P2B recommends the Thompson Method to many of my breastfeeding mum’s. The rest and digest is believed to reduce reflux and colic symptoms. Cradle baby: comfortably in your arm, elbows relaxed by your side First breast: roll baby onto the side to face your breast Align baby: baby’s lips to mother’s nipple Baby self‐locates: tongue Read More

Antenatal expression of colostrum

Before expressing colostrum antenatally it is important to discuss it with your midwife or obstetrician. Some potential reasons for expressing colostrum antenatally include if a mother has: Diabetes. A baby born to a mother who has diabetes (type 1 or type 2 or gestational) is at risk of low blood sugar after birth. Receiving extra Read More

Nipple Shields

I go to many homes postnatally and find mum’s using nipple shields. Nipple shields maybe a temporary solution for sore & crack nipples BUT they only mask the underlying issue: incorrect/poor attachment. We need to investigate why there is pain, why there is nipple damage and why the baby is not correctly latching to the Read More

Mastitis

  Mastitis means inflammation of the breast. It can be caused by blocked milk ducts (non-infective mastitis) or a bacterial infection (infective mastitis). The causes of mastitis are varied and are not inclusive to poor drainage of the breast.  This can be caused by poor attachment of the baby at the breast or limiting the Read More