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TIPS AND TRICKS FOR ‘BABY WEARING’

‘Baby-wearing’ is the practice of carrying your baby on your body in a sling, carrier or wrap, so you can engage in your daily activities while keeping your baby close. Baby-wearing has been traditionally practiced by many cultures around the world for centuries, but has become increasingly popular in the modern world over the last decade.

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Being pregnant and about to become a parent can be as challenging as it can be wonderful, and can result in a range of emotions from shock and excitement, through to fear and anxiety.During this time, it is therefore important for you and your family to know how and where to access education, information and support in the community to help you manage any questions or issues you are facing.Your doctor or midwife should be your primary source of information, but there are a host of other support mechanisms, associations and classes around that can help you on your journey to parenthood.

IRON FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

Studies show that 50 per cent of pregnant women do not have enough iron in their body. The iron demands during pregnancy and breast feeding are particularly evident due to the expanded red blood cell volume, demands of the developing baby and placenta and blood loss around the time of delivery.The recommended daily intake (RDI) of iron for women aged 19 to 50 years is 18mg per day.  For pregnant women, this RDI increases to 27mg per day; whilst for breastfeeding women, the RDI decreases to 9mg. This is thought to be due to the fact that the lactating mother cannot increase the iron levels in her milk by eating iron rich foods or taking supplements. Also menstruation does not normally resume until after 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding.

BREASTFEEDING: HOW TO AVOID A ‘PLUGGED DUCT’

While for many women breastfeeding is an enjoyable and even wondrous time, some mothers may experience bumps along the way.  One of the most common issues that can occur is a ‘plugged duct’.  A clogged duct can occur at any time during your breastfeeding journey, so it is important to recognise the factors that can lead to this issue and signs you should look out for.

 

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