What is Calmosine Breastfeeding?

Calmosine Breastfeeding is a food supplement developed with the support of midwives to help mothers with a natural milk supply and reduce tiredness.

Calmosine Breastfeeding contains a mixture of ingredients known to relieve stress and fatigue (Passiflora, Dog Rose, Magnesium), help natural lactation (Fenugreek) and contribute to the maintenance of normal skin and mucous membranes (Biotin or Vitamin B8). Calmosine Breastfeeding is purchased in handy 10 ml sachets ideal for your baby bag. Consumed undiluted by mum twice daily; in the morning and late in the afternoon, Calmosine Breastfeeding can be used for as long as necessary.

Breastfeeding Problems

As with any new skill, breastfeeding takes time to perfect. Especially when you’re a first time mum it can be frustrating that you don’t instantly know how to feed, but being too hard on yourself will only make the task more difficult.

Problems when breastfeeding can include:

Sore or cracked nipplesmost common at three to seven days into breastfeeding, sore or cracked nipples usually occur because your baby is poorly positioned during feeding. It’s important to seek assistance from your midwife or health visitor as soon as possible to avoid the situation getting worse.
Not enough breast milk – alternating breasts will help stimulate your milk supply but it can be a worry at first not knowing whether your baby is getting enough milk.
Breast engorgement – this means your breasts are too full of milk and usually happens in the first few days of breastfeeding until your supply matches your baby’s needs.
Baby is not latching on properlybreastfeeding can be painful if your baby isn’t latching on properly and baby can finish the feed unsatisfied. Breastfeeding is a skill you and your baby will learn together.
Too much breast milk – sometimes you can produce too much breast milk and your baby may struggle to cope. A health visitor should be able to assist you with the best position for baby to feed from.
Breastfeeding and thrush – Thrush infections occur when the candida fungus that causes thrush gets into the nipple or breast. If you suspect your or your baby has thrush you should see your health visitor or GP.
Blocked milk duct – excessive breast engorgement can cause a blocked milk duct, which may present itself by a tender lump forming in your breast. If possible, position your baby with their chin pointing towards the lump so they can feed from that part of the breast.
Mastitis (inflammation of the breast) – this happens when a blocked milk duct isn’t relieved. The breast feels hot and painful and can you can experience flu-like symptoms. Starting with the tender breast can help when continuing to breastfeed throughout.
Breastfeeding and tongue tie – a small proportion of babies (4-11%) have an unusually short strip of skin connecting their tongue to the floor of their mouth. Some babies with ‘tongue tie’ are not especially bothered by it, but others can find it difficult to breastfeed. Tongue tie is very treatable.

The benefits of breastfeeding for Mum & Baby

(Source: NHS)

Protection from infection – breast milk is known to equip your baby with natural (germ killing) antibodies, which help them fight infections like tummy bugs, diarrhoea, colds and chest and ear infections.

Full of goodness – breast milk contains the ideal combination of vitamins and nutrition.

Breastfed babies have a lower chance of SIDS and childhood leukaemia – statistics suggest that breastfeeding reduces the risk of both sudden infant death syndrome (also known as Cot Death) and childhood leukaemia.

Protects long term health – statistics also show that breastfeeding reduces the likelihood of your baby developing diabetes or becoming overweight when they’re older.

Reduces the risk of allergies – there’s a chance your baby will inherit allergies if there’s a family history of them. Breastfeeding until they’re six months old is the best way of reducing the chance of them developing allergies.

Protects Your Health – Breastfeeding also has a range of health benefits for mum including lowering your risk of ovarian and breast cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Shrinks your uterus back down to size – after you give birth you may appear to still be pregnant until the uterus gradually shrinks back down to size, but breastfeeding speeds up the process.

Helps with bonding – the skin on skin contact of breastfeeding can help strengthen the bond between mum and baby.

Burns off calories – exclusively breastfeeding burns up to 300 calories a day.

The benefits exceed 6 months – there’s some evidence to suggest that continuing to breastfeed beyond six months aids digestion of solid foods.

Strategies for Easier Breastfeeding

Being a new mum (regardless of whether you’ve had children before) is an exciting but stressful time; you’re experiencing so many different emotions. Making sure you look after yourself is essential, both for your own and your baby’s well being. Remembering to eat right, exercise and take advantage of your support system of friends and family is essential.

Here are some tips for breastfeeding specifically:

Research in advance – immediately after giving birth is probably not the best time to do your research as there’s so much going on around you and you’re exhausted. Speak to women you know who have breastfed, breastfeeding consultants and consult breastfeeding online forums before your baby is born.

Begin early – your baby’s senses are particularly heightened within the first hour after birth. Use that time to try and breastfeed immediately; since they’re hard wired to find the breast they’re more likely to latch on correctly at this early stage.

Try skin-to-skin – positioning your baby onto your nude torso whilst they’re nude can stimulate their feeding instincts.

Learn the signs – you will start to recognise your baby’s hunger signals early on. These generally consist of head rolling and bringing their hands to their mouth. If you are able to respond to these gestures early your baby will continue to use them.

Combating engorgement – try to feed baby every two to three hours in the beginning. If your breasts feel engorged (tight, large and firm) a few days after birth its nothing to panic about – this is your mature milk coming through. If your baby has a hard time latching on during this period you could express or pump a small amount of milk before feeding from your breast.

Speak to a professional – breastfeeding shouldn’t be painful. If you’re struggling or baby isn’t wetting at least 6 – 12 nappies a day you should speak to your doctor or health visitor as soon as possible. Remember that a lot of mums have the problems you’re having and you don’t need to suffer in silence.

Get some sleep – you need to look after your own well-being as well as your baby’s by making sure you get some sleep. After about the first month once you and your baby have built up a nursing routine you can pump bottles of your own milk so that your partner can fill in for you. Make sure you pump whenever baby feeds to keep your milk supply up.

Breastfeeding

If you choose to breastfeed it’s important that you’re equipped with the necessary knowledge to master the skill and know what to do if there are any hiccups along the way.

Breast fed babies have been proven statistically to have lower chances of SIDS (sudden instant death syndrome), childhood leukaemia, allergies, diabetes and obesity when they’re older.

Your milk is full of goodness providing your baby with antibodies to fight infection and the perfect mix of vitamins and nutrition. Breastfeeding your baby has also been proven to strengthen your bond.
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