Calmosine Sleep: Validating the Results of our 58 Child Study
The sleep of our toddlers is often disturbed... Parents worry about this and if left unresolved, such disturbances can result in the whole family suffering. In order to find natural solutions to improve everyone's daily life, a survey developed by the Parents Magazine team was conducted amongst their readers.
Relactation is the return to breastfeeding after a gap, maybe of a few weeks or sometimes even longer. There are many reasons why mums stop breastfeeding but during the Covid outbreak there has been an increase in mums interested in trying to re-establish milk supply and nurse babies themselves.
As we know, breastfeeding itself is not always easy, so returning to it after a break takes a bit of dedication and it helps if you have a good support network around you. You can gain extra support from your local health visitor, family doctor or a qualified lactation consultant. They can offer specialist help and provide reassurance throughout; we have recently been reading some of their stories on social media and the results are lovely to see.
Milk supply can return quickly in some mums and take a little longer in others. If baby is around 4 months old or younger if is generally easier to relactate. However, this does not mean if your child is older it won’t work, it may just take a little longer. Those mums who did not establish breastfeeding to start with can also get good results with a little persistence. Even women who have never given birth themselves can establish a milk supply!
There are two elements to consider when looking to induce lactation or relactation. The first is teaching or re-educating your baby to being nursed at the breast. They should associate this with comfort and it is important to try and offer the breast often, even if you are not yet producing milk. Even if baby is just sucking or latching, this sends signals to your body to produce milk. Skin to skin contact in a relaxed atmosphere will be lovely time spent together, you should see signs from baby as they start to look for the nipple, maybe even take it in their mouth but maybe not suck on it. These signs are all positive that baby is starting to find their way, after all they are pre-programmed to breastfeed and it can be surprising how quickly some babies adapt to it. It can take some longer so be patient with yourself and baby.
The second element is establishing or re-starting your milk supply. Send your body the signals to start to produce milk. This requires nipple stimulation (via baby nursing as described above), hand expression (there are many websites that demonstrate good techniques for this) and using a milk pump or more usually, a combination of all three.
The more often you can pump milk or feed baby at the breast, the more milk your body will make. To start with plan to feed baby at the breast or pump milk 8-10 times in a 24-hour period. If you can do it more often, that’s even better. At first you may get very little or no milk but that’s fine. It can take a few days for your body to start to respond to the milk making signals it is getting. Give any milk you produce to baby as well as their formula.
Some of you may worry that baby is getting enough milk in those early days. Watch baby to see how they are drinking. You should see deep slow sucks with a pause when their mouth is wide open. If this happens for a few minutes, then baby is probably getting a good amount of milk. You may still need to top up with pumped milk if baby still needs more. Also, watch their nappies. You will also see a change in the nappy as your baby takes more milk from you. It will change in colour and stools will become looser. Keep a track of nappy contents to reassure yourself that baby getting enough to eat.
Some mums will try herbal supplements to help boost milk supply and one of the most popular of these is fenugreek. It has been used for centuries in nursing mothers to help to establish and increase supply. Used alongside hand expression and pumping of milk they can support the process of re-establishing milk supply. They won’t work on their own, but many women have found taking them helps with the journey.
It requires dedication and giving yourself and your baby time to settle to the new routines. Don’t worry if one day baby is feeding well and the next day, they are fractious and fussy. Measure your success over a period of time rather than day by day. Like all breastfeeding journeys, it will be unique to you and your little one.
Designed and produced in France, Calmosine Breastfeeding contains organic ingredients and was developed alongside Midwives in France. Containing Fenugreek to help boost milk supply, passiflora and dog rose hip to help with stress and anxiety, magnesium for energy levels and biotin for skin, hair and nails. Calmosine Breastfeeding is proven to help improve mood, tiredness and increase milk supply.
Calmosine Breastfeeding contains organic plant extracts from plants grown and harvested by farmers committed to using sustainable and environmentally friendly growing methods.
See the results of the 2019 Calmosine Breastfeeding Trial