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Healthcare by a Pharmacist mum!


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Preparing to Breastfeed!

 

breastfeedingWhilst it is certainly true that breastfeeding is a natural and instinctive skill it is not always true that it will come ‘naturally’.  Personal experience has highlighted breastfeeding as one of the most rewarding experiences life has to offer, but it has also taught me that support and knowledge are key to a successful breastfeeding relationship.  It is most likely that you will have an easy and straightforward breastfeeding experience but it is also very possible that you may stumble across a few hurdles on your way.  With only 10% of Irish mums continuing to breastfeed after four months it is clear that our support networks are somewhat lacking.  Continue reading


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A WonderBaba Guide to Weaning your Baby onto Solids!

brother-max-bibWeaning is one of those funny words we hear a lot as new parents. As we try to grasp what it actually means and how to go about it we tend to get overwhelmed by advice and information which can lead us to a seeing it as an obstacle instead of the lovely exciting and fun part of our baby’s journey that it can be! There’s books, menus and confusion over when to start and how it impacts on the milk relationship.  It’s another one of those topics that even your aunty’s neighbour’s cousin’s best friend will have an opinion on…. It can be hard to figure out how you feel about it yourself and what approach best suits you and your baby!  I have no intention in telling you that I have all of the answers – I couldn’t possibly know what approach is best for your lovely little WonderBaba – but I can tell you what I’ve learnt about the different aspects of weaning along my journey as a Pharmacist and mum of three very different children.  I can also tell you about what cues you should watch for from your own baby to try to decide how and when they will be most comfortable weaning. Continue reading


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Candida (thrush) infection of breasts – symptoms and treatment!

Nipple pain can occur in a breastfeeding mum for many reasons.  Obtaining a correct diagnosis is critically important for a successful continued breastfeeding realtionship. Breastfeeding is recommended exclusively for your baby’s first six months and then in combination with food right up until two years of age or beyond.  This article does not serve to prove the benefits of breastfeeding – it is universally accepted as the best source of nutrition for your baby and has many benefits for mum too.  No doubt I’ll write all about that at some other stage – today I am more focused on identifying those mums who are struggling with pain during feeding and would like to highlight thrush as a potential cause.  From experience I have found it is important to know the appropriate treatment when attending the doctors so that you can discuss the best treatment options available to you. Continue reading


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WonderBaba – Miscarriage – Symptoms and Support.

Bleeding, severe pain and cramping, or the sudden loss of pregnancy symptoms can sometimes indicate a miscarriage.  I don’t even need to say it but a miscarriage causes a mother distress of the most harrowing nature. It is ironic that early pregnancy is often a ‘secret’ and so the time that you really need support and help is the one time you feel unable to reach out and ask for it.  I’m writing this article for those mums who need advice, for those who feel the may be suffering from a miscarriage, or those who have experienced one and are finding it hard to cope with or process.  I hope to provide some information about what is normal and what is not during early pregnancy and to highlight some of the amazing and supportive resources there are for women in this devastating situation in Ireland. It is important to know when to seek help and if you do find yourself in the heartbreaking position of grieving for your unborn baby its even more important to know that support is available.  A pregnancy can be planned, unplanned or unexpected but finding support during miscarriage, both physically and mentally, should not be overlooked.

What can be a sign of miscarriage?

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A WonderBaba Guide to Insect Bites, Repellents and the Zika Virus!

 

This is a difficult one as the studies completed in the area are few and far between however there is current guidance from ‘bumps’ – best use of medicines in pregnancy from the UK teratology information service which is recommended by the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

mosquito biteDuring pregnancy or whilst trying to conceive women should follow the same recommendations as all other travellers.  If travelling to an area at risk of the Zika virus, Malaria, west nile virus, or Lyme disease it is worth postponing your trip if at all possible.  If this is not possible then every measure possible should be taken to reduce the chance of being bitten as discussed below.  I will also discuss the problems with contracting Zika during pregnancy and how it can put you and your baby at risk. Continue reading


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Breast Feeding Top Tip…Literally!

Breast feeding mums!

A health care tip this is not….but a top tip it sure is!!

I’ve read this a million times online so on no level am I trying to claim credit but on baby number three it’s my first time to actually try it! 

Wish I had given it a go much sooner! I really begrudge spending money on specific breast feeding tops because they are so expensive for what they are! I always say I’ll just make do with using a string  top under a normal top but always get really annoyed and flustered when I’m trying to feed my baby when out and about as I seem to spend more time fiddling with tops trying to preserve my dignity and building up a panicked sweat than actually feeding my baby! The whole debacle leaves us both stressed out and a little traumatised!! I really don’t mind feeding in public at all but at the same time I don’t want to be flashing myself and everyone around me – despite what my family would say I’m actually quite shy (I can hear the laughter already!) and so really always want to be comfortable when feeding my baby and doing as little fussing at tops and bra straps as possible so as not to draw attention to myself! I’ve always ended up admitting defeat and dashing into H&M etc to pick up some nursing t shirts – which to be honest I don’t even like the look of! Continue reading


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How to Formula Feed Safely!

This article is for mums who bottle feed their babies formula.

There is a lot of confusion surrounding the best methods to make up bottles and it’s one of those things which causes convenience to cloud our better judgement.  We are all guilty of wanting the most convenient methods and techniques of caring for our babies because let’s be honest – raising a child is hard – and so when given easy and difficult options it takes a strong parent to ignore the easy ones all of the time!  I hope to clarify here what is ok and what is not so that, as a priority, we can make the safest choices for our babies.  There are many areas where I would choose a shortcut…sure my third baby has a wardrobe full of trendy clothes and spends his days in his PJ’s!! However the safe preparation and storage of food for children, especially milk for young babies is just not something we can afford to compromise on. Continue reading


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Breast shields – when to use them and how to stop!

Breast shields – when to use them and how to stop! avent-nipple-protectors-milltown

There are a lot of benefits to using breast shields – they allow an easy latch for babies who are struggling with latching on due to problems like tongue tie or mum having an over supply or inverted nipples etc
They can help to protect cracked sore nipples – although it’s worth noting it can still be sore to feed on the first week or so even with shields on and working on your baby learning the correct latch is the most important thing to alleviate discomfort. Continue reading


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A WonderBaba Guide to Heartburn in Pregnancy!

A topic I’ve had plenty of experience with- as if expectant mums don’t have enough to contend with!

Heartburn is the name given to the feeling of burning in your chest which arises due to the stomach acid passing up from your stomach into your oesophagus.  It can occur on its own or with indigestion.  Indigestion (also referred to as dyspepsia) describes a collection of symptoms which include bloating, nausea, feeling full, burping a lot, or feeling sick.  Indigestion  and heartburn usually arrive just after meal time! In pregnancy though it may occur more frequently – especially in the last trimester. In fact up to 8 out of 10 women will suffer from indigestion at some part of their pregnancy according to the HSE. Continue reading