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  • What is infant feeding support?
    Infant feeding support involves providing guidance, education, and assistance to parents and caregivers in nourishing their infants through breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, or a combination of both. It encompasses addressing feeding challenges, ensuring proper nutrition, and promoting a healthy feeding relationship and loving bond between parent and baby.
  • Can breastfeeding prevent pregnancy?
    In short, yes, BUT there are conditions. Exclusive breastfeeding has been shown to be between 98-99.5% effective in preventing pregnancy, but only if your baby is under six months old, your menstrual periods have not returned and your baby is breastfeeding on cue, both day and night, and gets nothing but breastmilk or only token amounts of solid foods. The strongest factors that affect your fertility returning are the frequency of breastfeeding and the amount of time spent breastfeeding over the 24 hours of each day. You are more likely to see your fertility return if your baby’s nursing frequency or duration is reduced, especially if that change happens quickly. Find out more about using breastfeeding as a contraceptive at https://kellymom.com/ages/older-infant/fertility/
  • Can breastfeeding make you tired?
    Having a new baby can be incredibly tiring, however you feed them, and breastfeeding does use more energy as your body is having to produce the milk for your little one. To counteract this, breastfeeding mothers need to increase their calorie intake by around 400-500 calories a day. This is why breastfeeding can also make you incredibly hungry and thirsty. Making sure you are taking in the right amount of nutrition and hydration is essential and can help combat fatigue. Breastfeeding mothers can also find it more tiring if they are not receiving the right support from their partner or support network. Pumping breastmilk for a partner to help with feeds, or having someone take the baby in the morning so you can get an extra hour or two’s sleep can be very helpful. ‘Breast-sleeping’ is a term coined by Dr. James McKenna of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab at the University of Notre Dame, and can be very helpful to breastfeeding parents. It is essentially the use of safe co-sleeping in order to improve breastfeeding success and ensure the mother gets as much sleep as possible. As your baby grows and their stomach grows with them, they can go for longer between feeds and will often sleep for longer periods, meaning you will be able to get more sleep. Contrary to well-established myths, formula fed babies do not sleep for longer periods or sleep better at night than breastfed babies. Each baby is different and your baby might sleep for longer, while another will sleep for shorter periods. Sleep is developmental and there usually isn’t much you can do to extend sleep, they just do their own thing. Exercise and relaxation exercises can also improve your tiredness in the early days of parenting. Find out more about the connection between breastfeeding and sleep at https://kellymom.com/parenting/nighttime/newborn-sleep-a-discussion-with-elizabeth-pantley/
  • Can breastfeeding cause miscarriage?
    Research shows that it is safe to breastfeed during pregnancy, although there is a limit to the amount of direct research in the area. Breastfeeding releases oxytocin, which can cause contractions in the uterus, but the amount of oxytocin released during breastfeeding while pregnant is less than when you are not pregnant. Oxytocin is also released during sex, which is also generally considered safe during pregnancy. The amount of oxytocin released by breastfeeding is not usually enough to open the cervix before it is ready to do so, although breastfeeding can help a slow labour to progress. Many women breastfeed through pregnancy and often go on to tandem feed both their newborn and their older child. If you are considered to be at risk for miscarriage or early delivery, you may be advised to stop breastfeeding. Find out more about breastfeeding during pregnancy at https://www.laleche.org.uk/pregnant-and-breastfeeding/
  • Can breastfeeding cause cancer?
    Breastfeeding actually reduces your risk of certain cancers - breast and ovarian among them. This reduction is more pronounced if you have your children younger, and the longer you breastfeed for, the more your risk of breast cancer is reduced.
  • Can breastfeeding make you lose weight?
    Breastfeeding uses around 500-700 calories a day, and research shows that long term, exclusively breastfeeding mothers do tend to lose more weight than those who do not breastfeed. While many women are concerned with losing weight after pregancy and birth, it is advised that you wait at least 6-8 weeks after birth to start trying to lose weight, giving your body time to recover from birth and establish a good milk supply. Your body just created an entire human being and it is amazing and beautiful, whatever size it is. Try not to rush to lose the ‘baby weight’, enjoy your little one and know that most of what you see on social media is a lie. Find out more about breastfeeding and weightloss at https://llli.org/breastfeeding-info/weight-loss-mothers/
  • Do you offer breastfeeding consultations?
    Yes, I offer breastfeeding consultations to help mums establish and maintain successful breastfeeding journeys. I provide personalised information, guidance, troubleshooting, and techniques to address common breastfeeding concerns.
  • Can you assist with bottle-feeding too?
    Absolutely. Just in the same way that I would assess a breastfeed, I would watch a whole feed via bottle and look at the issues you’re experiencing and what tweaks can be made to help.
  • What do you cover in your Mindful Breastfeeding Antenatal Classes?
    Join other parents-to-be due around the same time as you for two 2.5 hour sessions over two consecutive weeks where we explore all things breastfeeding - including how breastfeeding works, what to expect in the early days, common issues & how to avoid them, how partners can help, positioning & attachment at the breast (inc. C-section adaptations) and the use of mindfulness tools & techniques to help keep you calm & connected whilst on your feeding journey. We will also cover responsive bottle feeding, safe sleep options & the benefits of babywearing. You will receive a Welcome Pack inc. The Mindful Breastfeeding Book by Anna Le Grange, a NBY journal & pen, printed resources relevant to course content & 4 weeks of ongoing support via WhatsApp group for course attendees. Classes are suitable from 30+ weeks of pregnancy.
  • What is mindfulness?
    Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and aware in the current moment. It involves paying deliberate attention to your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and the environment without judgment. Mindfulness can help reduce stress, improve focus, and enhance overall well-being. It has also been shown to improve milk supply and flow (amazing, huh?!).
  • How can mindfulness benefit me?
    Mindfulness provides you with valuable tools to manage stress, stay calm, and be more attuned to your baby’s needs. It can promote a deeper connection, emotional regulation, and effective decision-making in challenging situations, which is particularly useful when adapting to new parenthood and any feeding challenges that may be faced. Some might consider it a bit ‘woo’ (myself included when I first started all this!), but there’s research out there now demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness for new mums (and everyone in fact!).
  • What are your qualifications in infant feeding support?
    I qualified as a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter in 2019 and have run a local support group ever since. I have recently completed my qualification to become a Mindful breastfeeding Practitioner via the Mindful Breastfeeding School and am now undertaking a further qualification in infant feeding to become an Infant Feeding Coach/Breastfeeding Counsellor. In addition, I have attended various workshops in infant feeding topics such as: Breastfeeding Multiples – July 2023 Managing Slow Weight Gain & Low Milk Supply – July 2023 An Introduction to Understanding Infant Tongue-Tie – June 2023 I regularly undertake CPD to ensure my knowledge is top notch and that I am up to date with any changes.
  • Are you insured & DBS checked?
    Yes to both. I am fully ensured by Westminster Insurance and hold an Enhanced DBS check. Once I have completed my Infant Feeding Coach course, I will also be registered with FEDANT, who regulate Antenatal Educators. Breastfeeding Counsellors and Doulas in the UK.

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