When I was pregnant, I was confident that I was going to breastfeed my baby, and looked forward to having that relationship her (or him!) However, despite my training as a midwife and growing up in a household where the subject was discussed regularly at the dinner-table, I wasn't fully prepared for what lay ahead. Now, nearly 8 months on from that first feed after she was born I can look back and reflect on 5 things that I have learnt on my journey...
Gems from ILCA 2015 (No.1) 1 As it is World Breastfeeding Week I think I should relate a gem from the International Lactation Consultants Association conference held last week in Washington DC. Kathy Dettwyler, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Delaware gave a great talk about the time of weaning (meaning 'ceasing breastfeeding' not adding solids). Unencumbered by culture, societal and peer pressure, how long does biology tell us to breastfeed our young? It seems reasonable to compare the timing of weaning in non-human primates, but as they have different lifespans, growth rates and times to mature we [...]
TThere is something I need you to know: I am getting enough sleep. Why do I feel the need to tell everyone this? In this crazy world of motherhood where you need to censor almost everything in case you make other women feel bad, am I just being smug and taking the opportunity to boast about how great a sleeper my baby is? Ha! NO! I’m telling you this in the hopes that people will stop giving me pitying looks when I tell them that, not only does my 6 month old baby never sleep through the night, but [...]
LLike many mothers-to-be, I was in profoundly in tune with my baby during my pregnancy. So much so that at 34 weeks gestation, after months of me telling her every day that the best position for her to be in was head down, back to the left, my midwife discovered that she was head up, back to the right. Hmmm. So much for my deep intuitive connection! An ultrasound at 36 weeks confirmed that, despite my efforts to turn her using every method possible (including chiropractors, burning special incense sticks next to my little toes and swinging upside-down from [...]
NNow that the first few weeks of new grandfatherhood have passed, during which kissing my granddaughter was not advisable (see my previous blog “Six Guidelines for Grandparents”), after three months she became old enough to cope with germs from other than her parents. So now I can succumb to the yumminess of her chubby cheeks. The thing is all babies are designed to be kissable, and huggable. It’s all part of the kindchenschema, a word that describes the face of a baby that we intrinsically find appealing at a very deep level. The big head, the enormous clear eyes, [...]
MMy name is Georgy and I was lucky enough to be blessed with two incredibly loving, amazing parents, one of whom is Dr Howard Chilton. In December of last year my husband Rhys and I welcomed a little pink bundle into the world by the name of Lara. Since then I have been learning the ropes of motherhood by strictly following the parenting style known at "Winging It." Dad has asked me to share some of my thoughts here on his page in the hopes that some of his mummy followers will be able to relate. Since we all know that maternity [...]
Whooping cough is a terrible disease in babies and it is the under-1 year-olds that are the most severely affected with nearly 1% of the infected dying from it. The incubation period is between 4 – 21 days and during this time it is highly contagious with up to 80% of the unvaccinated catching it. The main reservoir of infection is in adolescents and young adults (whose personal immunity has worn off). But for all of us (even if we get the native infection) the antibody level (hence our immunity to the disease) wanes over [...]
Breastfeeding infants after six months of age who have no extra iron-containing foods are at risk from iron deficiency, as there is little iron in breastmilk
With my burgeoning experience as a grandparent and the response to the recent 'Six Guidelines for Grandparents' ( www.babydoc.com.au/six-guidelines-grandparents/ ) I’ve thought of a few more, which I hope will help the older generation tread the fine line of assisting the new parents without interfering. 1) Names. You named your babies, now leave it to them to name theirs. If they want to call him T-Kool…. smile, nod and don’t say a word! 2) Always ask the mother whether you can touch or pick up the new baby. As a grandparent you don’t have the right [...]
Behold Georgy and baby Lara. On the 15th December 2014 I became a grandfather. Little Lara came into the world and I can now stop secretly worrying about things totally out of my control… With this new qualification and experience, I feel it is an appropriate time to contribute some guidelines: 1) Just because it happened to you, doesn’t mean it will happen to your daughter. So many times I hear remarks like “Well I couldn’t breastfeed you, so you’ll probably have problems too”. This is unhelpful. 2) Bring food and cleaning equipment, not advice (unless it’s asked for). [...]
At birth our breasts secrete a fluid that smells similar to amniotic fluid. It is this smell that attracts our babies to our breast. So how do we get that smell on our breasts after birth?
There is no connection between Autism and Vaccination