We know it’s not easy, hang on in there – it gets easier and you will get some sleep. Bring in as many people as you can to help you. Don’t try to be a supermum and do it all yourself; just be as good as you can be and you will be great.
Early motherhood is a challenging time for any woman and can have a real impact on your mood and energy levels…
Deb Connor, member of the British Acupuncture Council, explains how post-pregnancy acupuncture can help you stay on top of your game:
“Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where the basis of diagnosis and treatment is that the mind and body should be in perfect balance. If the energy of the body; known as ‘Qi’ becomes out of balance due to the demands of being a new mum, feelings of low energy can result. Low energy levels can be accompanied by other symptoms such as low mood and poor sleep, which I often see in new mums visiting my acupuncture clinic.
“Acupuncture is a great way to rebalance your body after pregnancy and childbirth, helping you to increase much needed energy levels especially as a new mum. Your acupuncturist will do a full TCM consultation to make a diagnosis and will discuss your individualised treatment plan. Research has shown that acupuncture is safe and effective helping to gently stimulates the body’s own healing capability. Acupuncture can be used while breast feeding, in fact, certain acupuncture points can help stimulate the flow of breast milk if this is problematic.
“Often ladies will begin to feel improvements after just one session; however it is recommended that you attend for a course of treatments in order to get to the root of your low energy and deal with any other issues such as low mood. The number of sessions required will depend on how long you have been feeling low in energy and any other symptoms you are experiencing.”
To find a registered acupuncturist in your area contact the British Acupuncture Council, an accredited member of the Professional Standards Authority on 020 8735 0400 or visit www.acupuncture.org.uk
Almost half (46.4%) of those that breastfed found the first few days the most difficult with a further 20% saying the first two weeks are the hardest – this is particularly relevant with the birth of the royal baby
1. 21% mothers didn’t feel supported at all while breastfeeding – up from 19.5% in 2012 and doubling from 10.4% in 2011
2. 24% of mothers think more could be done to provide more literature, visual guides and online support to breastfeeding mothers.
This research follows the announcement earlier this year from The Royal College of Midwives, which noted that the UK is short of 5,000 midwives in the UK (February 2013).
Lansinoh are supporting this call from mums and health care professionals with a new downloadable visual guide and online animation which addresses key breastfeeding issues which is available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Both are downloadable from the website: http://www.lansinoh.co.uk/2ammums
Jo Gould, experienced midwife comments “In an ideal world, midwives would like to see new mums more frequently than they are often able to. Most mums look to family members or friends for advice with breastfeeding issues however these support systems cannot be instantly available 24 hours a day, leaving mums looking to other resources for a helping hand.
“A visual guide, accompanied with by the online video- accessible to all mums- and encouraging a support system across social networks is a great initiative”.
The new Lansinoh Latch Assist could help get you through the early days…
Lansinoh Latch Assist™
In the early days of breastfeeding, nipples may be temporarily flattened or inverted due to engorgement or swelling, making it difficult for your baby to latch on. The Lansinoh Latch Assist™ is specially designed to provide gentle suction in order to draw out the nipple and help your baby to latch on comfortably. The Lansinoh Latch Assist™ now comes with two funnels to match nipple size more accurately, includes a small case for hygiene and portability and is BPA free.
The NEW Lansinoh Affinity Pro™ Breast Pump
The new Lansinoh Affinity Pro Breast Pump has two phases; the let-down phase to initiate milk flow and the expression phase to maximise flow, along with three customisable pumping styles to allow mums to find the style that works best for them.
The New Affinity Pro comes with ComfortFit™ breast cushions, which are soft and gentle on the breast, and can be used as both a double or single pump to suit mum’s preference. Light and portable with a compact design and large lit LCD screen, the Affinity Pro is easily transportable and suitable to use under low light conditions.
Quiet, simple to use and hygienic, the Lansinoh Affinity Pro Breast Pump allows you to express more milk in less time, meaning a more flexible and effective way to ensure your baby is getting the nutrients they need. www.lansinoh.co.uk