Breastfeeding

Breast milk, the meals on heels

Breastfeeding has many benefits for you and bubs. The skin to skin contact, develops a close bond between the two of you.

For bubs, breastfeeding has many powerful effects such as:

  • Giving them nutrition and supporting their development
  • Supporting their immune systems as they grow and decreases the risk of developing future allergies
  • It is easy to digest and reduces the chances of constipation and diarrhea

 

For the you as a mum breastfeeding has benefits as well. They include:

  • Oxytocin production,  which assists the uterus return to pre pregnancy size
  • Reduces uterine bleeding
  • Assists with reducing your baby weight.
  • It’s cheaper in the long run! If anything it’s free!

Breastfeeding may take some time to start, which is perfectly normal. Sometimes unfortunately during this process we may develop mastitis or breast engorgement.

What is mastitis or breast engorgement?

Mastitis and breast engorgement can occur at any point during the breastfeeding phase. It is when the milk supply is interrupted by blocked milk ducts. Certain parts or the whole breasts can become swollen, sore and tender to touch and it can impact your body’s ability to breastfeed.

But alas there is a way! Have you heard of therapeutic ultrasound? 

Ultrasound can be one of the ways to help with managing either of these conditions. It helps improve circulation through the breasts by unblocking the milk ducts. Thus restoring the milk and making it easier to breastfeed.