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  • We all know that breastfeeding is the most natural way to feed your baby and has a whole host of benefits for mum and baby! However, whilst it can be a great thing to do, it isn’t always easy to get the hang of, and can be full of challenges.

    Thankfully, the majority of issues that can come up during breastfeeding can be overcome, and whilst it can seem difficult at times, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. To help you along the way, we have put together some of the common issues with breastfeeding and how you can solve them!

    A sleepy feeder

    Babies love to sleep, although not always at the time that you want them to sleep! The best way to encourage a sleepy feeder to carry on eating is with a wake up call. Simply get your milk flowing by doing gentle breast compressions between your thumb and fingers. Your baby will then respond by getting back to feeding, you can also get them to suck by stroking under the chin.

    Latching on really hurts

    Your nipples are sensitive, so it makes sense as a new mother that they may be a bit tender during breastfeeding. There should never be any severe pain during a feed. If you are experiencing any, then it could be down to the latch. Your baby needs to get a great mouthful of your breast right at the start, to do this their mouth needs to be open wide, with their chin pressed into your breast and their head tilted backwards. If it still hurts, then speak to an expert.

    My breasts are incredibly swollen

    Around 3 days after your baby is born the milk production in your breasts starts to ramp up. This can lead to your breasts becoming swollen and uncomfortable. The best way to get through this uncomfortable time is to frequently breastfeed your baby, you can also hand express to relieve the discomfort too. You may even find that cabbage leaves (clean ones of course) placed you’re your bra can help with the swelling too!

    I have a painful spot in my breast

    This is likely to be caused by a plugged milk duct. It is important that you take care of this, as it can lead to Mastitis which is an infection in your milk ducts that can be incredibly painful. Ideally you will want to encourage the milk to flow through this particular area.

    Position your baby so that their chin point towards the tender area and carefully massage the breast in that one spot whilst they are feeding. Between feeds it is also a good idea to apply heat to the area. If it isn’t improving then you should speak to your doctor, midwife or health visitor. Here is a link to the NHS information in regards to mastitis:
    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Mastitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

    It's worth giving it a good try.. 

    Whilst there are some challenges when breastfeeding most of them can be overcome by seeking advice from experts such as health visitors, lactation consultants, midwives or GPs. So don't hesitate and ask for help. Most councils have special breastfeeding clincs on a regular basis. For most mums breastfeeding is an amazing experience. Not only do you give your baby a great start, but it will be amazingly convenient for you. Always having milk 'on call' in the exact right temperature, free of charge!

    But if breastfeeding doesn't work out for you, don't be hard on yourself! You and your baby will be fine in any which way. You are doing a great job - mums are best. xx 

    If you are concerned about your own milk supply, or feel that you need a boost to your breastfeeding, why not take a look at our online store? We have a specialist nursing tea that is designed to help you with your milk supply during nursing. 


    We hope that this blog was helpful.

    Lot's of love from

    Your Neuner's Team

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    Breastfeeding is beneficial for babies and women but it might not always be easy for a mum and it can become rather stressful. One of the biggest stressfactor is when she has the feeling that the baby is hungry and that she doesn't produce enough milk. 

    Thankfully, there are a variety of safe and natural ways women can increase their milk supply, all of which are readily available and fairly inexpensive.

    Take a look at some of our favourites:

    Fenugreek

    A remedy that’s been used for over a thousand years, Fenugreek can produce results within 25-72 hours – for some women, extra time might be necessary before you start seeing results. It’s inadvisable to take Fenugreek if you are pregnant but after birth, it’s considered safe..

    This is one of the most common herbs used to increase the production of milk and is suitable for both long-term and short-term solutions. 

    Aniseed

    The traditional folk remedy included aniseed and rum, but for the modern mum, skipping the rum is potentially a better approach. Derived from eastern Mediterranean culture, the aniseed herb is a common commodity in a lot of foods and in terms of milk supply, includes anethole, an organic compound that has oestrogen-like effects that can help to increase milk supply.

    Verbena

    There is a wide variety of benefits of including verbena in your diet. This herb is not only a popular choice for improving milk production but is a great solution for relieving tension headaches and menstrual cramps. Amongst other properties, verbena is said to help prevent depression and can restore strength after a cold.

    Caraway

    A great supplement for improving the quality of breast milk, caraway is thought to reduce colic in breastfeeding babies, as well as improving nourishment. Amongst its other properties, caraway is similar to aniseed and can help to ease bronchial inflammation and also has a number of other therapeutic uses such as; stimulating appetite, enhancing your digestive tract and providing marginal pain relief.

    Fennel

    Similar to aniseed, fennel is another liquorice-flavoured herb that can help to improve a mother’s milk supply. Originating in ancient Egypt, this herb is a common ingredient in both cooking and healing. 

    Ingestion of fennel can be administered in a variety of ways, including drinking fennel tea, eating it as a vegetable or using it as a herb in your cooking.

    These five herbs are just some of many that are thought to have an impact on the production of a mother’s milk and are easy to include in your everyday diet, whether that’s via your food or a cup of tea. For some, these herbs may not have any effect, but for others there has been a noticeable increase in milk supply.

    Of course you can also find all of those lactation herbs in our breastfeeding tea.

    Wishing all mums and babies a great day. x 

    Warm Regards from your Neuner’s team

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    The leaves are turning beautiful shades of crimson, ochre, and gold, and we are soon to be adjusting our clocks and seeing the drawing in of dusk.
    Autumn is a beautifully wild season with bluster, change, and fading light; the pungent acridity of dampening mosses, bonfires, and foliage accruing underfoot is set alive in the newly crisp sharp air.
    So, the colder months are almost upon us, and we need to prepare ourselves. It is wise to begin boosting our immunity and wellbeing against the gathering storm that is wintertime.
    Keeping ourselves healthy is not only about looking after our bodies, but our whole selves; remember to treat yourself and stay happy. Feed your souls as well as your belly!
    A relaxing half hour with favourite music, the luxury of a good book, a hot bath, yoga and meditation, or a bracing run cannot be underestimated. Togetherness is good, too! Don't forget to catch up with friends and family, and look after those more vulnerable than ourselves.


     

    We have long known the benefits of herbs and spices, and there is no better way to harness nature's power than to add natural goodness to your daily routine.
    When making soups and hot drinks don't forget the ginger, garlic, and lemon. And spices have wonderful flavours, but also are powerhouses of goodness - cinnamon, fenugreek, turmeric, chilli, amongst many are known to guard against many common ailments.
    A feast of colour does wonders for our wellbeing. It is said by many health experts that one must try to eat as colourfully as possible in order to maximise the benefits of fruits and vegetables. Try the purples of aubergines, blueberries and plums, along with red in the form of pomegranites, strawberries, rosehips, peppers, chillis or redcurrants. Yellows abound, too, with pumpkins and squashes providing yellows and oranges aplenty, but above all, do as your grandmother told you and eat your greens!!! Give kale a go, and welcome in the season of the Brussel  sprout! Those delicious mini cabbages are rich in minerals and nutrients, have a concentrated flavour and are incredibly versatile.

     


    When it comes to fermentation, you can reach beyond a glass of autumn cider. Fermented products are known to be incredibly beneficial to the immune system, so make sure to stock up on products like miso, raw sauerkraut, and tempeh. And you wouldn't do badly to stash away a jar of Manuka honey and things to add sprinkles of super boosting goodness to your everyday, like wheat germ, lucuma, spirulina, chlorella, or nori! And don't forget the molasses and raw cocoa for a touch of sweet indulgence.

     

    Staying hydrated is just as important in the colder months, too, as heating systems and the mix of indoor temperatures and extreme cold can wreak havoc on hydration and delicate skin. Treat your skin to a mist, and have skin balm handy. Try hot water with lemon as a wake-up, and a swift Neuners herbal as a winter warmer. Remember to sip water and don't wait to feel thirsty.

    Strike a balance with the outdoors, remembering to wrap up warmly, but also to try to expose enough of yourself to soak up valuable vitamin D from sunlight - this is best done in the middle hours of the day.
    Layering is a reliable way of staying warm in the cold. And nothing beats a sturdy pair of comfortable boots!

    One of the best immune boosters is relaxation and happiness, of course, so most of all stay happy and enjoy the autumn festivities!
    As the season gets underway there are always beautiful street fairs and markets, festivals for harvest, midwinter parties and celebrations to mark the passing of light and dark, as well as the many cultural and religious days of note.

    Until next time.
    It's time to put on my winter woolly socks, light a candle, and make some tea!

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    We are coming into Autumn, and also ending several celebrations of breastfeeding - breastfeeding week, breastfeeding month, world milksharing week, and black breastfeeding week.
    How fabulous that we have these great times where we talk about breastfeeding and congratulate everyone on their hard work and dedication!
    After all, it's a difficult balance and a thin line we tread when we talk about breastfeeding, due to the sorts of responses and issues that are current.
    What I mean is that we can talk about breastfeeding as being incredibly easy in relation to any artificial method, in that there is no external preparation or equipment or time spent preparing required, but if we talk about breastfeeding being hard work then we risk putting people off  - but this is simply due to our culture and the manner in which our society is constructed.
    If, as would normally have been the case thousands of years ago to ensure the survival of the species (and also in some parts of the world today), almost every human breastfed their young, then a discussion regarding difficulties would be met with a matter of fact response and ways to facilitate the parent, rather than a straightaway suggestion of cessation that has become pretty common. This state of affairs has led breastfeeding mothers to be pretty coy in the face of obstacles, difficulties, tiredness and whatever else.
    Juggling family, school, babies, jobs, and study can be a precarious teetering affair, today.
    Mothers can be afeared of those that utter sentiments suggesting that in this day and age it really is too much of a bother - worrying indeed when we are the same species now that we have always ever been!
    So, thank goodness that we now have cloistered support in the many closed groups and pages online, support from breastfeeding advocacy groups and networks, and helpful mamas who are there to lend a hand and reassure others.
    In such a climate it is incredibly important that we have delineated times where we can all come together in whichever way and celebrate our breastfeeding journeys; we need to pat ourselves on the back and acknowledge that in the face of aggressive marketing, of untrained professionals giving outdated and just plain wrong information, of practical obstacles such as work and lifestyle, and of unsupportive communities, we have done amazingly well for every hour, day, week, month and year that we have breastfed our children.
    For every utterance of cringeworthy phraseology, "weaning off", "drying up", "moving on", we can happily and joyfully latch on, snuggle down and feel triumphant that for all the mores and fads and trappings of modern parenting, the potent mix of motherly instinct and biological necessities will always prevail.
    Enjoy you journey!


    Love from us all at Neuners.

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