Category Archives: After birth

Take it easy Mumma!

I love this article by Gloria Lemay!  It’s something that every Mumma needs to take notice of.  Every person really!


The Undervalued Therapeutic Power of Rest

I developed very sore nipples when my youngest daughter (now 28 years old) was about 8 months old. I was working as a midwife at the time and I was completely perplexed and dismayed to be having sore nipples for, what I thought was, no reason at all. I called the La Leche League to see if they had any ideas about cause or cure and the first response on the other end of the phone was “Have you been getting your rest?” Oh, how I hated those words. . . I wanted a much fancier diagnosis than “you’re tired, dear”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in After birth, All, breast-feeding


Delayed cord clamping pictures

An amazing article, with some amazing pics of how an umbilical cord changes after birth.  Absolutely astounding!

Magic Umbilical Cords

I am amazed by just about everything having to do with birth….mothers, the creation of babies from a sperm and egg, the childbirth process, the placenta, the umbilical cord…

Aaahhhh….that umbilical cord. That magical connection that grows life. It filters, it provides, it knows when to start and it knows when baby no longer needs it.

I’ve often tried to explain to people the incredible changes that happen at birth – including to the umbilical cord – but I’ve had a hard time finding images to demonstrate what I’m trying to explain.

Until now! I recently attended a birth and asked the mother permission to take photographs of her baby’s umbilical cord to document the changes it goes through after the birth – and she said yes! Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on December 6, 2011 in After birth, All, Delayed cord clamping


Breastfeeding painful? Maybe it’s tongue tie!

I wish I had found this article when I was breast-feeding DS1!  I cried every day for 13 weeks when it came to feeding, as it was just so insanely painful.  I completely dismissed the idea of him having tongue tie, as he was still able to poke his tongue out.  But apparently some babies can stick their tongues out with tongue tie.  He suffered so many of the symptoms on this list.  And my husband had a tongue tie when he was young too (it’s genetic).  Well, at least I know now I suppose…

Tongue tie, the hidden cause of feeding problems? (however you feed your baby)

Milk Matters are confident identfying indicators of tongue tie.  We can provide information about moving forward either within the NHS and with the private IBCLC oral specialists we work closely alongside.

 We now over an International virtual service to help you identify signs of tongue restriction, and explore your options.

What Is It?

If you look under your tongue, you might see it is attached to the floor of your mouth with what is called a lingual frenum or frenulum.  This “string” is left over tissue from facial development and typically works its way back down the tongue during pregnancy, reducing to insignificance before birth.  Sometimes this doesn’t happen and ties can also occur on upper or lower lips, gums and cheeks.

If the string is too short, or tight and so restricts movement of the tongue, this is termed “tongue tie” (Ankyloglossia).

How Common Is It?

It seems to be a hot topic at the moment, but there are very good reasons for this.  Tongue tie in early infancy is far more likely to be obvious in a breastfed baby; bottle teats do not complain of compression, blister if an incorrect tongue action is used, nor does bottle supply dip as a result of poor feeding action.  Even if mum finds her baby refuses the bottle or struggles with a slow flow teat, is colicky, refluxy or showing other common signs – it may never be linked to the tongue.

For decades bottle feeding was more popular than breastfeeding, and as a result many medical professionals lost their skills of diagnosing and treating tongue-tie.  This means that not only are the statistics we have likely to be misleading because they only include those diagnosed, but also that mums may have trouble finding someone who can effectively recognise and treat the problem.  A more recent study at Southampton suggested 10% of all babies born had tongue tie (Note as Ankyloglossia is genetic, this rate may vary area to area and country to country). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 4, 2011 in After birth, All, breast-feeding


Life with a newborn

Your life as a pie graph

Life with a newborn

This was how life with a newborn was described to me at my prenatal class for DS1.  You have 24 hours in a day.  This is an example of crazy early baby days. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 15, 2011 in After birth, All


The Placenta: essential resuscitation equipment

I wish I had had access to this article and these resources when pregnant with Will!  When I wrote his birth plan, I specified that if baby needed resuscitation, I wished it to take place on / next to me, with his cord still attached.  The ‘natural’ midwives thought this was a stupid request, and that I was ludicrous for even suggesting such a thing!  They said they would have to check with the OBs, but doubted it would be possible, as all the machines were on the other side of the room.  The machines.  Hmmm. reminds me of that Monte Python skit about birth. Might have to link that one as my next ‘article’… 😛 

And please watch the videos, they are fantastic 🙂

The Placenta: essential resuscitation equipment

Resuscitation Equipment

Knowledge about the short-term and long-term benefits of ‘delayed cord clamping’ is finally making it into practice. Midwives and in some cases obstetricians are realising the importance of allowing the placenta to finish circulating blood before intervening. I personally don’t like the term ‘delayed cord clamping’ and prefer the term ‘premature clamping’ to describe the alternative practice. However, whatever you choose to call it, the good news is that babies are benefitting from the practice. Read the rest of this entry »


Is co-sleeping with a newborn best?

I’m not one for co-sleeping full-time, but this article really struck a chord.  After Will’s fantastic (accidental unassisted) birth, I went in to the hospital to spend the night (just for a bit of time-out).  That night, I was lying on my bed, with him in is little hospital cot right beside me, and I just felt he was soooo far away!  It just felt so un-natural.  I think, now that I have seen this video, I won’t feel so bad about wanting to have more ‘snuggle time’, and possibly even co-sleeping for a while, with my next newborn.

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Posted by on April 2, 2011 in After birth, All


Recovery from birth

After the births of my sons, I took some homeopathic medicine, and it was wonderful!  I particularly noticed it with DS2, as at first I didn’t have them with me in the hospital, and had to wait for my husband to bring them in for me!  I was so glad when he finally arrived, and I was able to get some relief.

I took:
Arnica 30c, Bellis Perennis 30c 3x a day to reduce pain and swelling.
Calendula 30c an hour after the above combination to help heal my cuts and tears.
Kali Phos 30c to help with exhaustion and broken sleep.
I also put iceblocks in my pads.


Hope your recovery is as quick as mine was – I was basically walking at my normal pace within 48 hours after birth!

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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in After birth, All

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