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Our post today comes from Anna Scullie – Breastfeeding Consultant & Co-Founder Frankly Eco. Come visit Frankly Eco at our Sydney Fair on November 4 + 5. Register for your FREE ticket here. 

Anna Scullie has a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion) and a Diploma of Breastfeeding. Anna works with Mums in the community to support them in their choices. She wants women to feel empowered in their decisions and is a little obsessed with anthropology and evolution especially when it comes to little people’s developing brains. She knows she isn’t the perfect Mum (she has two boys, 4 and 2) – but she happily and confidently does parenting her way and wants all mums to feel like this. 

While working with breastfeeding Mums Anna discovered the options for natural Nipple Ointments/Creams were limited. This prompted her to develop the first product of the Frankly Eco skincare range. Now, as well as working with Mums Anna is the Co-Founder of Frankly Eco

1.How do I know if my baby has had enough?

  1. Your baby falls asleep on the breast and comes off himself. He might wake again if you put him down, but that could just be because he just wants to be cuddled. Try again. It may take 5 reps of getting him off your boob, out of your arms and asleep. It’s okay, you can shower tomorrow. Just sit there and cuddle away – the silence is nice!
  2. Your baby has wet nappies – roughly, 5-6 wet nappies in 24 hours. As breast milk is readily absorbed by the belly, you might find your baby doesn’t poo as regularly. I test this with my babies by having basketball shots at the bin and if you can hear the THUD of the nappy, he’s getting enough!
  3. Unfortunately, your baby doesn’t have a petrol gauge, we have to trust our instincts. I really struggled with this concept as a new mum, but follow your baby’s cues and they will generally (this term used loosely) be settled for periods of times over the day/night.

The above question often leads to this…

2. My baby has just fed and is now showing signs of wanting more. What should I do?

I often get Mums in this situation to think about their own needs and wants. If you have just eaten dinner do you often sometimes look in the fridge for another drink or a snack of chocolate? Babies are the same. They do not run on a timed schedule (unless you have a Tamagotchi baby, as those things were always every 4 hours!) This often means that, like you, they are still a little bit thirsty or hungry. Don’t fret about your supply or question yourself. Remember supply equals demand – so put them back on and see how you go.

3. My baby wanted boob every 20 minutes last night between 10pm and 1am. Is that normal?

It’s important to remember your baby uses the breast for other needs as well. Your baby might be feeling like some extra comfort because they might be scared of the silence of the night. Remember babies have feelings too. They use the breast for comfort as well as food and drink. As their underdeveloped brain wires a little more and they begin to trust the process of being in this world – I promise – they will eventually sleep longer than 20 minutes.

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4. Why does my baby only seem to want one breast? 

Your baby doesn’t know how to count to two yet. Don’t fret. If he has fallen asleep after a good feed then it doesn’t matter which boob he happens to feed from. Good feeds can range in time, as long as you can hear and see him swallowing there is no time requirement for each breast or baby – they’re all different. Just don’t move so he sleeps!

5. My Mum’s Aunty Leonie told me once bub hits 4kg he shouldn’t wake more than twice at night for feeds. Why is this?

This type of advice is really frustrating as it can make us Mumma Bears second-guess ourselves, our milk supply and our babies. At night, your milk is full of immunity-boosting and brain building components. Our babies are smarter than we give them credit for, they wake to fulfil these needs and get these nutrients. Night milk is fatty and feeding during the night when your baby is at a young age keeps your supply healthy, don’t let any particular age or weight determine how many times you feed through the night. Do what you feel is right and what your baby needs.

If you have any questions you can contact Anna via the contact page on the Frankly Eco website (www.franklyeco.com) and lastly, Anna feels it is important for us all to appreciate and understand ~ It takes a community to support a breastfeeding mother.

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Disclaimer: This is general advice for healthy, normal weight, full-term babies – every baby is different so please use the advice given by your medical team for your baby’s needs.

Please seek medical advice for any questions or concerns with your babies – seek out your local doctor, ABA meeting, IBLCE or MCH nurse if you feel something isn’t right.