If you are an expectant mother, congratulations! You will soon welcome a brand new bundle of joy into your life and into your heart.
It is bound to be an exciting and daunting time, so you might want to treat yourself to breastfeeding gifts, to make life easier once the little one arrives.
If you are not pregnant, but you have a spouse, friend or relative who is, then what could be a more perfect way to surprise the mum than with breastfeeding gifts?
Breastfeeding and its importance
Breastfeeding is the act of feeding your baby breast milk directly from your breast. Babies can be breastfed for the first six months of their lives, starting from the first hour after birth. Breast milk contains all the nutrients and energy that the baby needs for those six months; it continues to provide up to half or more of the baby’s nutritional needs during the second year of life.
Breastfed babies have reduced risk for conditions including SIDS, asthma, eczema, diarrhoea and hospitalisation for lower respiratory tract infections in the first year.
Some women pump milk using their hands or a breast pump if their baby can’t feed, or if they need a partner or family member to get involved in feeding.
Breastfeeding has numerous health benefits for both mum and baby. Research has found that mothers who do not breastfeed are at increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if breastfeeding were scaled up to near-universal levels, around 820,000 child lives would be saved every year.
Top 5 Breastfeeding Gifts for Postpartum Mums
Now let’s mention some of the most important and popular products for breastfeeding mothers.
A breastfeeding cover provides privacy and comfort for the intimate moments when you breastfeed your baby. Ideal for wrapping the baby to sleep, the product is also great for cleaning up after feeding and winding.
Breastfeeding lactation tea
We sell an organic breastfeeding lactation tea made of natural herbs including fenugreek, aniseed and fennel seeds. Certified vegan, Myrtle and Maud tea are free from caffeine and artificial colours and flavourings.
Our herbalist recommends drinking up to three cups of lactation blend per day, so it is the ideal herbal tea for postpartum mothers to relax, de-stress and unwind.
Breastfeeding recipe book
Going to the kitchen to cook food can be overwhelming when you are feeling fatigued and drained from giving birth and sleep deprivation. Your postpartum body requires nourishing food to keep you fuller for longer, so you have the energy to take care of your baby.
Our breastfeeding mini recipe book contains yummy recipes that are packed with nutrition to boost your vitality.
A gift hamper
The new mum is sure to be exhausted and drained from giving birth and the round-the-clock care she is giving her baby. The exhaustion may even induce feelings of irritability, anxiety and depression.
So, why not surprise her with a care package full of goodies, to show her how much you appreciate and value her?
We stock a variety of beautiful gift hampers that will go down a treat. Our wellness boxes contain self-care essentials for the mum to feel pampered in the comfort of her own home.
While our luxury pamper hampers will provide the mum with much-needed escapism, for a relaxing evening of massages, a lovely hot bath and vegan chocolate afterwards. The body balm and soap are also suitable for use on the baby, meaning the little one can join in on the spa session.
Alternatively, create your own gift hamper and hand-pick presents that are tailored specially for the mum.
Skincare for both mum and baby
All breastfeeding mums know how heavily they must rely on their bodies. You want to produce a good milk supply and your baby should be well attached to your breasts.
Add a few drops of our massage oil to the bath for you and your baby to enjoy a dreamy, relaxing soak.
Use our baby and bump balm to moisturise and soften the skin. Free from chemicals, preservatives and artificial perfumes, the product is a natural remedy which soothes dry patches and sensitive skin.
Frequently asked questions about Breastfeeding
What are the four stages of breastfeeding?
Lactation is divided into four phases, which are Mammogenesis, Lactogenesis, Galctokinesis and Galactopoiesis.
- Mammogenesis is the development of the mammary gland, starting from birth to puberty and continuing into the early stages of pregnancy. It is the preparation of breasts to make breast milk.
- Lactogenesis is the initiation of milk production, beginning from pregnancy and ending after the baby fully weans. The pregnant mum may experience the leaking of colostrum, a clear or yellow thick fluid which is stored in the breasts.
- Galactokinesis is the ejection of milk outside the breast. Galactokinetic hormones promote the contraction of cells in the breast, which eject milk. The baby is born with a sucking reflex, which enables them to feed.
- Galactopoiesis is the maintenance of lactation once lactation has been established, starting from 9 to 15 days postpartum.
What can I do to prepare for breastfeeding when I am pregnant?
- Hydrate well. You need plenty of fluids so that your body doesn’t struggle to produce milk.
- Take care of your breasts and nipples. You don’t need to scrub your nipples with soap, as this could remove the beneficial, bacteria-fighting oil that your breasts secrete.
- Eat healthy, nutritious foods and eat meals regularly. You need to meet your calorie count so that you have the energy to feed your baby.
- Read up on breastfeeding and pumping and seek the guidance of your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns.
- Prepare all the right equipment you need for breastfeeding, such as breast pumps, storage bottles or bags and breastfeeding pillows and cloths.
- Buy brushes and sterilising equipment to keep your baby bottles clean.
- Make room in the fridge and freezer to store breast milk.
- Buy nursing clothes such as bras, vests, t-shirts, pyjamas and dresses, to keep you comfortable and make breastfeeding easier.
- Have skin-to-skin contact with your baby on your chest after birth. This will stimulate the baby’s feeding instincts.
Do I need a breastfeeding station?
Establishing a breastfeeding station is an amazing life hack to help you master the art of breastfeeding. Going back to a familiar spot, surrounded by all your essential equipment, will save you the headache of having to dash around each time you have to feed. Having a safe space to go for breastfeeding will help alleviate any brain fog you might be experiencing, and establish a routine if you are a new mum.
Let’s face it, postpartum mums spend a huge chunk of their day breastfeeding. During your child’s first few weeks of life, you will be feeding the baby at least 8 to 12 times a day, or more.
So, choose a quiet spot where you can comfortably sit with your baby to feed. This could be on a chair in the baby’s nursery, with back support and space for a nice nursing pillow. Keep a chest of drawers to store your breast pump, nursing pads, bottles, storage bags and nipple cream. Ensure there is a place to keep items a new mum may need when breastfeeding, such as water, snacks and books.
Place your chest of drawers close to a socket, so you can plug in items such as a clock, lamp or phone charger. When the baby dozes off in your lap, you might be stuck there for a while. So, put your headphones in and listen to music, or prop an iPad up and watch a film if you can’t fit an actual television into the room.
This will set you up for the peace and quiet you need when you feed your baby.
What snacks help produce breast milk?
- Water is crucial for breastfeeding- if you get dehydrated, you will produce less breast milk
- Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables- to get the vitamins and minerals you need
- Dates – which increase breast milk quality
- Almonds – are full of essential nutrients like protein, calcium, magnesium and vitamin E
- Sesame seeds- which are high in calcium and oestrogen
- Pumpkin seeds- which contain iron, protein and fibre, which are essential for both mum and baby
Avoid foods like energy drinks, alcohol, and excess caffeine, as these act as a stimulant and can make your baby restless.
How do you build a stockpile of breast milk?
Stockpiling means when you express extra milk to store in the freezer for the times when you are away from your baby.
If you are going out for the evening, let’s say from 6 pm to 10 pm, stockpile enough milk to keep the baby fed in those four hours.
If you are going on a trip for the weekend, calculate how much milk the baby needs in a day and multiply this by the number of days you are going for.
If you are returning to work, leave the babysitter enough milk to feed the baby for the first day, and then pump while you are at work. Bring the milk home and this will feed the baby on the second day. This cycle continues and that is how your baby stays fed while you transition back to work.
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