Welcome to Me and My Child

Welcome to Me and My Child where you’ll find lots of information on the wonderful journey of parenthood, from pregnancy, to birth and your child’s early development. Every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care professional if you have any concerns.

You’ll also find plenty of information about what you can feed your child.

When it comes to babies, Breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. Infant formula is intended to replace breast-milk when mothers do not breastfeed. A decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of breast-milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, such as the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.

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Breastfeeding Problems

Breastfeeding Problems
  • Top Tips for successful breastfeeding and avoiding potential problems
  • Sore nipples
  • Blocked milk ducts and mastitis
  • Breast refusal
  • Low milk supply
  • Oversupply
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    Top Tips for successful breastfeeding and avoiding potential problems

  • Begin breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth. Babies are very alert after birthing and eager to suckle. Your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) will be able to assist you. Besides helping both of you adjust to breastfeeding, frequent and early breastfeeding also helps increase your milk supply.
  • Offer your baby your breast whenever they shows signs of hunger, this may be every 1 to 3 hours to start with. Have your baby with you as much as possible following the birth, that way you’ll see and hear their signs of hunger and can attend to them quickly. Signs of hunger to look out for may include increased alertness or activity; turning their head searching for your breast; sucking their fist, sticking out their tongue or opening and closing their mouth.
  • Try to relax during breastfeeds, and avoid too many distractions. It’s a great time to watch your baby, touch and stroke their skin – not only is this calming but is a great bonding activity.
  • Avoid using additional water or formula as this may interfere with your milk supply. If you feel baby needs extra fluid, try breastfeeding your baby more often.
  • Your midwife or LMC will schedule regular visits after the birth to assist you with any breastfeeding or other concerns with your new baby.
  • Ask for help and support. Women who are supported and encouraged to breastfeed will usually be more successful than those who don’t ask for help or have little support from relatives and friends. Talk to your GP, midwife or Tamariki Ora nurse about breastfeeding support options.
  • Seek help and advice if you plan to go back to work. Returning to work may require a slight change to your routine but definitely doesn’t mean you need to stop breastfeeding all together. Good planning and support from your friends, family and workplace are important ingredients for continued successful breastfeeding.

  • Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended until around six months of age for healthy term infants – meaning only breast milk and no other foods or drinks. Breastmilk is nature’s perfect food and will provide your baby with all the nutrition they need. After the introduction of solid foods, breast milk will still be a major source of nutrition for your baby1.