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Vitamins for babies & children

A quick Facebook chat with new mums this week has confirmed what I thought – there is a lot of confusion, conflicting advice and lack of information about baby vitamins. So I have attempted to gather together the range of information and discussion to make more sense of baby and child vitamins… Babies The NHS recommends that breastfed babies are given a daily supplement of Vitamin D (8.5-10 micrograms). If your baby has more than 500ml of formula per day, then you do not need to supplement. UNICEF states that giving babies Vitamin D is just a precaution because there is very little evidence of significant deficiency in babies. From speaking to mums and having a google, there is also some confusion about their Vitamin D intake and whether that is enough for their breastfed baby. Kellymom has some brilliant information as well as a great article which refers to research which has found that breastfeeding women would need to take more than the recommended 10mcg: from 50-100mcg would provide enough vitamin D for mum …

Tips For Weaning

Weaning your baby can be an exciting next step but it can also be an anxious time and one filled with conflicting and well-meaning advice. I have run weaning workshops every month for a number of years now and each session is different because the needs of each parent is unique. For some families weaning is a breeze and for others, it takes a while and they can be left feeling like they are doing something wrong. Here’s some simple tips for you… Wait until they are ready – there’s rarely a need to start this early. I get a lot of messages from very stressed out mums whose babies don’t seem to be enjoying food or progressing onto three meals a day when they are 6 months old – it can be helpful to go at their pace. Don’t expect too much from your baby – he may need to learn how to eat and enjoy different textures and flavours. Some babies dive right in with food and love everything, others are more cautious …

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5 Tips for Pregnancy & Birth

Labour & birth can be raw, unpredictable, powerful, beautiful, brilliant, emotional, raw, tough going, painful, exhausting and exhilarating. It can be quick, it can be long, it can be brilliant, it can be calm. It’s a huge event, there’s a lot of pressure, there’s a lot of conflicting information so good birth preparation is worth investing it,  and you can only benefit from looking after yourself in pregnancy and preparing well. Tip 1: Relax & Breathe Focusing on your breathing can be a soothing activity – it can provide calm for you and your baby and it can help with the management of stress and anxiety. Practising and using your breathing can give you a boost, it can give you energy, it can help to clear your head. Focusing on your breathing can provide you with a positive focus – in pregnancy and in labour – and it can also reduce adrenaline and cortisol and boost your endorphins. This means it can be great for discomfort and pain, for back ache, for headaches as well as for contractions. …