Written By Taya Griffin, Breastfeeding Consultant and Homeopathic Practitioner
When I counsel mothers-to-be regarding breastfeeding they are surprised when I tell them to head to the grocery store in preparation! I thought I would share a few of the items on my list with Toronto Yoga Mamas:
1) Olive Oil – Breastfeeding should never be painful and when it is, it is time to seek help! However, some mothers do feel a degree of sensitivity as the baby pulls and tugs the nipple deeply into their mouth. Olive oil can be a huge help to soothe these sensitive nipples in the early days. A tiny drop warmed up between your fingers can be used before or after a feed.
2) Cabbage – Some mothers feel some discomfort when their milk transitions away from the colostrum, or perfect first milk, to more mature milk. This usually happens at around 72 hours after the baby has been born. If everything is going well the discomfort is slight but if mom and baby are taking some time to get the hang of things cool cabbage leaves applied to the breast can relieve some of the swelling and hardness that may occur. If you think about the shape of a cabbage leaf you could imagine that nature designed it just for this reason!
3) Oatmeal – The number one reason mothers give up breastfeeding is because they feel they don’t have enough milk for their baby. Getting the best latch possible and knowing how to tell that baby is getting milk is crucial for success. Adding a little something that promotes your supply certainly won’t hurt! Oatmeal (real rolled oats) is a natural galactagogue, or milk making substance, and is also highly nutritious and easy to make. Add some lactation tea and you have a perfect combination for those very early morning breakfasts!
Want to learn more?
Join me for a Free Breastfeeding Q&A Session
MON JUL 22ND 7:30PM - 8:30PM
FRIDAY FEB 15TH
6:30PM - 7:45PM
A fun 75 mins free event for expecting mamas!
Join us for an evening filled with prenatal movement and education in our beautiful studio.
You will be guided through a 45 minute prenatal yoga class filled with soothing stretches and muscle building poses led by Yoga Mamas Founder Jamie Kalynuik.
Movement will be focused on relieving common aches and pains in pregnancy. Directly afterwards you will enjoy complimentary DavidsTea and a 30 minute workshop on prenatal nutrition led by Holistic Nutritionist and Childbirth Educator Adrienne Cote. There will also be a Q&A period for mamas to ask their own nutrition and supplement questions.
Mamas will walk away with:
This event is open to mamas in all stages of pregnancy and all levels of yoga experience.
Anything that you feel comfortable moving in. Dress in layers so that you can get cozy with a cup of tea during the prenatal nutrition workshop part.
Just yourself and perhaps a notepad and pen. Yoga mats, bolsters, blocks, water and tea will be provided.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 6 PM – 7 PM
Interested in our Postnatal or Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, but want to learn more?
Join Toronto Yoga Mamas Founder Jamie Kalynuik along with teaching faculty:
Join us for an informative discussion and Q&A. This is a great opportunity to meet the instructors, ask specific questions, and get a sense of a first hand experience of taking the training.
'May every sunrise hold more promise,
and every sunset hold more peace.'
With the colder days and nights behind us there is an outpouring of light in all areas of our lives. Spring is in the air and now is the time to bloom. Let go of what no longer serves you and allow space for possibility.
This season's events and workshops have been built with you, your little ones, and the wellbeing of both of you in mind. Come by for one of the many offerings happening at the studio this season. We hope to see you soon, Mama.