Hygiene plays a crucial component of a baby's overall care. Practicing a good hygiene is extremely important to keep your baby happy and healthy all the time.

Eight essential hygiene rules for your baby. Here are eight simple good hygiene practices to adopt when you have a baby.

  • Washing your hands with a good antibacterial soap is essential for removing harmful bacteria and germs that cause colds, flu, diarrhea and other infections. Be sure to dry your hands properly and wash your hand towels regularly. It's especially important to wash your hands before feeding your baby, after handling raw food, after changing a nappy or going to the toilet yourself, after touching pets, after touching anything dirty such as dirty nappies, rubbish or food waste.
  • You don't need to clean the house every day from top to bottom with disinfectant, you just need to pay particular attention to the surfaces that are most likely to harbour germs and bacteria. Focus on the areas that have a lot of contact with food, bodies and hands, such as bathrooms, kitchen benches, tables, crockery, cutlery and glassware. You need to be cleaning these properly. Use hot water with detergent for crockery, cutlery and glasses, while kitchens and bathrooms will need a thorough clean with a good disinfectant. Pay particular attention to taps, toilet seats, benches and door handles. Dry surfaces as well if they are not in a well-ventilated area with natural light.
  • Babies love to put things into their mouths, and toys are often the closest thing to hand. Be sure to regularly give your child's toys a clean with a good disinfectant. Wipe hard plastic toys down and make sure you rinse them thoroughly or put plush toys through the washing machine.
  • A good bath is essential for keeping your baby clean and tidy, but you need to make sure you are not over-washing as this is damaging to your baby's sensitive skin. In the first year of your baby's life a full bath is necessary only two or three times a week. Check out our step-by-step guide to bathing your baby.
  • These are three areas that need some special attention. Always keep your baby's nails well-trimmed so that they can't scratch themselves — the best time to trim them is when your baby is asleep. Be sure to use baby-sized nail clippers and not to cut the nails too short as these will hurt your baby.
  • Only wash the outside of your baby's ears, never the inside, and never insert cotton wool buds into your baby's ears. If your baby is unhappy and touching their ears repeatedly, this could be a sign of infection — be sure to get this looked at by a medical professional.
  • Clean any dried mucous from your baby's nose, as this can cause difficulty breathing. Use a damp wash cloth to gently remove the dried mucous. A nasal syringe may be needed to help remove excess mucous, but consult your baby's health practitioner before using one of these.
  • Be sure to keep your baby's eyes clear of any dried mucous. Use damp cotton wool to gently clean their eyes and seek medical attention if you notice your baby's eyes are irritated.

Do you have breastfeeding aversion? Here’s how to cope with the guilt

Breastfeeding aversion

With the spotlight on World Breastfeeding Week, your social media feed might be crammed with images of calm, serene moms proudly breastfeeding their little ones. The truth is, breastfeeding isn’t a great experience for everyone. Read on to find out what breastfeeding aversion is. By Tammy Jacks

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Breastfeeding aversion

With the spotlight on World Breastfeeding Week, your social media feed might be crammed with images of calm, serene moms proudly breastfeeding their little ones. The truth is, breastfeeding isn’t a great experience for everyone. Read on to find out what breastfeeding aversion is. By Tammy Jacks

The post Do you have breastfeeding aversion? Here’s how to cope with the guilt appeared first on Living and Loving.

Breastfeeding aversion

According to a recent study published in the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, breastfeeding aversion is a phenomenon that occurs in some women − especially those who are pregnant while breastfeeding their older child, or who breastfeed in tandem (a newborn and older child at the same time).

It’s characterised by feelings of anger, resentment or rage while breastfeeding, with some moms admitting that they don’t like the feeling of their little one’s latching − even if there are no problems with breastfeeding or milk supply.

“These feelings can vary in form, severity and duration,” says study author, Zainab Yate, who also discovered that some moms experience skin-crawling sensations and an instant urge to stop breastfeeding the minute it starts.

Some common symptoms of breastfeeding aversion include:

  • Agitation
  • Anger
  • Resentment
  • Rage
  • Self-disgust
  • Embarrassment
  • Sadness
  • Guilt (about not enjoying the process)

Negative thoughts can also be triggered by breastfeeding, with some moms feeling trapped, wanting to run away or desperate to stop feeding immediately. These thoughts and emotions usually subside as soon as the feeding session ends, but they arise once again with the next feed, and sometimes it’s worse than other times.

ALSO SEE: Birth interventions and the impact on breastfeeding

How to cope

Although the reason women experience breastfeeding aversion isn’t clearly known, there are still some things you can do to minimise those intense feelings of anger or irritability while breastfeeding.

Drop the guilt

According to Zainab’s findings, many mothers who experience breastfeeding aversion continue to breastfeed, but have feelings of guilt and shame while also experiencing confusion around those feelings.

If you or a loved one are experiencing breastfeeding aversion, the first thing to do is acknowledge your feelings and stop feeling guilty. “Although breast milk is the ideal, balanced meal for your growing baby, the truth is, not everyone enjoys the process of breastfeeding,” explains registered midwife and clinic nurse, Cavim Knight. “These days, formulas are so advanced that they also provide a great balance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals for babies. I always say to the moms who don’t enjoy breastfeeding that the most important thing is that their child is healthy, well-fed and continues to grow and reach all their developmental milestones,” says Cavim. She believes that everyone’s experience with breastfeeding is different and moms shouldn’t feel uncomfortable or inferior if they have breastfeeding aversion.

“Being a mom is challenging enough. You’re dealing with a lack of sleep and drastic changes to your lifestyle and close relationships, so the last thing you need is additional pressure to breastfeed if you’re feeling intense anger or frustration with the process,” adds Cavim. The trick is to trust your instincts as a mom, avoid comparing yourself to others and do what’s best for you and your family.

ALSO SEE: How to overcome your fear of breastfeeding in public

Have your hormones checked

It’s a well-known fact that pregnancy and birth can throw a mother’s hormones out of whack and a hormonal imbalance could be a major contributing factor to breastfeeding aversion − especially if the mom has high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. An imbalance of other hormones can also contribute to anxiety and depression, which can worsen breastfeeding aversion so it’s important to have yours checked as soon as you can after birth.

Take care of yourself

This includes getting as much rest as you can (sleep deprivation causes many moms to feel increasingly tired and irritable), eating a healthy, nourishing diet and drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid sugar as it can trigger insulin spikes, which also throws your hormones (and mood) out.

If you’re still feeding on demand and breastfeeding your older child, you might be up multiple times a night and this could cause you to feel emotionally drained and exhausted. Speak to your healthcare provider for tips on how to maintain breastfeeding while getting the support you need. This could mean expressing milk for your partner to take over some feeds if need be.

ALSO SEE: Your ultimate breastfeeding meal plan

Get support

Whether you speak to friends and family, or turn to a lactation consultant, it’s important to share your feelings without shame and see if you can come to a solution, says Cavim. “Professionals like midwives, clinic nurses and lactation consultants are there to support you in your parenting journey, without passing any harsh judgements,” she adds. Therefore, it’s necessary to talk about your feelings around breastfeeding and see how you can work around it.

For more information on breastfeeding support, visit these organisations:

  • Mother Instinct
  • Breastfeeding support at Genesis Clinic in JHB
  • For lactation consultants, see the Expectant Mother’s Guide

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