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Can Breastfeeding or Pregnant Women receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Melissa Vaarwerk

Can Breastfeeding or Pregnant Women receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The first of the COVID-19 Vaccines have arrived in Australia and the vaccine program will soon begin. From Monday, Australia's front-line health workers, quarantine staff and aged care residents & staff will be offered the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, called Comirnaty.  Some of these recipients will be pregnant or breastfeeding women. The Federal Government has released a decision guide for women who may be pregnant, breast feeding or planning a family, aimed specifically for the Pfizer vaccine. The decision guide will be updated when more information about the other vaccines become available.  Is it safe to receive a vaccine if I'm currently breastfeeding? The recommendation is...


Packing your Hospital Bag

Melissa Vaarwerk

Packing your Hospital Bag

The third trimester in pregnancy is the time that you *should* pack your hospital bag (I was overdue with my second baby and still ended up packing my hospital bag in between contractions!) The hardest part to figure out is what NOT to pack because what might seem like a good idea now, it may not leave your bag at all. It’s important to pack the essentials and organise them in such a way that you can easily retrieve what you need, keeping in mind that you may not be able to do it yourself. Some tips that I found...


Returning to Work and Breastfeeding - 10 Tips to make it happen

Melissa Vaarwerk

Returning to Work and Breastfeeding - 10 Tips to make it happen

Just because your maternity leave is over and you are heading back to work, it doesn’t mean that you need to throw in the breastfeeding towel. Many new mothers have managed to combine both work and breastfeeding- it’s just another ball in the air in the motherhood-juggling act! If you are going back to work and would like to continue to breastfeed, here are some tips and tricks that will hopefully make the process a little easier for you.


Engorgement

Melissa Vaarwerk

Engorgement

Engorgement…hearing that word often makes me shiver. If you have ever experienced engorgement you know all too well the pain of swollen, hard breasts that feel like they are ready to burst! If you have never had it before, don’t fear, it’s normal, its common! For a better understanding of what engorgement is, why it happens and how to relieve/ease engorgement…. Dealing with Engorgement What is engorgement? Engorgement is when your breasts are enlarged and sore. It is caused by a build-up of blood, milk and other fluids in the breast tissue. Throughout pregnancy, your breasts were preparing for feeding...


7 Alternative Uses For Breast Milk

Melissa Vaarwerk

7 Alternative Uses For Breast Milk

Most of us already know the benefits of breast milk for feeding a baby, but did you know it has other uses? Breast milk contains antibodies that help fight off viruses and bacteria. It has amazing healing power and the best part is that it's completely FREE! 1. Apply to sore or cracked nipples A study has found that when applying breast milk to sore and cracked nipples, healing time was faster than using lanolin cream. 2. Add it to a bath Breast milk is great for moisturising dry or sensitive skin. Just mix enough in the bath until it becomes a bit cloudy for...

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