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Breastfeeding support at HealthWise

Posted on 13/07/2011 by Health Wise

Breastfeeding is a natural process that gives your baby the best possible nutrition and creates a special bond between mother and child.  Our naturopaths David McLeod and Zam Martin will work in conjunction with your other health care providers to ensure you get the best possible care.

Breast milk is the best formula available, it contains all the nutrition a newborn needs and even high-quality supplemental formulas will not contain the same balance of specific and digestible nutrients. Breast milk also supports the development of a strong and healthy immune system in these brand-new humans. It is rich in immunoglobulins, B-cells, T-cells, neutrophils, macrophages and antibodies - all of which play an integral role in growing healthy, bouncing babies.

However, sometimes the process doesn't come easily. Many new mothers find breastfeeding a challenge - particularly in the early days - which may occur for a number of reasons. Difficulty can be upsetting and frustrating, but it is important not to be discouraged! Professional support and advice will help significantly - and make a world of difference to you and your baby.

Some common challenges David & Zam can help you with include:

  • Lactation - this can be improved with the use of galactagogue herbs, by improving the diet, ensuring adequate hydration and supporting the nervous system.
  • Mastitis - this painful condition can be treated and prevented from recurring by building immune function, energy production and improving nutrition.

For further information refer to our breastfeeding support page.

 

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