Birth Aid! Preparing for a Joyful first few Sacred Days
Your breath is there for you no matter what happens during birth and after. Use all the breathing techniques you love to create a feeling of peace, trust and acceptance of what is.
Pure essential oil of lavender, and a gentle baby carrier oil (grapeseed, organic sunflower, apricot kernel, vitamin E oil). Health Food Shops stock essential oils, or you can buy online through Neways. The smell will soothe you both during labour and after.
Please note that most baby care ranges available on high street use mineral oil as a base oil and this dries out your baby's skin. You can check the ingredients of products on www.ewg.org
Pure sea salt combined with a few drops lavender oil (and a carrier oil as mentioned above) added to a bath every day will do wonders to help you with healing your perineum and getting over any bruising. This will help you to heal if you needed stitches or just feel a bit sore.
Babies need nothing but water on their skin for the first few months, so if you are using nappy wipes, make sure you wash your baby's skin when you are home with water only. This will minimise skin irritation such as nappy rash, and reduce risks of developing skin complaints such as eczema. Allow plenty of 'bare bottom' time too!
Arnica 30c tablet form and Bach's Rescue Remedy will benefit both you and your baby during labour and as you recover physically and emotionally from the labour and birth. Even the most awesome and ecstatic experience is still HUGE for both of you! If you can, hire or buy a pregnancy and birth homeopathic kit from Ainsworths or Helios. Your birth partner can help to administer relevant remedies throughout the birth experience and after.
Homeopathy works on healing the emotional state as well as physical ailments. Babies respond really well to homeopathy and other holistic approaches to health. These methods are much gentler than conventional treatments and treat the cause rather than just the symptom. Often they do the job perfectly, but if conventional treatment is strongly advised, homeopathy can support the healing and recovery. Homeopathy has no known side effects.
If you or your baby were administered any antibiotics through pregnancy, birth or after, nutritionists strongly recommend taking a course of high grade probiotics (at least five different strains) for at least one month. This helps to line the gut with good bacteria to boost the immune system and fight future infections. Antibiotics kill ALL bacteria in the gut - and that means the good ones too! Watch the short video below on why it's important to take probiotics as a result.
If your baby was born by Caesarean, he/she will also benefit from probiotics as the vaginal walls present the baby with good bacteria from mummy during birth. If there is a need to formula feed, adding probiotics will enhance your baby's ability to digest the feed.
Please note that when a baby is born, their organs are not fully developed for another three months or so. You should take care not to overload their system with lots of foreign bodies (chemicals, food compounds such as in formula, perfumes etc). Help your baby to develop and grow with ease, and not be prone to intolerances or allergies later on.
Yakult and Activia type probiotic drinks are not recommended; the sugar in them destroys the good bacteria. Natural live yoghurt is great, but you would have to each too much of it for it to benefit you with the levels of probiotics required.
If you tend to be prone to trush of any kind, or your baby has been shown to have it, probiotics are great for this. It is worth looking online for more info or consulting a recommended nutritionist or dietician. Injoy! recommends the Bio-Kult probiotics which are also those recommended by many leading nutritionists and nutritionist training programmes.
You can order probiotics from us and either take yourself if breastfeeding, or sprinkle a little of a capsule into formula feed morning and night. There are no known side effects of probiotics but if you are unsure, please consult your Doctor.
An organic Savoy Cabbage for when your milk comes in, ideally refrigerated. When colustrum turns to milk, roughly three days after birth, your breasts can feel as though they need cooling down! Take one leaf of the cabbage per breast, score the inside with a sharp knife and then place within the cups of your bra so that the leaf surrounds the breast. This will decrease swelling and engorgement and allow the milk to flow.
Make sure you have the number of a recommended breast feeding specialist. You can contact the NCT, your local hospital, and La Leche League for breastfeeding support. There are also video clips online you can look at before your baby comes so you can familiarise yourself with the basics of enjoyable breastfeeding.