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Jul 212013


If you are a long time reader of Hip little one you may know that I have a bit of a love hate relationship with breastfeeding. I absolutely agree that breastmilk is best for babies and I have tried breastfeeding all of my children, some times with success (1 year for baby no.3) and some times without success (2 months with the twins). My biggest enemy is mastitis, I have battled it multiple times in all of my breastfeeding journeys and it really knocks you for six.

Our beatiful fourth baby is currently five months old and I am still breastfeeding her even though early on I was hit with mastitis once again. To be honest I really didn’t know if I could/wanted to keep going, knowing that it could come back over and over and having four kids at home to look after when you’re feeling so sick is really hard. Luckily this time I knew the warning signs, followed the doctor’s treatment and then came the turning point: I started taking Qiara.

QiaraQiara is a special breast milk probiotic formulated for mother and baby health, to be taken during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. What makes Qiara different from any other probiotic is the presence of an active ingredient called Lactobacillus Fermentum, which supports the mother’s breast health and reduces the risk of breast tenderness during lactation and potential onset of infection which may result from the absence of Lactobacillus Fermentum in the mother’s breast milk.

What sold it to me was this interesting research done on women with mastitis. It shows that (in simple words) NONE of them had any lactobacilli/good bacteria in their breast milk. The mums in the trial were treated with either ordinary antibiotics (what your GP would prescribe) or a probiotic originally isolated from healthy breast milk (Qiara). At the end of the trial period the mothers treated with probiotics had normal levels of lactobacilli in their breast milk, whilst the antibiotic group still had no lactobacilli present (an invitation for mastitis to return?).

What stood out most was that the women who used the probiotic reported virtually no pain and all were able to keep breastfeeding while from the ladies taking antibiotics 9% discontinued feeding and they still experienced far more pain. I have been taking Qiara for 3 months now and have experienced no mastitis and no pain. The real test came two weeks ago when our baby was feeding significantly less than usual due to sickness (usually a cue for mastitis to come and visit) but there were NO issues, hooray!

Qiara by Puremedic is available in a box of 28 sachets ($95), simply take 1 sachet per day with water, milk or juice.

To find out more about Qiara, to read about the benefits for mother and baby and to order online visit www.qiara.com.au, contact Qiara by email to locate your nearest stockist.

Sep 152012

Breastfeeding can be fantastic and wonderful for mother and child, but often there are some hurdles to jump. As a mum you just want to see that you are doing the best for your baby, you want to see your baby grow and be healthy. Many mothers worry about their milk supply and are keen to build it up by expressing and eating the right food. Famous lactation consultant Pinky McKay decided to help these mums out and developed a delicious biscuit that doesn’t just taste great but will help your body create more breastmilk for your baby, the natural way. Let me introduce to you: Boobie Bikkies.

Now don’t worry about where to find the time to bake biscuits or source hard-to-get ingredients, Bookie Bikkies are sold ready-to-eat. There is no baking required and they even come conveniently packed in separate wrappers so you can take them along in your nappy bag or keep some next to your bed, it also means they stay fresh for longer. It doesn’t get any easier than this, no more excuses for picking an unhealthy snack!

It can be tricky to know what and what no to eat but Pinky has done the research for you. Bookie Bikkies are made using only natural and organic ingredients that are well known to aid breastfeeding mums, ingredients that will nourish your nervous system and your baby’s. They are full of whole grains, protein, B vitamins, minerals, iron and Omega 3 essential fatty acids and you are passing all these important nutrients on to your baby.

Although I can’t speak for the effect on my milk supply (baby is not born yet) I can say these are probably one of the best biscuits I have ever tried. You don’t just know that they are good for you, they actually taste wholesome and really yummy (and they are big)! Boobie Bikkies are available in Vanilla flavour and Orange & Cinnamon flavour and you can buy them per carton of 10 or subscribe and get multiple cartons delivered each month. To try first you can request a free sample, just pay postage.

To find out more about Pinky’s Boobie Bikkies, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.boobiebikkies.com.au.

For your chance to win a Boobie Bikkies New Mum Bundle (RRP $75) visit www.boobiebikkies.com.au and answer the following question: What would you like to ask Pinky McKay about breastfeeding?

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