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When to Consider Formula for Your Baby

Breastmilk is the preferred nutrition for your baby. It is easy to digest and provides the baby with important maternal antibodies or immune factors.  However, in order to ensure adequate supply of breastmilk, mothers need to have proper rest, good nutrition and take sufficient fluids. For this, the presence of a support network in the few weeks after birth is critical. Unfortunately, not all mothers have access to this support. In such circumstances, it is not surprising that a new mother may feel overwhelmed with responsiblity and this, in turn, can have an adverse effect on the milk supply. Other factors that lead to problems in supply include stressful births, baby’s inability to latch, inverted nipples, etc.

The important thing is to keep trying to breastfeed your baby or to use a breast pump to express the milk.  But if the experience becomes too frustrating and emotionally draining, speak to your lactation consultant and consider supplementing your baby’s feeds with formula. Remember, some breastmilk is better than none, and what your baby needs the most is a positive and happy home environment. Another thing to keep in mind is that whilst breastfeeding facilitates bonding, it is not the ONLY way to bond with your baby.

In the next post, I will discuss the homeopathic approach to baby blues and lactation problems.

Overcoming Negative Emotions such as Anger, Hatred & Jealousy

It would be an understatement to say that our lifestyle at present is taking its toll on us, especially where emotions are concerned. The demands at work and school, not forgetting the persistent competitive spirit that is driving us, create fertile soil for emotions such as anger, jealousy, hatred and suspicion to develop.

Many times, we are conscious of these negative emotions but are unable to come out of its vicious grip. Although it is difficult, we must make an effort to overcome this negativity as our body is unable to cope with the stress it creates. Emotions such as anger, jealousy and hatred manifest physically as allergies, inflamed or burning skin eruptions (pimples, boils, allergies) and may even show as a violent fever. In the long run, such negativity takes its toll on the lymphatic system, thus impairing immunity.

A Bach Flower Remedy that is excellent in such situations is Holly. It helps to re-establish inner balance and harmony in a person who has been thrown off-balance due to rage. The remedy can be taken dropwise up to 4 times a day for about 3 weeks.

Holly is suitable for angry outbursts and outward display of bitterness. However, if a person bottles up the negativity and keeps everything inside, Willow is a more suitable remedy. It is very appropriate for situations where there is unspoken resentment which you would like to gently rid yourself of. Willow can be taken in the same dosage as Holly.

Babies’ Ailments – Diarrhoea

Babies’ Ailments

Part 4: Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea is a cause for confusion and concern to many parents. It is important to understand that diarrhoea in babies is a little different from that in younger children and adults. Normally, a person is said to be experiencing diarrhoea when there is a passage of loose, watery stools at least more than 3 times a day. However for babies, especially newborns, there is a tendency to have very frequent bowel movements, up to five times a day. Generally, babies who are breast-fed will pass stools more often than the babies on formula milk.

The trick is to note the appearance of the stools.  In diarrhoea, your baby’s stools will be watery, smelly and will contain mucus. This may be accompanied with a fever and your baby may also loose some weight.

The causes of diarrhoea in babies are varied. Your baby could simply be allergic to something in the diet. The most common is milk allergy. If you suspect that your baby could be allergic to formula milk, try opting for a lactose-free alternative. Also ensure that the formula milk is prepared in a clean environment as babies are particularly sensitive to germs. Other causes include the use of antibiotics – either given to the baby or taken by the mother who is breast-feeding. Generally, babies who are breast-fed are less likely to have diarrhoea as some components in mother’s milk keep the digestive track in optimum state.

In diarrhoea, the most important thing is to ensure that your baby continues receiving enough fluids. Do not stop breast-feeding or giving formula milk if it suits your baby.

If the diarrhoea lasts more than a few days or if your baby develops symptoms such as dry lips or decreased urine, consult your doctor immediately.

The anti-diarrhoeal medication for adults cannot be given to babies as it comes with side-effects.

Homeopathy presents several remedies that are specific for diarrhoea in babies. Once again, it is best to see a qualified homeopath who can match your baby’s symptoms with that of the remedy.

Energise Your Food

As we become more aware about the nutritional value of our meals, there is also a sense of disappointment as we realise that unless we turn completely to organic meals, there is no way of escaping the effects of mal-agricultural practices and pervasiveness of fortified foods. Ideally, we should be eating organic foods. However, the reality is that organic produce is not readily available to all of us. There is also a cost element that needs to be factored in.

Now you may wonder what role Reiki plays in all of this.

Everything around us, from plants and animals to inanimate objects, has its own unique energy frequency. Just as it is possible to place our hands on an injury for the purpose of healing, it is also possible to send Reiki to our food in order to enhance its life-force energy and reduce the negativity present in it.

This is great, especially when eating fast food and indulging in some unhealthy food cravings. By flooding it with Reiki, we increase the nutritional value that is already present in the food. But… don’t use this as a convenient excuse to indulge in junk foods all the time!

Sending Reiki energy to our abdominal region after a meal enhances the digestive processes in our body. In this way, food is better assimilated.

Many practitioners also Reiki their food while cooking or preparing it. In this way, the ingredients are energised, thus enhancing the overall flavour in addition to the nutritional value of the dish.

It is also beneficial to energise your medicines with Reiki before taking them. Personally, I make it a point to send some Reiki energy to any remedy that I prescribe or take. Since homeopathic and Bach Flower remedies are energy based, sending some Reiki simply enhances the curative powers of the medicines. This also extends to the vitamin pills and western medication that we take.

These are just some of the creative uses of Reiki. To put it simply, it is a healing energy that can benefit every aspect of our lives.

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