World Breastfeeding Week – Doula Barcelona

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We are celebrating the World Breastfeeding Week and I can be happier to help day after day women to achieve healthy and pleasant breastfeeding with their babies.

Probably all you know the benefits of Breastfeeding, but just in case, I’m going to explain it again!

  1. Improve baby health

The incidences of pneumonia, colds and viruses are reduced among breastfed babies,” says infant-nutrition expert Ruth A. Lawrence, M.D., a professor of pediatrics and OB-GYN at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y.,

Also breastfeeding your baby and will reduce the risk of diabetes, celiac disease or Chron’s also as other chronic conditions.

  1. It will help youto heal after delivey

The oxytocin released meanwhile you breastfeed will help to contract your uterus, It means less blood loss after delivery and that your uterus will go back to normal quicker.

  1. Keep cancer away

For your baby it will decrease the rick of some cancers during childhood and for you, you will have lower risk of breast and

  1. It’s cheap and always available.

Can you calculate how much would you pay on formula milk? According to La Leche League International from 134$ to 491$ per month.

On top of that your milk is always ready for your baby, and it is custom-made: it is exactly what you baby needs in every moment.

Forget to prepare bottles before going for a walk. Your breast is enough.

  1. Bonding with your baby

It is true that you are not a worse mummy if you don’t breastfeed, and you can have excellent relationship with your baby.

Anyway, science can explain the secret behind how breastfeeding helps mothers bond with their babies: This results in a massive rush of the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin in women’s brains.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Tandem Breastfeeding

If you’re a pregnant mom with a nursing toddler, congrats! Many mothers who start breastfeeding don’t continue, and you have defeated the odds. If you don’t want to stop nursing when Baby #2 comes along, you don’t have to. Tandem nursing—or nursing two babies at once—is becoming more popular with the rise in breastfeeding rates and it’s perfectly safe to do: Your toddler won’t hog your newborn’s milk because the breast has the amazing ability to adjust to the demands it’s given. Plus nursing both kids has been shown to improve the bond between siblings and relieve engorgement for moms.

I want to give you some tips to tandem breastfeeding

Find the right position

Breastfeeding both children at once mean creativity looking for the right position. There are two main positions to consider: One is the “football hold” and the other is the “cradle position.” When latching for the football hold, you bring the baby to your breast and position her so her legs and body are under your arm, with your hand at the base of the head and neck—as if you were holding a football. For the cradle position, you cradle the baby’s head in the bed of your arm with his abdomen against yours, keeping him in line with the rest of his body.

Once you get these positions down, you can choose a number of combinations when you’re breastfeeding the two babies. For example, the baby can be held in a football hold and the other child in a cradle position or you may choose to double cradle, where both children are held in a cradle position, with the newborn’s legs resting on top of the toddler’s.

Have an order in mind

If feeding a baby and toddler, try to feed the infant first because of his more immediate nutritional needs, at least until your colostrum is gone and transitions to a lighter milky color.

Take a break

Tandem nursing can be exhausting—especially if you feel like you never get a break. A good way to cope is to try to sleep when the newborn sleeps and get the toddler to nap at the same time. The toddler will not feed every 2-3 hours like a newborn, so take a break and rest with your baby.

Get ready for the critics

Since tandem breastfeeding is less common than nursing one-on-one, you may get the occasional irritating comment from friends, family members or strangers.

It’s good to have a response ready for these moments. Something like “I have researched the pros and cons of tandem feeding and found it to be safe, plus it works well for our family” works because those judging haven’t typically read-up on the method.

Find the Finding a support group also helps surround you with people who support your decision. La Leche League is the go-to organization when it comes to support for breastfeeding and a great resource for local groups. Otherwise, don’t be afraid to ask about groups at your hospital.



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4 Tips for Smoothly Transitioning Back to Work after Maternity Leave

Motherhood is a blessing. It comes with its share of pleasures and aches. Being with your baby at home all day long makes you happy. Work life seems like a blurred memory. But, as soon as you realize that your maternity leave is about to end, you start to worry!

No matter how long and hard you’ve thought about your decision to return to work, and how sure you are that it’s the right choice, you need to be prepared for mixed emotions

A Working Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding

If you’re planning to continue nursing, you’ll need to get the pumping routine down well before your return to work.

Start pumping and freezing the milk a month before you’re due back on the job.You’ll get in the habit of pumping and build up an emergency supply.

Let someone else bottle-feed your baby, use Calma bottles of Medela, they don’t interfere in breastfeeding! If you consider avoiding bottles, you have other options. Your milk could be offered to her in a sippy cup.

Find a private location. If your company doesn’t have a designated lactation room, perhaps there’s an empty office or conference room that you could use to pump. Some women get creative and hang a curtain around the outside of their cubicle when no privacy is available. Be informed about your rights! In general you have the right to return to the same job on the same terms and conditions after your maternity leave.


Start back on a Wednesday or Thursday if you can. The first few days are likely to be the toughest, as you figure out pumping, milk storage and managing daycare. Having a shorter week to start means you’ll soon have the weekend to evaluate how things are going and make adjustments as needed. For Tsarfati, the biggest challenge was realizing how much longer it took to get ready in the morning than in the days when it was just her and her husband.

Breastfeed “on demand” on weekends. If you’ve noticed your milk production flagging during the week at work this is your chance to rebuild it and enjoy the convenience of a more natural nursing relationship. If you are pumping, the milk you stored on Friday will keep just fine in the fridge for baby to have on Monday.

Don’t Be Hard on Yourself!

You never know for sure how you’ll feel during this motherhood transitional challenge. But don’t make any hasty decisions about your future the first week. It’s a very emotional time of transition.

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Breastfeeding: tips from a doula

Just because breastfeeding is natural doesn’t mean it’ll be second nature. Sometimes it takes time, practice and a whole lot of trial and error to get into a breastfeeding groove. Patience and persistence and maybe a little bit of help.

Usually I find mums that say something like: “It’s supposed to be the most beautiful time in your life, and you are tired, full of insecurities, sometimes pain and not knowing if you’re doing it right”, and a lot of times my work, if they have decided to breastfeed is to empower them, let them rest a bit and give them some tips about breastfeeding.

Tips for breastfeeding from a Doula in Barcelona


1. Build up your breastfeeding support community

In many cultures, women grow up watching other women breastfeed. So, a new mom has this experience and an already built-in support system. If you haven’t had this experience, like most of us, attend a breastfeeding class and find a local breastfeeding support group. Barcelona is full of Alba Groups, they are free and consultants are really good and well trained. Also you can find a breastfeeding support group in your CAP (medical centre)

2. Observe and begin to learn your baby’s feeding instincts and hunger cues

  • Right after your baby is born, let her lie skin to skin on your chest until she breastfeeds for the first time.
  • Learn to identify your baby’s early hunger cues as it is best to start breastfeeding with a calm, quiet, and alert baby. Some early hunger cues include:If your baby is crying, don’t force her to breastfeed. First, soothe your baby by holding, swaying, walking, or rocking her.
    • Rooting (moving her head side to side with an open mouth when her cheek is touched);
    • Sticking her tongue out;
    • Sucking on her hands.

3. Have some pillows, towels, and maybe a supportive chair on hand for you and your baby’s comfort during feeding

  • If you are lying down to breastfeed, you may use a towel or blanket to support your baby’s back.
  • If you are sitting upright to breastfeed, you may place pillows behind your back (do not just think horizontally, vertically is also great) and under your arms to help you relax and be comfortable while you breastfeed. Have a rolled-up towel or baby blanket within your reach. Place the baby on top of the pillow at your side or in front of you (depending on which position you use) so that the baby is at breast level.
  • If you are sitting upright to breastfeed, find a seat with good back support. Also try a footstool for additional support.

4. If you feel you need it Help your breasts make milk

  • Breastfeed as much as you can. If your baby is not in the mood pump.
  • Massage and gently squeeze your breasts before and during breastfeeding or pumping.
  • If pumping, hand express afterwards for a few minutes to help drain your breasts of milk.

5. Look for a comfortable breastfeeding position

It may take some time to figure out the most comfortable, effective breastfeeding position for you and your baby. What might work for one mom and baby may not work well for another. Do what feels good for both of you and whenever you can, breastfeed skin to skin. Here are some commonly used breastfeeding positions you can try.


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¿Ir al pediatra la mitad de veces? ¡Acude a un grupo de lactancia!

¡Parece increíble pero es cierto! En los primeros meses del bebé se puede reducir A LA MITAD las visitas al pediatra. ¡Es una gran noticia!

Por ello siempre recomiendo a las mamás to-be (embarazadas) y a las que tienen un bebé que, aunque no tengan problemas de lactancia, es ir a un grupo de lactancia, ya sea uno creado por madres que amamantan o han amamantado, que normalmente son asesoras de lactancia tituladas, ya sea uno creado por los profesionales de un centro sanitario.

Y lo recomiendo desde una premisa: LA INFORMACIÓN ES PODER y lo que una mujer puede recibir en estos talleres es básicamente eso: información y por tanto herramientas para actuar cuando existe algún problema o buscar ayuda o… ¡Cualquier eventualidad que pueda suceder! Y una prueba de que lo que digo tiene sentido es que los estudios más recientes demuestran que acudir a estos grupos de lactancia puede reducir a la mitad las visitas por enfermedades en las consultas de pediatría.

El estudio lo han llevado a cabo responsables del taller de lactancia materna del centro de salud Fuente de San Luis de Valencia, que adem·s han constatado que con la información que reciben se asegura la continuidad de la lactancia y se evitan abandonos no deseados por la madre.
Para hacer el estudio decidieron comparar la frecuencia de visitas por enfermedad en las consultas de pediatria de los lactantes cuyas madres habían acudido al taller de lactancia con la de una muestra aleatoria de niños de la misma edad cuyas madres no habían ido nunca.
Y esto es lo que dicen los autores del estudio:

“Lo más llamativo del estudio fue que los niños que habían venido al taller de lactancia materna acudieron una media de 6,9 veces en un año a la consulta de su pediatra por algún problema de salud, mientras que en los que nunca pasaron por el taller esta media alcanzó hasta 12,06 veces al año, casi el doble.”

La razón de ello proviene de dos grandes beneficios, uno que los bebé de esas madres son amamantados durante más tiempo que los bebés de madres que no reciben ese apoyo (y ya se sabe que los bebés que maman menos tiempo tienen más riesgo de padecer infecciones) y otro, quizás más importante en este asunto, desde mi punto de vista, que las madres que acuden a estos grupos tienen mayor seguridad en lo que hacen y en sus capacidades a la hora de cuidar a sus hijos.
Maite Hernández, pediatra del centro en el que se realizó el estudio, y directora del taller de lactancia nos dicen:

“El amamantamiento es el patrón de oro de la alimentación del lactante y el niño pequeño. Pero en una sociedad como la nuestra en la que hemos perdido la cultura de la lactancia, las madres que amamantan a menudo no reciben el apoyo necesario y, cuando surge algún problema, no tienen a quién consultar. La pérdida de lactancias es un problema de Salud Pública que iniciativas como esta pueden paliar”
Así que ya sabéis, si queréis recibir información, si queréis tener poder de decisión, si queréis saber cuáles son algunos de los problemas que podéis tener cuando seáis madres o si queréis solventar algunos que se están presentando ahora que ya lo sois, no dudéis en buscar un grupo de lactancia, sobre todo porque no es una charla, no es un lugar donde escuchar algo medio aburrido y quedarte con cuatro cosas, sino porque es un lugar al que acudir cada semana y donde el mayor apoyo proviene muchas veces de otras madres que han vivido lo mismo, y la experiencia puede ser a veces más valiosa que la teoría.


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How to store breast milk safely

Breastfeeding can be really convenient: milk is always ready and warm for your baby. But probably you will want to pump and store milk for when you are away from your baby or to donate it. You can do it but… Do you know how to dot it safely?

What kind of containers should I use to store breast milk?

A range of clean breast milk storage bottles works well for storing breast milk. I recommend:

  • Glass with leak proof lid
  • Hard, BPA-free plastic
  • Breast milk freezer bags

Don’t use thin disposable feeding bottle liners or plastic sandwich bags for storing milk in the freezer because they can split when frozen.

How long can I store breast milk?

That depends on where you store it. For healthy babies who are at home, check the breast milk storage guidelines table. If your baby is in the hospital (preterm or sick), check with your baby’s health care provider for advice about milk storage.

While it’s true that the longer your milk is stored, the more vitamins and antioxidants it loses, it’s also true that stored breast milk still has more health benefits than formula, so it’s worth it to continue to pump and store milk for your baby.

  • If you plan to use your milk within 8 days, you can store it in the refrigerator. Otherwise, store it in the coldest part of the freezer, where it can remain for up to four months.
  • Never store your breast milk in the door compartment of the refrigerator or freezer. It is more likely to defrost or become too warm there.
  • Freshly pumped milk can be stored in a cooler with frozen ice packs for up to 24 hours.
  • If you follow the timeframes in the breast milk storage guidelines, you can keep your milk at room temperature, then refrigerate it, and then freeze it.

Breast milk storage guidelines

Place Temperature Time
Room Temperature 19-26º 4-8 h
Thermal bag 15º 24 h
Refrigerator 3-5 days
Freezer (inside refrigerator) -15º 2 weeks
Freezer (separated door) -18º 3-6 months

Do I need to warm up my baby’s milk?

If you have a newborn baby who needs milk given in a bottle, warm the milk up by placing in a cup of warm water. Test it to make sure it is not too hot before giving it to your baby. If your baby is a few months old, you can give chilled milk right out of the refrigerator. Some older babies still prefer warm milk, so if your baby does, warm the milk up by placing in a cup of warm water and then test it to make sure it is not too hot before giving it to your baby.



ALBA celebra la Semana Mundial de la Lactancia Materna 2017

En el marco de la Semana Mundial de Lactancia Materna 2017, celebración Europea, el grupo ALBA Lactancia Materna quiere ofrecer a asesoras, sanitarios y familias interesadas en esta materia, un nuevo evento de periodicidad anual, con la estructura de una Jornada.

Al ser el lema de este año “Sosteniendo la Lactancia Materna Unidos“, una llamada al trabajo y la colaboración entre todos los diferentes estamentos implicados en la promoción y protección de la lactancia materna, hemos querido ofrecer una jornada de trabajo enriquecedora que nos permita aprender, compartir información, enriquecer nuestros conocimientos y mejorar la atención a las madres y sus bebés.

Contaremos con la presencia de distintos ponentes que incidirán en temas de gran actualidad e interés: lactancia y prematuridad, donación de leche humana, los nuevos retos y realidades de las asesoras de lactancia en los grupos de apoyo, etc. Y también contaremos con la presencia de madres y asesoras que en primera persona nos explicarán sus vivencias, sentimientos y experiencias respecto a los temas expuestos por los ponentes.

En definitiva una jornada que va más allá de la formación, que quiere ahondar en los aspectos de colaboración y creación de sinergias.

Puedes descargarte las entradas aquí.

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Una exposición homenajea a madres donantes y bebés prematuros

Durante la 25º semana Mundial de la Lactancia, que se está celebrando durante esta semana, podréis visitar una exposición de fotografía que recorre 12 instantáneas de momentos muy íntimos en los que vemos a bebés prematuros, madres amamantando y madres donantes.

Esta es una exposición que quiere homenajear a estos pequeños héroes sus familias y a las donantes a través del camino de la leche materna que además simboliza un camino de amor y solidaridad de una madre que ofrece lo mejor de ella para que un bebé que no es el suyo pueda alimentarse y sobrevivir.

Es realmente emocionante poder admirar estas vivencias en primera persona y ver como el gesto de donar leche materna se convierte en un salvavidas para estos bebés. Hay que destacar el carácter artístico y la proximidad de las fotografías, realizadas por dos expertas en fotografía de prematuros como Victòria Peñafiel y Mireia Navarro, que además son impulsoras del proyecto “Dits Petits”, un proyecto que realiza sin ánimo de lucro fotografías a familias y bebés que se encuentran en las UCIs neonatales.

Se puede visitar en diversos centros y maternidades, como por ejemplo en el

l’Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol, el Hospital de Nens de Barcelona, Maternitat-Hospital Clínic, Dexeus, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu de Martorell, Quiron Salud Barcelona, Hospital de la Cerdanya, Hospital de Palamós, Tecknon, Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa, entre otros.

¡Gracias al Banco de Leche Materna y LactApp por organizar una exposición llena de emociones y visibilzar la donanción de leche como algo que puede ayudar y mucho a los bebés prematuros! ¡No os la perdáis!

New breastfeeding support group in Barcelona every 2nd and 4th friday each month!

Do you want to meet other mums who have babies? Do you have any doubt or difficulty about breastfeeding or other issue related to motherhood?

Having a baby is amazing but not always easy. We need support and sharing our experience with other women who are in the same situation is great.

Come to our maternity coffee at CoBaby every Friday (I will be there the 1st and 3rd Friday each month) and Melina the 2nd and 4th.

Come to to chit chat with other mothers in your same situation. We offer coffee, tea and delicious biscuits in a relax and non-judgmental atmosphere.

New breastfeeding support group in Barcelona every 2nd and 4th friday each month!

How to get there?

CobabyCalle Sepúlveda, 65 bajo 4º.

Bus: H12, H16, 13, 41, 50, 55, 91

Metro: Rocafort, Sant Antoni, Poble Sec
Share 4 € / session

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El banco de leche te la recoge donde estés…

Si pensabas donar leche materna, este verano puedes hacerlo. El Banc de Llet Materna (MAMA) la recogerá en cualquier punto de Catalunya.

Y si te vas fuera del país y tienes leche congelada, llama al 93 557 35 66 o envía un email a y programaran una recogida de los potes que tengas congelados.

Recuerda que los bebés prematuros continuan necesitando leche durante los meses de verano.

Gracias a las donantes se ha contribuido de manera decisiva a la supervivencia entre los bebés prematuros. Lo confirman las unidades de neonatología de los Hospitales de Catalunya a los que el Banc de Llet les envia la leche de las donantes de forma constante.

Gracias por tu solidaridad