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Early Skin-To-Skin after birth: benefits

Skin on skin contact is when mother and babies are put together with their skin touching, without clothes or blankets between them. This physical touch it is specially important after birth: contact between the mother and baby since the first second after birth. This early “skin on skin”contact should encourage, even after a c- section, unless medical recommendation.

And it is not only for your baby: feeling for the first time your daughter or son can be one of the most amazing experiences in your life. You may feel overwhelming feelings of love and protectiveness flooding your whole body.

Of course, not all mums feel this straight away. You may be exhausted from a long labour. If that’s the case, holding your baby skin-to-skin will help to nourish loving feelings. Touching and stroking your baby stimulates the release of your body’s natural feel-good chemical, oxytocin.

Skin-to-skin contact takes your baby through a natural pattern of behaviour that midwives and doctors look for in the first hour of life. It starts with that well-known sound of a baby’s first cry. When placed skin-to-skin on her mum’s chest, a newborn baby will then typically follow these stages:

  • relaxing and going still while listening to your heartbeat
  • opening her eyes and looking at you for the first time
  • moving her hands and mouth
  • crawling towards your breast
  • exploring your breast
  • suckling for the first time

Keep cuddling skin-to-skin after you leave the hospital. Your baby will stay warm and comfortable on your chest, and the benefits for bonding, soothing, and breastfeeding will likely continue. If your baby is sleepy, skin-to-skin can help keep your baby interested in nursing. Babies are comforted by skin to skin during procedures. Skin-to-skin may enhance brain development. Fathers and mothers who hold babies skin to skin are thought to have increased confidence and are more relaxed.


What about skin to skin and dads?

This practice is highly recommended for dads. “Paternal skin-to-skin contact has been shown to be safe and effective for temperature regulation and for cardiorespiratory stabilization.” Babies can also benefit from skin-to-skin with adoptive parents, grandparents, siblings and even doctors when necessary.

Skin-to-skin may help if you and your baby are having trouble with breastfeeding, and make it easier for you both. Your baby will instinctively seek out your breasts, and it’s all the easier if she has ready access. She may need to practise as much as you do to get used to breastfeeding.

store breast milk

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.


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Baby sleep: what is normal?

All the parenting books say the first year with a baby is spent in a haze of sleep deprivation caused by night feedings, teething, ear infections, etc. All the moms you know look also exhausted or not tired at all and sometimes you feel you are doing something wrong… But, what is normal for baby sleep?

It is important to say that every baby is TOTALLY DIFFERENT! Don’t be scare if your baby sleeps more that that or even less…

Some important rules for baby sleep.

IT IS SUPER OK TO CHECK YOUR BABY WHEN HE / SHE IS CRYING. It is not only ok but healthy for your baby (and possibly for you). As you will see in this post an adult sleeping cycle is completely different of a baby sleeping cycle. They will learn how to sleep, but letting a baby cry could be dangerous for the future self-esteem, mental health and even to have a good sleep.

New Born – 2 months: sleeping?

  • Newborns have a totally different sleep cycle than adults. Basically they don’t know how to soothe themselves to sleep, they need help, that’s why you can use breastfeeding, rocking, swaddling, cuddling or using a pacifier to help them.
  • They sleep in 2- to 4-hour intervals during day and night, waking up to eat.
  • Babies this age tend to stir and look restless during sleep. Because of reflexes they can’t control, it’s common to see them twitch their arms and legs, smile and make sucking noises.

2-6 Month Sleep Tips: stretches at night? Not yet!

  • Babies at this age they begin to feel different between day and night, and to help them to have a good sleep routine make sure during the day they are expose to sunlight and change the mood at night with much less light and soft games and avoiding over-stimulatin.
  • Babies this age may sleep for six-hour stretches at night, and settle into more of a set nap schedule now
  • It is a good moment to start a sleep routine, but don’t feel frustrated if you baby doesn’t seem to understand it!

4-6 Month Sleep Tips: not yet!

  • The sleep cycle is still really different than an adult sleep cycle. They can start sleeping through the night, but it doesn’t mean 12 hours, but anywhere from 6 to 12 hours stretches.
  • Usually all babies wake up during the night, some of them have learn to sleep again getting closer to an adult sleep.
  • Some babies stop sleeping through the night now because of separation anxiety. Your baby knows you’re around even when she/she can’t see you, that’s why co-sleeping can be a good idea.
  • It’s OK to go in and check on your crying baby, but keep visits short and try (as hard as it is) not to pick her up or feed her. Try rubbing her back, singing a soothing lullaby and ducking out after a few minutes.

1-2 Year Sleep Tips

  • Active toddlers can have trouble relaxing and winding down at night — causing bedtime battles. Try to keep things as calm as possible in the evenings, sticking to soothing activities like bath and story time.
  • Probably you won’t have stretches nights everyday, but it will start soon!



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.

Through the course "Parto y Movimiento" you will improve your skills and confidence, experimenting a wide variety of positions and movements that combined with the breathing will be your allies in your birth. The aim of the course is for you to experience your childbirth consciously and positively with your partner by your side. You will get tricks to help you to cope with every stage of birth, as well as keys for breastfeeding successfully.

New group: Antenatal Clases in English in Barcelona

Prepare yourself for a positive birth experience! New group: Antenatal Clases in English in Barcelona!

Through the course “Parto y Movimiento” you will improveyourskills and confidence, experimenting a wide variety of positions and movements that combined with the breathingwill be your allies in your birth.

The aim of the course is for you to experience your childbirth consciously and positively with your partner by your side. You will get tricks to help you to cope with every stage of birth, as well as keys for breastfeeding successfully.

In January 2018 we start a new group in Barcelona

Mondays at 19:15h (8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th of January and 5th of February) inCoBaby

Carrer Sepúlveda 65, bajos 4º Metro Rocafort (L1) or Sant Antoni (L2)

Theoretical + Practical exercises 170 €

For further information contact me at info@doulabarcelona.org // 687.98.69.13

exposicion lactancia

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

antenatal classes in Barcelona

Antenatal course after summer holidays 2017!

The 6th of September we are starting a new antenatal course, join us!!

Are you pregnant? Would you like to take antenatal classes in English?

Through the course “Parto y Movimiento” you will keep your body fit and healthy as you prepare yourself to give birth.

The aim of our antenatal classes is to improve your skills and confidence, as well as preparing you for a positive birth experience. We would like to help both partners get involved in the preparation for labour, birth and early parenthood.

In September 2017 we start a new group in Barcelona.

  • On Wednesdays in Enric Granados 135, 3-1 (between Paris and Corsega) (6th , 13st , 20th and 27th of September and 4th of October).

The course takes from 19h to 21h and it costs 150€. www.partoymovimiento.com

In addition to the theoretical part, there is an adequate corporal preparation to enjoy your pregnancy and birth next to your partner. You will experiment how breathing and movement can be allies in your birth. Parto y Movimiento

[…]We took anti natal classes. Their calm, positive and loving attitude calmed me down big time, gave me trust and prepared us for our little miracle. I can’t recommend her enough! I truly believe all couples; especially expat couples need someone like them by their side.

Sev, James and Luca

[…]We felt they gave good advice and information with no bias as to which options were the best for us. Her knowledge and experience of different birth scenarios helped us to prepare the birth plan that we wanted and her vibrant and friendly personality kept us calm and made us feel supported and cared for throughout the process.

Sarah, Adam and Thomas

For further information, please contact Vickydoula 687986913, vickydoula@gmail.com or www.doulabarcelona.com and www.pregnantbarcelona.com

banc de llet estiu

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 bancdellet@bst.cat 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


Grupo de lactancia en Julio y Agosto

Como voluntaria de Alba Lactancia Materna, quiero recordaros que a partir del lunes 3 de julio 2017 y durante los meses de julio y agosto estará en funcionamiento el grupo de guardia ALBA AL SOL.

¿Cuándo? Los lunes de 17-19h

¿Dónde? en el Parc de la Ciutadella de Barcelona, en la Glorieta cerca de la cascada.

Como el resto de grupos que funcionan durante el curso escolar, se trata de un servicio de asistencia libre y gratuita, dirigido a madres lactantes y a sus familias, que busca ofrecer un punto de encuentro donde conseguir información y apoyo a la lactancia materna, durante el período veraniego, época en que apenas existen espacios dirigidos específicamente a madres que quieran amamantar a sus hijos, sobre todo madres recientes que paren en los meses de verano y que pueden encontrarse muy solas.

¡Os esperamos!