[ARTICLE] Marathon mum pumps breastmilk while on the run: Essential Baby September 2016

When you’re a breastfeeding mama, you’re likely to find yourself out and about when you need to feed your baby.

Sometimes that means feeding at a cafe, or in a library. It can also mean feeding on a plane, at the airport or in a shop.

US mum Anna Young faced a very different dilemma.

The mother from Salt Lake City decided to run a half-marathon before she even knew she was pregnant. The big event was to take place when her little one was five months old.

But Anna had a problem: she needed to leave her house at 4.30am and wouldn’t be able to feed again for hours.

So she came up with a plan: she would pump milk during the race. She pumped after running the first 8 miles (which is almost 13 km).

Others agreed, saying that running with engorged breasts would be a nightmare.

Midwife Amanda Bude from Groovy Babies applauds Anna’s decision – and ability – to pump while running.

“Wow! That’s what I call true dedication to her child and commitment of breastfeeding!” she says.

“Imagine preparing your mindset for a marathon and packing all your express kit as well as your Gatorade…”

While Amanda is clearly impressed with Anna’s actions, she says they also help normalise breastfeeding and pumping.

And that’s something Anna wanted to do, using the hash tag #normalizebreastfeeding on her caption.

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[ARTICLE] Calls For Prenatal Sleep Lessons to Reduce Labour Risks- The Courier Mail, 19th August 2016

SLEEP lessons need to be included in prenatal assessments because 80 per cent of women can’t sleep during pregnancy and continue to suffer insomnia following baby’s arrival.

The call from maternity experts comes as research highlights the risks of sleep deprivation. Sleeplessness in the third trimester can extend labour and increase risk of C-section and depression. Research shows women who sleep less than six hours per night are 4.5 times more likely to deliver by cesaerean. Women report that little prenatal information on sleep is offered.

Queensland midwife and sleep consultant Amanda Bude is liaising with the Australian College of Midwives to devise strategies to help mums-to-be with insomnia.

“The risks from lack of sleep are well documented, but I don’t think that women are educated on the need for sleep, especially as there is a knock-on effect after the birth,” Ms Bude said.
“Clinicians should address sleep patterns in prenatal assessments as potential predictors of labour duration and delivery type,” she said.

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[ARTICLE] Scientists Uncover Genetic Variations that Influence Sleep: The Courier Mail, February 2016

THERE is no such thing as waking up on the wrong side of the bed — if you are grumpy in the mornings it’s not your fault, it’s in your genes.

That is the finding of scientists who have uncovered ­genetic variations which make some people more inclined to bounce out of bed early and go to bed early, while others can only get themselves going on a later cycle.

Gold Coast sleep specialist Amanda Bude said the research will give health professionals more insight into treating sleep problems.

“Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. If you know that you are not a morning person you can adjust your schedule to get the best out of your body,” she said.

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[ARTICLE] When your partner misses the birth: Essential Baby February 2016

Midwife Amanda Bude says it’s not that common for partners to miss their baby’s birth, but still recommends having a ‘contingency plan’.

She advises having a second and third ‘back-up’ person in case you go into labour while your partner’s away. The back-up person can be a close friend, family member, doula or midwife.

That person should know what to bring to hospital if the time comes, and what you would like them to do during the birth (either be there and take videos or photos, or wait outside). Your support person should also know your birth plans.

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