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1 – 7 August is World Breastfeeding Week. We have put together a 3 part series on breastfeeding and hormones, nutrition for breastfeeding, and weaning and hormones. Welcome to Part 1. Breastfeeding and Hormones Breastfeeding sounds simple enough right?!… That is until you actually have to do it! Breastfeeding can be difficult and stressful no matter if it’s your first of fourth baby. There are so many factors that come into play before breastfeeding works. There may be supply issues (too much or too little), pain and discomfort, mastitis, let down issues, hormonal issues, issues with latching, rooting, suckling and swallowing, tongue tie, mental health and lack of support/...

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Menopause: From the viewpoint of Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), menopause is viewed as a time of new beginnings and celebration. At menopause, the woman has moved through the stage of carrying and birthing offspring, and the energy used to nurture the uterus can now be redirected to the heart which allows the women to nurture herself and become a ‘wise women’. For some women menopause is no cause for celebration due to a range of symptoms that can drastically affect their quality of life for 5 – 10 years. Approximately 57% of women experience symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats during menopause. Some women may experience the grief of...

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10 Fertility Tips

Sandra Sapio, Acupuncturist and Naturopath Healthy Diet Making the right food choices before you conceive can support fertility and your baby’s growth and development. Eating a healthy well-balanced diet which is rich in healthy fats, plant-based proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables in a variety of colours, leafy greens rich in folate, nuts, good quality protein rich foods (organic free range meats and eggs, legumes, pulses) and whole grains is one of the first steps to support fertility. Blood Glucose & Insulin Resistance Avoid high sugar foods to help keep glucose and insulin balanced. Maintaining balanced Insulin and glucose levels helps the body send out the right messages to your endocrine system, which...