Nature’s Superfood

After oxygen, breast milk is the first gift every child should receive as soon as s/he is birthed. I believe that it is the birthright of every child and they should have a taste of it from the very first hour of life.

Breastfeeding is highly beneficial to children, mothers, families and the community at large.

Did you know that globally, 60% of newborns do not initiate breastfeeding within the first hour of birth?

Did you know that less than 40% of babies are breastfed exclusively for the first six months of their lives?

Did you know that over 820000 children could be saved yearly if all children 0-23 months were optimally breastfed?

Did you know that breastfeeding could prevent 20000 deaths from breast cancer annually?

I present to you #TheBook

NATURE’S SUPERFOOD – A COMPILATION OF TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL BREASTFEEDING

#TheBook –

•explains everything you need to know about the human breast milk and the art of breastfeeding, in a simplified and concise fashion
• encourages mothers to achieve optimal breastfeeding – to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months and to continue breastfeeding until 2 years or beyond.
• answers the frequently asked questions on how to breastfeed successfully.
• debunks the common misconceptions about breastfeeding
• discusses the major challenges women face from lactation to weaning and provides practical advice on how to overcome them.
• boosts the confidence of women who have chosen breast milk over formula
• is a must-read for all first-time parents as well as an excellent refresher course for the veterans!

*Launch date – 7th August, 2020

*Prelaunch offer –  get a pdf copy at ₦3500 or $9 (30% discount), in commemoration of the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week (1st – 7th August)

After this prelaunch window, it will be sold at the full price of ₦5000 or $13 from August 8, so hurry up and get yours!

Pay to –

Stanbic IBTC
Type – Current
Account – 0015640146
Name – Khadijah Folake Tijani

OR

Royal Bank of Canada 
Name – Khadijah Tijani
Type – Checking
Account – 5291711
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Swift code – ROYCCAT2

Send evidence of payment to askdoctorkt@gmail.com and you will get your ebook right away.

Alternatively, you can buy the Kindle ebook or paperback on Amazon right here

*Printed copies will soon be available in bookshops and maternity clinics near you!

Thank you and feel free to share this post!

Dr Khadijah Tijani, MBBS
Author.

The “Good Baby”

A “good baby” is not necessarily good.

The first four to six weeks is usually a roller-coaster for new parents and their babies. As the baby is trying to adjust to life outside the womb, the parents are also staying on their feet in order to make the transition easy for everyone.

Who wouldn’t like a good baby? I mean, a baby that is always calm and quiet, sleeps through the night, doesn’t fuss about food or whine for attention… Every new mom prays to have that kind of baby because it means that she would have more time to rest and do some other things.

But hey! As appealing as the idea of a “good baby” might sound, it doesn’t mean that all is well with a baby that is always calm. There are certain red flags you need to look out for:

1. Your baby sleeps so much that you need to wake him up to feed adequately
2. As a result of 1, he misses his feeding routine or sleeps without feeding for longer than 4 hours
3. He is generally slow to react to touch, light, sound and other stimuli in his environment
4. He has other symptoms such as fever, jaundice, constipation, poor weight gain, etc.

Any of these red flags should raise the suspicion of an underlying condition, which are mostly neurological or endocrine disorders. Neonatal jaundice is one of the commonest causes. If you notice yellowish discolouration of your baby’s skin or eyes, contact your health care provider as soon as possible. Read more about neonatal jaundice here.

Another possibility is congenital hypothyroidism – a condition where the thyroid hormones in the baby is suboptimal as a result of the deficiency in the mother during pregnancy. In developed countries, screening is done for every baby immediately after birth, so that diagnosis may be made early and treatment started promptly.

Babies who sustain brain injury due to adverse events surrounding pregnancy and childbirth could also show some of these “good baby” signs. But there are usually more severe manifestations such as muscle weakness, feeding difficulties and failure to attain developmental milestones.

Bottomline – There is no such thing as a good baby. Normal babies should have a wide range of behaviours, emotions and reactions to their environment. If you have doubts, please seek help!

©KT

2020