Breast milk is often considered to be the baby’s first vaccine as it’s rich in nutrients that help to fight infections such as pneumonia and help development of the gut.
It is important that if you are breastfeeding that you look after yourself as you’ll need a good amount of energy to keep up your supply. This includes having a good healthy balanced diet with sufficient iron and vitamins that can be found naturally in fruit, vegetables and meat.
Sometimes breastfeeding doesn’t always work out and don’t fear if that’s you. There are alternatives such as donor milk or formula. There different types of formula on the market - Cow’s milk based, formula with added probiotics, gold, thickened and hypoallergenic formula.
Cow’s milk formula is suitable for most babies and it is similar to breast milk, however it is always important to check with your doctor or pharmacist before using.
But of course if you are able to, it is recommended to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of life, you can supplement breast milk with solids for up to 2 years as wished.
If you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding please pop by and see me in clinic.
Calling all Tradies 🗣️ 🔊 It’s Tradies National Health Month! 💪
You make up 30% of the workforce population and without having your tip top health your work could be compromised.
3 in 5 major workplace injuries involve a trade so it’s time to get serious about your health!
This month is all about raising awareness and keeping you fit and strong. If you have any muscular aches or pains it could be time to see a physiotherapist or if you haven’t had a check up in a while pop by and see me in clinic.
Lets keep the nation’s construction, plumbing and gas works running smoothly!
This evening I attended an informative women’s health update event held by Pindara Private Hospital.
In case you didn’t know, the cervical screening program has changed and it’s now offered to those aged 25-74 every 5 years. You will be due your first test aged 25 or 2 years after your last PAP smear. And of course if you have any symptoms such as abnormal bleeding, pain or discharge seek medical advice sooner.
Medicine is always changing and it’s vital as a General Practitioner to keep up to date to give you the best possible treatment.
We covered other topics such as breast disease including lumps and skin changes, the new guidelines around polycystic ovarian syndrome and the controversial vaginal mesh.
I’m looking forward to sharing it all with you very soon.
If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to pop by and see me in clinic.
Parts of the Gold Coast are covered in thick smoke due to a controlled hazard reduction burn. This is expected to last until Monday 23rd July.
It’s really important that if you suffer from any breathing problems to keep your windows and doors closed. If you have medication such as inhalers keep them close at hand and if you’re having difficulties breathing please seek medical advice or pop by and see me in clinic.