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Pregnancy 101

Pregnant women have access to plenty of health information but it can often become overwhelming. So what do the experts say about common concerns from conception to birth?

Baby and child health

By offering good advice, pharmacy teams can play a vital role in helping parents deal with self-limiting childhood ailments

How to prepare a bottle feed

To help protect babies from infection, knowing how to make up feeds and sterilise equipment correctly is essential.

Why some mums don’t breastfeed

There are many reasons why some mums cannot – or choose not to – breastfeed their babies and they may need support and advice from the pharmacy team.

Combination feeding

Some parents may wish to feed their baby using a combination of breastfeeding and bottle feeding – using either expressed breast milk or infant formula milk.

Key ingredients of milk for infants

The following ingredients are present in both breast and infant formula milks to ensure babies get all the nutrients they need to thrive.

Feeding equipment and sterilisation

The vast array of feeding equipment and guidelines can make this category confusing for parents.

Storage of feeds

Feeds should be made up as required, but when travelling or going out for the day, this isn’t always possible.

Ask the experts: equipment

Feeding equipment throws up a whole raft of queries and potential problems. Here’s what the experts advise for some of the more common questions.


Reflux affects 30 per cent of infants. Also called regurgitation, it occurs when the stomach contents are brought back up into the oesophagus or mouth.

Constipation and diarrhoea

It can be difficult to know what’s ‘normal’ when it comes to an infant’s bowel movements, but symptoms of constipation and diarrhoea are easy to spot.

Allergies and intolerance

Food allergies and food intolerances are not the same and it is essential to understand how to distinguish between the two conditions.

Infant eczema

When discussing infant formula milks, you may not automatically think of atopic eczema. Yet intact cows’ milk protein can increase the risk of eczema in babies with a family history of allergy.

Faltering growth

Most babies lose weight after birth and then start regaining it at around two weeks of age. However, faltering growth (or failure to thrive) is when a baby does not gain weight at the expected rate.

Pre-term/low birthweight babies

The phrase ‘pre-term’ applies to babies born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Pre-term babies have minimal body reserves of nutrients and immature body systems.

Let's start at the beginning

The first few years of a baby’s life can be stressful for parents working out what’s normal and what needs further investigation, but pharmacies can help.

Pregnancy & babycare: Fact or fiction

Healthcare during pregnancy can be a minefield for many women, with confusing and often contradictory information

Baby talk...

Some women sail through their pregnancy with no problems at all, while others suffer a range of health problems

What to expect when expecting

Pregnancy is the ideal time for pharmacy teams to develop a long-term relationship with parents.
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