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Breastfeeding

  1. Please Can We Stop Shaming Breastfeeding Mothers

    Please Can We Stop Shaming Breastfeeding Mothers
    Breastfeeding mothers don’t get out of bed in the morning and think, now where can I flaunt my breasts today? Most mothers are so overwhelmed with sleep deprivation and the responsibility of meeting their babies’ needs, they don’t have the energy to plan how to get their boobs out to scare small children or shame mothers who aren’t breastfeeding.
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  2. 15 Things NEVER to Say to a Breastfeeding Mother (and how to respond if you cop these)

    15 Things  NEVER to Say to a Breastfeeding Mother  (and how to respond if you cop these)
    How you feed your baby is a hot trigger for unwanted comments from random strangers so maybe you can print this out and share as your own personal FAQ when they offer their unsolicited two cents worth.
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  3. 11 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Mental Health While Breastfeeding

    11 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Mental Health While Breastfeeding
    As a breastfeeding mother you are everything to your baby – food, comfort and nurturing. Around the clock. It’s a lot of pressure to know you are the sole source of nourishment for your baby and if you are experiencing breastfeeding difficulties, this can send you into spiral of despair. So how do you beat this pressure and protect your own well-being, especially your mental health?
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  4. Breastfeeding, A Gift For You (Not Just Your Baby).

    Breastfeeding, A Gift For You (Not Just Your Baby).
    As mothers, we have all heard about the undisputed benefits breastfeeding has for our children. New research continues to provide evidence about the magic of mother’s milk and how it provides our babies with the best start to life. Breastfeeding our precious little ones is like giving a gift that lasts a lifetime. But did you know that when you breastfeed, you are also giving a gift to yourself? Breastfeeding provides incredible short- and long-term benefits for mums, and here, IBCLC Lactation Consultant, Emily Brittingham explains 10 of these.
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  5. How to increase milk supply: 7 tips from Lactation Expert Pinky McKay

    How to increase milk supply: 7 tips from Lactation Expert Pinky McKay

    If you’re worried about low milk supply, you aren’t alone – recent studies show that the number one reason women say they give up breastfeeding is because they don’t think they have enough milk. Pinky McKay, IBCLC lactation expert, shares her top tips to help you increase your milk supply without a whole lot of stress.

    Watch your baby, not the clock

    Breast milk production is based on supply and demand: the more milk your baby drinks, the more milk your breasts will be signalled to make. Babies regulate the volume and composition of your milk by their sucking and by how often they feed. As your baby sucks at your breast, he stimulates milk production.

    Trying to impose a strict feeding schedule, rather than watching your baby’s cues, is not only

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  6. Will a Bed-time Bottle Help Your Breastfed Baby Sleep?

    Will a Bed-time Bottle Help Your Breastfed Baby Sleep?
    How often have you been told, just give your breastfed baby a bottle of formula at bedtime to make him sleep? But really, does this work and what could be the trade-offs?
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  7. Breastfeeding and returning to work

    Breastfeeding and returning to work

    Breastfeeding has been going well: your baby is thriving and happy. But now you are returning to work and feel sad at the prospect of weaning your baby.

    Take heart, returning to paid work doesn’t mean you have to stop breastfeeding. Your baby can enjoy the health, immunity and nutritional benefits and you will still have that unique connection through the one thing that only you can do for your baby  - snuggling him close as he drinks your milk.

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  8. Everything You Need to Know About Storing And Feeding Expressed Breast Milk

    Everything You Need to Know About Storing And Feeding Expressed Breast Milk
    There is no use crying over spilt milk, goes the old saying. But if you are a mum expressing your precious breast milk, you don’t want to see even a drop get spilled or wasted. So, what is the best way to store your precious ‘liquid gold’ and how long will it keep?
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  9. Pinky's top Newborn Mum Hacks

    Pinky's top Newborn Mum Hacks

    Getting used to your newborn is such an intense time as you recover from your birth experience physically and emotionally and there is a lot of trial and error as you work out what is best for you and your baby. The thing is, it’s ok to take a few short cuts and, as a mum of five, there probably aren’t many I haven’t tried – some were helpful, some not so much. Here are my top hacks to make things easier for you and your new baby.

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  10. Breastfeeding Schedules -Why They Suck

    Breastfeeding Schedules -Why They Suck
    There is evidence that allowing babies to feed according to their own appetite, rather than imposing rigid feeding schedules, is more compatible with the biology of mothers and babies. Although breastfeeding according to a schedule may seem to work at first, many women who use strict feeding schedules in the early weeks find that their milk supply dwindles and their baby may be weaned by about three months.
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  11. What Exactly Is An IBCLC And How Can They Help?

    What Exactly Is An IBCLC And How Can They Help?

    Here at Boobie Foods, we talk a lot about IBCLCs – International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. In fact, Boobie Foods founder, Pinky McKay is one of Australia’s most recognised and respected IBCLCs.

    An IBCLC is an allied health professional with specialist education in lactation, infant feeding, infant development and nutrition. But what exactly does an IBCLC do, and how do you know if you need to see one?

    What does an IBCLC do?

    An IBCLC offers non -judgemental reassurance, support and information to help you reach your personal breastfeeding goals. If you want to set yourself up for a positive breastfeeding experience, especially if you have had challenges with a previous breastfeeding experience (yes, IBCLCs do antenatal consults too); are struggling with nipple or breast pain; have a premature or unwell baby or a baby with a special medical condition; multiples – twins, triplets; want to breastfeed after breast surge

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  12. Beating Holiday Boobie Traps - And Unexpected Weaning

    Beating Holiday Boobie Traps - And Unexpected Weaning

    For a new mum, the holiday season can be overwhelming and exhausting. It can also impact your milk supply and may mean that your baby, sensing your own stress, becomes increasingly unsettled. Then, as relatives ask, ‘are you sure you have enough milk?’ your self-doubt increases and you reach for the bottle. This is often described as ‘holiday weaning’.

    But please take heart, we have top tips for you to beat holiday ‘boobie traps’ so you keep your boobs full and your baby at the breast.

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  13. Baby, Breastfeeds, Christmas Day - Your Survival Plan

    Baby, Breastfeeds, Christmas Day - Your Survival Plan

    It’s your baby’s first Christmas. It’s exciting but also a bit overwhelming too as you try to plan the big day with family and friends.

    Hopefully, if you have a newborn, you haven’t put your hand up to host the day, but this means you will be a guest at somebody else’s house and this can present other sorts of stress. Check out our survival plan. 

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  14. Niplash, Titty Tweakers and Dead Arm - When Breastfeeding Sucks And What To Do

     Niplash, Titty Tweakers and Dead Arm - When Breastfeeding Sucks And What To Do

    Learning to breastfeed so it becomes natural and easy can take a few weeks or longer, just like learning a dance with an inexperienced partner who also needs to learn the steps (coordinating sucking, swallowing and breathing). Soon, breastfeeding is mostly a sweet interlude in your days and nights, as you snuggle together and drink in that sweet baby breath and stroke his fine skin as he fills up on your mama milk. But, at the risk of sounding like a Debbie Downer, even when breastfeeding is going pretty smoothly, there are a few things that suck, big time ....

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  15. Why Your Breastfed Baby Does't Need Water. Warning: It could be unsafe.

    Why Your Breastfed Baby Does't Need Water. Warning: It could be unsafe.

    It’s stinking hot. You are sweaty so is your baby. He keeps grizzling and signalling that he wants more ‘boobie’ . He’s obviously thirsty so you wonder, should I give him a drink of water?

    Not only do you not need to offer your baby water in hot weather but it can be unsafe: giving water to newborns can affect your milk supply and your baby’s weight gains and for all babies under six months, giving water can dilute the sodium in the baby’s bloodstream to the point where a potentially life threatening condition known as “oral water intoxication” develops, and this can lead to symptoms like low body temperature, bloating, and seizures.

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  16. Latching Baby At The Breast

    Latching Baby At The  Breast

    Breastfeeding will be more relaxed and comfortable for you and your baby if you get a good latch right from the start. A good latch can head off breastfeeding problems before they happen: it will enable your baby to get more milk and to drain your breasts effectively and this will signal your breasts to make more milk, increasing your supply. And, although you can expect a wee bit of discomfort as you begin breastfeeding, rather like trying out a new pair of shoes, having a good latch at the breast will avoid damaged nipples and painful feeds.

    Signs of an effective latch include feeling comfortable, without pain, ‘pinching’ or a ‘biting’ sensation; your baby’s mouth will cover some or all of your areola, depending on the size of your areola (the dark part surrounding your nipple), with most or all of the underside and some of the top of the areola in your baby’s mouth; your baby’s lips will be flanged outwards, like ‘fish lips’ and baby’s tongue will be cupped under you

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  17. Breastfeeding and Sex: 5 Things You Might Not Know

    Breastfeeding and Sex: 5 Things You Might Not Know

    There’s nothing quite like four hours of broken sleep and cracked nipples to get you “in the mood”, right?

    Mama, it’s completely normal for your sex drive to take a nosedive after you’ve had a baby.

    Spending your days (and nights) snuggling, comforting and breastfeeding your new baby can leave you feeling completely touched out – not to mention the significant biological and hormonal changes going on inside your body right now.

    Here are 5 interesting facts about breastfeeding and sex that you might now know:

    1:Breastfeeding hormones can affect your sex drive

    Apart from feeling dead tired and touched out, there are also some biological reasons why your libido has go

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  18. Does Breastfeeding Really Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer?

    Does Breastfeeding Really Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer?

    You have most likely heard very good reasons to breastfeed: boosting baby’s immune system; providing breast milk that changes to meet your baby’s needs; a lovely way to bond and allowing instant comfort for an unsettled baby.

    Another important reason to consider breastfeeding is evidence that it can reduce your own and – if you have a baby daughter – her risk of breast cancer too.

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  19. Top Tips For Breastfeeding Your Newborn When You Have a Toddler Too

    Top Tips For Breastfeeding Your Newborn When You Have a Toddler Too
    Managing feeding times when you have a toddler as well as a newborn can be especially difficult because it takes so much time in the early days. Try these tips to support your toddler and make feeding your newborn easier:
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  20. Worst Breastfeeding Advice Ever

    Worst Breastfeeding Advice Ever

    One of the most common reasons for breastfeeding problems is unhelpful advice. We have asked real mums, ‘what was the worst breastfeeding advice you have been told? ‘

    Here is what they said – and why this is bad advice:

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  21. Feeling the 'Nipple Cripple' - how to trouble shoot and stop the pain

    Feeling the 'Nipple Cripple' - how to trouble shoot and stop the pain
    Are you curling your toes in pain at each breastfeed? Are you becoming anxious and dreading every feed because you know it will hurt like hell? Often one look can tell us what’s causing nipple pain and what you can do to fix it and make breastfeeding the relaxing, natural experience it is meant to be... see this checklist and what will help beat the pain.
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  22. Every breastfeed is a success

    Every breastfeed is a success
    However long you breastfeed or how much breast milk you are able to give your baby, this magic milk is like medicine for your baby - see what benefits you have given your baby at 1 week, 1 month, 1 year or longer.
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  23. 11 Amazing facts about breastmilk that you may not know

    11 Amazing facts about breastmilk that you may not know
    Your breast milk is LIVE! Just like human blood, breast milk is a living fluid containing a range of germ killing substances, healthy bacteria, antibodies, white blood cells, antimicrobials and cell wall protectors and proteins that offer protection against bacteria and viruses.
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  24. Food and Mothers' Milk - How your diet can boost your breast milk

    Food and Mothers' Milk - How your diet can boost your breast milk
    For decades we have known that the foods we eat do pass into mothers’ milk and we have research to show that various elements impact babies’ health and development.When mothers understand the impact of their own diets on their breastfeeding experience, more women who choose to will be able to breastfeed with greater confidence.
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  25. Breastfeeding When Baby is Unwell

    Breastfeeding When Baby is Unwell
    Fortunately, due to the immunity boosting factors in your breast-milk, your breastfed baby will usually be healthy and well. However, if your baby does get sick, for instance with a cold or ear infection, this may affect his feeding.
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