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Breastfeeding

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. The Importance of Iron during Pregnancy and Lactation for Baby and Mum

    The Importance of Iron during Pregnancy and Lactation for Baby and Mum

    Registered Dietician/ nutritionist Tammy Kacev explains the importance of Iron during pregnancy and lactation for baby and mum:

    We are well aware of the importance of a good diet pre pregnancy and during pregnancy, but once we have our precious babies we tend to neglect ourselves. Just as it is important to eat a balanced and healthy diet that is rich in a variety of nutrients and vitamins including protein, iron and calcium while we are pregnant, it is just as important to do the same while we are breastfeeding. In this article I will be discussing the importance of iron during pregnancy and lactation for both baby and mum.

    Importance of Iron during Pregnancy

    When we first find out we are pregnant part of the routine health check-up we receive that is done early on by our doctors (and then again in the third trimester) is to check our iron levels. Our body uses iron to make red blood cells (haemoglobin) and when we are pregnant

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  4. When Baby Won't Breastfeed - Breast Refusal, Nursing Strike or Weaning?

    When Baby Won't Breastfeed - Breast Refusal, Nursing Strike or Weaning?

    Here you are, dripping milk, all ready for your baby to feed – but he won’t!

    If you have a newborn, there is every chance you will be ‘woman handled’ as somebody tries to get your baby to latch by grabbing baby and boob and shoving them together (if this happens, put your hand up in a stop sign and ask, ‘please can you guide me, I would like to try myself’).

    Or, if your baby is older and has been happily breastfeeding until now, you are probably wondering, ‘is he weaning?’

    Whatever the reasons for your baby’s breast refusal, your baby isn’t ‘refusing’ to breastfeed because he is being stubborn, and forcing him won’t help.

    For newborns, generally if your baby won’t breastfeed it is because he can’t right now, but it doesn’t mean you won’t be able to breastfeed at all – although you will need to be patient, with the right help, most

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  5. Is Your Baby Having a Growth Spurt?

    Is Your Baby Having a Growth Spurt?
    You feel as though you have finally ‘nailed’ breastfeeding. Your baby is latching and sucking well, he’s having plenty of wet and poopy nappies and he’s been calm between feeds. Then, suddenly he wants to feed all day. Could he be having a growth spurt?
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  6. Exhausted? Overwhelmed? Foggy Brain? Is It Postnatal Depletion?

    Exhausted? Overwhelmed? Foggy Brain? Is It Postnatal Depletion?

    “I know I need to exercise but I don’t even have the energy to go for a walk, I feel so tired all the time and I am anxious without any reason,” says Sarah, mum of a happy thriving eight month old. When I visited her, Sarah asked her husband to take notes because her brain was so foggy she could barely stay on track in conversation, let alone remember what we discussed.

    According to Dr Oscar Serrallach, Sarah’s symptoms are typical of a condition he has labeled ‘Postnatal Depletion’. Formerly an emergency medicine doctor, Dr, Serrallach is now a GP in Northern NSW specializing in nutritional and integrative medicine and author of ‘The Postnatal Depletion Cure’. He says, “ a lot of my clients were new mums, they seemed to be really tired and not coping well and initially I thought this was quite normal. But, just because something is common doesn’t ne

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  7. Five Reasons Breastfeeding Mums Shouldn't Skip Breakfast

    Five Reasons Breastfeeding Mums Shouldn't Skip Breakfast
    A good breakfast is essential for breast feeding mums to stay healthy and focused, keep energy levels at bay, consume enough calories, get a range of nutrients, and even help with weight loss. Skipping breakfast can affect our hormones and body functions. Here, Registered dietician, Tammy Mond explains why breastfeeding mums shouldn't skip breakfast and which foods make up a healthy breakfast.
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  8. 75 Reasons Your Baby Needs to Breastfeed

    75 Reasons Your Baby Needs to Breastfeed
    We asked mothers for all the reasons their babies wanted boobies and here, we have 75 very good reasons babies may need to snuggle in and refuel on magic mama milk– besides feeling hungry!
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  9. Crying Baby, Sleepless Nights – Could Your Baby Have Reflux?

    Crying Baby, Sleepless Nights – Could Your Baby Have Reflux?
    Your baby is irritable, grizzly, hates lying on his back, spits up or vomits often, has hiccups constantly and he is a nightmare to feed: he starts to feed voraciously, then he wriggles, squirms and ‘throws’ himself off the breast or when he isn’t doing this, he wants to be permanently attached to your breast.
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  10. Breastfeeding - 5 Things You Don't Need to Worry About - even though everyone says you should

    Breastfeeding - 5 Things You Don't Need to Worry About - even though everyone says you should
    There are so many rules about being a good mum and if you are breastfeeding there are even more ‘rules’.Because these rules are about feeding your baby and actually making him grow and stay alive, is it any wonder you feel anxious? Take heart, you can ditch these 5 'rules' and stop worrying.
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  11. 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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  12. Six Myths About Breastfeeding Toddlers - Let's Bust These Now!

    Six Myths About Breastfeeding Toddlers - Let's Bust These Now!

    As he pulled on his little ‘working boots’ my three year old gazed up and told me very matter of factly, “Mummy, when I get scared, booby makes me feel brave.”

    When I breastfed our first two babies, I wasn’t aware of the nutritional or immunological benefits of breastfeeding older babies or toddlers (no, there is no ‘best before’ stamp on mama milk!); I simply kept on breastfeeding them because it felt right. In fact with each of our five children, breastfeeding has been an integral part of my relationship with them and not just about ‘food’.

    As newborns, breastfeeding gave my babies a gentle beginning, and as toddlers, it soothed life’s little knocks, easing the discomfort of swollen teething gums and picking them up when they fell (or fell apart emotionally). Breastfeeding provi

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  13. Four Reasons Your Newborn Shouldn’t Sleep ‘All Night’ (Just yet).

    Four Reasons Your Newborn Shouldn’t Sleep ‘All Night’ (Just yet).

    You have finally made it beyond the letter-box with your newborn. You are feeling pretty proud of yourself for getting out and about between feeds, poos and spews and you even have your own shirt on the right way round. But then some dear old lady spies your little ‘freshie’ and as she peers into your pram, she can’t resist asking, ‘is he a good baby?’

    Then that dreaded next question, ‘does he sleep all night?’

    Suddenly you are hit by a wave of self-doubt. You wonder, ‘should my baby be sleeping longer? This isn’t helped by all the baby sleep programs advertising how to teach your baby to sleep ‘all night’. Especially when you read that babies can sleep 8 hours or 12 hours or whatever is being promised. Or that you can expect your baby to give you a full night’s sleep when he is just a few weeks old – if you just follow the right ‘method’.

    Firstly, ‘all night’

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  14. Your Babymoon Support Team

    Your Babymoon Support Team

    If you haven’t yet had your baby, now is the time to plan beyond a fancy nursery that your baby won’t be moving into just yet anyway and plan for a calm, stress free ‘babymoon’. Think, a babymoon is like a honeymoon for you, your partner and your new baby as you all adjust to this big new world. A huge factor in planning a gentle babymoon for your growing family (whether this is your first baby, or you already have other children), is to create a support team.

    A supportive partner is a huge factor in your breastfeeding success so first up, discuss with your partner how they can support you: taking time off work, censoring visitors, allowing you to rest, feeding you and being positive about breastfeeding – never asking ‘are you sure you have enough milk?’

    Your support circle

    Next, consider your wider support circle: surround yourself with

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  15. Your Milk Ejection Reflex (or Letdown) And Why It Matters

    Your Milk Ejection Reflex (or Letdown) And Why It Matters
    Making breast milk is a simple process that happens automatically: the more milk is removed from the breast, either by the baby sucking or by expressing, the more milk your body is signalled to make. However, this is only only half of the equation. Your baby can’t get his milk all by himself and even the best breast pump can’t empty your breasts effectively by suction alone. Releasing your breast milk is the other half of the milk production process and your milk ejection reflex is the key to this.
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  16. Is Your Baby Getting Enough Milk? A Lactation Consultant's checklist.

    Is Your Baby Getting Enough Milk? A Lactation Consultant's checklist.
    If you feel anxious whether your baby is getting enough milk , you aren't alone. After all there are no markers on your breasts telling you ‘full’ or ‘empty’ – there are some reliable signs that your baby is getting enough milk. So, instead of worrying or allowing undermining comments about your milk supply create self-doubt, here is a checklist to help you believe in your boobs:
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  17. Breastfeeding: 6 top tips for the first 3 days

    Breastfeeding: 6 top tips for the first 3 days

    Congratulations! Here you are, gazing at your amazing newborn, completely overawed and overwhelmed at the prospect of nurturing and nourishing this little being. breastfeeding your baby feels like a huge responsibility, you desperately want to make this work but you have heard all sorts of stories about how difficult it can be.

    The thing to remember is that although breastfeeding is natural, it is a skill that you and your tiny baby will be learning together as you get to know each other. As you practice, you will find it get easier and soon, you will find breastfeeding the natural intuitive experience it is meant to be. Here are some tips to help you through the first three days.

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  18. 6 Ways to Make Breastfeeding Easier BEFORE You Have Your Baby

    6 Ways to Make Breastfeeding Easier BEFORE You Have Your Baby
    Yes, breastfeeding can be challenging at first – it’s natural but it’s also a learned skill like riding a bike or driving a car. And you wouldn’t simply hop on a bike or get in a car and expect to cruise off without any instruction or preparation, would you? By preparing for breastfeeding you give yourself a much better chance of beating the ‘booby traps’ and getting through the early days more easily.
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  19. Expressing Colostrum Antenatally - your baby's first immune boost

    Expressing Colostrum Antenatally - your baby's first immune boost
    In perfect circumstances, colostrum should be every newborn’s first feed, however there are medical conditions and issues for some mothers and babies that may mean infant formula is offered to newborns. One way to see that your baby is less likely to be offered formula in this important newborn period, is to express and store colostrum during the last weeks of pregnancy.
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  20. Real Mums Tell What They Love Best About Breastfeeding

    Real Mums Tell What They Love Best About Breastfeeding

    When you really think about it, breastfeeding is pretty bloody amazing.

    After a woman gives birth, on cue her post-birth hormones kick in, telling her body to produce breastmilk – the perfect amount at the perfect temperature.

    Ah-mazing, right?

    It’s also the ultimate portable on-the-go snack, has countless health benefits for both mums and babies, and the rush of oxytocin (the ‘love hormone’) stimulated by breastfeeding helps to promote a special bond between mum and baby.

    From the practical to the magical, real mums shared with us what they love most about breastfeeding.

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  21. Managing Your Day With a Newborn -Your New Mum Survival Checklist

    Managing Your Day With a Newborn -Your New Mum Survival Checklist
    From new mothers, I often hear comments like: “I can’t even have a shower because I don’t know how long she will sleep for.” Or: “It takes so long to get him to sleep that we start cooking dinner at 9 p.m.” If your baby hasn’t yet been born, these sorts of things may sound ridiculous. However, managing your day around a newborn can be a challenge, especially if you’re used to order and punctuality. See Pinky's new mum survival checklist:
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  22. Travelling With Your Breastfed Baby

    Travelling With Your Breastfed Baby

    Your baby is completely portable and so is his food source if you are breastfeeding. This can make travel with a little one much easier and safer than contending with potentially unsafe sources of infant food, formula and water. It’s also much easier not to have to carry feeding equipment and premixed formula on top of the ‘basic’ baby gear.

    If you are planning to travel with your breastfed baby, you may have some anxiety about how this will work in actual practice. So here are a few simple things you can do to enjoy the experience without stress for you or your baby.

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  23. Top 10 Boobie Traps and How to Beat Them

    Top 10 Boobie Traps and How to Beat Them
    Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby, but it often doesn’t come naturally at first. It’s helpful to understand that just like learning a new dance, you and your tiny partner can take a little while to get ‘in step’ together. As you learn how to hold your baby comfortably, your little one has to coordinate sucking, swallowing and breathing – but with practice and patience (and perhaps a little help from a professional, such as a lactation consultant), breastfeeding really does become easy and natural. Here are 10 common boobie traps and tips to beat them.
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  24. Boobs, Milk And Mama Brain: Funniest breastfeeding Stories

    Boobs, Milk And Mama Brain: Funniest breastfeeding Stories
    What happens when you have a pair of boobs, leaking milk and Mama brain? Some messy – and funny – tales. We asked our Boobie Mamas to share their funniest breastfeeding experiences and although they may not have seen the funny side at the time, in hindsight, their stories have made them (and us) laugh. Just in case you need a grin right now, see what’s really happening in the land of boobs and babies:
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  25. Is my baby hungry? What are the signs? Should I wake him to feed?

    Is my baby hungry? What are the signs? Should I wake him to feed?
    You have most likely heard all sorts of advice about when and how often to feed your baby. It’s confusing isn’t it? Breastfeeding according to your baby’s signals, not the clock, is more compatible with your baby’s needs and it will support a healthy milk supply. Breastfeeding is also a lovely nurturing tool and it isn’t only about hunger – if your baby is exposed to a bug, for instance, your baby will increase feeds to gain a boost of immunity from your milk.....
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