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Breastfeeding

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 'I Am A Bad Mum': Woman Viciously Trolled After Breastfeeding Fail Goes Viral

    'I Am A Bad Mum': Woman Viciously Trolled After Breastfeeding Fail Goes Viral
    A mum shared her relatable parenting moment to Twitter, but not everyone found the photos of her newborn funny.
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  15. Breastfeeding a 3-year-old: NSW mum on why she’ll nurse her son until he wants to stop

    Breastfeeding a 3-year-old: NSW mum on why she’ll nurse her son until he wants to stop
    A NSW mum has opened up about the pressure to wean children off breastfeeding – and explained why she’s proud to still be nursing her son, aged three.
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  16. 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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  17. Breastfeeding Twins, A Mum's Top Tips

    Breastfeeding Twins, A Mum's Top Tips
    Nicole, mum of twins shares her top twin breastfeeding tips.
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  18. 5 fun facts you need to know about night time breastfeeds

    5  fun facts you need to know about night time breastfeeds

    You are exhausted, you are recovering from growing and birthing your beautiful baby. And no, he doesn't sleep ‘all night ‘ yet (in infant sleep studies ‘all night’ is defined as five hours).

    If even five uninterrupted hours sleep sounds like a dream come true and the pressure to ‘teach’ your baby to sleep for much longer right from the early days has you doubting your mothering skills, your milk supply and your baby’s ‘goodness’ take heart.Your baby isn't being a dick if he wakes every couple of hours through the night wanting a boob.

    Check out these five fun facts you need to know about night time feeds – they will settle all those niggling doubts and help you believe in your self, your baby and your boobs.

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  19. Tongue Tie - is it causing feeding problems?

    Tongue Tie - is it causing feeding problems?
    In some babies, the little membrane called the frenulum, which joins the middle of the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too tight and ‘ties’ the tongue so that the baby has difficulty moving his tongue effectively. This means that the baby will be unable to bring his tongue forward far enough to latch onto the breast and draw the nipple far enough back into his mouth to feed well and he won't be able to form an effective seal around the nipple of either a breast or bottle so he is likely to feed noisily, suck in air as he feeds and tire easily while feeding.
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  20. INCONSISTENT guidelines for the storage of expressed breast milk is leaving new mothers highly confused, a new study reveals

    INCONSISTENT guidelines for the storage of expressed breast milk is leaving new mothers highly confused, a new study reveals
    Australian researchers studied online resources for breastfeeding mothers and found very varied information about the handling, storage, and warming of expressed breast milk.
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  21. Expressing Breast Milk, Try These Effective, Easy Techniques to Pump More Milk in Less time.

    Expressing Breast Milk, Try These Effective, Easy Techniques to Pump More Milk in Less time.
    To make expressing easier , take less time and boost the amount you pump, check out these effective techniques.
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  22. Supporting Breastfeeding to Save the Earth

    Supporting Breastfeeding to Save the Earth

    As you sit and gaze into your baby’s eyes while you nourish your little one with your sweet warm milk consider, you are saving precious resources that cost the earth – literally.

    This isn’t about shaming mums who for whatever reasons do use infant formula, it’s about acknowledging that if we gave more support to women who want to breastfeed, we could have a significant impact on the environment.

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  23. Sharing is Caring - Donor Milk Sharing in Communities and Clinics

    Sharing is Caring - Donor Milk Sharing in Communities and Clinics

    You may have noticed the topic of ‘donor milk’ pop up in your news feed while scrolling through your socials. If you are yet to give birth to your first baby, or you are not familiar with contemporary milk sharing practices, you might find the whole concept a bit…weird. And you could be forgiven for thinking that way, as there is a certain degree of stigma attached to human milk donation. This is mainly due to the fact that we exist in culture which has normalised animal milk consumption, the use of infant formal, and the sexualisation of women’s breasts.

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  24. 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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  25. Breastfeeding, Periods and Getting Pregnant

    Breastfeeding, Periods and Getting Pregnant

    After those big fat super pads and mesh undies that are a necessary postnatal ‘thing’, discovering that breastfeeding can delay the return of your periods is a welcome bonus.

    This period free time though, varies among individual women. Most mothers who continue to breastfeed will resume periods between nine and eighteen months after birth. However, while some lucky ladies can go a year or more without a glimpse of Aunty Flo, others can find her visiting within just a few weeks. 

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