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  1. From Breastfeeding to Family Foods - when baby needs more than milk

    From Breastfeeding to Family Foods - when baby needs more than milk

    Around the middle of your baby’s first year, that is at about six months, your baby will start showing signs that he is ready for family foods: he will be able to sit up in a high chair or on your lap; he will have lost the tongue thrust reflex (that protects him against choking in the early months, but also means food gets thrust out of his mouth, rather than swallowed); he will be watching you closely as you eat and probably reaching for your food  - but being able to grab objects and put them into his mouth is an actual sign of readiness ( after all, even young babies will watch you and may reach for food).  Your baby may seem to suddenly be more hungry but not satisfied by extra milk feeds over a period of several days.

    See how, when and what to help your baby transition from breastfeeding to family foods

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  2. 5 Top 'Super Foods' for Breastfeeding Mums - A Dietician/nutritionist Advises

    5 Top 'Super Foods' for Breastfeeding Mums - A Dietician/nutritionist Advises

    We are all aware of the nutritional needs needed pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy, but post pregnancy nutrition tends to be forgotten about. Feeding our bodies with adequate nutrition post pregnancy while breastfeeding will help our bodies produce healthy milk for our babies, as well as help mums feel better.

    Registered Dietician Tammy Kacev  shares her top 5 foods for breastfeeding mums. 

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  3. Breastfeeding and Mother Burnout PLUS the Blood tests all mothers should have

    Breastfeeding and Mother Burnout PLUS the Blood tests all mothers should have

    Taking care of a baby is a full time job in itself – well, without the lunch and tea breaks and, most of the day, without a coworker to laugh with or bitch to when the going gets tough. And, did you know that even the most easy going baby takes at least nine hours of ‘hands on’ care each day (and night)?

    It’s time to cut yourself some slack and take care of yourself or all your efforts to be a ‘good mummy’ are at risk of being high-jacked by mummy burnout.

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  4. Big Boobs,Small Boobs and Breast Milk Supply - Does Size Matter?

    Big Boobs,Small Boobs and Breast Milk Supply  - Does Size Matter?
    Generally, breast size doesn’t matter. However, there are some medical conditions that can impact milk supply regardless of breast size and for a small number of women, size and shape can be an indicator that there could be challenges to milk supply
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  5. 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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  6. Boobs or Booze? What you must know about breastfeeding and alcohol (before you pour a drink)

    Boobs or Booze? What you must know about breastfeeding and alcohol (before you pour a drink)
    It’s your first festive season since you had your baby. You haven’t had a drink since you knew you were pregnant but now you are wondering, how much can I drink while I am breastfeeding? Will alcohol pass through my milk to my baby? And, how can I drink safely if I do have a glass or two? We have the answers for you.
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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. The truth about grandparents' advice

    The truth about grandparents' advice
    Pinky McKay unpacks outdated 'wisdom' and how to not offend your parents - The Daily Edition.
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  9. 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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  10. Expert advice on nap time, screen time and breast feeding

    Expert advice on nap time, screen time and breast feeding
    Expert advice on nap time, screen time and breast feeding Specialist Pinky Mckay joins The Daily Edition to discuss these big parenting topics. Click to watch
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  11. Is Your Diet Keeping Your Baby Awake?

    Is Your Diet Keeping Your Baby Awake?

    If you or your partner suffer from allergies such as eczema, asthma or hay fever, or if there is a family history of allergies, there is a stronger possibility that your baby’s restlessness and poor sleep could be due to food sensitivity or allergies – and he could be reacting to foods passing through your breast milk (your baby is never allergic to your milk).

    Food allergies in exclusively breastfed babies are caused by foods that pass into your breast milk, not to your breast-milk itself. Allergies in infants may cause symptoms including: colic, nausea, vomiting and reflux, wheezing and respiratory congestion, dermatitis, eczema, and various rashes (although other medical causes should be ruled out for these symptoms)

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  12. When Baby Bites the Boob - how to prevent biting

    When Baby Bites the Boob - how to prevent biting

    Help! My baby has his first two teeth and he has started biting when I breastfeed. How can I stop him biting or will I have to wean him?

    Ouch! Being bitten on the breast really hurts but thankfully, there are strategies to minimise and even stop your baby biting.

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  13. 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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  14. 'I didn't expect breastfeeding to hurt so much' - Jessica Smith, Paralympian's story.

     'I didn't expect breastfeeding to hurt so much' - Jessica Smith, Paralympian's story.
    Jessica Smith was born without a left arm. As a teenager she represented Australia for swimming in the 2004 Paralympic Games, and as a young adult she broke free from depression and an eating disorder and now she is an internationally recognised advocate for positive body image, an author & storyteller as well as a loving wife and mum to a toddler, with another baby due soon. Jessica shares how motherhood has been a huge learning curve, not only because of her physical challenges, but in reaching out and asking for help. She says, “my whole life I have adapted and worked out ways to do things but I thought, I honestly don’t know how I am going to do this?"
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  15. Why breast feeding rates are dropping

    Why breast feeding rates are dropping
    Expert Pinky Mackay says every breast feed is a success - The Morning Show
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  16. Help! My Breasts Are Lopsided.

    Help! My Breasts Are Lopsided.
    When it comes to producing milk, it’s common to have one breast that is a better milk maker than the other. It’s no fun though, when one breast becomes much bigger than the other and your baby favors the ‘good’ side, perpetuating the extreme lopsided look.
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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Does Your Baby Really Need Night Feeds?

    Does Your Baby Really Need Night Feeds?
    There is so much conflicting advice about when to stop night time breastfeeds: One book says, ‘when your baby weighs ten pounds he will no longer need night feeds’ (Three of my own babies wouldn’t have had night feeds from birth). Another says,’ your baby should sleep 12 hours without a feed at 12 weeks’ (try telling that to a baby who hasn’t read this book!).This advice is fairly extreme, but it’ s common to be told by a health professional, that your baby doesn’t need night feeds after four to six months. In reality, many babies DO need night feeds up to and beyond six months.
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  20. Breastfeeding - the hardest thing I've ever done! Jana Pittman's story

    Breastfeeding - the hardest thing I've ever done! Jana Pittman's story
    She’s a world champion athlete, has competed in both Summer and Winter Olympics, won two senior World Titles and 4 Commonwealth Gold medals but for Jana Pittman, breastfeeding has been ‘the hardest thing I’ve ever done.’
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  21. Your Fussy Baby And ‘Cluster Feeding’ – What Does This Mean?

    Your Fussy Baby And ‘Cluster Feeding’ – What Does This Mean?
    It’s common for young babies, especially, to ‘cluster feed’, meaning they feed very frequently or almost continuously over a period of a few hours. This can happen at any time of the day but it is common in the evening and can mean that as your baby feeds almost constantly, your breasts feel ‘empty’.
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  22. 5 Ways Your Baby Shows He Loves You

    5 Ways Your Baby Shows He Loves You

    As you carried your baby in your belly, you dreamed of an instant connection between you – just like the soft focused television ads. He would instantly know you are his mother, the one who will protect him and love him forever and he will love you back. You will be his special person, the one he loves more than anyone else in the whole world.

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  23. Your Breast Fed Baby Isn’t Starving – But How Do You Ditch The Doubts?

    Your Breast Fed Baby Isn’t Starving – But How Do You Ditch The Doubts?
    It seems as though there is almost a campaign of scare-mongering against breastfeeding. Recently, there has been a barrage of reports on social media of breastfed babies being ‘starved’. While my heart goes out to any parents who have lost a baby, I find it even sadder that the parents will bear the burden of guilt that they could have starved their baby.
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  24. Fans Of Boobie Bikkies!

    Fans Of Boobie Bikkies!
    Candice Warner flaunts burgeoning baby belly as enjoys afternoon stroll with daughter Ivy Mae and husband David – with Boobie Bikkies!
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  25. “Boobie Bikkies Boost Milk For Breastfeeding Mums” – Southern Courier, Sydney

    “Boobie Bikkies Boost Milk For Breastfeeding Mums” – Southern Courier, Sydney
    PINKY’S Boobie Bikkies, which come packaged in a milk carton, are the new must-have item for breastfeeding mums. The all-natural biscuits, which are designed to increase milk flow, are the brainchild of Alexandria-based lactation consultant and well-known breastfeeding advocate Patrica “Pinky” Mckay.
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