Painful Breastfeeding

When mothers are seen breastfeeding their babies, it is often the picture of serenity.  For some mothers this happens straight from birth – the baby goes to the breast for the first time, latches well and takes in the liquid gold.  For others it can be a rocky journey which takes time, patience and assistance to get right. Breastfeeding should NOT be painful.  As Christina Smilie says...
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Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?

There is little else more important to a mother than making sure their baby is being well fed. Many mothers contact breastfeeding counsellors and lactation consultants wondering if they have enough milk for their baby.  They may be concerned because their baby is unsettled, crying, not feeding at predictable times or wanting to feed more often than the mum expected. Sometimes a well-intentioned...
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Mother-To-Mother Support

When working with a mother, I often get a range of parenting questions mixed in with the breastfeeding ones.  I’m happy to answer these when I can.  Some mothers can feel somewhat isolated when they have a baby and may be looking for information about what to expect from this period of their baby’s life and reassurance that they are meeting their baby’s needs. When a mum’s breastfeeding...
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Caffeine and Breastfeeding

Many breastfeeding mothers enjoy having a coffee or other caffeinated drink while continuing to breastfeed their baby. Some mothers are concerned about the effects of caffeine on breastfeeding and their baby.   The effects on each mother and baby pair can vary especially in relation to the baby’s age and the amount and type of caffeine consumed. Here’s a link to some basic...
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Milk Banking – The Gift of Breastmilk

Imagine not being able to give your sick baby the very thing that could help them get better.  For some mothers of sick or very tiny babies, this is the situation they face when, despite their best efforts, they are not able to produce enough breastmilk for their babies.  This is where milk banking comes in. Milk banking is a process where breastmilk is donated to a collection centre, where it...
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