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Thank you for having a look at my blog about all things breastfeeding.  The aim of my blog is to provide up-to-date breastfeeding information, support for mums (and dads) and links to some helpful sites.  I will be aiming to post fairly regularly and am hoping to have some guest bloggers.

A little about me.  I am married and have three beautiful children.  I have worked in ICU (intensive care units) for about 15 years and really enjoyed that part of my life.  I became interested in breastfeeding after my first child was born and breastfeeding didn’t go to plan.  I went on to have a very rewarding breastfeeding relationship with my other two children – thanks to an IBCLC.  Eight years ago I qualified as a breastfeeding counsellor and have subsequently qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

I’m very excited to be able to follow my passion for supporting breastfeeding mother/baby dyads by making it my business.  I look forward to any feedback (good or not so good) and hope you find the blog helpful.

Stacey Revie – IBCLC


Cancellation Policy

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Very occasionally, after someone has booked a consultation with me, they may need to change or cancel their booking.  If this is the case, my cancellation policy is as follows If a booking is cancelled more than 24hrs prior to the scheduled time, there is no charge payable. If a booking is cancelled less than 24hrs prior to the scheduled time, 50% of the consultation fee is payable I am happy to reschedule consultations when needed, but will only reschedule once.  There is no fee for this. If a consultation has been rescheduled by you and you...

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Expressing Breastmilk

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Painful Breastfeeding | 0 comments

Expressing Breastmilk

As a general rule if babies are given adequate access to the breast and are not separated from their mothers, expressing is not necessary.  However, if you have an unwell/premmie baby, are returning to work, having a few hours apart from your baby or working on increasing supply, knowing how to express your breastmilk for your baby can be a great skill to have. It’s important to remember that the amount you express is not an accurate reflection of how much milk you have – babies are often far more efficient. There are two ways to...

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Breast Refusal

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 2 comments

Breast Refusal

When a baby refuses to go to the breast or goes to the breast very briefly before coming off crying it can be a very distressing time for everyone.  They may refuse one or both breasts. There can be many underlying reasons why a baby does not want to go to the breast.  Some of them are – Milk flow – too fast or too slow Milk supply – over supply or low supply Physical issues with baby or mum Difficulties attaching Baby is unwell Introduction of a bottle Baby is becoming distracted (often around 4 months) Hormonal changes with the mother...

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My Facebook Page

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

My Facebook Page

As an LC, I try to keep in sync with expectant and new parents, and what they need from my services.  During a consultation I often need to convey large amounts of information.  It can be very daunting for new parents to take all this in.  For this reason, I set up an easily accessible platform for this information – a facebook page to provide my clients (and anyone interested) with some information on breastfeeding and gentle parenting.  The aim of the page is to give people evidence-base information on infant sleep breastfeeding...

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What Happens During A Consultation?

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Lactation Consulting, Painful Breastfeeding | 9 comments

What Happens During A Consultation?

If you have not seen a lactation consultant in private practice, you might be wondering what actually happens while I’m with you.  There is a general flow that I usually follow, but ultimately, I work around what the baby and the mother need.  All of my consultations are in your home. There are three basic types of consultations I provide – Breastfeeding Preparation Sessions (for before birth), Breastfeeding Not Going To Plan Consultations (after the baby’s born) and Return To Work Plans.  This post will discuss the...

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Weaning?

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Weaning?

Weaning can be a joyous celebration of an amazing breastfeeding achievement for some and for others it can be a time of great distress and emotional turmoil.  There are lots of factors which influence how you feel about weaning.  One of them is what breastfeeding goals you set yourself.  If you’ve reached those goals – whether it’s to feed for 3 weeks or just to enjoy breastfeeding – will have a big influence on how you feel about weaning. Technically, weaning is the introduction of anything other than breastmilk into...

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Asthma and Breastfeeding

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Asthma and Breastfeeding

There has been much discussion in the last few years about the link between exclusive breastfeeding and asthma prevention.  Here’s an article from ScienceDaily.com discussing research supporting the view that exclusive breastfeeding duration reduces asthma-related symptoms in children. Breastfeeding May Prevent Asthma, Research Suggests ScienceDaily (July 22, 2011) — Feeding a baby on only breast milk and for up to 6 months after birth can reduce their risk of developing asthma-related symptoms in early childhood, according to new...

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A Mother’s Testimonial

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

A Mother’s Testimonial

Here’s a testimonial that I received from a lovely mum I worked with. “I contacted Stacey after a recommendation by a relative, and my baby and I are very thankful to have utilised her services.  At 6 weeks of age my baby began crying constantly and not sleeping.  My husband and I were at the end of our tether not completely understanding why.  Stacey was quick to realise the problem had been not enough food as I had been advised to feed on one breast every 3 hours due to an oversupply of foremilk that was causing baby very...

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Breastfeeding Plans

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Breastfeeding Plans

When someone finds out they are having a baby, a whole new world opens up.  There is often a huge focus on when/where/how the birth will take place.  People discuss at length, exactly how they are going to manage labour or a C/S.  No detail is left to the imagination and friends and family often like to give you their opinion on what your choices should be. This is not always the case with breastfeeding.  I often find that when I’m talking to mums of young bubs, they felt totally unprepared for the reality of life ‘on the other...

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Breastfed Babies and Colds

Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Breastfed Babies and Colds

During the cooler months, it seems more common for babies (and parents) to get a cold.  For adults this can be a minor inconvenience, but what about your baby?  Babies are obligatory nose-breathers, meaning they usually breathe through their nose.  When your baby gets a cold they may have a blocked nose, making feeding more challenging.  Breastfeeding during this time will Provide your baby with the components in breastmilk that combat illness Sustain your baby’s nutritional needs Maintain your supply Provide comfort for your baby who may not...

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Gold Coast Lactation Consultant

Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in Lactation Consulting | 0 comments

Gold Coast Lactation Consultant

My services are aimed at parents and parents-to-be in North Brisbane.  If you live at the Gold Coast, I can happily recommend Shona Cassels IBCLC.  Shona is a lactation consultant who is nurturing, evidence-based and committed to quality care of parents, parents-to-be and their babies. Shona came to the Gold Coast in 1997, from Scotland.  After having her two children, she qualified as an ABA counsellor and subsequently qualified as an IBCLC. Her website is...

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Partners Can’t Breastfeed

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Partners Can’t Breastfeed

When expecting a baby, many partners find themselves in unfamiliar territory.  The physical changes are all happening to the mum – the belly is growing, the skin stretches when the baby’s foot kicks and the mother often feels very different.  Partners on the other hand, don’t usually feel any different physically but do start taking on other various roles – like protector and support person. It is these roles that can really make a huge difference to a mother and baby’s success at breastfeeding.  Research by the World...

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Galactagogues (things that improve your milk supply)

Posted by on Jul 21, 2012 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges | 3 comments

Galactagogues (things that improve your milk supply)

The word galactagogue means a herb or medication that is commonly used to increase milk supply.  Some of these have been used safely for many, many years and others are relatively new. Different galactagogues are thought to work in different ways.  Some of the prescription medications are developed for another purpose (like controlling nausea) and the increase in milk supply was noted as a side effect.  Some of the herbs are taken as tablets, as a hot drink or mixed with food.  Prescription medications can only be obtained with a script from...

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Breastfeeding Is Good For Mums Too

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Breastfeeding Is Good For Mums Too

There are many advantages to breastfeeding – most people know how healthy it is for our babies, but not so many people know about the major advantages to us – THE MUMS.  Breastfeeding your baby is good for you -it…. Reduces a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer Reduces the risk of obesity in later life Women who breastfed for at least six months, in line with Government recommendations, had a lower body mass index in their 50s than those who had not Reduces risk of ovarian cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and...

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Keeping Warm

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Painful Breastfeeding, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Keeping Warm

For mothers and babies it can take some time to adjust to cooler temperatures.  Babies can begin to wake more frequently and mother’s nipples can have a painful reaction when exposed to the cold air. Babies are born very immature.  They need a lot from their parents – one of them being warmth.  Immediately after birth, the best way to keep a baby warm is to place them skin-to-skin with their mother, wrap the two of them up and leave them be. Once you get your baby home, they need to have their temperature regulated by you.  Some...

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Skin-To-Skin Time

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Skin-To-Skin Time

‘Skin-to-skin’ is a term used to describe a mother and baby who are in direct contact with eachother without any barrier in between.  There has been alot of discussion and research around the topic of skin-to-skin.  This post should help you to understand when and why skin-to-skin time is used. A WHO review of the literature showed that “skin-to-skin contact between the mother and her baby immediately after birth reduces crying, improves mother-infant interaction, keeps the baby warm, and helps the mother to breastfeed...

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Returning To Work When You’re Breastfeeding – Part 3

Posted by on Jun 11, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Returning To Work When You’re Breastfeeding – Part 3

This is Part 3 in a series of posts about how to manage breastfeeding while returning to (paid) work.  Returning to work can present some challenges, but with the right information and support, these challenges (like other breastfeeding challenges) can be negotiated and overcome. Part 1 covered the planning stage – when you’re leaving work and going on maternity leave.  Part 2 talks about what happens when your baby has arrived and you’re starting to look at returning to work.  This post talks about the final preparations for returning...

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Returning To Work When You’re Breastfeeding – Part 2

Posted by on Jun 4, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Returning To Work When You’re Breastfeeding – Part 2

This is Part 2 in a series of posts about how to manage breastfeeding while returning to (paid) work.  Returning to work can present some challenges, but with the right information and support, these challenges (like other breastfeeding challenges) can be negotiated and overcome. It CAN work.  You CAN continue to breastfeed your baby.  A few things can be done to make the transition easier for both of you.  Part 1 covered the planning stage when you’re leaving work and going on maternity leave.  Part 2 talks about what happens when your...

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Returning To Work When You’re Breastfeeding – Part 1

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Returning To Work When You’re Breastfeeding – Part 1

This is Part 1 of a series of posts about how to manage breastfeeding while returning to (paid) work.  Returning to work can present some challenges, but with the right information and support, these challenges (like other breastfeeding challenges) can be negotiated and overcome.  Part 1 focuses on what you can do before the baby arrives to help the transition when you do go back to work. It CAN work.  You CAN continue to breastfeed your baby.  A few things can be done to make the transition easier for both of you. Before you leave work to...

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Breastfeeding And SIDS

Posted by on May 20, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Lactation Consulting, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Breastfeeding And SIDS

Evidence shows that breastfeeding is protective against SIDS.  Adjunct Professor, Jeanine Young reviewed international evidence and the analysis confirmed the link between a mother breastfeeding her baby and the reduced incidence of SIDS. The author is reported to have described the reason why breastfeeding is protective – ‘We think it’s multifactorial.  We know breastfed babies tend to rouse more easily than bottle-fed babies, and because women breastfeed frequently, the child is roused – and checked on- every few...

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