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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


Too Much Milk?

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Too Much Milk?

When we’re talking breastfeeding most people think more milk is better.  Some mothers, however, have a great ability to produce enough milk for their baby and then some. This can be the case in the early days when the hormones that stimulate milk production go into overdrive.  The mother may feel overfull (engorged).  The baby may have difficulty attaching because of the fullness of the breast. For most people, this initial ‘overdrive’ settles in the coming days and weeks as the baby regulates their supply.  For others, their breasts continue...

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Painful Breastfeeding

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Painful Breastfeeding | 0 comments

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 – pain is the body’s way of guiding us to comfort.  There are many reasons why breastfeeding may be painful.  There may be a simple...

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Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 3 comments

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 relative or friend (or partner) can suggest that the baby is always hungry or feeding too often. All these concerns can be very valid at times, but...

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Mother-To-Mother Support

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Painful Breastfeeding, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

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 situation no longer requires an LC, I often suggest they get in contact with their local ABA group.  These groups can be a great source of information,...

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Caffeine and Breastfeeding

Posted by on Apr 11, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges | 0 comments

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 information that you might find helpful.   ABA info on Caffeine &...

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Milk Banking – The Gift of Breastmilk

Posted by on Apr 2, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Lactation Consulting | 2 comments

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 is screened, processed and distributed to babies in need.  This process saves many, many lives each year. Last week I was able to listen to a speaker...

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A Pleasant Day At Work

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Lactation Consulting | 0 comments

A Pleasant Day At Work

I really do love the work I do.  Sometimes I get the opportunity to work with a mother and baby who amaze me with their ability.  Last week I was able to witness a mother and baby who, despite lots of trying, had not been able to make breastfeeding work for them.  This diligent mum pumped her milk to maintain her supply and the baby was fed with a bottle.  After a little bit of homework, this baby attached to her very happy mummy and began to feed away.  The mum was impressed by her baby’s ability, and I had goose bumps just watching...

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Before Baby Is Born

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Lactation Consulting | 2 comments

Before Baby Is Born

I am sometimes asked why I would need to see a pregnant woman about breastfeeding before the baby is even born.  It’s a good question and one that has many answers. Some of the reasons a mother may wish to see an IBCLC during pregnancy are relate to a medical condition she may have.  There are a few medical conditions which mean that the mother needs to keep a particularly close eye on how her baby is feeding.  These may be related to an endocrine disorder, breast surgery or other history.  The aim of these consultations is to do a thorough...

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Keeping Up-To-Date

Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Blog, Lactation Consulting | 3 comments

Keeping Up-To-Date

Keeping up to date is a big part of being an IBCLC – making sure practice is evidence-based.  This week I have been fortunate enough to experience some local and world-renowned speakers who I found inspiring. Kathleen Marinelli is a neonatologist and Director of her hospital’s Lactation Support Services.  Her dynamic talk was on a gut disorder in babies and breastfeeding’s role in protecting against and minimizing the risks of this illness.  She also gave a talk on her hospital’s treatment of ‘late, pre-term...

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The Great Dummy Debate – A Personal Perspective From An IBCLC

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Lactation Consulting, Painful Breastfeeding, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

The Great Dummy Debate – A Personal Perspective From An IBCLC

All my children had dummies…. Was this a good thing?  The answer is both yes and no for me.  For my first child, having a dummy was the means to an end and also the beginning of a slippery slope to early weaning. When I brought my first beautiful newborn baby home from hospital, I was elated.  This lovely scene came crashing down around me when breastfeeding went very wrong.  My baby was drowsy and I was getting more and more frustrated that she wasn’t feeding.  Eventually after she became more alert, she REALLY wanted to feed.  By this stage...

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Sleep Routine Books

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Lactation Consulting, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 4 comments

Sleep Routine Books

I often get asked which sleep/routine book I recommend for babies.  The answer is a difficult one – there are so many out there.  What I usually ask mothers of new babies is why they expect their baby to be in a routine?  I felt pressure from a whole range of people to ‘have my baby in a routine’.  As a first time mum, I thought this was something I really had to instil in my baby.  I thought that as ‘good parents’ we had to teach our baby to sleep through, feed at predictable times and have a nap when it was convenient for me. It wasn’t...

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Alcohol and Breastfeeding

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Blog, Lactation Consulting, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Alcohol and Breastfeeding

In the latest ‘Essence’ magazine (published by the ABA), an article discusses some recent research which estimates the number of Australian women who drink alcohol while pregnant, breastfeeding or pregnant and breastfeeding. Quoting the research, Essence says that 29% of those who were pregnant, 43% of those who were breastfeeding and 36% of those who were both pregnant and breastfeeding drank alcohol.  The article goes on to point out some risks involved with drinking alcohol when pregnant or breastfeeding and those mothers who...

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Breastfeeding In Public?

Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Lactation Consulting, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 2 comments

Breastfeeding In Public?

When you’re expecting your first baby you often have some really firm ideas about what you are and are not going to do with your baby.  You may not be sure how you feel about some things.  Feeding your baby in public is one of those topics that can polarise people.  So, let’s look at the facts. Babies are born with small tummies and exclusively breastfed babies digest their perfect food efficiently, so it moves through their gut quite quickly.  This all adds up to small babies needing to be fed fairly frequently.  Older babies can also go...

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What is an IBCLC & When Do I Need One?

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Lactation Consulting, Painful Breastfeeding | 1 comment

What is an IBCLC & When Do I Need One?

An IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) is a person who has worked with breastfeeding mothers and babies for an extended time, accrued significant professional development hours and has sat and passed an international level exam set by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE).  IBCLC’s are specialists in their field and are a reference point for any breastfeeding issue. Many IBCLC’s come from a mother-to-mother breastfeeding counsellor or midwifery background.  Some are registered nurses from a...

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Upcoming topics

Posted by on Jan 28, 2012 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges | 0 comments

Upcoming topics

Just a quick post to welcome you to my site and blog.  The information on this blog is general and is not suitable for all mother/baby circumstances.  Hopefully you’ll find it helpful and informative.  Some upcoming topics cover dummy use, returning to work and breastfeeding while you’re out and about.  I welcome your feedback and suggestions for topics.  Happy Parenting. Stacey.

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Breastfeeding Challenges

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Painful Breastfeeding | 0 comments

Breastfeeding Challenges

When you’re experiencing breastfeeding challenges, it can be a time of great vulnerability.  The emotion that comes with a breastfeeding experience which is less than rewarding can be very strong, even overwhelming sometimes.  Having been through a disappointing breastfeeding experience with my first baby, I can very much relate to the feelings and frustration that can come from breastfeeding challenges. That’s why it is so important to get the right help early.  For some people it means having a consultation before the baby...

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Parenting Your Breastfed Baby

Posted by on Sep 15, 2010 in Before Baby Arrives, Blog, Breastfeeding Challenges, Parenting Your Breastfed Baby | 0 comments

Parenting Your Breastfed Baby

Parenting a breastfed baby can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.  It comes with a whole world of new experiences – the bond when your baby snuggles in for a feed, the satisfaction of seeing them grow just from your milk and the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re setting them up with the healthiest start to life. Sometimes you might feel a little unsupported in your breastfeeding journey.  That’s when a network of mothers who are currently breastfeeding or have breastfed, can be a great source of ...

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