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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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...
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