How do you tell if your baby is getting enough milk? In a world where everything is measured, it can be nerve-wracking when you can’t see how much milk your breasts are making. Follow your baby not the book Weight gain Dirty nappies How frequently are you breastfeeding? Sleepy … [Read more...] about Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?
The size and shape of nipples and breasts vary widely between women. These differences have little to do with the ability to breastfeed—though if one or both nipples are flat or inverted some mothers find that establishing breastfeeding takes a little extra time and patience in the early … [Read more...] about Inverted nipples
When you and your baby have a satisfying breastfeeding relationship, preparing for any separation can leave you with mixed feelings. This is regardless of whether you’ll be away from your baby for just an hour or two, or longer. You may be concerned about whether your baby will take your expressed … [Read more...] about If You Leave Your Baby
Sucking is a basic instinct that babies are born with. Babies suck for both food and comfort. Breastmilk also provides protection against disease so nature has made sure that babies love to be at the breast. They are comforted by the warmth, smell, delicious milk and reassuring sound of your … [Read more...] about Dummies and Breastfeeding
During pregnancy your body is preparing to give birth and your breasts are getting ready to feed your baby. If you go into labour and give birth without intervention, your body releases hormones to help with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding completes the normal, natural cycle of pregnancy, labour and … [Read more...] about Caesarean Birth and Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is normal and natural but it may take you and your baby time to learn. Milk production speeds up (your body makes more milk faster) if you nurse or pump more frequently. The emptier the breast, the faster your body works to replace the milk that was taken out. Milk is being produced at … [Read more...] about Beginning Breastfeeding
Mothers start to produce colostrum (early milk) while pregnant. Being able to express colostrum is a useful skill to have. Saving your expressed colostrum may also be beneficial if your baby is likely to need special care after birth. Breastmilk is a complete and perfect food for your baby. If … [Read more...] about Antenatal Expression of Colostrum
Some mothers find their experience of having a baby is very different from the vision of motherhood we see so much of the time. Having challenges, even feeling overwhelmed, is a normal experience. An emotional time Get to know and enjoy your baby What about household responsibilities and older … [Read more...] about Adjusting to Motherhood