My baby feeds all evening, and my breasts feel empty – have I run out of milk? Every time I try to put my baby down to sleep, he cries! What am I doing wrong? Why does my baby cry at the breast sometimes, even though he still seems hungry? If you’ve ever asked questions like this during the … [Read more...] about “Fussy evenings” with a newborn
newborn / beginning breastfeeding
As new parents, we suddenly find ourselves examining our babies' poo more closely than we could ever have imagined. We pay attention to the colour, quantity, texture and smell, and notice the slightest changes. We then go to the internet looking for answers and fear the worst. There are many … [Read more...] about What’s in a nappy?
Most babies are keen to feed in the first 90 minutes after they are born especially if they are in skin-to-skin contact with their mum. If your baby is too sleepy to take this first feed or needs medical attention, it's a good idea to ask your healthcare team to show you how to hand express and … [Read more...] about Signs of effective feeding in the early days
Hold your baby skin-to-skin as soon as they are born. Encourage them to breastfeed as soon as possible. Latching on Get comfortable and relaxed—sit or lie with your back well supported. Keep your breast at its natural level. Bring baby to breast, not breast to baby. Keep baby’s head and … [Read more...] about Breastfeeding Your Baby – Quick Read
Whatever your birth options, your active participation is a big help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start. Making informed choices about where and how you give birth is the first step. Even when medical concerns limit your choices, there may be more options available than your medical … [Read more...] about Birth & Breastfeeding
Engorged breasts are painful. They feel heavy, hard, warm and sensitive —as if they are ready to burst! As well as being painful, engorgement can lead to other breastfeeding problems if not treated. Being able to recognise engorgement will help you to treat it promptly, … [Read more...] about Engorged Breasts – avoiding and treating
New parents need time to adjust to their new roles. Life may change dramatically, especially for a ﬁrst time mother—many women say they didn’t feel prepared for the emotional upheaval they experienced on becoming a mother. Even experienced mothers can have difﬁculties juggling the needs of the new … [Read more...] about Supporting a Breastfeeding Mother