You’re a new mum and baby is cluster feeding: here’s what you need to know

You’re a new mum and baby is cluster feeding: here’s what you need to know Cluster feeding: it’s pretty tough, isn’t it? When you were pregnant, you probably had an idea of what breastfeeding would be like. You imagined feeding your baby for 20 minutes every three hours. But now that your baby is here, …

The ultimate guide to breastfeeding and sleep

The ultimate guide to breastfeeding and sleep This blog on breastfeeding and sleep is based on the talk I did for Breastival 2023 entitled Baby Sleep.  Is breastfeeding to blame for your lack of sleep? Almost all my sleep clients are breastfeeding (or have breastfed in the past). Likewise, I usually give my breastfeeding clients …

Breast refusal/breast aversion: how to resolve it

Breast refusal/breast aversion: how to resolve it Breast aversion or breast refusal is deeply distressing. It feels like your baby is rejecting you or doesn’t like breastfeeding. My first baby was like this. I persisted for months trying to breastfeed and eventually I accepted that I was going to be exclusively pumping. So I personally …

Blocked ducts and mastitis

Do you have breast engorgement, blocked ducts or mastitis? The advice has changed as to how we manage blocked ducts or mastitis! We no longer recommend that you do any of the following: massage the affected area in your breast vigorously,  feed/pump more than normal on the affected side.   Read on to find out why …

Exclusive pumping /exclusive expressing

Exclusive Pumping/ Exclusive Expressing Many women end up exclusively pumping breastmilk.  Some through choice, some through circumstances beyond their control.  I totally understand that there can be strong emotions to work through, especially if you wanted to breastfeed directly and for what ever reason, that hasn’t worked out.  I exclusively pumped for my first for …

Are you making enough breastmilk for your baby?

Am I making enough breastmilk for my baby? One of the biggest concerns new mums have, is whether they are making enough breastmilk.  This is a worry that new mums have had for thousands of years!  Throughout the world, parents have used herbs, potions, spells, incantations, wet nurses and a variety of little cups and …

Changing your position can reduce breastfeeding pain

Changing your position can reduce breastfeeding pain Why is positioning important for reducing breastfeeding pain? Nose to nipple, nose to nipple, nose to nipple… you’ve probably heard that mantra. I wouldn’t START there though. If anything, lining a baby’s nose up to your nipple is the last step in a series of steps.  If you …