Best Breastfeeding Gifts for New Mums

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Best Breastfeeding Gifts for New Mums  Breastfeeding gifts to put in a basket Do you have a friend who has just given birth and is breastfeeding her baby? Perhaps you want to support her decision to breastfeed, but you’re searching for the perfect breastfeeding gifts? I’ve compiled a list of items that you can easily […]

The ultimate guide to breastfeeding and sleep

A woman is lying on her bed with her eyes closed. Her baby is lying next to her breastfeeding

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 […]

Safe co-sleeping: when your baby just won’t sleep alone

Woman lying on her bed, on her side. Her baby is lying next to her on the bed. Image shows safe co-sleeping positioning

Co-sleeping: when your baby just won’t sleep alone How common is co-sleeping? Co-sleeping, also known as bed-sharing, is where a parent and baby sleep in the same bed. Co-sleeping has been common practice among humans for millennia. In most of the non-Western world babies, toddlers and children sleep close to their parents. Even in the […]

Blocked ducts and mastitis

Woman holding a painful breast

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

Woman using a breast pump, while looking at and touching her baby

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?

Newborn baby breastfeeding

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 […]

Paced bottlefeeding

Cartoon of a mum doing paced bottlefeeding with her baby

Paced bottlefeeding is a useful technique to use, both for the breastfeeding infant who needs to be bottlefed occasionally, but also for the exclusively bottlefed infant.

Changing your position can reduce breastfeeding pain

Cartoon of a blonde woman breastfeeding a mixed race baby

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 […]