In this section you will find articles on lots of issues relevant to breastfeeding. Read about expressing breastmilk, extended breastfeeding, benefits of breastfeeding and lots, lots more.
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Posterior Tongue Tie - What do we know?
Increasingly, health professionals are diagnosing posterior tongue ties and surgically cutting the tie with a procedure called a frenotomy citing the tongue tie as a reason for breastfeeding issues. There is a lot of debate about posterior tongue ties and the current data about posterior tongue ties seems to be unreliable.
Tandem Breastfeeding - After your new baby is born
"Many women will, as some point or another, experience supply issues when breastfeeding. Whether you did or not in your last pregnancy, you may well be asking yourself how you will have enough milk for two children – especially where one child will likely be consuming a lot more than the other." This article by Yvette Barton answers the frequently asked questions regarding tandem breastfeeding after your new baby is born.
Tandem Breastfeeding - Pregnancy
"You are still blissfully breastfeeding your baby or toddler when you find out you are pregnant again. Perhaps you planned another pregnancy or perhaps it has come as a surprise. Many women in this position find themselves instantly questioning their existing breastfeeding relationship. Can you continue to breastfeed during a new pregnancy? Will doing so adversely impact your unborn baby?" This article by Yvette Barton answers all the frequently asked questions regarding tandme breastfeeding.
Lip Tie: A Breastfeeding Challenge
"Perhaps the most important factor in successful breastfeeding is a baby’s ability to latch onto your breast and achieve a good seal. While this might seem an obvious conclusion and a straight-forward action, in practice not every baby will latch well at the outset." This article by Yvette Barton gives detailed information on Lip Ties and how it affects breastfeeding.
Induced Lactation Adoptive Breastfeeding
"In order to breastfeed, don’t you first have to give birth to a baby? The truth is that while conventionally speaking pregnancy and breastfeeding are intrinsically linked, it is possible for a woman to develop a breast milk supply without ever having given birth, or long after she has done so." This article by Yvette Barton answers all commonly asked questions referring to adoptive breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding Through Pregnancy
"You’ve discovered you’re pregnant again but you’re still breastfeeding your toddler. Does this mean you must wean your child? If you don’t are you putting your unborn child at risk? Will breastfeeding during pregnancy be more demanding on my body?" This article by Yvette Barton answers all the question regarding misconceptions about breastfeeding while pregnant.
Assisting the Non Latching Infant to Breastfeed
"Not all newborn infants latch to the breast immediately after or in first few hours following birth. Factors such as the nature of the labour, mode of birth, the infants need for resuscitation and/or respiratory support soon after birth and prematurity may cause maternal infant separation and therefore interfere with the infants ability to latch to the breast and feed." This article by Michelle Simmons gives all the facts and details about assisting a non latching infant to breastfeed.
Preparing for Breastfeeding
"There is no doubt that breastfeeding is the natural way to nourish your baby. However, the early days are a learning period for both mother and baby. Preparing for breastfeeding while you are pregnant and seeking support once your baby is born can help to establish breastfeeding far more smoothly." This article provides insight into preparing yourself for breastfeeding during pregnancy.
Do Herbal Preparations Increase Breastmilk Supply?
"The health advantages of breastfeeding for both mothers and infants have been clinically proven. For infants breastfeeding reduces the risk of obesity and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and increases IQ, brain development and immunity to childhood illnesses. For mothers, breastfeeding significantly reduces the likelihood of developing breast cancer." Yvette Barton discusses the effects of herbal preparations on breastmilk supply.
Breastfeeding with Large Breasts
"When it comes to breastfeeding, a good deal of criticism has fallen on the humble breast. Some believe that small breasted women will find breastfeeding next to impossible. Others consider breastfeeding with large breasts to be the true bugbear. The truth is that the size of your breasts has no bearing on how much milk you will produce or ease of breastfeeding." This article provides the facts and tips on breastfeeding with large breasts.
Stem Cells in Breastmilk - A New Discovery
"Every now and then an article about stem cell research appears in the media, often followed by a flurry of debate. And little wonder. Stem cells are truly amazing. They are a unique type of cell which can divide and self-renew indefinitely to regenerate an organ or even grow an entirely new one." Read as this article provides the facts and details on stem cells and their link to breastfeeding.
Increasing Breast Milk Supply-Power Pumping
"The benefits for babies of breastfeeding have been well documented and in recent times, significant health benefits for women have also been uncovered. However despite their best efforts, many women experience issues with low supply." This article describes the advantages that come with 'Power Pumping' and how it can help breastfeeding women.
Formula Feeding and Childhood Obesity: Is there a link?
In recent years a link between formula feeding of infants and childhood and adult obesity has been established. This link between has been hotly debated with researchers making staunch claims on both sides. This article considers a number of potential explanations for lower rates of childhood obesity in breastfed infants.
Stretching and Massage After Tongue-tie Release
Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a condition in which the lingual frenulum is abnormally short, restricting the movement of the tongue tip. The most immediate impact of tongue-tie is generally on a baby's ability to breastfeed effectively.
Co-sleeping and Breastfeeding
Co-sleeping is not an unusual practice for families living in the USA and Australia, with 44% of infants aged 2 to 9 months in the USA and 41% of Australian children aged up to 2 years sharing a bed with a parent or caregiver. Co-sleeping offers many benefits for breastfeed infants and their mothers.
Alcohol and Breastfeeding
Alcohol and Breastfeeding - For the most part, women will abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy in order to provide the best start in life for their baby. However once your baby is born, you may wish to enjoy a drink with a meal, when out with friends or on a special occasion. But what if you are breastfeeding?
Relactating my son has been by far one of the most difficult experiences in my life. It has also been the most empowering, meaningful thing I may have ever done. I hope my story will inspire more women who've been discouraged to connect with the strength within them and travel this journey. This is what our bodies were made for!
Have you got enough Breast Milk?
When you’re breastfeeding it can be very difficult to tell how much your baby is drinking. And as a new mum it’s only natural to worry about if your baby is getting enough breast milk.
How to Increase Breast Milk Supply if you have Insufficient Lactation
Strategies to increase breast milk supply usually include specific breastfeeding techniques and medication. This article discusses using Traditional Chinese Medicine as an alternative strategy to help women with insufficient lactation to promote milk production and supply.
The Guide to the Perfect Maternity Bra
Gone are the days when women have to resort to bras made from uncomfortable fabrics while pregnant and breastfeeding, with no consideration for when their breasts are at their most sensitive. When purchasing a maternity bra here are some dos and don’ts for you to consider:
LilyPadz® are a patented, innovative breastfeeding pad made of a skin-like layer of silicone. The unique design of LilyPadz® maintains pressure on the nipple while in place and forms a non-absorbent barrier that actually PREVENTS breast milk leakage. No more inconvenient pad exchanges, and both you and your clothes stay dry!
Supporting Our Babies: Showing Our Breasts
The Federation of Commercial TV Stations has performed a welcome back-flip on its rating of an Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) Community Service Announcement
The Pleasure of Extended Breastfeeding
My three keen nurslings have, to me, well proven the benefits of an extended breastfeeding relationship
No matter what method you use, expressing is something which takes time to learn and the amount of milk you express is never an indication of how much milk you are making.
Breast or Bubbly?
A safe limit of alcohol consumption can’t be determined during pregnancy and breastfeeding – there are potential risks to babies whose immature livers aren’t able to process the alcohol transmitted through the placenta or their mother’s milk.