10 breastfeeding resources for new mums

If you’re struggling to get the hang of breastfeeding or just have a few questions, there are lots of places to get free help with getting your baby to feed effectively.  Don’t suffer in silence…

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Stop guilt-tripping new mums and tell them the truth about breastfeeding

The number of mums who breastfeed their child is declining despite most mamas giving it a go immediately after birth. The HuffPost reports: “Just 42.7 per cent of mothers breastfeed their babies when they are…

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Are we too scared to give women the proper support to breastfeed?

Mums are being broken by breastfeeding. This was one of the conclusions from last night’s Channel 4 Dispatches about breastfeeding.  It was an interesting documentary and gave some great insights into this issue, particularly why…

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11 ways to get your breastfed baby sleeping through

How do you get a breastfed baby to sleep through the night? This is the question myself, and probably a billion other mamas, ask themselves frequently.  The truth is that some babies are resistant to…

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How to stay cool while breastfeeding this summer

Cluster feeding a baby in a room that’s 25C plus is not a comfortable experience. Now that summer is finally turning up the heat, I thought I would share the top tips you need to…

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How can we stop mums feeling guilty about not breastfeeding?

Midwives have been told to support bottlefeeding among mums in a major shift in attitudes, the Royal College of Midwives announced this week. It says mums should not be guilt tripped over choosing not to…

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To the partner of a breastfeeding mama

Dear partner of a breastfeeding mum, Right now you’re feeling like a total spare part. Having been relegated to hand-holding and delivering enthusiastic words of encouragement during the labour, you had hoped there would be…

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How to exclusively pump for your baby

So you’re thinking about trying exclusive pumping, but have no idea where to start. Adjusting to a new baby can be hard enough without then worrying about getting to grips with breast pumps, bottles, and…

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In the battle of the boobs, we all lose

Despite decades of debate, bringing up the topic of breastfeeding in a room of mothers is still akin to lobbing a hand grenade. Breast vs bottle, the ultimate showdown continues to rumble on like the…

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The truth about breastfeeding – what no-one told me

Breastfeeding is something that gets pretty much rammed down our throats from the second we pee on a stick and those magic blue lines appear. Once the excitement (hopefully!) has died down and you get…

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Introducing a bottle to a breastfed baby

There are many situations where you might want to offer a bottle to your baby instead of the breast. When I was looking into mixed feeding there were lots of different schools of thought about…

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The crucial early weeks of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is not easy. I struggled with both of my kids. I would say the babies who latch on immediately and present zero problems at all are the exception, rather than the rule. If you’re…

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10 things dads can do to help breastfeeding mums

It’s easy to feel like a bit of a spare part when you’re a dad and your other half is exclusively breastfeeding your baby. You just don’t have the, ahem, equipment to pitch in with…

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How to survive the first 8 weeks of breastfeeding your baby

The first eight weeks are absolutely the toughest bit of breastfeeding your baby. Your baby will be feeding constantly, or it will certainly feel that way, you may experience pain and it’s easy to second-guess…

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16 steps for going cold turkey from breastfeeding

Stopping breastfeeding abruptly is not easy, comfortable or stress-free but sometimes you have no choice. About two weeks ago my baby bit me, on both nipples, so hard it bled. I have no idea why…

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