Bottle-feeding must-haves

Whether you are bottle-feeding your newborn or switching to bottles for an older baby, you’ll want to get the right kit in place. These are the must-haves for bottle-feeding. I’ve tried to write a fairly…

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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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8 tips for entertaining a toddler while feeding a baby

Attending to the needs of a baby and a toddler at the same time is tough, because they both want different things at different times.  While your baby is all about the milk right now,…

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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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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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20 things new mamas need to know

You’ve either just become a mother or you’re about to, and right now you’re possibly feeling lost and are definitely feeling tired. Here are 20 things you need to know: 1. You DO know best…

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10 things only veterans of the baby night shift will know

The trouble with the baby night shift is that unlike actual work you don’t get the morning off to catch up on sleep. Nope this night shift is just in addition to all of the…

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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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Why babies cry more for mum

Worried that your baby seems to immediately cry when you enter the room or cry harder when you pick them up? Do not take it as an insult or a sign that you’re doing anything…

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Sleeping through the night at last?

I am nervous as I finally put this into writing, but at last I think we may have achieved what I thought was impossible – two kids who sleep through the night. Before you poor…

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How to survive the first 8 weeks of breastfeeding your baby

It’s absolutely the toughest bit of nursing your baby. Having gone through it with two, it’s not hard to see why a lot of women quit or simply cannot physically go on past the first…

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What mums go through in the first year of feeding a baby

The first year of caring for a baby is a bit like signing up to Weight Watchers, but in reverse. Every time you see a health professional they want to weigh the baby. You find…

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The B Files: Debunking baby myths

I’m channeling Mulder and Scully and setting out to debunk the myths that surround parenting a baby. We are bombarded by a lot of useless, silly and barking mad information in the first months. It…

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