Article Category - "Breastfeeding"

Breastfeeding through illness

Breastfeeding through illness

While becoming ill while breastfeeding can be exhausting and an additional worry, it is generally fine to nurse through most common illnesses. Always, if you are worried consult your GP, but in the vast majority of illnesses, it is fine to carry on breastfeeding as normal. In fact the only illness considered to have contraindications with breastfeeding, is HIV.

With common viruses and bugs, you will provide antibodies to your nursing baby as you breastfeed through it.… Read more

Posted on December 15, 2016

Breastfeeding: Positioning, latch and attachment

Breastfeeding: Positioning, latch and attachment

In the beginning, when breastfeeding a newborn, paying special attention to positioning and attachment is important to avoid a poor or shallow latch that will hurt your nipples and make feeding difficult.

That said, there is no right or wrong here, as long as your baby is getting and drinking milk, and you know this because baby is having plenty of wet and dirty nappies, and you are not in pain then happy days!.… Read more

Posted on November 15, 2016

Breastfeeding and Thrush

Breastfeeding and Thrush

Breastfeeding has been going really well, but all of a sudden your nipples are in agony. It seems as though it’s come out of nowhere and to the best of your knowledge you haven’t been doing anything differently to cause it.

It could be thrush.

Thrush is a fungal infection caused by candida or yeast, that occurs in the mucus membranes and/or the skin. It can be a real pain, literally, for both the breastfeeding mum and baby as it cross-infects from mum’s nipple to baby’s mouth and vice versa.… Read more

Posted on October 19, 2016

How to Increase Your Breastmilk Supply (once you work out if you actually need to)

How to Increase Your Breastmilk Supply (once you work out if you actually need to)

Every newly breastfeeding mum has a little (or a lot) of anxiety about whether she’s producing enough milk at some stage of her nursing journey.

Unfortunately, it’s usually an idea put in her head by third party, rather than an instinctual feeling. To help, here’s a list of things that are usually NOT a sign of low supply:

  • Baby not sleeping much
  • Baby feeding all the time
  • Baby unsettled and crying
  • Hardly any milk coming out when you pump
  • Baby not reaching birth weight by ten days old (14 days is a better guide, 3 weeks acceptable too)
  • Boobs never leak a drop
  • Baby wanting to feed longer than 20 minutes at a time
  • Baby looking at your food
  • Baby turning 4 months old
  • Baby who had been sleeping suddenly decides not to sleep much
  • Baby following your spoon with his eyes or trying to grab your food
  • Baby not wanting to let you out of her sight
  • Baby turning 6 months old

Here is a few things that may be symptoms of low supply:

  • Baby failing to thrive (i.e.
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Posted on September 26, 2016

How to be an amazing breastfeeding partner

How to be an amazing breastfeeding partner

Breastfeeding is a lot of work. Wonderful, satisfying, beautiful, enjoyable, awe-inspiring, exhausting work. Mum is going to be working hard, but there is plenty a supportive partner can do to help and support her and make the journey an exciting and enjoyable family affair.

1. Never say “will we not just give the baby a bottle” “would it not be easier to give the baby a bottle” “why do you even want to breastfeed anyway” “this is your gig, not mine” “I’d be happier if I could feed the baby too”.… Read more

Posted on August 30, 2016

11 Breastfeeding Tips for New Mums

11 Breastfeeding Tips for New Mums

At the elbowroom we are passionate about promoting breastfeeding while supporting and empowering mums-to-be and new mums. Whether it’s through our prenatal yoga classes, our post natal mum and baby classes, our free breastfeeding workshops or our new mums group, we are always working to normalise breastfeeding while encouraging and supporting mums. Here are my top tips for newly breastfeeding mums:

1.Believe you can breastfeed your baby
The mind is very powerful.… Read more

Posted on July 29, 2016