Article Tag - "Breastfeeding"

The elbowroom Breastfeeding Workshop

The elbowroom Breastfeeding Workshop

A hands-on breastfeeding workshop for new mums.

Open to pregnant and new mums – As a mother, one of the best things that only you can do for your baby is to breastfeed. While breastfeeding isn’t the only option for feeding your baby, every mother has the potential to succeed and make it a wonderful experience. This course is a great preparation for succeeding in breastfeeding with real hands on experience.… Read more

Posted on October 4, 2017

Breastfeeding & Thrush

Breastfeeding & 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 1, 2017

When breastfeeding is not working – who you gonna call?

When breastfeeding is not working – who you gonna call?

Breastfeeding is wonderfully enjoyable for lots of mums, but it is not unusual to have some difficulty in the beginning. These difficulties are usually very straightforward to diagnose and therefore fix. Occasionally, it takes a bit of trial and error and ruling things out, but for every breastfeeding problem there is a breastfeeding solution!

It’s really important to seek help early on and not adopt a “wait and see if it gets better” approach.… Read more

Posted on January 26, 2017

3 Tips To Help Avoid Back Pain While Breastfeeding

3 Tips To Help Avoid Back Pain While Breastfeeding

After the impact of giving birth, the body has already been through a huge amount of stress and strain. There is a large amount of estrogen in the body which means that everything is extremely elastic. This means that sitting upright is very important to avoid overstraining the lower back.

Here’s 3 simple tips to help you stay pain free while breastfeeding

1 Sit in a chair with a straight back and make sure your bum is against the back of the chair (no slouching).… Read more

Posted on December 8, 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