Meagan Shaw Breastfeeding is a gift for your baby that keeps on giving, so enjoy the time together and seek help if you are having difficulties. There is plenty of support out there for new Mums.
Just as women enrol in antenatal classes during pregnancy to learn about childbirth, mothers-to-be find subscribing to the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) before their baby is born, or attending a breastfeeding education class, a great way to learn about breastfeeding and parenting.
ABA 1800 mum 2 mum utilises the real-life experience of over 200 trained volunteer counsellors each week who help other mums with issues including expressing and storing milk, weaning, supply and what to do when baby simply says no.
Brooke Wells New statistics from the 2008 Infant Nutrition Survey show that while 95% of new mothers initiate breastfeeding, many do not go on to exclusively breastfeed for six months as recommended by the National Health and Research Council and World Health Organisation.
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RACHEL BROWNE 7:14am One mum was so concerned about the pressure put on women to breastfeed at all costs, she decided to write a book about it.
DANIELLE COLLEY “To the woman breastfeeding her kid on the train. Seriously! On the train?" began the letter of complaint.
CATHERINE RODIE When Crystal McCullough and her husband arranged to meet friends for an early dinner with their baby, they didn’t expect that it would end with a controversial news story.
A new business offers to turn women's breast milk into organic soap for the whole family to use.
Letitia Rowlands A Canadian health authority has been forced to rethink its policies after new mums complained a breastfeeding "contract" was causing anxiety.
CATHERINE RODIE A new study has shown the a complex relationship between a mother’s intention to breastfeed, her ability to do so, and postnatal depression.
KASEY EDWARDS Celebrities often state that their post-baby weight loss is down to breastfeeding, and breastfeeding alone. But that's not the reality for all women.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Lactation consultant Meg Nagle refused to stay silent when Facebook removed two photos of her breastfeeding. Instead, she coined a term to describe those who don't recognise breastfeeding for the natural and non-sexual act that it is.
Jane Barry No one could deny that breastfeeding is a natural act. But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s always easy.
PINKY MCKAY Yes, breastfeeding can be challenging at first. But by preparing for it while you're still pregnant, you give yourself a much better chance of beating the ‘booby traps’ and getting through the early days more easily.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Andrea Scannell was shocked when she was told other parents had "raised concerns" about the fact she was breastfeeding while attending a school lunch with her young family.
KIRAN CHUG She will forget the hours I spent holding her to me, and she will forget the hours when she was only calmed by feeding. I already can't quite remember some of what it was like.
LETITIA ROWLANDS When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.
CATHERINE RODIE A photo of a breastfeeding-friendly sign in a cafe has been posted to Facebook and shared by hundreds of mums around the world.
No matter how much new information researchers discover about infant nutrition, the fact remains that breast milk is a great choice for feeding babies.
Amy Gray I don’t view my choice to stop breastfeeding as a failure. Breastfeeding was one option I hated and rejected. That ‘failure’ didn't pierce at me.
AMBER ROBINSON Yesterday we shared the news that Facebook has finally agreed to allow images of women breastfeeding on the social network. Today it seems to be a different story altogether.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Photos have been removed and mums have been locked out of their accounts, but now Facebook has updated its policy on breastfeeding pictures.
CATHERINE RODIE If you're on Facebook or Instagram you may have noticed a new hash tag recently: #normalisebreastfeeding. As the name suggests, the aim is to capture images of women breastfeeding to show that it is part of every day life.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A breastfeeding campaign which makes new mums feel inadequate and guilty has been slammed by health officials and parents around the world.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A university project has focused attention on the right of mothers to breastfeed wherever they like - and has sparked debate about young mums at the same time.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A landmark study of more than 250,000 babies over a 30-year period has concluded that regular breastfeeding helps protect against asthma.
Letitia Rowlands Breastfeeding mums are often told their medication may pass into their milk, but a new study suggests the benefits of taking antidepressants are greater than any risks to baby.
A judge has sentenced a woman to 20 years in prison for killing her daughter with an overdose of morphine delivered through her breast milk.
VICTORIA BIRCH While every woman's breastfeeding journey is different, many hurdles are shared. Knowing what to expect will enable you to make informed decisions if - or when - you meet challenges along the way. Here are 12 things to think about before you have have the baby.
Melanie Mahoney She may have had a hard time breastfeeding her own four kids, but Amelia Boomker has helped feed thousands of other people’s babies.
Patrick Williams A mum who was breastfeeding in public for the first time was reduced to tears after a stranger told her that what she was doing was "disgusting".
In a bid to support breastfeeding women everywhere, a US dad has decided to get more fathers involved in actively supporting breastfeeding.
KIRAN CHUG When a mum was photographed and labelled a tramp for breastfeeding her baby in public, she was spurred on to create an event to help all mums.
Angela Denly Six weeks after my daughter was born, her tongue-tie was released by a specialist dentist with a laser. From the first feed I could feel a difference in the strength of her suck.
LETITIA ROWLANDS It has long been known that a mother's milk is the best source of nutrition for her baby, but new research suggests other factors have a greater influence a child's long-term health and educational outcomes.
Noni Edwards A pregnant Dubai-based Aussie expat sums up some of the local reaction to the Emirates' controversial new breastfeeding legislation.
DILVIN YASA Heard of Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex? Neither had Dilvin Yasa – until it brought her to her knees.
PINKY MCKAY When you first breastfeed your tiny baby, you may have some idea of how long you intend to breastfeed. However babies of any age can suddenly refuse to breastfeed, leaving you wondering "is that it?".
ANNA PATTY Women who return to work after giving birth have been forced to express milk in a car park or toilet, while others have leaked milk onto their desk after being denied the opportunity to take a break, a national inquiry has heard.
Melody McCabe The catchy new Aussie song that pokes fun at people who are outraged by breastfeeding 'exhibitionists'.
PINKY MCKAY It’s perfectly normal to have feelings of sadness when weaning from breastfeeding. But for some women, those feelings can actually be amplified into post-weaning depression.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Mothers in the United Arab Emirates will have to breastfeed their babies until the age of two under new legislation, with a new law stating that breastfeeding is "a duty, not an option, for able mothers".
Miranda Buck and Lisa Amir Australian women, generally, want to breastfeed their babies. But there are many barriers, and the factors influencing their decisions on how they will feed their newborn go beyond the physical ability to lactate.
Melanie Mahoney For a company that makes billions of dollars a year selling bras, whose ads feature women dressed in nothing but sexy lingerie, you’d think that Victoria’s Secret stores would be breastfeeding-friendly. But one mum learnt that it isn't the case.
Lucy Battersby and Julia Medew New mothers struggling with breastfeeding may soon have the latest technology at their disposal to get expert help at any time of day.
COSIMA MARRINER A first-time mother was allegedly asked to leave the Granville RSL for breastfeeding her son in a lounge at the club.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Supermodel Gisele Bundchen has caused a stir by Tweeting a picture of herself sitting back with her eyes closed being fussed over by a hair stylist, a manicurist and a make-up artist while breast-feeding one-year-old daughter Vivian.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A US courtroom has become the latest place a breastfeeding mother has been asked to leave, despite laws setting out a woman's the right to breastfeed in public.
Jo Hartley A new scheme hopes to lift low breastfeeding rates in the UK by providing food vouchers for women who breastfeed. But is 'breastfeeding for pay' a good idea?
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Trevor MacDonald Canadian Trevor MacDonald was born a woman. In his early twenties he began the transition into a man, but kept all his female reproductive organs. While remaining secure in his identity as a gay man, he breastfeeds his baby boy. This is his story.
A breastfeeding mother in the US has been charged with contempt of court after bringing her child to jury duty with her.
Patricia Tan This mum knew that the 'breast is best' mantra, but the innocent act of feeding dredged up terrible memories.
LINDY ALEXANDER Adopting a child doesn't mean you have to miss out on breastfeeding, but it isn’t always a straight or easy road.
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