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.
Essential Baby recommends that all new mothers aim to breastfeed their babies.
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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Wondering when is the right time to stop breastfeeding? Here’s why feeding into toddlerhood and beyond can be more beneficial than you may think.
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?
Staff writers with SMH Massive cuts under the federal government's present public service jobs freeze.
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.
In World Milksharing Week, a mum shares her story of using donor milk to feed her son.
PINKY MCKAY So often I hear mums say, “My baby wants to breastfeed all evening – I’m worried about my milk supply.”
ARABELLA FORGE It may not be everyone's idea of the perfect foodie gift for a new mother, but Arabella Forge can attest to to soothing powers of pate.
Kate Hagan Mothers who conceive using IVF are less likely to breastfeed, new research has shown.
SIMONE MITCHELL She's the naked breastfeeding yoga mum who started the 'extreme breastfeeding' photo trend.
KIRAN CHUG Even though I breastfed my first child for seven months, I feel like I've had to relearn how to do it this time.
Staff writers "I know some people find our choices strange." So says a mum who’s breastfeeding her three kids, who are now five, three, and seven months old.
PINKY MCKAY It's best to be aware of the potential side effects of both natural and prescription medications designed to increase breast milk supply.
TARA MOSS World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated around the world from August 1. This year's theme is 'support', and, as Tara Moss writes, it's a fitting focus for modern times.
Staff writers When Jackie Johnson-Smith breastfed her son at a Des Moines pizza restaurant, she never guessed what would happen next.
Nicholas D Kristof, Mali Maybe in our sophistication we’ve overlooked a way to ease childhood malnutrition that is sustainable, scalable and free - and so straightforward that all hungry newborns cry for it.
PINKY MCKAY If more mums felt comfortable enough to feed in public we could get used to seeing breastfeeding as normal, rather than something that should be done ‘discreetly’, behind wraps and capes and closed doors - even toilet doors in some places.
Staff writers A mum has risen to internet fame after recording an impassioned poem about breastfeeding in public.
Pinky McKay In perfect circumstances, colostrum should be every newborn’s first feed. Here's how to express while you're still pregnant to try to make that happen.
Ilana Wiles There's no easy way to say this, but my biggest fear has been realised: a man actually walked in on me using my breast pump at work. It was a young man who probably didn't even know breast pumps existed, and now we are both scarred for life.
Melanie Mahoney Venezuela's Congress will next week discuss legislation that would ban bottle feeding, in an effort to encourage breastfeeding and reduce the use of baby formula in the nation.
Staff writers Breastmilk helps fight infections in babies and their mothers, international research led by the University of Western Australia has revealed.
PINKY MCKAY However long you breastfeed or how much breast-milk you are able to give your baby, this magic potion made by mums is like medicine.
PINKY MCKAY There's a lot of conflicting advice about when to stop night time breastfeeds. Pinky McKay explains why extending these nocturnal feeds is a good idea - for both mum and baby.
LEESHA MCKENNY A Sydney cafe is facing a breastfeeding backlash after a nursing mother was told to stop, with staff saying breastfeeding in public is ''disgusting'' and ''an offence to humanity''.
Mayim Bialik has written an emotional, honest account of her youngest son self-weaning at the age of four.
After a decline in the 1980s, mothers are again providing breast milk for other mothers, thanks to the internet and community milk banks. But some experts are concerned about the safety and value of these practices.
RANIA SPOONER Women who breastfeed for two years of their lives are significantly less likely to develop ovarian cancer, according to groundbreaking West Australian public health research.
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