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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PINKY MCKAY Breastfeeding is the natural way to feed your baby, but it often doesn’t come naturally at first. Here are some common issues and how to fix them.
JENNA CLARKE Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.
Staff writer A mum drank her own breast milk and covered herself in dirt to survive a cold night in rugged bush.
Heidi van Dort Dads can have many reasons for not wanting their partners to breastfeed their baby, but both parents should learn more about it before making a final decision.
Staff writers An update to Instagram's community guidelines has confirmed that breastfeeding photos are now allowed to be posted.
Actress Alyssa Milano is fuming after customs officials confiscated her pumped breast milk before a flight back to America.
Staff writers It might be a while before they are able to pick up a baseball bat or pitch a ball, but that hasn't stopped the Cincinnati Reds from doing their best to keep their youngest fans - and their mums - happy.
JO HARTLEY When you’ve just had a baby, having sex isn’t usually top priority. In fact, for a lot of women it rates about as appealing as changing another dirty nappy.
Whitney Pipkin At three weeks old, my daughter took her first bottle of breast milk at a coffee shop while I got a much-needed haircut next door. When my husband sent me a photo of her guzzling it down, I cheered. I even sipped a celebratory shot of tequila (my Honduran hairdresser offers them on every visit) and forwarded the picture to my mum.
ESTHER HAN Breast milk sold on the internet is rarely screened for diseases and is a clear health risk, say researchers in London.
Staff writers Virgin Australia has come under fire after a breastfeeding mum and her 10-month-old son were escorted off a flight.
CATHERINE RODIE Why is the idea of nursing someone else's baby so socially unacceptable?
AMBER ROBINSON A study of 3500 infants has found that babies who are breastfed grow up to be more intelligent and wealthy.
MELANIE KEMBREY Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp has revealed she was forced to withdraw from a Sydney Theatre Company production because a director did not approve of her breast feeding.
CATHERINE RODIE We all know that having a strong immune system is the best way to stay healthy – but what can we do to help it along?
CATHERINE RODIE When there’s no question that milk banks are important, why don’t we have more of them in Australia?
Nigel Sherriff Fathers can be half of the problem when it comes to continued breastfeeding - but they can also be half of the solution.
Wendy Wisner I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.
PINKY MCKAY If you’re having a hard time, you don’t need to ditch your nursing bra just yet.
Anne Theriault The fact that I not only breastfed my son, but breastfed him for three and a half years, seems pretty incredible in retrospect.
MELANIE MAHONEY A mum of five, Liz Marquez wanted to breastfeed her premmie son for a year. So when she passed away suddenly, her friends - and strangers - stepped in to help.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Over the past twelve months breastfeeding mums have been asked to leave or cover up in cafes, restaurants and even school playgrounds around the world. However this stranger's recent interaction with a breastfeeding mum is nothing short of heart-warming.
If there is one thing the owners of Tillings Cafe can be certain of, it is that the eatery won't win the award for Britain's best baby-friendly coffee shop any time soon.
LETITIA ROWLANDS A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.
LETITIA ROWLANDS There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.
Melanie Mahoney A photo showing a mum breastfeeding her baby on her graduation day has gone viral, drawing thousands of comments of support for the young mum.
Emily Yoffe Before our baby was born, we decided I would breastfeed for a year. But now I'm miserable.
Facebook deleted this photograph of a mother breastfeeding her baby, but instead of disappearing quietly, it's gone viral.
Kim Wykes I just hope that my story can help to inspire other mums who are struggling, or other EPers who wish they could start breastfeeding. For me, it was all worth it.
RACHEL BROWNE 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.
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