Ten breastfeeding tips

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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.

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Australian Breastfeeding Association

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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.

Breastfeeding helpline launched

Breastfeeding helpline launched

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.

Twelve months on the breast - normal, natural, healthy

How is extended breastfeeding viewed by society?

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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Should you keep breastfeeding?

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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.

Mothers told to breastfeed in 'spacious' toilet

A cafe has come under fire for informing mothers they were expected to breastfeed in the

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.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

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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.

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Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

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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.

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'I want mums to know they can study': photo of breastfeeding graduate goes viral

Jacci Sharkey with partner Chris and sons Ari and Alek on her graduation day.

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.

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My husband and I disagree about breastfeeding

We decided to breastfeed, but now I'm miserable.

Emily Yoffe Before our baby was born, we decided I would breastfeed for a year. But now I'm miserable.

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Facebook removes - then reinstates - viral breastfeeding photo

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Facebook deleted this photograph of a mother breastfeeding her baby, but instead of disappearing quietly, it's gone viral.

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My experience of feeding as an exclusive pumper

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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.

Breast or bottle - no need to feel guilty

Kate Wild with her children Poppy (aged 2) and William (aged 3 months) and her husband Brendon at their Westleigh home.

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.

Mum causes stir breastfeeding on train

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DANIELLE COLLEY “To the woman breastfeeding her kid on the train. Seriously! On the train?" began the letter of complaint.

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Breastfeeding mum kicked out of restaurant for drinking beer

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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.

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Turning breast milk into "healing" soap

Turning breast milk into a healing, organic soap for the whole family.

A new business offers to turn women's breast milk into organic soap for the whole family to use.

Breastfeeding 'contract' makes mums feel like failures

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Letitia Rowlands A Canadian health authority has been forced to rethink its policies after new mums complained a breastfeeding "contract" was causing anxiety.

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Breastfeeding mums less likely to suffer from PND, but all need support

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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.

The truth about breastfeeding and weightloss

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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.

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How to spot a lactaboobiephobia sufferer

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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.

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What they don't tell you about breastfeeding

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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.

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Five ways to prepare for breastfeeding while you're still pregnant

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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.

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Breastfeeding mum told to 'be discreet' at school

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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.

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The final breastfeed

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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.

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The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

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LETITIA ROWLANDS When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

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Breastfeeding friendly café goes viral

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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.

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Baby nutrition in the first six months

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No matter how much new information researchers discover about infant nutrition, the fact remains that breast milk is a great choice for feeding babies.

I stopped breastfeeding because it felt awful

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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.

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Facebook's breastfeeding pic backflip

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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.

Rejoice! Facebook has freed the nipple

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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.

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The breastfeeding ‘selfie’ trend that wants to #normalisebreastfeeding

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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.

This may be the worst breastfeeding campaign in the world

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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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Students' campaign to bring breastfeeding out of the bathroom

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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.

Breastfeeding reduces risk of asthma in children, study finds

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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.

Medication helps mums with depression succeed at breastfeeding

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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.

Mum sentenced to 20 years for breastfeeding death

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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.

12 things you need to know about breastfeeding before you give birth

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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.

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Mum with 'insane' pumping skills breaks world record

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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.

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Breastfeeding mum told off by elderly man in Speedos

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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".

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Dad starts 'Project Breastfeeding' to help support mums

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In a bid to support breastfeeding women everywhere, a US dad has decided to get more fathers involved in actively supporting breastfeeding.

Mum labelled a 'tramp' for breastfeeding in public

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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.

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Tongue-tie and breastfeeding: one mum's story

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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.

Breast is best, but other things matter too

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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.

UAE's 'Breastfeeding Law' not as black and white as it first seems

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Noni Edwards A pregnant Dubai-based Aussie expat sums up some of the local reaction to the Emirates' controversial new breastfeeding legislation.

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When breastfeeding causes despair

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DILVIN YASA Heard of Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex? Neither had Dilvin Yasa – until it brought her to her knees.

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Weaning suddenly - or is it a nursing strike?

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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?".

Women who express breastmilk at work are being denied adequate breaks

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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.

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Breastfeeding mums want to ruin your day

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Melody McCabe The catchy new Aussie song that pokes fun at people who are outraged by breastfeeding 'exhibitionists'.

Boobie blues: the depression we never talk about

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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.

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Mums in UAE forced to breastfeed for two years

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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".

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Making breastfeeding less difficult

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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.

Mum asked to leave Victoria's Secret store to breastfeed son in alley

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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.

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Can Google Glass help women breastfeed?

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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.

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Breastfeeding mum 'asked to leave' RSL

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COSIMA MARRINER A first-time mother was allegedly asked to leave the Granville RSL for breastfeeding her son in a lounge at the club.

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The model life: Gisele Bundchen shares photo of herself being pampered while breastfeeding

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.

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Baby monitor footage posted online

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It's okay to never 'get over' the death of a loved one

The death of children, siblings, and parents has long term impacts on the rest of our lives.

What Mark Latham needs to know about depression and motherhood

In a bizarre bid for relevancy, Former Opposition leader Mark Latham has deduced that because one female journalist had this week light-heartedly thanked antidepressants and caffeine for getting her through a medical degree while raising two small children, that ergo, all 'inner-city feminists' are selfish harridans who despise their offspring.

'We're just trying to keep our child alive': life with FPIES

We have a beautiful seven-month-old son, and his allergy rules our life.

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

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.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

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Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

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Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

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.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

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'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

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