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.

Meta-analysis confirms breast is best

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Staff writers One of the world's most prestigious medical journals has confirmed breastfeeding's positive effect on mothers' and babies' health.

Alternative uses for breast milk

Alternate uses for breastmilk

Breast milk isn't just for feeding babies! Here are some other (sometimes surprising) ways the natural 'liquid gold' can be used.

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Making breast milk: does boob size matter?

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PINKY MCKAY Instead of becoming stressed about how much milk your breasts are making or storing, I joke that we have either shot glasses or 'jugs'.

Mum overwhelmed by milk donations for baby Hunter

Katie Mincher and baby Hunter.

Samantha Gee A mum who is unable to breastfeed has been overwhelmed by the response to a social media plea for donations of breast milk.

Clever breastfeeding products

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Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient. Brought to you by Phillips Avent.

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When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

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Ariane Beeston Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

Child breastfeeding photo sparks debate

The image has been shared thousands of times.

Staff writers It was meant to be a cute example of a toddler imitating his breastfeeding mum.

Police officer breastfeeds abandoned baby to help save her life

'I'm a new mother and I have milk': Luisa Fernanda Urrea

Staff writers A police woman has gone above and beyond the call of duty by breastfeeding an abandoned baby to help save the newborn's life.

Onlookers shocked by breastfeeding abuse prank

Irish actor James Slattery lays the abuse on thick, to the disgust of fellow train passengers.

Passengers on the London Tube were shocked when a man appeared to abuse a nearby 'breastfeeding' woman, saying she should "feed her baby before going out".

It's 2016: why is breastfeeding still an issue open to debate?

Alyssa Milano speaking on Wendy Williams' TV show.

MEGAN BLANDFORD Where and how a mother breastfeeds simply isn't - or shouldn't be - open to debate anymore. It's just a fact of life.

10 mums share their breastfeeding blunders

Breastfeeding can be an experience full of surprises.

Claire Bugeja Breastfeeding - it's so natural and beautiful, right? Well, not always! Sometimes things just go wrong.

Mother abused for expressing milk in carpark

Telaine Smith says she was verbally abused for expressing in her car.

Staff writers A mother expressing milk in a Bunnings carpark has spoken of her shock when a woman told her to  "put her tits away".

Mum's breastmilk battle with airline goes viral

Vanessa Urango with her husband and two daughters.

LETITIA ROWLANDS When Vanessa Kasten Urango learnt she would be travelling for work for almost three weeks without her four-month-old baby she accepted she would have to pump breastmilk at least four times a day while she was away in order to keep up her supply.

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Ho, ho ... no? Mum breastfeeds on Santa's lap

Rebecca Dunbar said that 75% of reactions have been negative.

KERRI SACKVILLE This was something I hadn't seen before. It was a woman breastfeeding on Santa's knee.

Restaurant holds "feed in" in support of breastfeeding mums

Local mums - including Katie Garza, Mrs United States Texas with her 8-month-old daughter - attended the event.

Staff writers A restaurant where a woman was criticised for breastfeeding her baby has taken a stand to show it's support for nursing mums and raised money for charity in the process.

Grieving mum pumps almost 350 litres of breast milk to save sick babies

Amy Anderson with her son and husband with some of her donated breast milk.

LETITIA ROWLANDS When Amy Anderson's son Bryson was stillborn, doctors provided advice on how to stop her body lactating. But she did exactly the opposite.

'My breast is no different to a spoon': mum hits back

The photo has been shared more than 120,000 times.

Staff writers A mum has hit out at breastfeeding shamers and has shared a photo to show her refusal to cover up while feeding her son.

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Breastfeeding set to be allowed on the floor of Parliament

Kelly O'Dwyer with her daughter Olivia and Amanda Rishworth with her son Percy at Parliament House.

LATIKA BOURKE New mothers will be allowed to breastfeed their babies on the floor of the lower house under sweeping new recommendations put forward by a Parliamentary committee.

The breastfeeding photo every dad needs to see

A partner's support can help the breastfeeding journey.

Mama Bean If you are already a member of the Mama Bean Facebook community, you'll know that every day, I share the breastfeeding photographs of real mums.

Not breastfeeding, not guilty

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PINKY MCKAY Guilt is only legitimate if we have let another person down. And nobody can make us feel guilty without our permission.

Mum told to express in pet relief area at airport

Staff writers A woman who flew from Boston to Washington says staff with United Airlines at Washington's Dulles Airport suggested she pump her breast milk in the pet-relief area.

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How to prepare for breastfeeding when you're still pregnant

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Staff writers 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.

Breastfeeding basics for beginners

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.

All your extended breastfeeding questions answered

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ANDIE FOX So this was breastfeeding beyond babyhood. It was both strange and normal.

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Dad, you can help your partner on her breastfeeding journey

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PINKY MCKAY Did you know that a father's impact is the single most crucial factor in breastfeeding success?

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What they don't tell you about breastfeeding

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Staff writers There's actually a wide range of 'normal' when it comes to exclusively breastfeeding a healthy, thriving baby.

Lactation cookies: what you need to know

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JO HARTLEY Many mums turn to lactation cookies when they feel their milk supply is a little low. You can buy them pre-made or make them yourself.

Breastfeeding: making it work when you return to work

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PINKY MCKAY While more and more women are making breastfeeding work as they return to paid employment, for many the decision is fraught with worry about how they'll manage.

Mum shares portrait of her proudly breastfeeding three-year-old

Jade Beall and her son Sequoia.

Melanie Mahoney Jade Beall usually chooses to breastfeed her son, now 3, in private. This week, however, she shared portraits of her breastfeeding her preschooler.

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MP breastfeeds baby during parliamentary session

Victoria Donda Perez breastfeeding baby Trilce in parliament.

Staff writers An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.

Breastfeeding while pregnant: is it safe?

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PINKY MCKAY Many women happily breastfeed well into pregnancy while others wean sooner; yet others continue to breastfeed both infants together. This is a personal choice.

How to breastfeed standing up (and why you might want to do it)

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CATHERINE RODIE Can you breastfeed "properly" if you are standing up or walking around? Well, yes! Of course you can.

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Carrie Bickmore and Steve Price clash over breastfeeding

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Melissa Jenkins Carrie Bickmore and shock jock Steve Price have locked horns over his criticism of a mother breastfeeding at an airport.

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Company offers to ship working mums' breast milk home

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LETITIA ROWLANDS First Apple and Facebook announced they would pay $20,000 towards the cost of their female employees freezing their eggs, now IBM in the US has come up with an innovative new policy aimed at retaining female employees.

How to choose the best breast pump for you

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Victoria Mackinlay There are lots of pumps on the market - and to help choose which will be best for you, you need to ask yourself a few questions.

Best practices for breast pumping

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Victoria Mackinlay Mastering the art of expressing milk is something that takes research, trial and error, and plain old practice.

Judge's ban on breastfeeding overturned

Breastfeeding ban unanimously overturned: Judge Matthew Myers.

LOUISE HALL An appeals court has issued a scathing criticism of a trial judge who 'exhorted' a young mother to stop breastfeeding apparently based on information he found on the internet.

Judge bans tattooed mum from breastfeeding

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Loren Smith Apparently tattoos and breastfeeding aren’t happy legal bedfellows.

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Will I need a breast pump?

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Victoria Mackinlay For many mums a breast pump forms an integral part of their breastfeeding kit, and will be used in many different circumstances along the breastfeeding journey.

Man complains about breastfeeding mum, gets asked to leave cafe

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AMY REMEIKIS A cafe owner who has been praised for her response to a breastfeeding incident says she was only doing what was right.

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10 common breastfeeding problems (and how to solve them)

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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.

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Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Nicole Trunfio and her son Zion posed for several cover shots.

JENNA CLARKE Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

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Mum drinks own breast milk while lost in bush overnight

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Staff writer A mum drank her own breast milk and covered herself in dirt to survive a cold night in rugged bush.

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When your partner doesn't want you to breastfeed

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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.

Breastfeeding pics now allowed on Instagram

Model mum Natalia Vodianova shared this shot of her breastfeeding son Maxim shortly after his birth.

Staff writers An update to Instagram's community guidelines has confirmed that breastfeeding photos are now allowed to be posted.

Alyssa Milano blasts airport security after having breast milk confiscated

The actress shared this photo of herself getting her makeup done while feeding daughter Elizabella earlier this year.

Actress Alyssa Milano is fuming after customs officials confiscated her pumped breast milk before a flight back to America.

Hitting a home run for breastfeeding mums

Baseball fans of all ages will enjoy the suite.

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.

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How breastfeeding can affect your libido

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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.

The love-hate relationship with my breast pump

I soon realised that baby taking the bottle meant me taking the machine - everywhere.

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.

Online sale of breast milk is dangerous, experts say

The sale of breast milk online is booming.

ESTHER HAN Breast milk sold on the internet is rarely screened for diseases and is a clear health risk, say researchers in London.

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I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

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Microcephaly still a mysterious condition around the world

For parents, having a child with microcephaly can mean a life of uncertainty.

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Here are a few 'other' baby firsts you may not have been expecting, but you'll want to be ready for.

Why it's important to vaccinate on time

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Naturopath treatment allegedly left baby "days from death"

A naturopath whose treatment of a baby boy allegedly led to the infant being severely ill has pleaded not guilty to charges against her. 

Andy Murray's emotional speech to pregnant wife after Australian Open

A teary-eyed Andy Murray promised pregnant wife Kim he'd be on the next plane home after his turbulent two weeks at the Australian Open came to an end.

This toddler and his duck BFF will melt your heart

A small boy in the US has struck up a quacking good friendship with an unlikely companion ... his pet duck. 

Great news for coffee drinkers - caffeine is good for your heart

Researchers have found that, contrary to prior belief, caffeine does not cause health-threatening heart palpitations.

I always wanted children - but I've found other ways to be maternal

I've always been one of the most maternal women I know.

When only one parent wants to know the gender

For some couples you either both want to know the gender of your unborn baby, or you don't. For others, it's not that simple.

'No jab no play' could hurt disadvantaged children, experts fear

Tough new "no jab no play" laws could hurt children who have not been immunised due to family dysfunction, poverty, or poor access to medical support, experts warn.

Zika virus: Airlines offer refunds to pregnant women

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Not all women will require medication, but many will. And there isn't and shouldn't be any shame in that.

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