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.
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.
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.
MEGAN LEVY Channel Seven host David Koch is standing by his controversial comments that women should be ‘‘more discreet and modest’’ when breastfeeding in public despite scores of angry mothers protesting outside the Sunrise studio in Sydney.
AMBER ROBINSON David Koch urges breastfeeding women to be 'more discreet' - while featuring questionable material on his own television show.
Natasha Christian An apology to a mum asked not to breastfeed beside a public pool is not enough, according to more than 30 mothers who plan to protest on Saturday outside a council-owned facility.
SAFFRON HOWDEN There are just two known workplaces like it in Australia - where a mother can breastfeed on the job and keep her baby by her side while she works.
Natalie Bochenski It's a story of unimaginable heartache and inspiring generosity: one woman single-handedly stocked Queensland's first Milk Bank after the death of her premature son.
PINKY MCKAY As a lactation consultant, Pinky McKay sees many women who are struggling to maintain their milk supply, or who spend hours calming unsettled babies. The answer can lie in what the mother is eating - or even how often she's snacking.
AMBER ROBINSON The controversial 'Latch on NYC' campaign limits access to formula in hospitals. But what else is being done to support breastfeeding mums, Amber Robinson asks.
TARA MOSS It's World Breastfeeding Week, a time to celebrate breastfeeding and reflect on how far we've come, says Tara Moss.
PINKY MCKAY Did you know that a father's impact is the single most crucial factor in breastfeeding success? So even though you may be feeling that you can’t really be involved because your partner's the one with the breasts, there are important ways you can support your lady. And you don’t have to bare your man boobs to help!
Peter Jean with staff writers Mums are being told to keep breastfeeding but stop eating nuts, after an Australian study found higher allergy rates in children exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life.
Melissa Davey A review of breastfeeding research has found babies breastfed up to one-year-old and exclusively to six months had their risk of sudden and unexpected infant death more than halved.
AMBER ROBINSON The mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son on the cover of Time may have had good intentions, but the photo - and it's accompanying headline - has caused a media storm. Essential Baby editor Amber Robinson says enough is enough - mums should be able to parent without judgement.
Pinky McKay Pinky McKay explains why breastfeeding routines don't work, and how you can help get your supply working best for you and your baby.
TARA MOSS Author and patron of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative responds to an article on breast politics by Mia Freedman.
Melissa Davey Exercise and a healthy diet are known to prevent childhood obesity, but a study has found breastfeeding may also help prevent infants from becoming overweight adolescents.
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Tara Moss The decision about how to feed a new baby is often unnecessarily fraught.
Geoff Maslen The bond between a mother and a breastfeeding baby is the subject of a research project
Staff writers New mums struggling with breastfeeding basics have a new tool at their disposal – a visual how-to created by lactation consultant, registered nurse and midwife Kate Hale.
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