Ten breastfeeding tips


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


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?


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.

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.


How to prepare for breastfeeding when you're still pregnant


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


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


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


Dad, you can help your partner on her breastfeeding journey


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


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


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


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?


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)


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


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


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


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


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

(Photo posed by model)

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

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Will I need a breast pump?


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

Jessica-Anne and her husband Stephen outside their cafe.

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)


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.


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


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.


How breastfeeding can affect your libido


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.

Breastfeeding mum escorted off plane

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Staff writers Virgin Australia has come under fire after a breastfeeding mum and her 10-month-old son were escorted off a flight.

Why is it taboo for women to breastfeed each other's babies?


CATHERINE RODIE Why is the idea of nursing someone else's baby so socially unacceptable?

Longer breastfeeding linked to higher IQ


AMBER ROBINSON A study of 3500 infants has found that babies who are breastfed grow up to be more intelligent and wealthy.

Marta Dusseldorp reveals breastfeeding cost her an acting job

Australian Actress Marta Dusseldorp says breastfeeding cost her a job.

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.

How to help build up your baby's immune system


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?

Why doesn't Australia have more breast milk banks?

'Liquid gold' in storage at the Mercy Hospital's milk bank in Melbourne.

CATHERINE RODIE When there’s no question that milk banks are important, why don’t we have more of them in Australia?


Dads have a role to play in breastfeeding, too

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Nigel Sherriff Fathers can be half of the problem when it comes to continued breastfeeding - but they can also be half of the solution.

Why I post breastfeeding photos online

Some photos I post online are of my youngest son nursing.

Wendy Wisner I love to take pictures of my children. In some of the pictures, my younger son is nursing.


Busting the booby traps of low milk supply


PINKY MCKAY If you’re having a hard time, you don’t need to ditch your nursing bra just yet.

Why I breastfed my son until he was three

The author and her family.

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.

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How strangers are helping a mum's wish come true after her death

Gone too soon: Mum of five Liz Marquez and her son Brixton.

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.


Stranger pays for meal for breastfeeding mum

A reader sent this note in to Mommyish. The rest of the note says, 'Pay it forward :) Happy Holidays'.

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.

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


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


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.


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

Emma Bond

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


My experience of feeding as an exclusive pumper

Kim and her son River.

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.

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We share photos of the celebrities who choose to breastfeed, and some of their best breastfeeding quotes.

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Richie Young If The Nightly Adventures of Poo, Wee and Tears hasn’t already tipped us over the edge into the realisation that life as we knew it has disappeared forever, the breastfeeding most surely will.

Kourtney Kardashian goes nude for art

We've all done some pretty radical things after a big break-up, but Kourtney Kardashian has gone one better.

Video shows babies 'singing' to music in the womb

A new study has shown that babies may actually be able to hear from as early as 16 weeks – 10 weeks earlier than was commonly thought.

Prevent pelvic pain with pre-pregnancy exercise: study

Women who want to stave off aches and pains in pregnancy should exercise regularly before they conceive, experts say.

Dad's hilarious blog about life with twins

A stand-up comedian in the UK has plenty of new material since becoming a dad to twin boys.

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Dinosaurs are one of those classic childhood crazes. We've put together a host of products for dinosaur-mad parents, babies and toddlers.

Restaurant manager sticks up for noisy baby

A mum was left upset by a note from neighbouring diners saying her screaming baby had ruined their dinner.

His name is Cayden: Mum and social media hit back after racist Facebook attack

When a man posted a selfie with a co-worker's son to Facebook, it became a magnet for racist comments.

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Five new mums will join the Essential Baby Test Drive Team and discover great new baby toys from Fisher-Price & write a review to be published on Essential Baby.

The Chinese tradition for new mums that can now cost $37,000 a month

Opulent rest time is becoming the gold standard in postpartum recovery, inspired by a Chinese confinement custom known as "sitting the month".

How the media can shape our decisions when it comes to labour

We all like to think that we make our choices in fair, reasoned and well-thought out ways. Not many of us would admit that we allowed the media to influence us in our life choices.

Mum told to express in pet relief area at airport

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.

Heartbreak as mum dies and her baby chokes to death

An Australian woman living in the US collapsed and died while feeding her baby, who then choked to death on his food. 

The hidden mental health illness of anxiety

Anxiety took over Robyn Read's life to such an extent she could not even buy the groceries and felt suicidal.

Two children fall from second storey window

Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.

Mum gives birth to India's heaviest baby

An Indian woman has given birth to a baby boy weighing a whopping 5.97kg, setting a new record for the country's heaviest baby.

Grandma surprised with brand new granddaughter

Finding out you’re going to be a grandmother can be a very emotional moment. Finding out that you’re a grandmother and the baby is already here is just out of this world.

Saltwater Sandals for babies and toddlers

Many mamas are wearing Saltwater Sandals - why not buy them for your babies and toddlers too?

How to spring clean your body and mind

Whether you're pregnant, already a mum, or are just trying to be a bit more healthy, there are ways to use the rejuvenating season to give yourself a boost.

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Essential Baby members We all know of the copious benefits that breastfeeding has for your baby, but what about the benefits to Mum?

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