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.

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.

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?

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

Longer breastfeeding linked to higher IQ

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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

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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?

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Dads have a role to play in breastfeeding, too

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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.

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Busting the booby traps of low milk supply

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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.

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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Celebrities who love breastfeeding

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

Is breastfeeding in public okay?

What do you think about that often tricky manoeuvre of breastfeeding in public?

What they don't tell dads about breastfeeding

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.

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A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.

Woman awakens from coma, learns she gave birth

A US woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family.

'Give us a break': mum sent shocking letter over Facebook baby pics

Posting a lot of baby photos doesn't make you a bad person. It may make your Facebook feed a little irritating, but it doesn't make you a bad person.

In defense of the dads who do so much

It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

The modern cloth nappies too cute to cover up

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How breastfeeding can affect your libido

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.

Should pregnant women be allowed to use 'parent and child' car parking spots?

Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?

Healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man died

Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.

Anti-vaccination mum's seven children contract whooping cough

A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunised against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come down with the disease.

How pregnancy probiotics can help you and your baby

New research suggests that taking specific pregnancy probiotics could be the answer to a range of common pregnancy side effects.

Childcare is a big problem, but there's more to it

Let’s keep talking about these issues and not allow them to be put into a neat little box that’s labelled ‘Fix childcare and everything is solved’.

Pink's awesome response to body-shaming trolls

When trolls felt the need to comment on 35-year-old singer-songwriter Pink's weight, her answer was an awesome ode to body love.

Fertility clinic offers egg donors $5000

A national chain of fertility clinics is offering egg donors a $5000 payment to cover their expenses, a first for Australia which is raising concerns the money could act as an inducement.

Baby boy abandoned in India amid fresh surrogacy concerns

Australian officials could do nothing to stop an Australian couple from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after they decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.

Herd immunity and community responsibility: how free-riders can make kids suffer

Individual choice works for haircuts and handbags, but not for preventing infectious diseases that kill kids.

Photographer captures 'unexpected beauty' of birth

If there is one thing Leilani Rogers knows about childbirth, it is that no two deliveries are ever the same.

Expectations vs the reality of making a toddler's clothes

Note to self: less sewing, more life. Not the party dress, but the party. The toddler, as usual, has it all figured out.

Mum meets 'dead' daughter 49 years after birth

In 1965, Zella Jackson-Price was told her premature baby girl had died shortly after birth.

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I’m not expecting you to be as calm as you might be right now. What I mean is that if your panic levels are through the roof during a stressful situation, let’s bring them down to just under the ceiling.

Toddler gets 'drunk' after cranberry juice mix-up

A toddler was taken to hospital after a waitress served her sangria instead of cranberry juice at a US restaurant.

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The certificate helping parents deal with pregnancy loss

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