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.

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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Mother kicked out of court for breastfeeding

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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.

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Would $300 be enough to make you breastfeed?

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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?

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Advisory Committee on Infant Formula Marketing scrapped

A coroner has found that it is 'inherently dangerous' to share a bed with an infant.

Staff writers with SMH Massive cuts under the federal government's present public service jobs freeze.

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'I'm a transgender dad who breastfeeds'

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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.

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Breastfeeding mother charged with contempt

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A breastfeeding mother in the US has been charged with contempt of court after bringing her child to jury duty with her.

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A cry in the night: breastfeeding after sexual abuse

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Patricia Tan This mum knew that the 'breast is best' mantra, but the innocent act of feeding dredged up terrible memories.

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Breastfeeding an adopted child

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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.

Donor milk a blessing for those in need

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In World Milksharing Week, a mum shares her story of using donor milk to feed her son.

Why does my baby want to feed all night?

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PINKY MCKAY So often I hear mums say, “My baby wants to breastfeed all evening – I’m worried about my milk supply.”

Chicken liver pate: a great food while breastfeeding

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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.

Mums who used IVF less likely to breastfeed

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Kate Hagan Mothers who conceive using IVF are less likely to breastfeed, new research has shown.

Meet the 'extreme breastfeeding' yoga mum

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SIMONE MITCHELL She's the naked breastfeeding yoga mum who started the 'extreme breastfeeding' photo trend.

Learning to breastfeed ... again

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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.

Why I'm still breastfeeding my three kids

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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.

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Pills, potions and milk supply

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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.

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Why World Breastfeeding Week is important

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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.

Breastfeeding mum given free pizza

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Staff writers When Jackie Johnson-Smith breastfed her son at a Des Moines pizza restaurant, she never guessed what would happen next.

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Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

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Childcare costs, not paid leave, the real issue for parents

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We lost three babies in two years

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Family turned back from doomed flight MH17

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The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

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

Adorable Skeanie loafers for kids

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My baby is hypermobile

For months, I have been telling myself not to worry that Jasmin isn't crawling or walking. This week I heard the term hypermobile for the first time.

When you don’t bond with your baby

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Yumi Stynes: Having a baby after a 10-year break

After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain - and the pleasure - of giving birth.

Grieving father asks for help to Photoshop his daughter's image

When Nathan Steffel's daughter Sophia died from a liver condition at just 6 weeks old, he reached out for someone to create a beautiful image of his little girl.

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Breastfeeding "slogans"

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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