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.
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.
Staff writers One of the world's most prestigious medical journals has confirmed breastfeeding's positive effect on mothers' and babies' health.
Breast milk isn't just for feeding babies! Here are some other (sometimes surprising) ways the natural 'liquid gold' can be used.
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'.
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.
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Ariane Beeston Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.
Staff writers It was meant to be a cute example of a toddler imitating his breastfeeding mum.
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.
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".
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.
Claire Bugeja Breastfeeding - it's so natural and beautiful, right? Well, not always! Sometimes things just go wrong.
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".
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.
KERRI SACKVILLE This was something I hadn't seen before. It was a woman breastfeeding on Santa's knee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PINKY MCKAY Guilt is only legitimate if we have let another person down. And nobody can make us feel guilty without our permission.
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.
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.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.
ANDIE FOX So this was breastfeeding beyond babyhood. It was both strange and normal.
PINKY MCKAY Did you know that a father's impact is the single most crucial factor in breastfeeding success?
Staff writers There's actually a wide range of 'normal' when it comes to exclusively breastfeeding a healthy, thriving baby.
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.
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.
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.
Staff writers An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.
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.
CATHERINE RODIE Can you breastfeed "properly" if you are standing up or walking around? Well, yes! Of course you can.
Melissa Jenkins Carrie Bickmore and shock jock Steve Price have locked horns over his criticism of a mother breastfeeding at an airport.
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.
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.
Victoria Mackinlay Mastering the art of expressing milk is something that takes research, trial and error, and plain old practice.
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.
Loren Smith Apparently tattoos and breastfeeding aren’t happy legal bedfellows.
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.
AMY REMEIKIS A cafe owner who has been praised for her response to a breastfeeding incident says she was only doing what was right.
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.
JENNA CLARKE Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.
Staff writer A mum drank her own breast milk and covered herself in dirt to survive a cold night in rugged bush.
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.
Staff writers An update to Instagram's community guidelines has confirmed that breastfeeding photos are now allowed to be posted.
Actress Alyssa Milano is fuming after customs officials confiscated her pumped breast milk before a flight back to America.
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.
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.
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.
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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