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.

Longer breastfeeding linked to higher IQ

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AMBER ROBINSON 2:12pm 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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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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What they don't tell dads about breastfeeding

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'It's been phenomenal': widower dad of quads thankful for support

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Vin Diesel names daughter after actor Paul Walker

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Marta Dusseldorp reveals breastfeeding cost her an acting job

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Female celebs (or their babies) with traditionally male names

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'If you're anti-immunisation ... take a look at this picture of my son'

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I'm a single mother by choice

For me, being the best mother I can be means being a mum alone, at least for now. Thinking of my friends with inadequate partners, I wonder why more people don’t choose single motherhood.

Awkward wedding photos

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Four-week-old baby Riley Hughes dies of whooping cough

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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?

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When dads believe their baby doesn't 'like' them

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15 names on the verge of extinction

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5 characteristics of great dads

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Why doesn't Australia have more breast milk banks?

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Carrie Bickmore announces birth of daughter

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