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Pinky McKay

Pinky is an international board certified lactation consultant, best-selling baby care author and mum of five who specialises in gentle parenting techniques. Check out Pinky’s books, parenting resources and free newsletter at www.pinkymckay.com.au.

Weaning suddenly - or is it a nursing strike?

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?".

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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Co-sleeping, SIDS and a grieving family

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Pinky McKay Meaghan's emotions have run the gamut since her three-month-old baby died of SIDS. But right now she is angry.

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The risks of overpraising young children

Pinky McKay And it’s not only TV celebs who gush, ‘you are amaaaazing!’ It seems as though everyone is saying it, everywhere we go, especially parents.

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A little respect: teaching protective behaviours from the start

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Pinky McKay Respecting babies and little children is about empathy. It’s also about the subtle messages we convey to littlies about their right to own their bodies and to refuse unwanted touching.

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.”

The truth about attachment parenting

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Pinky McKay The label "attachment parenting" has created strong emotions and divisions among mothers. Pinky McKay explains is the origin of the term and why you don't have to have a baby strappped to you 24...

Beating ‘bad habits’ gradually, with love

Most newborns and young babies need some help to fall asleep.

Pinky McKay It’s scary isn’t it, being a new mum and feeling pressured from all directions to resist cuddling, rocking (or heaven forbid!), feeding your baby to sleep – in case you create’ bad habits’?...

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.

Why breastfeeding women need to ‘get em out’ in public

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Pinky McKay If more mums felt comfortable enough to feed in public we could get used to seeing breastfeeding as normal, rather than something that should be done ‘discreetly’, behind wraps and capes and closed...

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Expressing before your baby is born

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Pinky McKay In perfect circumstances, colostrum should be every newborn’s first feed. Here's how to express while you're still pregnant to try to make that happen.

Why 'surrender' is not a dirty word

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Pinky McKay Perhaps the biggest lesson motherhood has to teach us is a quality that's closely linked to trust – and that is that we also have to surrender.

Pinky tells: "Why I flipped my lid at baby tamers"

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Pinky McKay Last week, a late night, sarcastic rant caused a firestorm on Pinky McKay's blog. Here's what she has to say to the mothers offended by her words.

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Every breastfeed is a success

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Pinky McKay However long you breastfeed or how much breast-milk you are able to give your baby, this magic potion made by mums is like medicine.

Does your baby really need night feeds?

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Pinky McKay There's a lot of conflicting advice about when to stop night time breastfeeds. Pinky McKay explains why extending these nocturnal feeds is a good idea - for both mum and baby.

The REAL truth about having a baby

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Pinky McKay The REAL truth about having a baby – what they never tell you. Pinky McKay shares some practical advice for new mothers on breastfeeding, sleep, crying and the importance of looking after the new...

Could little night howls ruin your relationship?

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Pinky McKay Is it wrong to consider removing a night nappy and wish your kid would pee all over Daddy as he sleeps soundly beside you? Pinky McKay looks at how a lack of sleep can impact on your relationship.

Ten common breastfeeding problems (and how to solve them)

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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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Dealing with a 'high maintenance' baby

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Pinky McKay For many parents, it seems that the fear of ‘bad habits' is clouding the joy of being with their babies.

Dummy or no dummy?

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Pinky McKay Should you give your baby a dummy? And what about his finger-sucking - should you stop that? Pinky McKay explains all for confused parents.